Thursday, September 29, 2016

Bikepacking Endurance Racer Jesse Stauffer visits Peninsula

When we saw this cyclist pull up to the Century Cycles store in Peninsula this morning on a semi-loaded bike, we thought, "Hmm...this guy looks like he's going somewhere." Sure enough, he is on his way to Chicago, IL for the start of the first-ever Route 66 Bike Race. He left his home in Selinsgrove, PA a couple of days ago, and he needs to get to Chicago by Friday, because the race starts on Saturday, October 1! The race follows the new Adventure Cycling Association Bicycle Route 66 from Chicago to Santa Monica, California.

The man is Jesse Stauffer, an experienced endurance bike racer. He appeared in the film Ride the Divide, about the Tour Divide Race on the Adventure Cycling Association Great Divide Mountain Bike Route. He also appeared in the film Inspired to Ride, about the inaugural Trans Am Bike Race in 2014, which takes place on the Adventure Cycling Association TransAmerica Trail. He ended up finishing tied for fourth place in that race, and the first American across the finish line.

We told him that he'll probably end up catching up to Krista from our Rocky River store, who began a self-supported tour in Chicago on Bicycle Route 66 last Saturday! Jesse said that he expects to finish the race in about 10 days, riding day and night, stopping for just a few hours sleep at a time.

Good luck, Jesse, and say Hi to Krista for us!

Monday, September 26, 2016

Photos from the Costume Party Night Ride on the Towpath Trail - Sept. 24, 2016

After our previous three Night Rides on the Towpath Trail were cancelled due to thunderstorms, we FINALLY had perfect riding weather for our final ride of the 2016 season. Thanks to the over 120 rider who came!

This ride was a special Costume Party Ride to celebrate National Bike Your Park Day, organized by the Adventure Cycling Association in honor of their 40th anniversary and the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.

Congratulations to Dean the Firefighter for winning the costume contest, with the prize of the NiteRider Lumina 550 rechargeable bike headlight!

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Photos from the Inaugural Lake to Lake Harvest Bike Tour

The first annual Lake to Lake Harvest Bike Tour on September 17, 2016 was a success! Despite rainy weather, there were 60 riders who participated. Thanks to Bike Medina County for organizing the event (including Lynne from the Century Cycles store in Medina), and to Petch (also from the Medina store) for the photos!