Cleveland Critical Mass Ride, Friday, Mar. 31st

The Horsey Hundred Bike Tour, May 27-28th (Kentucky)

This is a very nice tour.  It’s worth the drive.

2017 Great Cycle Challenge – FREE Entry Offer!

9th and 10th Long Distance Rides, Sat-Sun., Apr. 1st and 2nd

Here’s the route:

The rides will be going to Valley City, Lafayette, and Wooster for 25, 46, and 100 flat to rolling miles.  If you want to do distances shorter than the planned distances you can pick your turn-around points.  Each week a group of riders opt for shorter distances.

The rides will start at 9:00 am at 170 Lee Rd., Berea.

Here are the distances planned:

Warm-up Route Valley City Subway 25 miles
Short Route Lafayette Lafayette Market 46 miles
Long Route Wooster Subway 100 miles

Cue sheets will be available.

— “No Whining, No Cheating, No Drugs, No Motorized Vehicles, and No Abusing the Organizer”

The National 24-Hour Challenge Registration fee

…will change on Friday, March 31st.

Are you Ready for New Cycling Challenges?

The reality that there will be no Calvin’s 12 Hour Challenge this year is starting to sink in.   Over the past 14 years, this group’s main purpose was to prepare for Calvin’s and the National 24 Hour Challenge.  Others have been benefiting from the ride series to simply get in early shape for a variety of reasons.  Some of us are still planning to participate in the National 24 Hour Challenge in June and others will still need to get in shape for races and tours, so we will still need to stay motivated.  In place of Calvin’s, I’m planning to schedule another type of challenge.  The proposed ride will combine several of our favorite routes and destinations and will cover a distance of up to 175 miles.  

In addition to this challenge, there are several tours between now and June that can be used as great opportunities for training and to enjoy some good miles.   Two such tours in May are TOSRV and the Horsey Hundred. 

This winter has been pretty mild in comparison to typical Ohio winters but rained or snowed out weekends have caused us to lose lots of opportunities to rack up mileage. To make up for lost time, rides will be scheduled for both Saturdays and Sundays, for those who will need the training or those who will attempt to try a few back to back century weekends. 

As you can see, it’s going to be a little more difficult to keep the same level of motivation that some of us have had, trying to prepare for Calvin’s.   We should motivate each other to adjust to this new “challenge”.

56th Annual TOSRV (Tour Of The Scioto River Valley)

America’s Bicycle Touring Classic • May 20 – 21, 2017 • 2500 Cyclists • Organized by Columbus Outdoor Pursuits

There are many rides, but only one is America’s bicycle touring classic; TOSRV. The Tour of the Scioto River Valley began as a father-and-son outing 1962 before quickly growing into (at one time) the nation’s largest bicycle touring weekend. It is completely non-competitive and this year, due to rider demand, is being held on a new date – May 20 – 21st.

8th Long Distance Ride Report

As Tim Furey (who rode from Rocky River) and Joe rolled in, I was trying to figure out how it felt out there and they both said that it wasn’t bad but it was damp.

However, before we could get started, James Parada “came down with a mechanical”.   I gave him some zip ties and duct tape (offered JB Weld and a sledge hammer also) and he started on the repairs that you see above. 

My first thoughts were, “Yes! Some content for the report!”   Then, I thought, “He went through a lot of trouble just to get out of riding.  It would have been easier to just say, “Hey guys, I need to get back home because of the wife wants me to go shopping”.  But to self-sabotage a perfectly good pair of shoes?  Come on!  (Honestly, I was jealous because I didn’t think of that one, over the years.

Once we started rolling, we were all happy that we were out riding but, immediately you could feel the moisture clinging to you. I was dressed for the temperature but after about ½ hour on the road, my base layers felt soaked as if I’d been sweating like crazy.  Halfway out on the course, it started to get a little cold because of the dampness.  It was looking like the 2 degrees of temperature rise that we got was going to be all that we were going to get.  That ended up being true.   On the very long stretch back east we were getting a little push.  And when we turned north you could feel that cold wind pushing back a little.  All in all, it was a good day to be out but not a good day to be far away from home.  The dampness made this ride somewhat unpleasant.  I was happy that I did it but was glad to be back home.  

Riders included:

Eric Overton
James Parada
Joe Ochmanski
Tim Furey

Newcomers included: 0

Riders 4
Max. Miles 74-100 miles
Temperature 35-37 deg. (with winds at 6-12 mph.) (N)
Close Calls 0
Mechanical Failures James P. broke a latch on his shoe. (On Purpose?) 😉
Mishaps 0
Fixed Gear, Single Speed, Cyclocross, or Mountain Bike 1

“The only thing better than a 12 hour challenge is a 24 hour challenge”   –John Clay

7th Long Distance Ride Report


Sunday March 5th

Looking out the window, it looked like it was going to be a nice day to be out. Mark T. and I were set to go and were going to figure out our entire distance once we got out one the road.  It was going to be a cold one but high 20’s is not too bad right?  And, it was sunny.  My suspicion about the ride grew when no one else showed up.  As soon as we turned the corner from the start, my forehead started to ache from the cold and by the time we rode 2 blocks our hands were freezing.  We were dressed for 28 degrees but we didn’t account for the wind chill factor.  No wonder riders didn’t show up!

When we came up to a gas station, 7 miles out, I needed to take a quick break to thaw my hands. I was thinking that a few minutes to thaw and the temperature would rise a few degrees and we would be able to complete the ride.  Right away, I realized that I had some GI problems and we had to layover for about 20 more minutes.  With that going on, combined with the fact that we were going to have to turn right into the very cold headwind, we decided to head back home.  It was a cold one!

Riders included:


Mark Thomas
Eric Overton

Newcomers included: 0

Riders 2  
Max. Miles 15  
Temperature 28-32 deg. (with winds at 10-14 mph) (SE)  
Close Calls 0  
Mechanical Failures 0  
Mishaps 0  
Fixed Gear, Single Speed, Cyclocross, or Mountain Bike 0  


“The only thing better than a 12 hour challenge is a 24 hour challenge”   –John Clay

Bike Lakewood Spring Social, Fri., Apr. 7th (Spin)