Wednesday, December 30, 2009
While the long distance riding for a cause is a relatively new chapter in our lives, we've been riding bikes for a long time. Mary rode around Grandville on a daily basis when she was in high school. Her big trip was riding out to Holland with her friend Linda (Oegema) Milanowski. I grew up on a farm five miles north of Lowell. I would ride my 3 speed POS into town to play basketball for several hours and then ride home. (Which really was up hill all the way.)
When we got married we both had Schwinn 10 speeds. We'd pull the kids behind them in a Burley. Our biggest trip was probably the 8 mile ride around Mackinac Island. Colleen was on her own bike, I had a junior tandem with Jake, and Mary had Ian on the back in a kid carrier. Now we've moved up to fancy road bikes, mine is a black Cannondale SR500 and Mary rides a white Bianchi Brava. The 10 mile rides that used to knock us out for the rest of the weekend are now what we do for a warm-up. I've completed seven century rides plus a whole lot of 50 mile plus rides, including several metric centuries. The amazing thing to me is that I completed my first century ride on my 48th birthday. So much for slowing down as you get older.
Once again, thanks to everyone who has supported us either financially or with their thoughts and prayers. 2010 is going to be a great year!
Monday, December 21, 2009
|From More Than 100 Miles...|
Merry Christmas from our family to yours.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Don was the third JDRF person to pass away this year. In April, Bill Andro passed away due to diabetes complications. Bill was a former JDRF West Michigan board member. He was also the father of Ride Team members Sarah and Rob Andro. Then in July another former board member and Ride Team member, Rod Stephens, passed away due to cancer. These men will all be greatly missed for the contributions they brought to our program as well as the joy they brought into our lives.
Ride in Peace Bill, Rod and Don.
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Speaking of riding Mary and I took a little trip on the White Pine Trail this afternoon. Our JDRF teammate Linda Thompson-Poeder joined us. We rode 20 miles, taking the trail from our house up to Russell Road and back. We would have gone farther, but we ran out of daylight. That is the major difficulty in getting mileage in this time of year. Even if it's warm the sun sets by 5:30.
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Monday, November 2, 2009
11 1/2 months until Death Valley 2010!
Friday, October 30, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
|From Death Valley Ride 2008|
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
September has turned into the nicest month of our summer. Warm and dry during the day, not to mention sunny, then cooling off at night. Unfortunately, it's also dark by 8:30, so it's getting hard to get those post work/dinner rides in. We are registered to ride in the Apple Cider Century next Sunday. My plan is to do the full century since I don't have one yet this year. I'm hoping next Sunday is as nice as this Sunday.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
Jake's Music Festival takes place in just 8 days. This is our fifth annual celebration of local music. We have a great line up of bands featuring everything from family friendly groups at 5:00 to some of the hottest bands in the area. You can find a full listing of bands at our festival blog.
Thanks to our main sponsors Frames Unlimited and Magic Hat #9. Because of them 100% of all ticket sales goes directly to our local chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. And those tickets are only $8 this year. We'll also be having a silent auction and adult beverages at the newly renovated Wealthy Theatre concession stand.
Some come early and stay all night, or just drop in to check out one or two bands. Either way you'll have a great time.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Mary and I and our son Ian, along with our friend Susan, rode the Kal-Haven Trail on Sunday. We started on the South Haven end and did about 15 miles. It's a flat gravel trail that was quite popular on Labor day weekend. It was great to get out on a perfect riding day. My Cannondale should be ready tomorrow, so I'll have it in time for this Sunday's team ride. Even though we are done with Vermont we still have about 10 West Michigan Riders heading for Death Valley. Ahh... heat.
Monday, August 31, 2009
The bad news is it rained. A lot. And it was very cold. On Saturday we were picking up the remnants of tropical storm Danny and two storm fronts from the Midwest. It rained all day and it was cold. The high temperature maybe hit 54. Not exactly the best riding conditions. To top it off the ride started with a very steep, dangerously slick 4 mile long downhill. Then we crossed a busy intersection and went down for another 8 miles. The wind from that descent along with the wetness increased the feeling of cold. By the time we got to the first break point I was chilled to the bone. The cold, wet, wind and lack of pedaling conspired to give me a very bad day.
By the second break point I was violently shaking. I wanted to turn around, but thought that if I could just pedal harder and get my heart rate up I'd be able to get my core temperature up. Didn't work. I just kept getting colder. I can't remember ever feeling so bad on a bike. Even when I ended up in the med tent after the '07 Death Valley Ride I didn't feel as bad.
The third rest stop was the turn around point for the metric century ride (100 kilometers or 62 miles). Mary was with me and we decided to head back. I was actually happy, knowing there would be some climbing on the way back, thinking I would finally get warm. With about 23 miles to go I was in very bad shape, probably close to hypothermia. Our coach, Mike Clark, happened upon us and traded me his jacket for my vest. That one small act probably enabled me to finish the ride under my own power instead of in the SAG wagon.
Finishing early in the day does have it's rewards. We were able to watch most of our team mates cross the finish line. It was great to see so many do so well under pretty rotten conditions. But at the same time, I felt a bit of emptiness. 62 miles on a bad day is a pretty decent accomplishment. But my goal was to do the full 100. As people that I've trained with all summer crossed the line, beaming at their just completed century, I didn't feel like I was fully sharing their joy.
I know that given what was happening to my body, the wisest thing to do was to cut my ride short. But what bothers me is that I was able to stop when I was having bad day. My son has bad days with diabetes and he doesn't have the option of stopping. He can't say "I'm tired of diabetes. I won't deal with it anymore today." So my Killington experience was not everything I had hoped for.
This was my fifth JDRF ride. It was the first time I didn't complete the century. I will be riding again next year and the year after and every year until we find a cure. Thanks again to all my team mates out there on the road and to all our sponsors and donors. And thanks most of all to the young man who inspires me to do this crazy ride thing. Love you Jake.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Twelve years ago, on September 19, 1997, we were told that our then six year old son Jake had Type 1 diabetes. We were, like most parents, completely unprepared for that diagnosis. The following year was a blur as we learned the procedures we would need to follow in order to keep our son alive. The carefree days of Jake's childhood had suddenly turned into a life and death struggle. One of the most insidious aspects of diabetes is that on the outside the diabetic looks fine. But without daily insulin injections that person will die. Even with proper care the diabetic may develop complications that can lead to blindness, kidney failure and amputation.
We have never been the type of people who sit back and say "Why us?" when we get thrown life's curve balls. We are more likely to say "How do we fix it?" So when Jake was diagnosed, we set out to fix the problem. Neither Mary or I are doctors so we aren't going to find the cure on our own, but we can help raise money and awareness so that the doctors who will find the cure will have the resources to accomplish that goal. Therefore, we ride our bikes through the desert or the mountains in order to raise money to fund research. The donations of our family, friends and people we don't even know have already helped immeasurably.
Thank you to everyone who has supported us this year and in past years. Whether you are a rider, a researcher, or a financial supporter remember this - we will be known as the people who cured diabetes.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Then at midnight on Wednesday the majority of the team will follow in a charter bus. With any luck we'll probably get the same customs agent. "Anything to declare?" "Yeah, some guys stole all our bikes. Have you seen them?" "Step out of the bus, please."
Monday, August 24, 2009
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
When we arrived back home in Rockford we had put 54 miles under our wheels. Or a bit better than half the distance we'll be riding in 13 days. It's amazing how quick this is coming up on us.
If you haven't donated yet there is still time. Click on the "Donate to Tom" or "Donate to Mary" links on the left and follow the simple directions. Thanks for your support.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Today we had a team ride from Cindy Ally's house in Cedar Springs. Part of the route was on the same White Pine Trail we had ridden the day before, but for some reason it looked very different. It was very hot, very humid and we had sustained westerly winds of about 20 mph. I completed 50 miles in about 4 1/2 hours, including rest stops. That would be a nine hour century ride if I can maintain the pace, which would be my best time ever. Three weeks until Killington and I almost feel ready.
Friday, August 7, 2009
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
This weekend is chock full of riding opportunities. Saturday is our 6 x 46 Ride. 6 bars in 46 miles along the White Pine Trail. Last year we did the 5 x 55 Ride along the Musketawa Trail. Join us for a very silly, totally fun riding experience. Roll out is 11:00 a.m. from behind Vitalies in Comstock park. On Sunday we have a team ride in Cedar Springs. That's going to be a bit more serious and in the 60 to 70 mile range. It will also probably take less time than the Saturday ride. These are good long miles, because Killington is three weeks from this Saturday. Yowza!
Thursday, July 30, 2009
|From Team Ride 072509|
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Tonight Mary took a short ride with team mate Linda Poeder through the Ada area. They rode along Grand River Avenue to Roselle Park and took the trails through there. They then rode into Ada and back to their starting point, Mary's office. I'd give more details, but I wasn't invited to go on this one. :(
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Last year the 5 x 55 was on the Musketawa Trail. This year's ride will be better because we are stopping at more bars (6) and riding less miles (46).
This is a very unofficial, non-supported ride. However, there are plenty of refreshment stops along the way. We will start in Comstock Park behind Vitalie's at 11:00 a.m. Support stops will include The Corner Bar in Rockford, The Cedar Pub in Cedar Springs, the Sand Bar in Sand Lake, as well as three additional establishments.
So join us for good times with good friends.
Official Ride T-shirts are available at http://www.cafepress.com/rideteam
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Tonight we rode up to Rockford and past the Blues on the River show. That was a bit of a mistake, since we weren't going to the show. So we spent a lot of time avoiding the throngs of people on the White Pine Trail. On the way back we completely skirted the concert area.
Last Saturday marked the 6 week point until the ride. Need to put in more miles and raise more money with only a month and a half to get it done.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
We have been involved with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundations Ride For A Cure since 2005. In 2008 I decided to create a documentary detailing the ride. This event draws cyclists from all over the country to five different ride sites. Some of the riders are parents of diabetic children, some have diabetes themselves, and some have no personal connection to the disease but ride to support a great cause. This film follows the team from West Michigan as they train for and participate in rides in Asheville, North Carolina and Death Valley, California. Along the way we hear from the various riders and find out why they do what they do. The film also features amazing cycling footage and beautiful scenery. But the most important part is the emotion displayed by the participants. This ride is truly "More than 100 miles", it is helping to find a cure for diabetes.
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Thursday, July 9, 2009
I first met Rod when we served on the JDRF Board together, shortly after our sons had been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Our families got together a number of times over the years and it was fun to watch the kids grow up. Rod didn't ride with us in 2006 because of his cancer, but he recovered and rode in the Whitefish, Montana ride in 2007. Even when the cancer returned last year Rod maintained a positive attitude. I will miss Rod and our families prayers go out to his family.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Sunday, July 5, 2009
I also rolled over 500 miles for this year's training. Not nearly enough considering how soon the big ride is, but I'll be putting in lots of miles over the next six weeks.
Friday, July 3, 2009
Yesterday I rode the WPT south around Whitecaps park. Today Mary and I went north on the trail all the way to Cedar Spring and back. We were on a scouting mission for the 6 x 46. More on that ride later.
Also, the first JDRF ride of the year took place last weekend in Sonoma. A couple of first time riders we know from Tennessee took part. You can read about their story by clicking here. There are also photos of the ride posted here. I have to admit I like the new green and blue jerseys.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
We went out to Lowell to visit my parents this afternoon and took our bikes along. The kids drove the car home and Mary and I rode home. It was a nice 17 mile ride with a few hills, but more down than up. We took Lincoln Lake Road north to 3 Mile west to Alden Nash. Then we went across the south side of Murray Lake and hooked with 5 Mile. As we got closer to home and 5 Mile becomes Cannonsburg we turned north on Blakely and then west on 7 Mile. We got to go down the infamous 7 Mile Hill. Mary hit 39.8 miles per hour and I managed 42.2 mph. Big fast fun!
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
I went out to the Owasippe Scout Reservation near White Lake for some mountain bike riding. I met up with Ride teammates Derek, Amy, and Melanie. We did an 11 mile loop. (again with the 11) It was a great route and a fairly tough ride. Melanie was cranking full speed on the down hills. I was using a little more caution, being my first time at this particular spot. We all had a great time on a very beautiful day.
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Friday, June 5 - 7:35 p.m.
Saturday, June 6 - 3:35 p.m.
Sunday, June 7 - 3:35 p.m.
So this is an excellent opportunity to see the film if you haven't had the chance yet, or if you'd like to see it again. Plus, like everything else at Festival, it's free admission. For more information check out www.festivalgr.org.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
There was very little traffic and I only saw 4 other bicyclists on the whole route. Of course the fact that it looked like it was going to storm at any second probably kept people inside. I did get sprinkled on a couple of times, which felt good as I was dealing with 94% humidity.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Join us for the after-party at the Muskegon Film Festival Beer Garden, located right next to Harbor Theatre. It is strictly cash only and you must have a valid ID with you. The Beer Garden is open Saturday and Sunday during the Festival until 10:00 p.m.
So please join us on Saturday to watch the film and tip back a few.
Friday, May 22, 2009
Thursday I did a quick lunchtime ride with my neighbor Craig. We just went to 12 Mile Road and back along the White Pine Trail. It was absolutely perfect cycling weather. Sunny, warm and only slightly windy. We did an easy 15 miles.
Today Mary rode her bike to work. I have some errands to run this morning and I'm going to do those on my bike. Mary gets home from work early today because of the holiday weekend. We then pack up and head to Canton, Michigan for Ian's soccer tournament. That means no riding for a couple of days but we'll be okay.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
It's amazing the number of people who showed up for a training ride. Our first couple of years we didn't have this many people on the entire team. The kind of turnout we had Sunday speaks volumes about the commitment of this group of cyclists.
There are more photos posted on our Google photo site. Click here to follow the link.
Friday, May 15, 2009
The dates of the festival are May 30 and 31. The location is the Harbor Theatre in Muskegon. The final schedule has not been released yet, but when it is I'll post the show times here. If you'd like more information on the Muskegon Film Festival click here.
I'm very excited that the film was accepted. We've gotten a lot of very positive feedback so far. But most of the people who have seen it are either involved with cycling or JDRF. Not exactly an unbiased crowd. The film festivals accept movies based on how good of films they are, regardless of the subject matter. It feels great knowing that people outside of our team and friends also see how special this group is.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
"This is so inspirational. Very well done. You've captured with video what is so difficult to capture with words. I'm brought back to my first RTC in '03 and why I'm with this program. Thanks for doing this. Very nice. Great work."
-Tim St. Clair, JDRF Ride National Head Coach
"That was absolutely unbelievable and I've already watched it three times. I'm still blown away by how you were able to capture the "goose bump" effect on video. Amazing job, just amazing."
- Alyson Levine, Development Coordinator, JDRF Ride Department
We also just got a nice write-up in the media arts industry magazine Michigan Vue. Check out the May/June 2009 issue and the "Behind the Scenes" section.
Sunday, May 10, 2009
With the sun staying up longer we'll be able to get in some longer rides after work. Also, soccer season is about half done, so that will open up weekends in another few weeks. Mary is even talking about riding her bike to work occasionally this summer. Love the warm weather. Let's ride.
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Today Mary and I are celebrating Cinco De Mayo by taking the day off and enjoying the sunshine. Back on the bike tomorrow.
Thursday, April 30, 2009
The Andro family has been an inspiration to the entire Ride Team. We all have our personal reasons for doing this ride. This week we got another lesson in the importance of what we are doing. Insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitors improve the lives of those with diabetes, but that's not a cure. Until we find a cure a person with Type 1 has increased risk of complications including loss of eyesight, nerve damage and amputation. Plus a life expectancy of 15 years less than a non-diabetic. Bill Andro was only 62 years old when he passed away last Thursday from diabetes.
Please remember Bill, his wife Phyllis and Rob and Sarah in your prayers. And help us in any way you can to find a cure for this disease. It truly is a matter of life and death.
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Let's start with the riding. I rode 13 miles by myself on Wednesday. Took the White Pine Trail south, going completely around the ballpark using the new Comstock Park spur. On Friday Mary and I rode about 15 miles, taking the WPT north to Rockford and back, including the Childsdale hill on the return. Sunday was a 29 mile team ride in Grandville. It was cold and wet, but we had 25 team members there, so it was great.
From the movie standpoint everything went very well. On Wednesday I was on the WGVU Morning Show promoting our premiere. Thursday night was the world premiere at Celebration Cinemas. The dapper dude in the photo is what I look like when I dress as "The Director". We had almost 200 people attend the premiere and over half of those showed up to Boston's for the after party. Our initial showing of the documentary was a huge success. Now we are sending it out to other JDRF folks and entering it in film festivals. As we get dates for other showings I'll post them here.
Finally, I've added a new widget to the left side bar, it's my Training Tracker. This will update frequently with the amount of miles I've ridden this season. Even though 116 doesn't sound like a lot I feel that I'm ahead of where I was last year at this time. Which is good, since this year's ride is seven weeks earlier.
Hope you had a great week, too. Ride On!
Thursday, April 16, 2009
I'm fortunate to have worked with a great crew of people on this film. I'm not going to try and mention everyone here (you can see their names in the credits tonight) but a few people's contributions really stand out. First, Todd Herring who wrote a couple of awesome songs for the film. He also lined up some great area musicians to perform, including Karisa Wilson. Second, Karen Kleinheksel did a phenomenal job editing the documentary. We spent many hours over the winter going through the hours of footage to come up with the final edit. Karen also created all the graphics in the film. And, as they say, last but not least, my wife Mary. She has put up with being my private focus group. I've run many things past her, more than she probably wanted, but she always appeared to enjoy it.
Thanks to everyone who participated in the making of "More Than 100 Miles", especially all the members of the West Michigan Ride Team. Without you, there would be no movie.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
We've been hearing a lot of positive feedback from the people who have had a preview screening. Our hope is to sell out the theatre (250 seats). With that in mind it would be advisable to arrive early. The documentary starts at 7:00 p.m. Ticket sales begin in the lobby at 6:00 p.m. There will be a special table set up for documentary tickets. You will not be able to buy them at the regular Celebration Cinemas box office. So come early, enjoy the show, and join us at Boston's afterwards.
Monday, April 13, 2009
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
We are putting the finishing touches on the documentary today and tomorrow. It's all little stuff. Change a shot, add some music, fix a misspelling. By Thursday evening we should be done. Then we send it off to have copies made. DVD's will be available the night of the premiere. In fact, let me give you the cost structure for the evening.
Ticket to see the film: $5.00
Ticket to see the film, plus popcorn and pop special: $10.00
DVD of the film: $15.00
Post party at Bostons: Cash bar, complimentary appetizers
Friday, April 3, 2009
With that in mind I started my hill training yesterday. I started out by climbing the 7 Mile hill. Not real long, but very steep and only a mile from the start, so I wasn't really warmed up. Then rode to Meyers Lake over the rolling hills near Rockford. Went west on 12 Mile and hooked up with the White Pine Trail. I got off the trail to finish my ride by climbing Childsdale hill. Not as steep as 7 Mile but much longer. A little over 20 miles in total. It was a nice ride on what looks to be the last decent day around here for about a week.
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
In other news, I'll be on the Shelly Irwin Morning Show on WGVU-FM (88.5) on April 15th (the day before the premiere) to talk about the documentary. The scheduled start time is 9:06 a.m. Also, watch for announcements in local magazines and papers and, of course, FaceBook.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
After four century rides in Death Valley, the need for proper hydration while cycling is obvious. This is a great article from the blog le-grimpeur that talks about hydrating while on the Tour de France. Enjoy.
by Guy WR
The organizers of professional cycling races, particularly the Tour de France, have always had some strange ideas about water. Restrictions on water consumption by the riders has been one way race organizers for Grand Tours have tried, even in recent times, to keep the races tough, as a test of the survival skills of the riders. As if the long stages, broken roads, heat, cold, furious attacks, terrifying descents, and interminable climbs were not enough, tyrants like Henri Desgrange and his successors have imposed rules on drink bottles (as well as many other trifling regulations)
Until at least the 1960s, riders as well had strange attitudes to water, believing that too much would bloat the stomach and lead to impaired performance. Mammoth stages on just a handful of bottles were not uncommon, before physiology and science caught up and the benefits of regular hydration were realized. Still, and in a tradition that continues today, riders took limited refreshments from spectators on the side of the road - another way the cycling has managed to include its supporters in the action.
Beer is always the right choice.
With the restrictions on bottles in place, even as seemingly recent as the 1970s, the café raid was a common occurrence. Domestiques would organize themselves for a mass raid on a designated outlet and its shelves stripped of almost any liquid beverage available: mineral water, sodas, beer, even Champagne. Then the domestiques, their pockets stuffed with all manner of bottles of different shapes and sizes, would chase down the peloton to share their booty.
Jersey pockets never go out of style.
For the seemingly helpless café owner, it would be all good fun. A few lost profits, perhaps a backhander from the race organizers to compensate, but a chance to rub shoulders with the riders, and have a story to tell local patrons afterwards. The raids added colour to the race, levity, and a sense of keeping the race firmly rooted to the towns through which it passed.
Keep your bottle opener handy.
For the domestiques, being a capable ‘water carrier’ was a valuable skill, even better if one remembered one’s bottle opener, or had another ingenious method of getting the cap off if the opener had been forgotten. Important, too, was the ability to source a team leader’s favourite beverage, perhaps even a little Champagne - which never did the riders any harm in decades past - to dull the pain of an impending climb.
Do not try this on your next group ride.
The rules have eased now on water, with the realization that dehydration actually exists and could be hazardous to the health of riders. Motorbikes ply the peloton with their sponsor’s wares, and team cars are always ready to provide refreshment - although there’s little Champagne to be seen, during the race at least. Domestiques are still valued, though, for their ability to carry bottles from the team car to their leader, but no longer do they need to remember their bottle openers.
Something a bit stronger than sodas.
But restrictions still exist, most notably on final climbs in stages in the Tour, for example, where team cars cannot give bottles to riders - as much to prevent cars from hampering the action and giving tows as forcing the riders to climb unaided. But spectators continue to provide a ready source of refreshment. Frankie Andreu gives an insight into the mind set of the riders in one of his diary entries from the 1999 Tour in the Pyrenees.
“The grupetto was a big one today. Many riders are tired and the first chance they get to sit up, they do. Christian [Vandevelde] was making deals all day in the last group. Guys were so hot and desperate for water, they were begging Christian for water and the promised to buy him a beer in Paris. He has about a case of beer waiting for him at the finish.
“Prudencio [Indurain], while riding in the group, spotted a two-litre bottle of Orangina sitting on a picnic table. When he spotted it he yelled out, ‘Who wants some Orangina?’ Of course, everyone wanted some; so Prudencio in one swoop swung over into the gravel and grabbed it off the picnic table. It was a party.”
No team loyalty when a rider needs water.
All screen grab pictures from Stars and Water Carriers, the movie of the 1974 Giro d’Italia.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
In movie news we are moving closer to completion. This week we are adding graphics and narration. Next week will be music and credits. And then we'll be done. Woohoo! Remember the premiere is April 16th and there will be DVD's of the finished documentary available for purchase. The cost will be $15 and proceeds, of course, go to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Before we get to the big announcement we have a small, but exciting announcement. Todd Herring of Craic Wisely will be composing some original music for the documentary. We're very excited to have someone of Todd's talent working on this project.
The big announcement is going to be the date of the premiere. We are still working out the details but I can tell you that it will be in April at Celebration Cinemas North in Grand Rapids. So watch this space as we hope to have the official announcement within the next week.
Sunday, February 8, 2009
But before we got to the Wealthy Theatre last night the sun came out, the temperature hit 50 degrees and the road was calling. So I pulled out my mountain bike and did a quick 5 miles along the Rouge River to Belmont and back. It felt great to be outside riding again. Earlier in the week I did 5 miles on a stationary bike in the gym. That was just exercise for the sake of exercise. Yesterday's 5 miles was pure joy. The warm sun, the cool air, the spray off my tires from the snow melt, all wonderful. Now I know that within a week we'll be back to sub 30 degrees and more snow, but it sure was fun to get on the road in February in Michigan.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Saturday, January 31, 2009
The best part though was to see one of my photos of our team in Death Valley printed big as life in the GR Press.
The Film Festival takes place on Saturday, February 7 at Wealthy Theatre, doors open at 6:30 p.m. For more info click here.
To read the full article on MLive click here.
Hope to see everyone next weekend at the festival.
Monday, January 26, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
The trailer for our documentary will be shown at the Grand Rapids Bicycle Film Festival on February 7. The festival takes place at Wealthy Theatre from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. The event is a fund raiser for the Western Michigan Mountain Bike Association. If you're on Facebook (and who isn't these days?) here's a link to more info about the evening. It sounds like a great time with several bike related films. So please stop on down and get a chance to see the "More Than 100 Miles" trailer on the big screen.
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Sunday, January 4, 2009
Good luck to Mary, the trainer is not my idea of a good time.