48th Annual 100 Grand Bicycle Tour

The Wheelmen's original touring event travels throughout Kent, Ottawa, and neighboring counties. The proceeds from this ride provide nearly 50% of the Club's annual income to support activities year-round. The ride offers four distance options with rest stops approximately every 20 miles, great food, SAG service to assist with on-the-road repairs and emergencies, and Road Bike 101.

Volunteers ride free!

Questions about the ride? Email 100grand@rapidwheelmen.com

2022 Ride

48th Annual
100 Grand Bicycle Tour
Saturday, August 20, 2022

Registration and the course open at 8am! Registration will be open until 2pm or so.  We ask that folks be finished on the course by 4pm, and not start a new loop after 3pm.

Start Location and Times

Please notice our new start location!  We'll be starting and finishing at Grose Park, which you may know as our major rest stop out on the routes in the past.

Start Location: Grose Park, 22200 24th Ave, Casnovia, MI 49318

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Lunch and Rest Stops

Lunch is provided for ALL registered riders: Chris Cakes will be providing ??? at Grose Park.  The route(s) this year will be much like our Maple Leaf Tour that usually happens in mid-August.  They will loop out and back to Grose Park.  Make a route as long or short, hilly or flat as you would like!

Rest stops are every 20 miles or so along each route and are stocked with homemade cookies, fruit, snacks, Gatorade, and water.

Registration

Register Online at BikeReg.com

Preregistration Prices
  Single Family
Member $30 $50
Non-Member $40 $60

 

All our memberships are family/household memberships!
Any two or more folks from a household count as a single family entry.
(We will need a simple form filled out with everyone's name and age so we know who's on the road!)
Join the club for ride discount and other membership benefits!

All prices rise by $20 for day
We would like to encourage pre-registration for planning as well as due to the pandemic, please preregister if you can.
Note that preregistration closes late on the Thursday before the ride.

Day-Of Prices
  Single Family
Member $50 $70
Non-Member $60 $80

 

Rider Safety

Helmets are required for every rider on a club ride or event. Riders under the age of 16 must ride with an adult. Headphones should not be worn while riding.

Rules of the Road

Please note that this is a leisure tour, not a race, and that we are riding on open roads, not a closed course. Riders are responsible for following all state and local laws regarding road use. Please respect and be courteous of other riders and our fellow road users. (need a refresher?)

 

Routes:

Our routes this year will be a bit different that in the past, but roll along some of the same roads we usually hit - plus a few new ones.

This year we bring just over 200 miles of riding to our bike tour!  All the riding is done in loops based from Grose Park, so ride as much or as little as you would like!

Lamont Loop - We wouldn't want to miss our rest stop in Lamont in the namesake CRC overlooking the Grand River!  This paved route takes you 38 miles on gently rolling hills.
Find the electronic route on RideWithGPS - 2021 100 Grand Lamont Loop

Short Loop - Don't be intimidated by the distances! And don't miss out.  This paved loop takes you 16 miles through the farm roads near Grose Park.
Find the electronic route on RideWithGPS - 2021 100 Grand Short Loop

Upper 40 - A slight modification of our usual 40 mile route from Grose Park in years' past. This paved route swings through Grant and Casnovia, cruising along Red Pine Drive along the way.
Find the electronic route on RideWithGPS - 2021 100 Grand Upper 40

Upper 30 - This 31 mile paved route is a slight reduction of the Upper 40 swinging through Grant and Casnovia.  As mapped, the route is all paved, but a gravel shortcut is available for the adventurous.
Find the electronic route on RideWithGPS - 2021 100 Grand Upper 30

Hills Loop - This 30 mile paved loop is only slightly more hilly than some of the others, but the hills here are shorter and sharper than the other routes, and they keep on coming.  Great for a challenge!
Find the electronic route on RideWithGPS - 2021 100 Grand Hills Loop

Gravel West - This 29 mile gravel loop breaks the gravel up with some short bits of pavement, but takes you out and about on the gravel roads around Ravenna.
Find the electronic route on RideWithGPS - 2021 100 Grand Gravel West

Gravel North - This 23 mile gravel loop is all about one big hill.  Be sure to look back when you near the top of Peters Road.  The view is fantastic!
Find the electronic route on RideWithGPS - 2021 100 Grand Gravel North

As noted, we have over 200 miles of routes - over 150 miles paved and 50 miles of gravel.  Paved routes will be marked and all routes will have paper maps available at the start.

For those who use RideWithGPS, the routes can be viewed as a collection here:
2021 100 Grand RideWithGPS Route Collection

Road Bike 101

A special feature of the 100 Grand, Road Bike 101 is for cyclists of all ages who are wary of road riding but enjoy cycling trails and neighborhood streets. RB 101 riders join small groups with experienced Rapid Wheelmen Club on our short loop of 16 miles. You will build confidence in riding on the road and learn the basic "rules of the roadie" for cycling singley or in groups on our challenging but scenic route -- complete with hills both up and down! You will learn bike handling skills to help you no matter what types of riding you do. RB 101 riders must be able to ride the approximately 16-mile course in 1.5 to 2 hours.