Colin Hubbell Ride this Saturday — and more cycling events ahead

August 8, 2012
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The 2011 riders get ready to leave from TJ's. (Photo courtesy Midtown Detroit)

The annual Collin Hubbell ride is held in honor of the late Detroit advocate, known as a lover of all things Motown. To continue the work Hubbell did for the city, funds from the ride benefit the Colin Hubbell Fund, which provides grants to projects and businesses that contribute to the physical infrastructure and community building of Detroit neighborhoods. The rides have funded 38 projects to the tune of $70,000 since 2009.

See detroitmidtown.com for details and registration. Departs from Traffic Jam & Snug, 511 W. Canfield, Detroit, 313-831-9470. Day-of registration is at 8:30 a.m., ride begins an hour later. Riders can take 22- or 8-mile routes. Adults $25, children 12 and under $20.

 Also this Saturday …

Green Cruise Bike Rides. This yearly event celebrates all things green, and especially human-powered automation. The day includes three different bike rides: a 40-mile Detroit ride, a 20-mile suburban ride and a four-mile family ride. All rides start at the Green Alley in Ferndale and require helmets and signed waivers. See michigan.sierraclub.org. Downtown Ferndale, Ferndale.

 Some other riding opportunities around the city in the weeks to come:

 Bike Ypsi. This cadre of enthusiastic Ypsi riders holds weekly rides 52 weeks a year. Sunday rides depart from Recreation Park at 1 p.m. and last for about an hour or two, depending on the size and ability of the group. On Friday mornings, meet at Beezy’s Cafe at 8 a.m. to take part in a group cycling commute to the office. Beezy’s, 20 N. Washington St., Ypsilanti, 734-485-9625. (Saturdays and Sundays) Ongoing.

Slow Roll to Slow Jams. A weekly ride that departs from Woodbridge Pub at 8 p.m. to cruise around the city before returning for the sweet sounds of the weekly Slow Jams DJs. Woodbridge Pub, 5169 Trumbull St., Detroit, 313-833-2701. Free. (Mondays, 8 p.m.)

Fender Bender Maintenance Classes. Learn the basics of bike care, from patching a tube to adjusting your seat. Just $5 and includes a free patch kit. Held the second and fourth Tuesday of the month through Oct. The group, geared toward women and the LGBT community, also hosts montly full moon bike rides and is working on creating a bicycle lending library for the city. Wheelhouse Detroit, 1340 E. Atwater St., Detroit, 313-656-2453. $5. (Every other Tuesday  through 10/23)

Fitness Work Rides. Free 20 mile biweekly fitness ride. Pace is 12 to 15 mph, and the ride lasts about 2 hours. Takes off every other Wednesday from Wheelhouse at 6 p.m., with a rest and hydration stop at Fitness Works in New Center. Wheelhouse Detroit, 1340 E. Atwater St., Detroit, 313-656-2453. (Every other Wednesday through 9/19, 6 p.m.)

Motor City Bike & Brew Tours. A guided bike tour of Detroit breweries. Brewery History or Prohibition History tours available. Includes guided bike tour w/support staff, beer or soda at one brewery stop and lunch. See motorcitybrewtours.com for info and a schedule. Tours depart from Traffic Jam & Snug, 511 W. Canfield, Detroit, 248-850-2563. $27.99, bike rental options available. (Ongoing)

Critical Mass. Large bike ride the last Friday of every month. Meet at the corner of Warren & Trumbull. All welcome. Detroit. Free.

J-Cycle II: A Bike Tour of Historic Jewish Detroit. A 20-mile ride that includes 10 docent-narrated stops at spots significant to the history of Detroit’s Jewish community. The tour sold out in its inaugural year last year, so be sure to register early. This year’s event includes an entirely new route. See michjewishhistory.org for info. William G. Milliken State Park and Harbor, Detroit Riverfront at Atwater and St. Aubin, Detroit, 248-432-5517. $30. (8/19)

Birmingham Bike Festival. The fest features a criterium bike race (a race with a short course on closed-off city streets), family-friendly events, live entertainment and more. See BirminghamBikeFestival.org for details. Downtown Birmingham. (8/26, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.)

Tour de Ford Bike Ride. Fundraiser for the Tom Groth Patient Medical Needs Fund, which provides health care and social services to uninsured and underinsured patients. The ride features three routes: a 10-mile route, a 35-mile ride and a 70-mile ride. Visit henryford.com/tourdeford. Henry Ford Hospital, 2799 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit, 313-876-1031. $55-$75. (9/9)

5th Annual Taco Tour. 17 mile bike ride to Ypsi’s best taco joints. Price includes meat or vegan tacos, Taco Tour swag, a beverage at the Corner Brewery and the ride. See bikeypsi.org for details and registration. Corner Brewery, 720 Norris St., Ypsilanti, 734-262-4040. (9/16, 1 p.m.)

Mad Anthony Cyclocross Race. The only USA Cycling sanctioned cyclocross bicycle race held in Detroit, this yearly event races over the walls, moats and trails of the 89-acre Fort Wayne Complex. Historic Fort Wayne, 6325 W. Jefferson at the foot of Livernois, Detroit, 248-557-7450. (10/20)


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