Event Rides and Tours
Event rides are open to the public and require a registration fee (discounted for members). Major events include:
May 11, 2019
145 miles touching the 4 corners of Kent County, with 50 and 100 mile bail-outs, lunch, and snacks
May 26-27, 2018 - Memorial Day Weekend
Bag Balm is a ride from Rockford to Cadillac and back on Memorial Day weekend.
It is supported by A SAG vehicle with all the supplies you need. These include water, Gatorade, Coke, Ensure, lemonade, cookies, brownies, aussie bites, an assortment of fruit and whatever other goodie we can think of. Lunch is provide on Saturday and Sunday. Pizza for dinner Saturday evening at the hotel.
June 1, 2019
The Wheelmen's original event ride travels throughout Kent county and neighboring counties and supplies nearly 50% of the Club's annual income to support activities year-round. The ride offers 17, 35, 65, and 105 mile options, great food, friendly, helpful SAG, and Road Bike 101.
A long weekend of cycling and camping in northern Michigan with a small group of riders.
August 17, 2019
Unique late summer ride offering three "mix and match" loops to let you decide how many miles you want to ride, SAG service, and a cookout with steaks, hot dogs, and veggie burgers
October 12, 2019
Charity ride created as a memorial to Donna Ryskamp, who was killed in 1983 by a drunk driver; funds go to local charities, typically bicycling related, selected each year by the club's members. Enjoy fall colors, various distances, pancake breakfast, snacks, and soup.
May - August 2019
Improve your speed and stamina through our club time trials. Time trials are held May through August every Monday evening (except during holidays and severe weather) on a 15-mile course in Ada and are open to all members. Results are recorded each week and published online . Try to improve your time each week!
Questions? Contact Time Trials Coordinator
Riding in a group is a great way to meet new friends and make riding even more fun. There are many free club rides planned throughout the year ranging in distances from 10 to over 50 miles, with varying paces. All club rides are no-drop rides and will re-group as necessary.
Start Your Own Ride!
Remember, every member is a potential ride captain. Whether you'd like to start a regular ride, or if you are just planning on going for a ride and would like to see if anyone would like to join you, let the Head Ride Captain know and he can get it on the ride calendar. Or, if it is an impromptu ride, post the particulars on the RW Yahoo Group. Either way, include: when the ride is going to take place (date and time), where you would like start from (where should people meet up), how far you plan on riding and at what pace, and any other relevant details (if you are stopping to eat, getting ice cream, etc.).
Click on a ride or event to display details.
Maps to ride starts are available within the information for each ride.
Civil sunrise/sunset times provided weekly: first and last usable sunlight for the day.
Ride paces: Easy: 9-11mph, Casual: 11-13mph, Moderate: 13-15mph, Good: 15-17mph, Fast: 17-19mph, Fast+ : 19+