Yes, the days are getting shorter, but the temperatures are holding, and Indian Summer is begging for some more fun before the leaves fall. So, get outside and enjoy the weather and the season, and check out one or all of these great events available coming up locally, as we close out the season in style.
September 24: VolksFest Hash Ride & Run | Winona Lake – One of the funnest events of the year. Our friends at Cerulean throw a big party for us, umm… well, to close the Garden for the season, but it’s kicked off with a big, group ride and run, followed by 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 of our 5k loop as you want, come back and get beer each lap, then stick around (or go get cleaned up first) for the food and live music. Either way, just be there, hang out with your friends at the Garden for one more evening, and have a great time. Registration starts at 4:30pm, the run/ride will take off at 5pm, and live music will begin at 7pm. Find more details here or on The Garden’s Facebook Event Page.
October 1: Kosciusko County Bicentennial Ride | Warsaw – Join us for a fun, family bike ride, or a longer, intermediate group ride as part of the county’s bicentennial celebration. Registration begins at 7:30am outside the Shriner Building at the Kosciusko County Fairgrounds. The 30 mile ride starts at 8:30am, while the family-friendly <10 mile ride begins at 9am. Return to the fairgrounds and stick around for the Pancake Breakfast. Find out more about the Bicentennial Celebration here.
October 1: Metzger Outdoors Nocturnal 7 | Winona Lake – Grab your flashlight and your friends for the 7th Annual Nocturnal Adventure Run, which is done completely in the dark. You provide the lights. Designed for ALL fitness levels, the race will be 2-4 miles in length, starting at 8pm, you’ll wind your way through woods, roads, sidewalks, and random places you’d never expect. Along the way, racers will encounter challenges and obstacles. You may run by yourself or as a team. The team size is unlimited, so bring as many people as you can. And all kinds of super cool awards and prizes for finishers, participants, and best costumes. Find out more here or register now.
October 15: RAMROD & Annual Poker Run | Winona Lake – 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, stick around for the Annual Poker Run, with a short course where riders will grab a card for each lap they do on the short course. You can do as many laps as you’d like to try and get the best poker hand as possible, with great prizes for the best hands. 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 brown KCV storage barn – with the first time trial start at 12pm. The Poker Run will kick-off at 4pm. Please bring a small monetary donation of $10 or a side dish to share for the after party. Check the KCV Facebook page for the latest updates.
October 27-29: 2nd Mile Adventures Men’s Fall MTB Trip – Join the crew from 2nd Mile Adventures for their men’s (high school age and up) mountain bike trip to Brown County State Park in Nashville, Indiana. Leave from the Trailhouse Bike Shop (1001 Park Ave. Winona Lake) parking lot at 6:30pm on October 27 and return back to Winona Lake by 8pm on October 29. $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.
We are pleased to announce we have launched a web store where you can purchase KCV jersey’s, Bibs, and a whole assortment of other gear such as arm warmers, leg warmers, long sleeve jerseys, caps, and a women’s sleeveless jersey, plus a few other new items as well.
Head over to https://store.kcv.bike to begin your ordering process. Since there are several new items we’ll need to get a minimum of 5 items before orders can be placed to Borah. The deadline will be September 11th to get you orders in so they can get organized and submitted.
Each items is linked to Borah’s size chart. Please take the time to ensure what you order fits correctly as all sales are final. If you have questions please use the Contact Us link on the web store.
After a successful 2014 event, raising more than $25,000 to support Hoosier military families, RIDE INDIANA returns in 2016, and is riding through Warsaw. RIDE INDIANA is a 4-day, 300+ mile cycling journey across the State of Indiana, led by our wounded heroes, to raise funds to assist hoosier military families. The ride commences in Bloomington, Indiana on April 28th, and will finish at Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis on May 1st, 2016. The ride consists of active-duty military, veterans, civilians, and anyone who desires to raise funds for local military families. Funds are raised through individual fundraising by each rider, corporate and individual sponsorships, RIDE INDIANA gear sales, and local fundraisers conducted throughout the ride.
On Friday, April 29, at 6:00 PM, the team will arrive at Susie’s Sand Bar and Grill in Warsaw, Indiana for dinner, a fundraiser, and a meet-and-greet with the local community. The entire Warsaw community is encouraged to join the 2016 RIDE INDIANA Team in supporting Hoosier military families. On Saturday, April 30, at 7:00 AM, the team will meet with Mayor Joe Thallemer and local police for photos at Owens East before departing town. Local cyclists are encouraged to join the RIDE INDIANA Team for a portion of the ride south towards Indianapolis.
For more information on RIDE INDIANA, visit www.rideindiana.org. To make a $10 donation, text ‘America’ to 20222.
Do you want to help improve and increase walking and bicycling in your community? The Michiana Area Council of Government (MACOG) is developing a regional Active Transportation Plan to make it easier for people to walk and bike in Elkhart, Kosciusko, Marshall, and St. Joseph counties. The plan will help identify needs, resources, and strategies to improve and increase walking and bicycling in the region.
They would like to know about your walking and bicycling preferences and what you think the region should do to improve active transportation in our community. Please take a moment to complete their survey, and encourage others to do so too. You can find the survey here. Great things are happening in our region and it is our ideas that can make a huge difference.
If you would like to know more about the Active Transportation Plan, you can visit their website.
Are you ready for one of the funnest events of the year? Our friends at Cerulean Restaurant throw a big party for us, umm… well, to close their Garden Bar for the season, but it’s kicked off with a big, casual, just for fun, group ride and run, followed by great food, great brews, and live music – all evening. And proceeds benefit our local trails and the community’s Ride+Walk Warsaw+Winona Lake initiatives.
The only rules; take off at the start (5k trails loop or 6k road loop), do as many laps as you want in an hour, come back and get beer each lap, then stick around for the food, music, more cold brews, and raffle prizes – or go home, clean up, and come back. Either way, just be there and have a great time.
Here are the details…
Festivities begin Saturday, Oct. 3 at 4:30pm:
4.30pm- Cerulean Garden OPENS ($5 cover)
4.30pm- Registration begins for Hash Ride & Run
5.00pm- Hash Ride & Run begins
6.00pm- Finish Line Party
6.30pm- Live music begins
Hash Ride & Run- $20 registration fee (includes free beer per lap, plus one food ticket, one drink ticket, & one raffle ticket for the Finish Line Party and Evening festivities).
All food items and beers will be paid for via tickets. Tickets will be $5 each. If you’re interested in one of our three VIP Packages, please contact us.
Spread the word, and share the event on social media. Check out Cerulean’s Facebook Event here.
The days are getting shorter, the temperatures are starting to moderate, and before we know it, the leaves will be starting to change. So you’d think there wouldn’t be time to hold anymore events, but quite honestly, you wouldn’t be able to tell from the awesome line up that is 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 coming up, or venture out of town, and take a trip. Whoever says there is nothing to do for bicyclists in Kosciusko County just isn’t looking…
September 5: Tour de Brew | Indianapolis – Our friends at MudLOVE have asked us to share a great new event they are putting on… Tour de Brew events are a way for the craft beer and cycling communities to come together to help solve a serious world crisis—the lack of clean water. Millions of people around the world spend hours each day walking to fetch unsanitary water. All participants are encouraged to join a fun ride, touring Indy area breweries, and enjoying a beer at each location. Multiple lengths and routes are provided for all skill/fitness levels. Volunteers and Ride Leaders are still needed. Please contact Tour de Brew for more details.
September 12: Family Safety Day | Warsaw – 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 2015 Play It Safe Family Safety Day, presented by the Warsaw-Wayne Fire Territory. For more details, visit the city of Warsaw website.
September 12: Block of Love | Winona Lake – Our friends from MudLOVE are celebrating their 6th year with the biggest Village at Winona party yet! This is always a great afternoon, evening, and night for lovers of live music, good food, cold drinks, and fun for all ages. This year the focus will continue on ending the walk for water. A $5 suggested entry fee will be donated to Water for Good. Additionally, local non-profits will feature the amazing work they are doing out of love for our communities and planet. Be sure to show the love to our community and planet by RIDING YOUR BIKE to the Village, where KCV will be providing free valet bike parking, along with fun activities for the kids, including a bike and helmet check. Check out the food vendors and live music schedule, here.
September 26: Metzger Outdoors Nocturnal 6 | Winona Lake – Grab your flashlight and your friends for the 6th Annual Nocturnal Adventure Run, which is done completely in the dark. You provide the lights. Designed for ALL fitness levels, the race will be 2-4 miles in length, winding its way through woods, roads, sidewalks, and random places you’d never expect. Along the way, racers will encounter challenges and obstacles. You may run by yourself or as a team. The team size is unlimited, so bring as many people as you can. And all kinds of super cool awards and prizes for finishers and participants. Find out more here or register now.
October 3: OctoberFest Hash Ride & Run | Winona Lake – 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, followed by 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, clean up, and come back. Either way, just be there and have a great time. More details coming soon.
October 29 – Nov 1: 2nd Mile Adventures Men’s Fall MTB Trip – Join the crew from 2nd Mile Adventures for their men’s (high school age and up) mountain bike trip to Bandy Creek Campground and Big South Fork trails, in Oneida, Tennessee. Leave from the Trailhouse Bike Shop parking lot at 6:30pm on Thursday, October 29 and return back to Winona Lake by 3am on Sunday morning, November 1st. $75 includes two full days of riding, transportation, 2MA gear, 1 fire-side dinner, 2 breakfasts. Bring snacks for the riding, and extra cash for meals on the way down and the way back. For more details, check out 2nd Mile Adventures.
November 4-8: Iceman Cometh MTB Race or Brevard, North Carolina Trip – Here are two great ways to hang onto fall as long as possible, and get some riding in the first weekend of November… The Annual Iceman Cometh Mountain Bike Race is the largest one day MTB event in the US. If you’re signed up, join the rest of the local Michiana mountain bikers heading to Traverse City. Or, if you’re looking for something a little warmer, and different, join the group from KCV heading south to Brevard, North Carolina to ride Pisgah National Forest and DuPont State Park, along with visits to the Oskar Blues and Sierra Nevada breweries. If you think you’re interested in one of these trips, or for more details, contact KCV.
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 a few upcoming events taking place in August. Put these on your calendar and make sure to hit one of these events while summer is still here…
August 7: 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, alleviating traffic issues, and doing something good for your body.
August 16 – MMBRS NIMBA MTB 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. The August 16 race benefits our local Winona Lake trails.
August 22: Run+Ride for Ride+Walk – Join us at the Winona Lake trails for a fun day of trail running and mountain bike racing all for a great cause. Choose from the 5/10k trail run in the morning and/or the 6/12 hour mountain bike endurance race in the afternoon. Gather up your team, or ride solo, while enjoying some great food, music, a day with friends (old and new), cold beer and a ton of fun for the right reason. Proceeds will benefit local trails, including the Ride+Walk Warsaw+Winona Lake initiative. 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.