42nd Annual 100 Grand Bicycle Tour
The Wheelmen's original touring event travels throughout Kent, Ottawa, and neighboring counties. The proceeds from this ride provide nearly 50% of the Club's annual income to support activities year-round. The ride offers 17, 35, 65, and 105 mile options with rest stops approximately every 20 miles, great food, SAG service to assist with on-the-road repairs and emergencies, and Road Bike 101.
Helmets are required for every rider. Riders under the age of 16 must ride with an adult. Headphones should not be worn while riding. This event is a tour and not a race, it takes place on open roads that we are sharing with other traffic; please be courteous to other riders, and road users and follow the rules of the road. After the ride showers are available at the school - bring your own soap and towel.
Volunteers ride free!
Questions about the ride? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Start Location and Times
Start Location: West Side Christian School, 955 Westend Avenue, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
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6:45 - 9:30 AM: Registration. Course opens at 8:00 AM.
8:00 AM: Road Bike 101
8:00 - 9:00 AM: 105-mile route start. All 105-mile riders must start by 9:00 AM.
8:00 - 9:00 AM: 65-mile route start. All 60-mile riders must be started by 9:00 AM.
8:00 - 10:00 AM: 35- and 17-mile routes start. All 35- and 17-mile riders must be started by 10:00 AM.
Road Bike 101
A special feature of the 100 Grand, Road Bike 101 is for cyclists of all ages who are wary of road riding but enjoy cycling trails and neighborhood streets. RB 101 riders join small groups with experienced Rapid Wheelmen Club roadies in the 100 Grand 35-mile ride. You will build confidence in riding on the road and learn the basic "rules of the roadie" for cycling singly or in groups on our challenging but scenic 35-mile route -- complete with hills both up and down! You will learn bike handling skills to help you no matter what types of riding you do. RB 101 riders must be able to ride the 100 Grand 35-mile course in 3 to 4 hours.
Lunch and Rest Stops
Lunch is provided for ALL registered riders: BBQ sandwiches, pita wraps (with vegetarian option), tons of fruit, soda, homemade cookies, and other snacks. 65-, and 105- mile riders enjoy lunch out on their routes. 17- and 35-mile riders have lunch at the school at the conclusion of the ride.
Rest stops are every 20 miles or so along each route and are stocked with homemade cookies, fruit, snacks, Gatorade, and water. 17-mile riders have a rest stop near their half-way point.
There will be T-shirts commerating the 40th anniverary of this ride available on the day of the event. There are a limited quantity of these shirts and they will only be available on the day of the ride and will be sold on a first come basis during registration/check-in. No online orders.
To register by mail send a check to:
Along with the following info for each rider:
Mailed entries MUST be postmarked by June 1st!