An article from Mother Earth News hangs on the wall, framed in a beautiful shadow box, as if noting an important point in the business’ history.
Sure enough, forty years ago that monumental article was the encouragement Rob and Nancy Gast needed to start Freewheelin’, a bike shop with local folklore-like stories, proudly located in the small town of Warsaw, Indiana.
Years later Freewheelin’ morphed into Tarkio Road, and then included the addition of Trailhouse in the Village at Winona in 2002.
Since 1974, the Gast’s have been providing the tools needed for thousands of people to enjoy the bicycling lifestyle, including the inspiration and support for the community to launch what are now staples in the area, such as; the Winona Lake Trails, KCV Cycling Club, Fat & Skinny Tire Fest, and the local Ride + Walk initiative, all resulting in a recent 2013 awarding of Bicycle Friendly Community from the League of American Bicyclists.
Join us in congratulating our wonderful friends, Rob and Nancy Gast, for 40 years of business and thank them for the inspiration and support for growing bicycling in our community.
And here’s a brief note from Rob and Nancy…
“Welcome to the Trailhouse five day Birthday Bash. Celebrating forty years in the bike biz, and a lifetime of getting it right. That’s how we roll. Trailhouse now at 40 is a 24/7 biking lifestyle experience, an outdoor attitude moving at the speed of a bicycle… plus… the tools to shape your ride of life. The 2014 showroom is our best yet. We encourage you to make 2014 your best yet. Buy a new bicycle – now at $100 off fitness, road, trail, and dirt bikes. Plus half price on Fox and Endura apparel, and deals on helmets and pumps. Join us March 27-31, 2014. Sale ends March 31, at 6pm. Thank You… Rob & Nancy and your friends at Trailhouse!”
On behalf of KCV Cycling Club and thousands of cyclists over the years, thank you Rob & Nancy, thank you for all you’ve done and meant to our community!
Be sure to stop in to Trailhouse, say hi, and thank Rob & Nancy for their support of bicycling in Kosciusko County.
Due to dangerously cold weather and hazardous travel conditions, the January 28th KCV monthly club meeting has been canceled.
Save the date for February 25th, 8pm at Mad Anthony’s Lake City Taphouse. We look forward to an exciting year of expanded activities and continued efforts of promoting our community Ride+Walk initiative.
Additional committees and leadership roles will be created to help us accomplish these goals. Come on out next month and help us define those action items and steps.
The leaves are starting to change. The temperatures are much more moderate, but the days are getting shorter. So we have limited time to get some great events in the books this month, but you wouldn’t be able to tell from the awesome line up we have in store for the community. Get outside and enjoy the weather and the season, and check out one or all of these great events available locally during October…
October 5 – Octoberfest Fat & Flat Ride & Run – 4pm, Cerulean Restaurant, Village at Winona
One of the funnest events of the year. Our friends at Cerulean throw a big party for us, umm… well, to close their Garden Bar for the season, but it’s kicked off with a big, group ride and run, great food, great brews and live music all evening. And proceeds benefit our local trails. The only rules; head for the trails at the start, do as many laps as you want, come back and get beer each lap, stick around for the food and music, or go home, change and come back. Either way, just be there and have a great time. $10 to run and ride. All food and drink items are priced at only $5 for the evening.
October 12 – RAMROD (Rob and Mike’s Race on Dirt) – 12pm, Winona Lake Trails
Join us for our end of the year “thank you” party. Festivities include a series of fun, short track time trials on favorite sections of the Winona Lake Trails. Beginner through expert riders are welcome, with multiple categories and prizes awarded, including an Overall King and Queen of the Trail. Don’t want to race, no worries, just come out to ride each section for fun, since you can’t ride these specific loops through the year. An after-party with plenty of good food and cold brew will also be taking place.
Registration begins at 11am at the Winona Lake Trails – near the bonfire area, next to the Caretaker’s House – with the first start at 12pm. Please bring a small monetary donation or a side dish to share for the after party. RSVP on the event facebook page.
October 13 – Ti Adventure Run for the United Way – 2pm, Winona Lake Trails
Make a difference and have some fun at the same time. Biomet and Metzger Outdoors present the Ti Adventure Run to benefit the United Way in Kosciusko County. This is not your average 5k. It’s more like somewhere between 3 and 4 miles, including some obstacles and fun inter-run challenges. Registration begins at 12:30pm. Pre-reg cost is $20 | Day of registration is $25. Check out Metzger Outdoors for more details.
October 26 – Nocturnal IV – 3pm, check-in/register at Rodeheaver Auditorium, Village at Winona
Nocturnal has quickly become one of the most anticipated events in northern Indiana. It’s not your typical Adventure Race. In fact, it’s three races in one. Do 1,2 or all 3 events. Race 1 – Trees or Cars: (3 pm) $25 |This is a race for bike lovers! You will have your choice of a road course or a single track mountain bike course. Both will start simultaneously, with mountain bikers going into the woods and the road bikers hitting the pavement. Expect unique courses. Race 2 – Survival of the Fittest: (5 pm) $25 | Be prepared for any challenge. This race will test your strength, agility, endurance and toughness. Participants will move from station to station to accumulate points. The person with the highest cumulative score, in each division, will win a “Darwin Award.” Once again, this will be tough, but will be fun…see if you can do it! Race 3 – Nocturnal: (8 pm) $25 |A 100% night course. Nocturnal is not just a race, but an event. Along the route you’ll find challenges or obstacles that keep you energized and moving towards the finish line. You’ll run, walk, and crawl through a wide variety of terrain with your lights. It will take approximately 30-60 minutes to complete the course. You and your team (team size unlimited!) are the light in the dark. Wear glow sticks, flashing lights, reflective clothing, carry flashlights or anything that will brighten up the night. Put on your gear, dress in costumes if you’d like, and come revel with us! ** Do all three (3) races for $60, save 25%. In addition, you will automatically become a NOCTURNAL Warrior. Warrior’s will automatically be entered to win a $500 cash prize at the end of the night. To sign up, visit metzgeroutdoors.com. Proceeds benefit the Student Veteran’s Organization, The Beaman Home and an individual/family from the community in need.
October 31-Nov 3 -2nd Mile Adventures Men’s Fall MTB Trip – leave Winona Lake at 6:30pm, trip to Tennessee Join the crew from 2nd Mile Adventures for their men’s (high school age and up) mountain bike trip to Montgomery Bell State Park trails, just outside of Nashville, Tennessee. Leave from the Trailhouse Bike Shop parking lot at 6:30pm on October 31 and return back to Winona Lake by 3am on Sunday morning, November 3rd. $70 includes two full days of riding, transportation, event t-shirt, water bottle, 1 fire-side dinner, 2 breakfasts and snacks. Bring extra cash for meals on the way down and the way back. For more details, check out 2nd Mile Adventures.
Be sure to stop by our monthly KCV club meetings the last Tuesday of each month (except December) at 8pm, Mad Anthony’s Lake City Taphouse meeting room – to meet new people that love to ride, find out about cycling in the community, and great events like these above.
Another annual Poverty Cycle Challenge is now in the books. Thanks to all the runners, riders, volunteers and sponsors for making the event possible. Over 140 people participated in the race(s) to help our friends at Fellowship Missions and 2nd Mile Missions.
Medals have arrived and are going out this week.
In the meantime, you can check out results below:
Please spread the word to your friends and we hope to see you again next year.
A huge thank you to our sponsors and supporters: Johnson Chiropractic, Metzger Outdoors, Dental Health P.C., 2nd Mile Adventures, Wildman Business Group, K21 Health Foundation, Culligan Water, Teresa Bakehorn Group (REMAX Rainbow Realty), Trailhouse, DePuy Synthes, The Lake House, Warsaw Community Church, NC1 Corp., Cerulean Restaurant, Eagle Creek Farms Market, and Dane & Mary Louise Miller.
Adding to the festivities for this year’s Poverty Cycle Challenge, we’re changing up the way we distribute prizes. To give everyone a fair, fun chance, we’re going to draw some random team numbers, we’re going to pick some weird, but specific choices (ie youngest participant, longest name, etc.) and then we’re also including a Costume Contest. Run or ride at least one of your lap(s) in your costume to be eligible. Our officials and scoring judges will keep track of the costumed riders as they cross the line and draw prizes throughout the day.
We’ll still have our cool FINISHER pint glasses for all crossing the finish line, and we’ll have our bottle opener medals for the top 3 in all categories, micro brews for winners, food for all participants, event t-shirts for those pre-registering and cold beer for everyone.
Take the Poverty Cycle Challenge and help us make a difference in the lives of others less fortunate!
There’s something special about bicycling in September… the cooler weather, the leafs changing color, the smell of bonfires, etc… And thus, we’re excited to highlight some great events taking place this month:
September 6: First Friday Warsaw – we always encourage people to ride their bikes downtown to enjoy the festivities of First Friday in Warsaw. With increased bike racks available downtown, and oftentimes other riders leaving from Trailhouse around 6pm, it’s a great way to enjoy the kick-off to the weekend and a new month, while helping the environment, alleviate traffic issues, and doing something good for your body.
September 7: 2 Bourbon & Back Cystic Fibrosis Ride and Race - Choose from either the casual road ride at 2pm with lengths of 27/35/40 miles, or hop in the Cat 5/Citizens Team Time Trial at 3:30pm. Both leave from downtown Warsaw. Great food and prizes await in return for your efforts at helping fight Cystic Fibrosis. For more details, or to register, check out 2BB website.
September 14: Family Safety Day – Stop by Center Lake Park from 11am – 3pm for a chance to see fire trucks, helicopters, ambulances, police dogs, take bucket truck rides, participate in a bicycle rodeo and learn about safe cycling skills. These are just a few of the things in store for kids of all ages at the 2013 Play It Safe Family Safety Day, presented by the Warsaw-Wayne Fire Territory.
September 15: MTB Time Trial #4 - They’re called the Race of Truth for a reason. Time Trials are a great way to gauge your fitness level and your improvements over time as it’s only you against the clock. There is no charge for the club time trials, although we appreciate any donations, as they will go right back to the trails and providing continuing opportunities like these. Registration begins at 12:00pm near the Winona Lake Trails Trailhead. First rider begins at 1:00pm. Riders will leave in 1 minute increments. We will use all sections of trail except “Patience” and “Black & Blue”.
September 21-22: Poverty Cycle Challenge (ERACE Hunger 5/10k Trail Run & 6/12/24 Hours of Winona MTB Race) – Join us at the Winona Lake trails for a fun weekend of trail running and mountain bike racing all for a great cause – alleviating poverty locally and abroad. Funds raised benefit the Fellowship Missions Homeless Shelter in Warsaw, and the 2nd Mile Missions Dominican Republic Education Center and Safe House. Walk, run or ride, while enjoying some great food, music, a day with friends (old and new), cold beer and a ton of fun for the right reason. Be sure to bring a costume and invite your friends. We’ll have random prizes drawn throughout the day for things like best costume, youngest participant, oldest participant, etc. Pre-register and save. Event t-shirts and meal tickets guaranteed for pre-registrants only. Pre-register here. See the event flyer here.
Group Rides: Contact Trailhouse (574.267.2223) for details on group rides. As the days get shorter, start times may begin sooner. We gather for road rides on Tuesday at 5:45pm, mountain bike rides on Wednesday at 6pm, and mtb night rides on Friday night at 8pm. We hope to see you at an upcoming cycling event or group ride soon.
WOW! If you didn’t notice, Kosciusko County does a great job of providing plenty of opportunities for bicyclists of all skill levels to get outside and enjoy some fun events and many are for a great cause as well. Here’s a quick rundown of the multiple upcoming events taking place the rest of the summer. Put these on your calendar and make sure to hit one of these events while the weather is still great…
July 13 – Syracuse Tour de Lakes Road Tour: The Syracuse-Wawasee Tour des Lakes is a leisurely bike ride through gently rolling hills and scenery around our beautiful lakes in Kosciusko County. Our tour travels around 8 lakes beginning with Syracuse Lake, Lake Wawasee, Papakeechee Lake, Webster Lake, Tippecanoe Lake and several other small lakes along the way. Between the lakes you will enjoy a beautiful ride across the country-side and through our quaint small towns. The tour rides are a 25k, 50k and 100k. Along the way there will be SAG stops for a quick, healthy snack and/or drink. There will be a Free Family Fun Ride around Syracuse Lake which is approximately 5 miles.
July 14 – MTB Time Trial #2 – Winona Lake Trails: KCV Cycling Club holds a free, mountain bike time trial once per month to help riders gauge their fitness and meet other riders. Join us in the Winona Lake trails for sign ups at noon and the first rider taking off at 1pm. Riders leave at 1 minute intervals and race the clock to see what their lap time is.
August 2 – First Friday Family Fun Ride and Warsaw Downtown Classic Criterium: One of the funnest events of the year for bicyclists is the casual, family friendly road ride from the Village at Winona to downtown Warsaw for the Downtown Classic Road Races taking place during Warsaw’s First Friday. Come check out the exciting racing and be sure to ride your bike, we’ll park it for you and watch it in our Valet Bicycle Parking.
August 3 – Lakeland Kiwanis Summer Sizzle Road Tour: This Bicycle Tour includes two routes, a ten mile route around the lakes area with rolling terrain, lots of beautiful views and up close encounters with turtles, birds, and trees! The 50 mile route is more challenging, the hills are bigger but the views are just as breathtaking. And everyone gets to enjoy the Corn and Sausage Roast meal afterwards! Come for the ride, stay for the great food.
August 11 – MTB Time Trial #3 – Winona Lake Trails: KCV Cycling Club holds a free, mountain bike time trial once per month to help riders gauge their fitness and meet other riders. Join us in the Winona Lake trails for sign ups at noon and the first rider taking off at 1pm. Riders leave at 1 minute intervals and race the clock to see what their lap time is.
August 17 – With Love Left Over Offroad Challenge (MTB & Run) – Kintionki Trails, Salamonie Reservoir: With Love Left Over is a non-profit that helps special needs children (fostered, abused, malnourished, fetal alcohol, etc.) with forever family care and bicycle enrichment programs to help rebuild their esteem and worth. They’re hosting the WLLO Off Road Challenge, consisting of a 15K Trail Run at 10am and a 30K Mountain Bike Race at noon. Racers can compete individually or as teams.
August 18 – NIMBA Series / KCV MTB XC Race – Winona Lake Trails: The Northern Indiana Mountain Bike Association does an amazing job building and maintaining mountain bike trails in the Michiana area, and their support of cycling is top notch. Come out to their fundraising race series which help support each of the local, northern Indiana mountain bike trails.
September 7 – 2 Bourbon and Back; Cycling for Cystic Fibrosis Ride and Race – Warsaw to Bourbon and Back: Join us for a great day of biking fun, all for a great cause — to support research and those who struggle with cystic fibrosis, an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States. This bike race and/or bike ride travels from Warsaw to Bourbon, Indiana and back again.
September 15 – MTB Time Trial #4 – Winona Lake Trails: KCV Cycling Club holds a free, mountain bike time trial once per month to help riders gauge their fitness and meet other riders. Join us in the Winona Lake trails for sign ups at noon and the first rider taking off at 1pm. Riders leave at 1 minute intervals and race the clock to see what their lap time is.
September 21-22 – Poverty Cycle Challenge 5/10K Trail Run & 6/12/24 Hours of Winona MTB – Winona Lake Trails: One of our favorite events of the year… Choose from a trail run or walk with the ERACE Hunger 5/10K or the 6/12/24 Hours of Winona Mountain Bike Race. Bring out the whole family for some fun, as we raise money for Fellowship Missions’ Project Refuge Homeless Shelter and 2nd Mile Missions’ Dominican Republic School.