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Invitational and Out of Town Rides, and Changes

This page is for posting Invitational and Out-of-Town Rides, as well as any Ride Change Announcements.
(These announcements might also appear in the online calendar.)

Recently received rides:

APRIL-MAY 2017 INVITATIONALS
 
Apr 2 (Sun)
36th Annual Cross Florida Ride
Cocoa to Bayport, FL. We start in Cocoa Beach at Alan Shepard Park at the eastern terminus of SR-520, and will be traveling a well-marked route south of the metro Orlando area, then through hilly Pasco county, and finishing up at the beautiful Bayport Park on the Gulf coast. More than 140 miles, 4 SAG stops. https://raceroster.com/events/2017/8740/36th-annual-cross-florida-ride
Captain: Randy Rubin  734-660-8800 randy@northernvending.com
 
Apr 9-15 (Sun-Sat)
Bike Florida Spring Tour – Gulah Geeche
Elkton, FL. This annual spring tour will be a wagon-wheel format fixed base ride from St Johns County Fairground. Popular spring getaway tour. Routes range from 17 to 100 miles.  http://bikeflorida.org/
Captain: Dawn Callahan  517-392-8945   callahandawn1778@gmail.com
 
May 6 (Sat)
3 State 3 Mountain Challenge
Chattanooga, TN. The Full Century Challenge takes riders up and down 3 mountains — Suck Creek, Sequatchie and Sand, in 2 states – Tennessee and Alabama. Two other routes available: Metric Century Challenge over Suck Creek, and the 25-mile course fetyuring no mountains but some challenging hills. www.3state3mountain.org
Captain: Randy Rubin  734-660-8800 randy@northernvending.com
 
May 12-18 (Fri-Thu)
REI Tuscany Cycling
Pienza to Siena, Italy. Explore the lush hillsides of Tuscany on a fully-supported bike tour, up to 42 miles per day. Visit scenic vineyards, Renaissance towns, and beautiful pastures. Enjoy fresh cuisine and taste Italy’s famed wines. Space limited, fills quickly.
https://www.rei.com/adventures/trips/europe/italy-cycling.html
Captain: Jim Knight  734-478-0424  jwknight46@gmail.com
 
May 13-14 (Sat-Sun)
TOSRV – Tour of the Scioto River Valley
Columbus, OH. 56th year of a bicycling classic, which started in 1962 as a father & son outing and grew into the nation’s largest bicycle touring weekend. Two days, 210 miles from Columbus to Portsmouth, OH & back again. Half TOSRV starts in Chillicothe and returns the next day. One-day TOSRV starts in Columbus & turns around in Chillicothe. Registration starts in January. www.tosrv.org
Captain: Steve Limkemann  734-595-7991  stevelim@wwnet.com
 
May 27 & 28 (Sat-Sun)
Horsey Hundred
Georgetown, KY. 40th annual event. One of the best attended of AABTS’s favorite invitationals, through the horse country and rural area around Georgetown, KY. www.horseyhundred.com
As usual, AABTS will be offering some special pre- and post-tour features so you can make this a multi-day cycling vacation. Check the Out-of-Area Rides section of the April-May calendar for more details.
Captain: Jan Tripp  734-996-8079  Jan_Tripp@comcast.net
 
 
UPCOMING
 
Jun 24-30 (Sat-Fri)
PALM – Pedal Across Lower Michigan
Emphasizing the social & recreational aspects of cycling, PALM is geared to the novice & intermediate rider, and is particularly well suited for families. Daily distances of 35-60 miles; longer routes available. The 2017 route (36th year!) will be from Saugatuck to Gibralter; overnights include Otsego, Nashville, Eaton Rapids, Grass Lake & Milan. Application available on PALM in January. www.palmbiketour.org
Captain: Vickie Smith  734-996-9461/276-2096  vickie.smith@comcast.net
 
Jul 8 (Sat)
OHR – One Helluva Ride!
Our fabulous annual Club invitational fund raiser; always held on the 2nd Saturday of July. Rides of 39, 64, 75 & 100 miles start at Chelsea (MI) Fairgrounds; 15- & 30-mile Fun Rides start at Portage Lake State Park. (AABTS members: Please consider volunteering to work on ride day, & ride the AABTS Members’ OHR route the Sunday before.)
Captain: Jeffrey Spoon  734-846-0604  jdspoon@spooncompanies.com
 
Jul 9-Dec 21 (Sun-Thu)
South American Epic Tour
Tour D’Afrique tour is the only South American bicycle trip that covers the continent from top to bottom, from Cartagena, Columbia to Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego on the shores of the Drake Passage. Nine sections, may sign up for some or all. http://tdaglobalcycling.com/south-american-epic
Captain: Lloyd Strong  519-252-86743  Lstrong2@cogeco.ca
 
Jul 23-29 (Sat-Sat)
RAGBRAI XLV – The Register’s Annual Great Rider Across Iowa
Classic cross-state bicycle tour—the granddaddy of them all! The 2017 route will not be announced until January 21, but remember, Iowa ain’t flat! Registration opens Nov. 15. Fills quickly! www.ragbrai.org
Captain: Vickie Smith  734-996-9461/276-2096  vickie.smith@comcast.net
 
Aug 18-26 (Fri-Sat)
BAC Total Eclipse of KY
Nashville, TN. Loop ride featuring a viewing of the Aug. 21 total eclipse of the sun in an optimal viewing location near Hopkinsville, KY. Overnights will be in Kentucky towns of Ashland City, Oak Grove (2 nights), Aurora, Dover, & Clarksville. Mileage from 31-51 miles. www.bicycleadventureclub.org
Captain: Dawn Callahan  517-392-8945  callahandawn1778@gmail.com
 
Aug 19-25 (Sat-Fri)
Cycle Greater Yellowstone
Experience the iconic, wild, & magnificent Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem on your bike. 350 miles, with an additional option of around 100 miles. Route highlights: West Yellowstone, Mesa Falls, Caribou-Targhee National Forest, Pine Creek Pass, Snake River, Grand Targhee, Warm River, Red Dune Road, & the Centennial Mountains. Space limited. https://www.cyclegreateryellowstone.com
Captain: Terri Keppler  734-645-5696  tlk1972@gmail.com
 
Sep 6-20 (Wed-Wed)
BAC Lake Michigan Ramble
Ludington to Mackinac Island. This tour of Michigan's northwestern lower peninsula encompasses some of the state's most beautiful scenery and best cycling. The ride follows the shoreline of Lake Michigan, and includes overnights in Onekama, Frankfort, Glen Arbor, Leland, Traverse City, Bellaire, Charlevoix, Petoskey, & ending with 2 nights on Mackinac Island. Highlights are Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes, Tunnel of Trees, Mission Point, Charlevoix's Mushroom Houses, car-free Mackinac Island, and more. This ride now filled; waiting list only. www.bicycleadventureclub.org
Captains: Dorothy Stock  734-717-0208  dorothy.stock@comcast.net & Alex Wagner  734-997-7484  alexwagner1136@gmail.com
 
Apr 22-May 4, 2018 (Sun-Fri)
BAC Southern Coastal Portugal
Starting just south of Lisbon, the tour route follows the coast south to Cabo de Sao Vicente, the southwestern most point of Europe, and then traces the Algarve shore to Tavira. Overnights are: Grandola, Cercal, Odeceixe (2 nights), Sagres, Lagos, Monchique (2 nights), Alte, Estoi, Tavira (2 nights).   Average mandatory mileage is 35 miles, with average elevation gain 2865. BAC rides are limited, and fill quickly. http://www.bicycleadventureclub.org/html/rides/?action=ride&rideid=1150
Captain: Alex Wagner  734-997-7484  alexwagner1136@gmail.com
 


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Mar 18-25, 2017 (Sat-Sat)
Texas Hill Country: Texas Hell Week
Fredericksburg, TX. Eight (8) days of riding in Texas Hill Country.
Captain: Sharon Sleeker
248-761-5792
sharon.sleeker@hotmail.com
Visiting club members please call for starting times and location.


Feb 20- (Daily)
Florida Everglades
Description: Let's have some fun having alligators chasing us as we trek through the Florida Everglades. Daily rides multiple distances. 50-100 miles. Meet at the Wal-Mart (Collier Blvd and US 41 Tamiami Trail) at 7:00 am. Please call me day before to go over route.  Time of Day: 07:00:00 - 12:00:00
 Contact Name: Randy 
Contact Email: randy@northernvending.com Contact Phone: 734-622-9700
Naples FL 


Jan 15 (Sun)

Gran Fondo Brevard

Indialantic, FL. This multidistance cycling event will take riders on a tour through the Space Coast. Participants can choose to ride the 35-mile Piccolo Fondo, the 63-mile Medio Fondo, or the full 105-mile Gran Fondo route. Also included is a 5K Run/Walk. https://raceroster.com/events/2017/9129/gran-fondo-brevard

Captain: Randy Rubin  734-660-8800 randy@northernvending.com


Feb 18 (Sat)

Wrigley Ride

St. Augustine, FL. Memorial ride for Bryan Wrigley, 2011 hit-and-run victim. Routes include metric, half metric, & quarter metric century: 65, 46, & 28 miles. https://raceroster.com/events/2017/9079/wrigley-ride

Captain: Randy Rubin  734-660-8800 randy@northernvending.com

 

Feb 19 (Sun)

Tour Latino

Clermont, FL. The only Latin-themed cycling fundraising event in Central Florida. Benefit for Prospera, which helps develop small businesses in the Hispanic community. Routes include century, metric century, half century, quarter century, 10-mile family ride, & a 5K run. https://raceroster.com/events/2017/9042/tour-latino

Captain: Randy Rubin  734-660-8800 randy@northernvending.com


Apr 2 (Sun)

36th Annual Cross Florida Ride

Cocoa to Bayport, FL. We start in Cocoa Beach at Alan Shepard Park at the eastern terminus of SR-520, and will be traveling a well-marked route south of the metro Orlando area, then through hilly Pasco county, and finishing up at the beautiful Bayport Park on the Gulf coast. More than 140 miles, 4 SAG stops. https://raceroster.com/events/2017/8740/36th-annual-cross-florida-ride

Captain: Randy Rubin  734-660-8800 randy@northernvending.com


Apr 22-May 4, 2018 (Sun-Fri)
BAC Southern Coastal Portugal
Starting just south of Lisbon, the tour route follows the coast south to Cabo de Sao Vicente, the southwestern most point of Europe, and then traces the Algarve shore to Tavira. Overnights are: Grandola, Cercal, Odeceixe (2 nights), Sagres, Lagos, Monchique (2 nights), Alte, Estoi, Tavira (2 nights).   Average mandatory mileage is 35 miles, with average elevation gain 2865. BAC rides are limited, and fill quickly. http://www.bicycleadventureclub.org/html/rides/?action=ride&rideid=1150
Captain: Alex Wagner  734-997-7484  alexwagner1136@gmail.com

May 12-18 (Fri-Thu)

REI Tuscany Cycling
Pienza to Siena, Italy. Explore the lush hillsides of Tuscany on a fully-supported bike tour, up to 42 miles per day. Visit scenic vineyards, Renaissance towns, and beautiful pastures. Enjoy fresh cuisine and taste Italy’s famed wines. Space limited, fills quickly.
https://www.rei.com/adventures/trips/europe/italy-cycling.html
Captain: Jim Knight 734-478-0424 jwknight46@gmail.com
 

The following two weekly rides have been extended to continue through the month of November:
 
Monday, 9:00 a.m. - WEATHER PERMITTING
Back Roads Ramble
Start: 960 Forest Road, off Country Club Road in Barton Hills
Captains: Jeanette & Chuck Hescheles  734-761-2885 & Beth Caldwell  734-663-5060
Note: Please call ride captain at 8 a.m. DOR to see if ride will take place
 
Tuesday, 10:00 a.m. (note time change)
Parks, Lakes & Trails
Start: McHattie Park, South Lyon
Captain: Jan Tripp  734-996-8079
 
Wednesday, 9:00 a..m. - WEATHER PERMITTING
Superior Salem Dirt Road Ride
Start: Trinity Church parking lot at NE corner of Gotgredson & Plymouth-Ann Arbor Roads
Captains: Beth Caldwell  734-663-5060 & Marilyn Pobanz  734-663-8980
Note: Please call ride captain at 8 a.m. DOR to see if ride will take place

Correction to Back Roads Ramble November Extension
Please note that we are no longer allowed to start in Barton Hills, therefore we will start at Old St. Patrick's church at the corner of Whitmore Lake Road and Northfield church.  Interested riders need to call either Beth Caldwell at 734-663-5060 at 8:00 am Day of ride or John Butwin 734-717-7567.

Florida Rides

Nov 2016 through April 2017
Tuesday – Breakfast ride to First Watch
Ride through Placida, Englewood and Venice to Sarasota for breakfast at First Watch then return. Pace of 16-18 mph can be adjusted.
A/B 60-80 mi 7:00 am Cape Haze Community Center, Placida, FL
Captain: Dawn Callahan 517-392-8956
 
Nov 2016 through April 2017
Thursday – North Port and Beyond  
A round trip ride to North Port with a breakfast stop.
A/B 60 mi 7:00 am Cape Haze Community Center, Placida, FL
Captain: Dawn Callahan 517-392-8956