Beach Ride – Derby – Live Music – Beer – FUN!
Our paramount mission is Fun. Fun with bikes. So in pursuit of that mission we’ve teamed up with several glorious compatriots to bring you the Rock’n Beach Funduro. You may be thinking….that sounds interesting, but what does it all mean? How far? How Fast? What sorts of tomfoolery do you have planned and what manner of footwear should I employ? All will be revealed (hopefully) in this first abridged version of the Encyclopedia of Bike Fun
11:13 – Get there early if you want to demo a bike from Wyatt, Surly or Specialized. (Helmet, ID and a quest for fun required).
Noon – We gear
12:30 – The ride hits the beach. Greg from Everyday Cycles and Arch Bishop Chris Zito from the church of two wheels are leading an out and back ride going North. Without braving the cold Lake Michigan water (38-40 Fahrenheit this time of the year) the main route is in good shape and will be approximately 4 miles. Then, there’ll be a second out and back ride going south through town, Coal Dock Park and on to the South Beach for an additional 5 miles or so. (check out the route below). Once you’re on the beach, you cannot get lost and you can turn around any time that you want. There’ll be derbies and fun on bikes along the way.
3-ish o’clock – The rides return and the first band starts followed by music, food and libations. Pat Smage will be performing
The thing about beach riding in the spring is the cold Lake Michigan water. I recommend neoprene socks or booties. I would go into the day knowing that your feet will probably get wet. Which means that having an extra dry pair of wool socks (on the bike) would be a good idea. It’s hard to say what to wear at this point because of the uncertainty of the weather this time of year. Bring stuff you can ride in and stuff you can stand around and sip beer in. Bring out the big guns of your spring clothing arsenal. I know that Erv will be there in a fuzzy blue care bear onesie and a nice jello
Bring Extra Socks, Hats, Mittens….a slicker…….bring it all!
The beach will be open to the public. Be courteous to everyone that you meet and be safe at all times. Give plenty of warning to folks before you pass. The purpose of this event is to have fun…..so please have FUN!
Important Note – We are allowed to ride anywhere below the normal high water mark along the beach. Do not go into anyone’s yard or do anything that landowners might find disturbing. Use common sense and everything will remain sterling.
In the spirit of fun, I ask that we all try to make the proverbial (herding of cats)
Inventors Brewpub will have a keg of their delicious beer for us to enjoy. Please drink responsibly.
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