Sunday, June 26th will be the 8th Annual Spring edition of the Woodward Loop Ride. This ride is a fundraiser for Michigan Youth Cycling, a scholarship charity for young riders and racers. This is a two part ride, with a route and fun for nearly everyone.
The ride starts from Downtown Birmingham at the corner of Old Woodward and Maple Roads. The first loop heads out at 7:30 am and travels north to Pontiac, around the Pontiac Loop, formerly called Widetrack Drive, and back to Birmingham. The ride pace is 18 mph, which is brisk as the route is an elevation gain to Pontiac. Once we get to St. Joseph Hospital, riders are welcome to pass the ride leader and ride back to Birmingham at whatever pace they wish. The ride leader will sit in for riders staying at 18 mph or whatever pace is needed. Riders who suspect that an 18 mph pace is a bit much are welcome to join in but can easily turn back and head south just by crossing at the median.
Once back in Birmingham there will be a very short break but we will regroup and join up for the 8:30 am start to Detroit. Ride Pace is about 16 or 17 mph but the road south is also slightly downhill to the City. We will head to Hart Plaza for our commensurate photo opportunity. Then strong riders will break off and head to Belle Isle for a fast lap (or two?). The rest of the riders will head north and most likely take a stop at Avalon Bakery. We will head north most likely on what I call the “inland route” which heads onto Hamilton and Pontchatrain and back. Stay with the ride leader. Routes have little traffic but there is some traffic.
Suggested donations of $20.00 are appreciated. Functioning road bikes are suggested with spare tubes etc.
I look forward to riding with you again this year!