Spring calendar jammed with bike events

So many things happening!

The 50 or so people who showed up to the Bike Miami Valley Regional Advocacy Social on Tuesday at TJ Chumps in Miamisburg had their thumbs flying on the smartphone calendars trying to keep up with all the announcements. Here most of them.

shutterstock_116239366April 25: Bike Anywhere! Meet with a bunch of like-minded folks for coffee and learn how to build biking into every day. Bike commuting isn’t just about going to work, it’s about everything from running errands to shopping to getting coffee. Learn how to get started on from 3 – 5 p.m. at the Boston Stoker Coffee House at 34 W. 2nd St. in Dayton. For more information: www.facebook.com/events/965882063425011/

April 30: Fundamentals of Bicycle Touring class at the Cox Arboretum MetroPark from 6 – 8 p.m. Registration is $5. More information on this and other Five Rivers MetroParks bike activities at http://www.metroparks.org/GetOutside/NationalBike_RegionalEvents.aspx.

May 1: Courteous Mass Dayton Bike Ride. Meet at Fifth Third Field and casually ride around Dayton with a group of “bike-minded individuals” on first Fridays to raise awareness of bikes as transportation and visibility people riding bikes in the street. Starting in May, the rides will be moved back to 6:30 p.m. to allow more working folks to participate.

May 15: The Bike to Work Day Pancake Breakfast. This is one of the biggest events every year. Last year close to 600 people rode downtown to celebrate National Bike to Work Day with a free pancake breakfast from 7 – 9 a.m. at RiverScape MetroPark. The event will also feature exhibitors, live music, a Dayton Cycling Club photo booth and prizes.

May 29: The Miami Valley Cycling Summit. This could be an even bigger event! The all-day event will run from from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a social to follow until 6 at the 311 Draft House. Speakers and workshops are scheduled in four different subject area “tracks.” More on this later. Registration is free! More information at www.cyclingsummit.com.

Also, it didn’t come up at the BMV social, but if you’re wondering where to go for good places to ride – and this is a whole other story, but needed to be mentioned – you should check out the Dayton Cycling Club at www.daytoncyclingclub.org. It’ll be worth your while. In April alone, the club put on 111 “touring rides” in all areas of the region. You have to be a member ($20 a year), but if you want to find a ride almost any day of the month, this is the place to go.

The club also has two “event rides” coming up:

April 26: The 54th annual Founders Day Ride, a fun ride from the Vandalia Recreation Center to the Troy Frisch’s Big Boy. The ride starts at 9 a.m. sharp at the rec center, 1111 Stonequarry Road in Vandalia. Expect to arrive in Troy at 10:30. Have lunch, then ride back.

May 17: The Huffman Spring Classic: This 41st annual ride starts at Wax Park in Moraine’s Payne Recreational Center Complex and will feature 32-, 50- and 60-mile routes, with food-stocked rest stops at regular intervals. Registration is $20 for non-members and $15 for members.

Drink lots of water, wear your helmet and have fun out there!

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