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  • 08/24/2023 10:06 AM | Jodie Petcoff (Administrator)

    The TAB Meandering Ride will be leaving from Whitehouse (across from CycleWerks) this Saturday, August 26th at 8a for a 33-mile loop through Swanton, up to Secor Metrpark, and back. Bring a snack and hydration (weather man says it's going to be humid, humid, humid) for our mid-ride break at the metropark. Pace is adjusted based on the abilities of the group that shows up to ride, but we plan to average 13-15mph for the whole route with rolling speeds sometimes up to 17mph. It's the last Saturday of the month so that means post ride group brunch too!! Hope you'll come out and join us to go ride bikes!!

  • 08/23/2023 4:44 PM | Joseph Peltier (Administrator)

    Mighty Cyclists,

    8/17/23 Ride Report

    Around 30 hearty souls show up for what turned out to be a pretty good ride.  The weather cooperated as the afternoon storms moved out of the area in time for a ride.  We had to cut down the number of groups to accommodate the riders that showed up and the reported results are:

    Group 1: Hot 1 and Hot 2 combined and came in with a blistering 25.3 average

    Group 2: A few riders split off from this group and called themselves the Gravel Hot 1.5 group and rolled in with a 23.2 average

    Group 3: This was a combination of Xtra Spicy, some Hot 2 and Spicy plus riders that came in with a 21.5 average

    Group 4 was comprised of Spicy plus, Spicy and GLR riders and came in with a very respectable 18.2 average.

    Many thanks to the ride leaders and riders for the cooperation and teamwork. 

    8/24/23 Pre Ride  

    The conditions for Thursday's ride will be challenging. This will be the hottest and most humid day of the season. Start time temps are predicted to be 93 degrees with winds out of the WSW at 15 mph gusting to 19. There is a 47% chance of precipitation or a 53% chance of no rain.  With weather like this, it is not uncommon to see afternoon/evening thunderstorms pop up.

    I will be watching the weather and heat advisories as the day progresses tomorrow.  I'll make the go, no-go call by 1700 (5pm). 

    If we do ride tomorrow, each individual rider needs to evaluate whether they are up for the challenge.  Make sure you are properly hydrated and bring hydration for the ride and most importantly, the post ride. If you know that you have trouble with the heat, it might be a good idea to skip this ride. All I ask that everyone makes a good honest self assessment as to your ability to ride in heat like we will see Thursday.

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    Rides and Ride Leaders for 8/24/23

    Group 1 (Hot1) - Avg: 20-24+ mph, 26 mi:    Ben Groves

    Group 2 (Hot2) - Avg: Less than Hot1 26 mi:   Tim Eckel

    Group 3 (Xtra Spicy/Hot 3) - Avg: 19-21+ mph, 26 mi:  Kris Jensen

    Group 4 (Bold Picante) - Avg: 19-21 mph, 26 mi: Traci Bash

    Group 5 (Spicy Plus) - Avg: 18-19.5 mph, 26 mi:  Keith

    Group 6 (Spicy) - Avg: 16-18 mph, 24 mi:  Dave/Mark

    Group 7 (GLR) - Avg: 14-16 mph, 20 mi:  John Galdeen

  • 08/21/2023 3:09 PM | Chuck Nicewonder (Administrator)

    Speedtrap Ride Tuesday August 22nd

              The Speedtrap Ride, the best Tuesday night ride out of Ottawa County, will hold its next chapter tomorrow, Tuesday, August 22nd at 6:30 pm from Spoke Life Cycles in Elmore, Ohio.

              Scott Lang will lead the Ghost Pepper Riders over a 25-mile course at a 22 to 23+ mph average. Are you ready for the adrenalin rush??!!

              Dave Stover, substituting for Bob Kayden, will lead the Cayenne Pepper Riders over the same course at an average of 21 to 22+ mph

              Ken South and Tony Mazurek are co-leaders for the Habanero Riders, They will lead the group over the 25-mile course at a 20 to 21+ mph average.

              Todd Pollock, again over the 25-mile course will lead the Jalapeno Riders at a 17 to 19 mph average.

              I plan to ride out with the Sweet Pepper Riders over a slightly shorter 22-mile route, averaging anywhere from 15 to 17 mph.

              The weather forecast calls for sunny skies, 0% chance of rain, and a temperature in the mid to low 70s at ride time. There is predicted, however, an ENE wind of 9mph.  Mother Nature, do we have to endure an east wind again??!!!

              Sign-in for the ride begins at 6:00 in front of the bike shop.[Coming soon….an app for phone sign-in]. I hope to see you then!

    Chuck Nicewonder

  • 08/17/2023 5:33 PM | Daniel Riley (Administrator)

    Kris Jensen will be leading the Spicy Adventure Ride. Saturday at 8:00am out of Whitehouse across from CycleWerks. Rolling speeds 18-22, depending on group and wind. This is a no drop ride. Stopping at Grandma’s in a Liberty Center for a brief break.


  • 08/17/2023 4:57 PM | Joseph Peltier (Administrator)

    The rain is moving out. 

    Our ride is a go.

  • 08/17/2023 10:42 AM | Joseph Peltier (Administrator)

    Mighty Cyclists,

    Reported results for Thursday 8/10/2023

    Group 1 (Hot1) - Came in with a 24.2 

    Group 2 (Hot2) -  Tim reported an average of 24.1 - Nice!

    Group 3 (Xtra Spicy) - 21.5 average deduced from Strava

    Group 4 (Bold Picante) -  Kris led the group and came in with a 19.9 average

    Group 5/6 (Spicy Plus) - Spicy and Spicy plus combined for a great ride

    Group 7 (GLR) - John Galdeen reported a 14 average for his band of merry riders.


    The weather for tonight's ride looks "iffy."  We have a cold front fast approaching that will bring the potential for rain and storms.  I'll be watching the weather apps and make a call at 1700.

    The days are getting shorter.  Lights are strongly recommended.  

    Tonight's rides and ride leaders:

    Group 1 (Hot1) - Avg: 20-24+ mph, 26 mi:    Ben Groves

    Group 2 (Hot2) - Avg: Less than Hot1 26 mi:   Tim Eckel

    Group 3 (Xtra Spicy/Hot 3) - Avg: 19-21+ mph, 26 mi:  Kris Jensen

    Group 4 (Bold Picante) - Avg: 19-21 mph, 26 mi: Traci Bash

    Group 5 (Spicy Plus) - Avg: 18-19.5 mph, 26 mi:  Keith

    Group 6 (Spicy) - Avg: 16-18 mph, 24 mi:  Dave/Mark

    Group 7 (GLR) - Avg: 14-16 mph, 20 mi:  John Galdeen

  • 08/17/2023 10:37 AM | Jodie Petcoff (Administrator)

    The TAB Meandering Ride is meeting at Secor Metropark this Saturday, August 19th (we will group up in the Secor Center parking lot). The group rolls out at 8a for the 40-mile loop out to Lyons and back. Bring hydration and a snack for our mid-ride rest stop. Overall route average speed will be 13-15mph (so you can expect some rolling speeds a bit faster than that) but we adjust the rolling speed for the abilities of the group that assembles for the ride that day. We hope you'll join us to go ride bikes!

    Secor Metropark 10001 Central Ave, Berkey, OH 43504

  • 08/16/2023 7:16 PM | Chuck Nicewonder (Administrator)

    Speedtrap Ride Tuesday August 15th recap

              The Speedtrap Ride brought twenty-five hardy cyclists to Elmore Tuesday evening Ato brave some windy conditions and threatening skies.

              Scott Lang led the Ghost Pepper Riders and reported a riding average of 22.8 mph,

              Dave Stover with his Cayenne Pepper Riders. and Tony Mazurek with his Habanero Riders rode as one group to a hard fought 20.4 mph.

              Todd Pollock  led eleven Jalapeno Riders to an 18 mph average.

              There were four riders new to the Speedtrap Ride this week. All rode in Todd Pollock’s group and all are pictured: Mark Shade(blue helmet), Luc Sloan(yellow jersey), Andrew Fought(dark shirt), and Tony Romanowski(blue and black jersey). Welcome all to the Speedtrap Ride.

              Thank you, Todd Pollock, for the photo of some Jalapeno Riders on the road.

              Please join us next Tuesday, August 22nd, for the next chapter of the Speedtrap Ride. The long-range weather forecast indicates another great night for riding: a high of 88 degrees, partly cloudy skies, a WSW wind of 11 mph, and only a 5% chance of rain.

              It will also be a great night for riding quiet country roads with some really great people. I hope to see you then!

    Chuck Nicewonder

  • 08/15/2023 10:20 AM | David Barret (Administrator)

    Just wanted to put out some post-ride notes.

    First… WHAT A GREAT RIDE! We received nothing but positive feedback about the new routes highlighting the Maumee River this year. Also, some have commented on actually seeing a heightened police presence out on the roads. Kenneth Shaw was able to coordinate this with the various municipalities that the routes went through as well as ODOT. AND… hopefully some of you saw the two big ODOT signs informing motorists that bicyclists would be out on the roads prior to MARR and the day of the event!

    I wanted to send out some special thanks, first to my fellow members of the MARR Planning Committee and other key volunteers for the event:

    • Kenneth Shaw: CO-Director of the ride. The new routes this year were from him thinking about how do we showcase the “River” part of the Mad Anthony RIVER Rally. He also came up with the string bag with the various freebies inside.
    • Sarah Lee: Coordinator of IT/Website Activities, (she put together a great MARR webpage)!
    • Joe Connelly: Coordinator of Volunteer services. GREAT JOB on that Joe! AND… two days prior to the ride, Joe went out with a high-powered gas leaf-blower and blew off the gravel for ALL ROUTES! Those of you who identified problem intersections, Joe made sure to find those. THANK YOU JOE!
    • Rick Metcalf: Coordinated our SAG support. We had a few mechanicals, and some individuals needed transport back to the starting point, BUT… we are very thankful that there were NO INJURIES or ACCIDENTS, and no one reported any run-ins with motorists.
    • Mark Maxwell: Safety/Traffic monitor at the Grand Rapids rest stop.

    Special thanks to all those who volunteered, those who helped with set-up in the days preceding the event including registration: Debbie Tassie (who provided the bike stands at the Shelter House), Sharleen Suico, Ron Wells, Tyler Smith, Bob Kayden, and those who helped with lunch and kept our beverages cold including John Lee and Connie Benning, all our volunteers out at the rest areas making sure everyone had cold water and/or Gatorade and plenty of snacks, THANK YOU! And for those who helped with the tear-down after everything was done, (many who rode in MARR), including Dan Riley, Dan Marsalek, Rick Metcalf, and many others.

    I wish I could thank you all by name, but please know, your efforts contributed to a great ride.

    We had riders from Akron & Cleveland, some from Columbus, Detroit, and Fort Wayne. All of them had nothing but praise for MARR and expressed that we put on a top-notch ride, and they all look forward to coming back next year.

    I am very proud of the effort that went into this ride. The “Old Guard” passing on their knowledge and best practices to the new. This was OUR RIDE, Toledo Area Bicyclists, and so I wanted to say a special thank you to all TAB members who volunteered and/or rode. By participating, you ensure that MARR will be around for many more years to come. For those members who did not ride, I urge you, PLEASE ride next year. MARR is always on the 2nd Saturday of August. Again, this is OUR RIDE. MARR funds all the club’s expenses that membership dues don’t quite cover.

    Finally, I wanted to put out some special recognition.

    First of all to our very own Hubert Backes, a long-time TAB member. He rode the CENTURY route without STOPPING at any of the rest areas. At 85, (soon to be 86), he was the oldest person to ride the Century Route, (he was the oldest person in the ride)! And came in with a time of 7:10:58, and somehow, he managed to log in the most miles at 104. Thank you to all our dedicated rest area personnel and SAG drivers who kept an eye out for Hubert!


    Additionally, we had a woman ride this year, Ellen, Columber, who never rode bikes too much, she was an avid runner, goes to the gym frequently, but this past February, experienced a setback, she felt excruciating pain in her back one day that only worsened. Eventually, she ended up seeing her doctor who referred her to orthopedics. Long story short, she ended up having back surgery that left her unable to run, her doctors told her she’d be lucky if she could even walk for long distances. Her Physical Therapist told her, “hey, there’s some kind of bike ride coming up in August, they’ve got a 30 mile course, I think you could do that!” So that was her goal, with the help of her physical therapist, she worked on the stationary bikes for a while and then transitioned to her bike, started out small, but worked her way up, and she did it! She rode the 32-mile route for MARR this year! We hope to see Ellen for some of our club rides.

    It doesn’t matter whether one’s fitness level is elite, (we had 10 finish the CENTURY route sub-5), or if you’re a Meanderer who likes to ride at a slower pace taking in the beautiful scenery around. TAB has a ride for you! And we welcome everyone to join us. Please check out the TAB website at https://www.toledoareabicyclists.org/ and find a ride that suites YOU!

    We hope to see you at a future club ride!


    We’re already under a year till next year’s MARR! Mark your calendars, the next MARR will be on Saturday, August 10, 2024!

    Click <HERE> for timing results

    Click <HERE> for pictures from the ride (Thank you Sue R. & Hugh B.)

    One last thing... Eric Hammon won the Wahoo ELEMNT Roam Bundle pack. He left for home after his ride, but when I called him, he said that was worth driving back to Whitehouse for. Congratulations Eric, hope you enjoy the new ELEMNT ROAM.

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