Can you feel it? The energy in the air?
Yep, it’s May — and May is Bike Month.
We recognize the bike as a simple solution to so many health, transportation and sustainability challenges we face, as well as an icon of freedom.
Whether you bike to work or school; ride to save money or time; pump those pedals to preserve your health or the environment; to compete; or simply to explore your community, National Bike Month is an opportunity to celebrate the unique power of the bicycle and the many reasons we ride.
Thanks to spring there is a natural buzz in our community, and we want to encourage, educate, and grow the amount of daily riders and bike-curious residents to gather to celebrate biking in enjoyable and creative ways. Join the movement and become part of the Ride + Walk initiative!
This month is our yearly big start. It’s the official beginning of the National Bike Challenge, and all the Bike Month activities we want to raise awareness for, and get you involved in.
So what’s on the calendar? Here are important dates to remember, along with a brief description to help you get going:
- May 7: Bike to School Day – this national day raises awareness for kids being able to get to school in other ways than bus and car. If your kids have a safe route to school, and they are allowed to ride bikes, consider riding bikes with them. If they don’t, let the principal and your school board know you would like your kids to be able to ride to school, and that they should join the Ride+Walk movement locally. If you would like to help organize an official day locally, please contact us.
- May 10: Tune-up Day at Trailhouse for Lakeview Triathlon kids – the kids at Lakeview Middle School have a triathlon coming up, and to encourage them, we’ll be helping provide free tune-ups at Trailhouse from 10am-2pm.
- May 12-16: Bike to Work Week – this national week is the middle of National Bike Month, and a way for people to embrace the buzz and spring weather. Show your support for bicycling as a transportation alternative, and ride to work. In fact, encourage your business to consider becoming a Bicycle Friendly Business. If you need help, let us know, we’d be glad to walk you through the process.
- May 13: Lakeview Triathlon – the kids at Lakeview Middle School will be competing in the morning. We’ll be providing mechanical support and encouraging the kids that morning. If you’d like to help, let us know.
- May 15: Cerulean After Hours – join us at Cerulean Restaurant where a portion of proceeds will be donated to Ride + Walk initiatives.
- May 16: Bike to Work Day – the pinnacle of Bike to Work week is Friday, and we like to celebrate in style. Join us on your bike at the Light Rail Café for free coffee, and then stop by Cerulean Restaurant at the end of the day for a free beverage before Fat & Skinny kicks off.
- May 16-18: Fat & Skinny Tire Fest 11 – Our all-size-tires shindig is an ode to National Bike Month where our community puts the focus on bicycling for all ages and all skill levels. Come out and enjoy the activities starting Friday evening.
- May 21: Ride of Silence – On May 21, 2014 at 7:00 PM, the Ride of Silence will begin in North America and roll across the globe. Cyclists will take to the roads in a silent procession to honor cyclists who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roadways. Although cyclists have a legal right to share the road with motorists, the motoring public often isn’t aware of these rights, and sometimes not aware of the cyclists themselves. Join us at Trailhouse for the start of our local Ride of Silence, a slow procession of about 6 miles. Helmets required.
- May 26: Tracey Yeager Memorial 5k – In memory of Tracey Yeager, a friend who loved bicycling, the trails, and being outdoors, our friends at Tracey’s Trails will again be hosting the Memorial Day event to raise funds for local trail initiatives in the community.
- May 27: KCV Cycling Club Monthly Meeting – join us for our monthly club meeting to find out the latest news and updates on infrastructure, education, and activities going on in the community. This month, we welcome guest speakers Tim Devlin and David Wildman who will be sharing about their Continental Divide Ride coming up in June to raise funds for the 2nd Mile Missions orphanage in Bavaro, Dominican Republic.
If you plan to enjoy National Bike Month, but would like even more confidence in your bicycling abilities and understanding of the rules of the road to enjoy bicycling year round, check out our Confident City Cycling class on June 7, 8am-3pm at Warsaw City Hall, taught by Bike League Certified Instructor, James Bausch.
We hope to see you outside on your bike this month. Join the movement and become part of the Ride + Walk initiative!
Okay, maybe “strange” isn’t the right word… How about the new normal? KCV Cycling Club is proud to announce a new monthly club meeting format including guest speakers and educational/social opportunities.
In addition to having fun and discussing club business, we will now feature a different guest speaker(s) and topic at the beginning of each meeting to get things rolling.
We invite the entire community to join us at our next meeting on May 27th, when we are proud to host Tim Devlin, David Wildman, and Mason Geiger. Tim & Dave are riding their bikes along the Great Divide Route to raise $25,000 for the 2nd Mile Missions Orphanage in Bavaro, Dominican Republic. Mason Geiger of Mason Geiger Photography & Film will be traveling along to create a documentary of the journey.
Tim and Dave have committed to ride from the Mexico boarder starting at Antelope Wells, NM and will ride 2,740 miles to Banff, AB through the Rocky Mountains in 34 days or less. They will tell us all of the details of how they are preparing for this grueling ride, from their physical training, to what they plan to eat and drink, along with how & what they pack to carry with them on their bikes. For more info on the Tour Divide -Tim and Dave, join us at the May meeting to meet the riders or visit their website.
What else is discussed at the monthly club meetings? All things cycling: road riding, mountain biking, local events, such as the KCV-produced Fat & Skinny Tire Festival, racing, advocacy & community involvement, trail use & maintenance, education, and anything else involving two wheels and pedals.
The KCV Cycling Club welcomes all on the last Tuesday of each month (except December) at 8:00 pm in the Mad Room at Mad Anthony’s Lake City Tap House in Warsaw. For more info on the KCV Cycling Club, join us at the May meeting or surf around our site. You can also find us on facebook and twitter.
(article written by: Russell Webb)
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!