We had a small but enthusiastic turnout for the scheduled Marmots' ride Sunday, but just enough snow to get down the hill a few times on each sled (and Bike Ski) that we brought, before we had worn all the snow away. So we decided to do it again when there was good snow, and unless it keeps raining, that means for this Saturday's Social Ride. Here are the new details, from a press release. Wear your best galoshes for the TV cameras.
Cyclists seek groundhog sighting in the snow on 15th annual Marmots' Meander
Intrepid cyclists are invited to join the Ohio City Bicycle Co-op on a tour of Cleveland's picturesque Flats to celebrate the joys of winter cycling.
The destination of the ride is the neighborhood sledding hill (about 3 miles from the co-op), but, in a traditional observance of Groundhog Day, the group will also visit several active groundhog habitats, in hopes of witnessing the prediction of an early Spring by a real, wild, local Marmota monax.
Riders will meet after 10am at the Ohio City Bicycle Co-op, 1840 Columbus Rd. in Cleveland's Flats. The group ride will depart at 10:30, and arrive at Tremont Park (the old Clark Field) sledding hill at 2875 W 11th St. (just North of Clark) for cocoa and sledding from ~ 11 to 11:30am. Lunch will be served back at the co-op from noon to 1pm.
This event is free and open to all; donations are always appreciated to pay for food and heat, and to help fund the co-op's year-round bicycle education work.
Helmets are required (loaners are available), and mountain bikes are recommended (and available for rent, with a call in advance). Riders are encouraged to bring any sleds, skis or snowboards they can carry (some loaners will be provided, and transported). Hot Cider and cocoa will be provided at the sledding hill.
Lunch, beginning at noon back at the co-op, is vegan chili with meat and dairy on the side. Potluck side dishes and beverages are welcome. Bike-washing equipment and shop stands for drying and re-lubing will be available after the ride. Non-riders are welcome to join the group at lunch, when there will also be studded snow tire and Bike-Ski test rides.
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