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Old 09-02-19, 05:14 PM
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One Helluva Ride

For years, when I lived in Ann Arbor, One ride I always look forward to, was the AABTS, annual ride, ONE HELLUVA RIDE....which happens every July....been close to 30 yrs, since I've last done it...since Moving to Memphis, TN in 1986. I plan to do the ride in 2020..

Two other rides...I used to do as well...the Firecracker 100, and the Wolverine 100.........memphis, has an few rides..but nothing as cool as the ride going into Hell, Michigan, by way of Ann Arbor....
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One Helluva ride
Originally Posted by mousemeat View Post
For years, when I lived in Ann Arbor, One ride I always look forward to, was the AABTS, annual ride, ONE HELLUVA RIDE....which happens every July....been close to 30 yrs, since I've last done it...since Moving to Memphis, TN in 1986. I plan to do the ride in 2020..

Two other rides...I used to do as well...the Firecracker 100, and the Wolverine 100.........memphis, has an few rides..but nothing as cool as the ride going into Hell, Michigan, by way of Ann Arbor
FYA, I have done the OHR twice, in 2011 and 2015 in conjunction with the so-called Annual Fifty-Plus Forum Rides:
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Here are links to posts that begin the personal narratives and photos for these Annual Fifty Plus Rides:…

Third Annual Ride (Chelsea, MI)[2011]



Fifth Annual Ride (Michigan)

....

Seventh Annual Ride (Michigan)[2015]
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...Back in the 60’s in the Motor City, I had an “English Racer,’ and longed to tour at about age 14, but then joined the car culture. In Ann Arbor MI in the 70’s I really realized the utility of bicycles for commuting, and began touring on a five-speed Schwinn Suburban, but soon bought a Mercier as did my girlfriend, later my wife. We toured in Michigan and Ontario.

In 1977 we moved to Boston on our bikes, as a bicycling honeymoon from Los Angeles to Washington, DC and then took the train up to Boston…
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Back in the early 1970’s I rode with a ragtag, loosely University- (of Michigan) affiliated student club of the same name [Ann Arbor Bicycling Touring Society]. It was a small group of about maybe 5 to 10 regulars, led by a woman who basically suggested weekend rides (and taught me bicycle mechanics).

I have occasionally wondered if the current AABTS is the direct continuous sucession. I did ask about and named one rider from the seventies who was immediately recognized. One current rider had a jersey indicating the first OHR was in 1976. The name “One Helluva a Ride,” is taken from the nearby town of Hell, MI…
Was that Wolverine 100 held on Belle Isle in the Detroit River? I had ridden the Wolverine 200 in the early 1970’s.
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…You also need to include Belle Isle.It is now run by the DNR (State of MI), and is very well managed and safe. Do the entire perimeter if you have the energy.

We use to have a 200-mile cycling marathon there - The Wolverine 200. It was the only time they permitted camping overnight. Don't know if it is still going on.
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My first century, actually a double, was in 1971. The Wolverine Sports Club puts on an annual double century on Belle Isle, an island park in the Detroit River with a five mile perimeter, so the 24 hour double century is 40 laps.

It’s totally flat and you are obviously always in the company of lots of other cyclists. As I recall,at that time at least, it was the only time camping was allowed on the island so it was a festive affair. My roommate and I decided to do it, with no training, and me on my Schwinn Suburban and he on his Varsity.

After a few laps into the ride, at the main gate, a rider on a penny-farthing was dismounting, fell, and taco’ed my wheel. I don’t think he even apologized. My mother was able to go buy me a new wheel and drove through the traffic maze to the island, which was obviously congested by all the riders, and delivered a new one in about three hours, so I did finish.


At the end, I remember my roommate commented that his then-favorite star, Joey Heatherton, could appear in person, and he could care less ;-)
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Rode the Belle Isle Marathon 200 miler several times; also the Canadian Mile Eater (200 miles in 2 days), Pedal to the Pines (Ontario, Canada) the Cycling Saddlemen's (Dearborn club) TOLSC (Tour of Lake St. Clair, a 2-day 200 miler plus lots of other rides/centuries with the Slow Spokes of Macomb bicycle club.
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I have been told it has been disbanded.
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my mistake....it was the Wolverine 200....not 100....damn, old age.....lol......and I did several other ' michigan ' rides...over the years I lived in Both Detroit, and then Ann Arbor...Did around an dozen One Helluva rides...in the 80's and 90's....still have the patches...I'll go dig 'em up, and post 'em..the bike I pretty much rode all those years, was either an old schwinn traveler, or in mid 1980's, the Super-LeTour..really enjoyed those old bikes...

I plan to do Ann Arbor, in 2020....after an long hiatus....
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Whoa. .....


There's a 50 Plus ride with people from the forum?
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Originally Posted by nomadmax View Post
Whoa. .....


There's a 50 Plus ride with people from the forum?
There was, as noted above.
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The concept of a Fifty-Plus Annual Ride began with the first in 2009 prompted by @DnvrFox and a gathering of 50+ cyclists in Colorado to ride various routes. @tsl suggested Watkins Glen for a second one. IMO that boosted the idea for subsequent Rides. Watkins Glen was an organized weekend event held at a campground, so we were all together to socialize and ride supported routes.

Subsequently, a Fifty-Plus subscriber would start a thread, and various others would make their suggestions for geographically varied events. Usually one site emerged as the One. Many more subscribers expressed interest than eventually showed up.

Furthermore, we all stayed at different locations by our own arrangements, but tried to meet up socially before or after the Ride, all as described in Chronicles of the Annual 50+ Rides (link). …IMO an Organized Ride, sponsored by a local cycling organization is the sine qua non for such a Ride, providing the definition, logistical support, and assumption of liability.

For myself, I have traveled hundreds of miles to a few of the Annual Rides, so I am always glad to call for one here in New England at least, especially Metro Boston.
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…Not to consider myself as the sole proprietor, but a devotee, I once posted this definition when the proposals were being circulated of one in the past, and I was taken to task for it
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…I'd like to propose this definition of an Annual Ride: One that is announced on the 50-Plus Forum for all subscribers, with sufficient lead time to make preparations to attend. No minimum number of riders, other than at least one besides the “host.”

After the ride there should be some narratives and photos of the event (“without pictures, it didn't happen”). Then the ride should be recorded in the Chronicles. It would be helpful to keep all the suggestions for a Ride on one single thread.
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The idea that there is an official or sanctioned Bikeforum event is rubbish.

As a former moderator I discussed the legal and organization linkage between Bikeforums and any events announced within these forums with Tom Stormcrowe. He explained to me that there is none…

I've also met up with Bikeforum members on other occasions. These events are unregulated and open. If they become successful, it's the result of like minded people just enjoying the hobby and a willingness to gather.
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… Indeed, to the best of my knowledge there never was any official sanction of a ”…Annual Fifty-Plus Forum Ride..” It’s always been my understanding that those rides were informally organized by any given subscriber to Bike Forums usually as the name states by a subscriber to 50+.

I’ve always considered it an engaging tradition of this normally convivial Forum, not unlike the annual Pie Ride, but more formally organized.

I first heard the term, “…Annual Fifty-Plus Ride” when I attended the Second Ride in Watkins Glen, NY in 2010. In fact, the titles and “hosts” of the specific threads proposing the Annual Rides, and post counts have been:

Apparently DF thought this indeed would be an onging event.

Official in the sense of definitive, not sanctioned.


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Originally Posted by mousemeat View Post
my mistake....it was the Wolverine 200....not 100....damn, old age.....lol......and I did several other ' michigan ' rides...over the years I lived in Both Detroit, and then Ann Arbor...Did around an dozen One Helluva rides...in the 80's and 90's....still have the patches...I'll go dig 'em up, and post 'em..the bike I pretty much rode all those years, was either an old schwinn traveler, or in mid 1980's, the Super-LeTour..really enjoyed those old bikes...

I plan to do Ann Arbor, in 2020....after an long hiatus....
I've done OHR almost every year from 1994 to this year. The ride has changed bit by bit over the years. In order to go through Hell, you will probably have to do the 100-mile route now. It changed this year such that they serve lunch at Chelsea Fairgrounds at ride's end now, and not mid-ride at Portage Lake. All routes start and end at Chelsea Fairgrounds now.

The number of riders has gone down greatly since the 90s also. I seem to remember they were over 2000 then, maybe up to 2200 or 2300. One of the club members told me last year they were around 1200 now. This may be related to the fact that the quality of the roads has deteriorated greatly the last 10 years. Be forewarned that it will be a rough ride. Rural Michigan roads are in pretty miserable shape due to lack of maintenance.
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Be forewarned that it will be a rough ride. Rural Michigan roads are in pretty miserable shape due to lack of maintenance.
..and one body wants to pay for it.
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Be forewarned that it will be a rough ride. Rural Michigan roads are in pretty miserable shape due to lack of maintenance.
Gravel/CX bikes rule! At least I can smooth things out a bit.

Ironically, doing a gravel ride last night I was reminded how much better shape our gravel is than our asphalt.
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Originally Posted by Jim from Boston View Post
One Helluva rideFYA, I have done the OHR twice, in 2011 and 2015 in conjunction with the so-called Annual Fifty-Plus Forum Rides..
I think I did OHR in 2011. My friends were giving me crap, because I was doing it on a fixed gear bike.
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