Ride Around Kent County

There will be no 2021 edition of the Ride Around Kent County due to COVID-19.  Hope to see all of you next year.


145 miles touching the 4 corners of Kent County, with an optional 100 mile bail-out. There are at least two groups: "Fast" (18+ average mph) and "Good" (15+ average mph). Slower paced riders will not finish the 145 mile route by the 6pm cut-off.

SAG, snacks, ice, and sports drinks all around the route. Lunch for 145-milers about half-way around. Sandwich provided for 100-milers.

Lunch sandwiches will contain chicken and possibly nuts. Peanut butter, jelly, bread, bananas, oranges, trail mix, and "Aussie Bites" and/or "Sunrise bars" (organic energy bars) will be available as alternatives. If these options don't meet your dietary needs, then we welcome you to bring your own nutrition and our SAG vehicles will carry it to the lunch stop for you. Be sure to mark your name and route on the container so that it arrives at the correct lunch stop!

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Start Time and Location

11th Annual
Ride Around Kent County
Saturday, May 16, 2020

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Start Time: 7:00 AM sharp

Start Location: Johnson Park, Butterworth Drive SE parking lot (1/4 mile east of Wilson Ave SE), Walker MI

NOTE: There are two parking lots on Butterworth -- one that is at the corner of Butterworth and Wilson, and one that is on Butterworth about 1/4 mile from Wilson. We will meet in the parking lot that is farther away from Wilson (it's a larger parking lot.)


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Register Online at BikeReg.com

To register by mail send a check for $15 to:

Rapid Wheelmen
PO Box 1008
Grand Rapids, MI 49501

Along with your:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Phone Number
  • Email Address
  • Date of Birth
  • Emergency Contact Name/Phone

Mailed entries MUST be postmarked by May 3, 2019!

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?)


Training Series

Ride Around Kent County is the second ride of a three-ride endurance training series leading up to the National 24-Hour Challenge. This year's ride will be hosted by Mike Burden, with assistance from a team of volunteers. We would like to thank John Crankshaw for starting this ride.

Ride 1: May 2, 2019 - Dawn Patrol a 100+ mile ride on the 24-Hour route (see Ride Calendar to confirm). We will leave from Thornapple Kellogg Middle School (10375 Green Lake Rd, Middleville, MI 49333) at 8:00am and ride the 121 mile Loop 1 of the National 24 Hour Challenge route.
Ride 2: May 16, 2019 Ride Around Kent County
Ride 3: June 6, 2019 100 Grand Bicycle Tour


Route Details

Route files in GPX: 145 miles 100 miles
Zipped route files: 145 miles 100 miles
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