|President's Summer 2014 Message
Summer is here! Cycling is rolling in high gear. The Cherry Capital Cycling Club offers many daily rides for all ride ages and levels. Check out our calendar, find a ride that works with your schedule, get on your bike and come join the fun. If you haven’t booked a cycling tour for the summer yet check out our Ride Around Torch and Leelanau Harvest Tour! These two rides are sure to excite you, your friends and family members. All ages welcome. If you are not riding the tours, please consider volunteering for these events.
The Ride Around Torch on Sunday, July 20 is an annual one-day 26, 63, or 100 mile bicycle tour primarily along the scenic shores of Torch Lake. The event is a recreational, social tour that is neither a race nor a test of strength although the very hilly 100 mile route can be a challenge. One dollar per rider is donated to the League of Michigan Bicyclists.
New this year are the picnic lunch and food-stop menus featuring locally sourced selections including veggie options. We are also offering an upgraded, reasonably priced wicking t-shirt in men and women’s sizes.
Please note that registration fees for the tour will increase on July 15 to $35 individual and $80 family. So if you have been thinking of participating now is the time to register. For complete information on the tour, please visit Ride Around Torch.
The Club’s Officers and Directors have been working on an updated Ride Leader Handbook. It will be posted on our website after approval at our next Board meeting on July 2. Please review the new rules as they will help Ride Leaders organize and manage their rides as well give mileage junkies a better knowledge of mileage tracking rules.
As members and riders with the Cherry Capital Cycling Club you are a representative of our Club. We have had occasional complaints from citizens that cyclist are taking up an entire lane when riding out the peninsula or that we are not following the rules of the road. It is important that we minimize any negative feelings that motorists have and encourage them to become informed about cycling. Most folks do not realize that we cannot ride “off road” due to our skinny tire road bikes. Let’s all be mindful of one another and minimize conflicts.
Our new Club Rack Card and Bumper Stickers are available at no cost in local bike shops and businesses. Pick some up, share with others and spread the good news about cycling in our beautiful region.
Darcie C. Pickren, President
Recycle-A-Bicycle 4th annual Bike Swap
The business of the Bike Swap starts a few weeks in advance, getting organized with volunteers, receiving permission to use the Old Town Parking Garage, getting sales forms printed, and organizing check-in.
The fourth annual Bike Swap was another a success. At 9am Saturday, May 31, we let a crowd of people and families into the lower level of the Old Town Parking Garage with a very brisk steady stream following for several minutes. The first bike was purchased in about 90 seconds. Bicycles were picked and test ridden by all age levels. In a very short time there was a line up of bikes to be purchased. There were 290 bikes and accessories checked in Friday evening before the swap and four more brought in Saturday morning by a lady who worked the night before.
When I checked my watch at 10:03 am, about 2/3 of the stock was gone or in line to be purchased. In six hours the total Bike Swap sales were $28,958. Recycle-A-Bicycle cleared just a little over $13,000. My landlord will be contacted soon to secure a lease through 2016 at our current location, 1220 Woodmere Ave. I've been thinking about setting up bleachers and charge admission to watch this fun event, just saying.
There have been many comments at how much this event is enjoyed by the buying public and volunteers. Many thanks to all of you who are involved in Recycle-A-Bicycle and the ladies of TART who help me keep organized. Many of you have returned from past swaps. This event could not happen without your help. It really does make a difference.
Submitted by Don Cunkle, Recycle-A-Bicycle Director
Large Turn Out for Ride of Silence
As Tom, Mike, and M'Lynn were setting up the Ride of Silence a stiff wind blew in along with the early arrival of riders. The temperature suddenly dropped 20 degrees, catching us all off guard, but we were unfettered and undeterred. A large group of youth, riding with El Grupo Norte, did a meet-and-greet ride-by, and just as soon as they arrived, they were off again, riding ahead of the rest of us.
After a warm welcome from the Mayor of Traverse City, Tom, Mike, and M'Lynn, our pedals were cranking at 19:00 sharp. This year we were joined by two great sheriffs and two good natured city police on bicycles. We all did a little community building last Wednesday night. It was great, and we would like to send them a thank you card from the Cherry Capital Cycling Club for their participation.
By the numbers, we had 93 registered riders (although some last minute folks that didn't register joined on as we were rolling out), and we picked up a few strays along the way. The ride was thankfully uneventful, yet powerful and emotionally moving. I'm confident that we grew to over a hundred riders.
Registration went without a hitch. Once registered people received a black arm band and a turn-by-turn 7.9 mile route map created by M'Lynn Hartwell and Mike Dittmer. The new Rules of the Road banners looked great, and were very welcome and informative.
We had great coverage on three television stations (live at 6pm and on the news again at 11pm with a full report including GoPro footage from the ride). We also enjoyed live interviews on several regional radio stations, and yes, we made the front page of the Traverse City Record Eagle daily newspaper.
The Filling Station Microbrewery, always welcoming and gracious hosts, handed out LED headlights and tail lights to all that wanted them, plus offered $2.00 off any pizza of their choice to all riders. Folks donated $115.00 dollars in tee shirt sales and/or general contributions.
Mike and Tom with assistance from M'Lynn did an awesome job as co-Chairs on their inaugural Ride of Silence.
Reported by M'Lynn Harwell; photos by John Robert Williams
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UPCOMING EVENTS IN NW MICHIGAN
X100 Mtn Bike Race
Harbor Springs Classic
September 13 Info >
Leelanau Harvest Tour
September 21 Info >
Rock Road 50/50 Road Race
September 21 Info >
Peak2Peak Mtn Bike Race
November 8 Info >
Iceman Cometh Race