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Archive for May, 2010
In 1987, four Michigan friends bet each other to ride 300 miles up through the state. Twenty-three years later, what started out as an independent charitable tour has become the Wish-A-Mile 300 (or WAM), the largest Make A Wish fundraising event in the country. The 300 mile, three day, fully supported tour draws nearly 900 cyclists each year who work hard to fundraise and spread awareness for the Make A Wish Foundation of Michigan. The event has been highly successful; in 2009 alone it raised $1.52 million for Make A Wish. Riders of all types are involved, the route is beautiful and well planned, and is a life-changing weekend for all involved.
I started out like most cyclists by purchasing a road bike of less quality than I deserve, an inexpensive helmet and clothing, and using running shoes with the toe clips that came with my bike. As I started to ride more and learned more about bikes and why higher priced products are often better, I slowly began upgrading my components and accessories, where my budget and peace of mind would allow.
About three months after the bike purchase, I switched the toe clips out for clipless pedals. I was scared about being locked in, so went with Shimano SPD mountain style pedals and shoes because they are double sided and easy to get in and out of. The switch to clipless was a great move – I could use more parts of the pedal rotation, the shoes were more comfortable and stiffer than running shoes, and I was able to gain more control of the bike. (more…)
Day 2 - Thursday 5/6: Ann Arbor to Marshall. Trent Wagler in Albion, completely decked out in Tree Fort gear, taking a break with 15 miles to go.