Countdown to Tour de Livingston: THREE DAYS!

It’s HERE! Our Favorite Event of the Year!

2019 Tour de Livingston

** NOTE: Because the Hometown crew will be at Tour, shop hours for Sunday 10/6 are Noon-5 PM **

Tour de Livingston

October is here — a gorgeous month for cycling in Michigan! And what better way to enjoy a Sunday in October than to join us for the MOST AWESOME cycling event, Tour de Livingston!

Hometown loves, loves, loves this event, and has been its Major Bike Shop Sponsor since the beginning! 

We will be there to provide bike support, to ride, and to man our much-loved bike corral, where riders can leave their bikes while they enjoy the food and festivities indoors. Be sure to stop by the Hometown Bicycles tent on Tour day for any/all of your cycling needs!

We have also donated the Jamis bike you see here! The bike giveaway will take place during announcements between 7:50-8:00 AM. You don’t want to miss this!

Tour de Livingston is a fully supported ride that includes hospitality tents, a full breakfast, snacks along the route, and a hearty meal prepared by the chef at Mt. Brighton

All proceeds from this event help to: bridge the gap for local hardworking families struggling to meet their most basic needs via the Livingston County United Way Basic Needs Programs. Since its start in 2008, the Tour de Livingston has raised over $400,000 to address the community’s most critical needs. The Tour de Livingston is organized and run by the Howell Rotary Club.

Tour de Livingston

Check out the schedule!

Registration Starts at 7:00 am

Course Opens at 8:00 am

Breakfast is Served 7:00 am – 9:00 am
* All riders must report to Mt. Brighton for packet pickup and breakfast

Announcements and Bike Giveaway (donated by Hometown!) at 7:50 am – 8:00 am

Group Start 8:00 am
* All riders must start by 9:00 am

Lunch is Served from 10:30 am – 3:00 pm

GM Proving Grounds closes by 12:00 pm

Century Ride Celebration (100 Mile Riders) 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

* Please Note that All Rider Services End at 5:00 pm

All Riders MUST wear a bicycling helmet

Location:
Mt. Brighton Ski Resort, 4141 Bauer Road, Brighton

Check out the routes!

FAMILY FUN LOOP, ISLAND LAKE ROUTE & RECREATIONAL RIDES
An easy novice route consisting of paved bike paths, low to no traffic and neighborhoods. Some routes with ice cream shops near the halfway point. Estimated 5,10 or 20 miles.

ISLAND LAKE ROUTE
This is bike-friendly with paths and park roadways within Island Lake and Kensington. Great for families, beginners, or those that prefer to ride on roads less traveled. Routes will include 5, 10, and 20-mile options with hospitality stops every 6 miles. Island Lake route riders must register at Mt. Brighton, drive to Island Lake for ride and return to Mt. Brighton for lunch.

EXPERT ROAD BIKE ROUTES
Spend the day enjoying the countryside of Livingston County. Three different expert level loops begin and end at Mt. Brighton. Choose from 38-mile Parks Loop, 62-mile Metric Century, or combine to ride a Century Route. All distances are approximate!

NEW THIS YEAR
GRAVEL GRINDER ROUTES
New this year, our Gravel Grinder routes to “Hell and Back” will consist of 2 routes approximately 36 miles and 50 miles from Mt. Brighton to Hell, Michigan. These routes will take you on paved and unpaved gravel roads and will inspire the adventure seeker in you!
 

We look forward to seeing YOU there!

We know Michigan weather can change at a moment’s notice, but LOOK! The anticipated forecast for Tour de Livingston looks pretty amazing!

We Did It for Dan with ALL of Your Support

With our deepest gratitude, thank you…

Do It for Dan Memorial Ride bike with rose

(Photo courtesy Miles Janicki)
 There are truly no words to capture the incredible outpouring of support and love we witnessed this past Sunday. It was a breathtaking moment to realize that over 550 riders and walkers were present in body, mind and soul at Island Lake to honor fellow cyclist, Dan Horal, whose life was tragically cut short after being struck by a car mid-ride on April 25th.

Over 550 riders and walkers participated in the inaugural Do It for Dan Memorial Ride

(Photo courtesy Doug Lapp)

We could not have asked for more… absolutely amazing weather, a beautiful tribute, and a COMMUNITY who came together in solidarity to offer condolences to Dan’s family while also raising awareness about bicycle safety. Thank you so very much.

Doug Lapp
Dan Horal

We offer our warmest gratitude to each of you who had an impact on this Memorial Ride for a great man who touched so many lives. We would like to call out a few particular individuals and businesses that helped take this Ride from meaningful to sheer magic.

Our sincere thanks go to… 

The Horal Family – For allowing us to honor Dan’s memory and celebrate his life. Our love and support are with you.

Dan Horal

Every cyclist who attended – For helping the Horal Family and cycling community make an unforgettable statement, and for not letting Dan’s tragedy go unremarked.

Cyclists in other States – For implementing your own Do It for Dan Memorial Rides and, in doing so, spreading the message and mission of this Ride beyond Michigan!

The Hometown Crew & Team Hometown Bicycles – For spreading the word so well and so quickly!

Unit Manager Andrew Haapala and Island Lake Recreation Area – For being wonderfully supportive and helpful throughout the process of creating this Ride

The Wheels in Motion Family

The Plotners & Wheels in Motion (at right) – For dropping everything to come out and support this Ride as a family and a team

WHMI – For their helpful promotion of this Ride

Channel 4 & Channel 7 – For making an appearance at this Ride to help spread the message

League of Michigan Bicyclists – For using its vast network to help spread the word

MCMBA – For allowing us to use Demo Day to promote the event

All of the Demo Day participants – For rallying to the cause, and helping get the word out throughout the cycling community

A show of support at the MCMBA's Annual Island Lake Spring Bike Demo Day for the Do It for Dan Memorial Ride


(To all of the amazing vendors at Demo Day, THANK YOU for helping to spread the word about the Ride!) 

Kirt Albrecht at Big PDQ – For his contribution toward printing the Ride flier

Robin Fry – For her lightning-fast turnaround on, and her contribution toward, the unmissable Ride t-shirts

Dan Horal

Fred Tomczyk – For his skillful rendering of the Ghost Bike Memorial design

Scott Brooks – For his artistry and craftsmanship in the creation of the Ghost Bike Memorial

Joel Hakken of MidWest Bike & Tandem – For his bicycle donation for the Ghost Bike Memorial

Master Blaster – For donation of his services to prep the Ghost Bike for painting

Dan Horal

Matt Maximoff – For his invaluable assistance in creating the Memorial plaque

Joe Ostervik of DJ Mobile Rhythms – For emceeing the Ride, and the use of his sound equipment

Mike & Lisa Hartwell of The Eric Hartwell Foundation – For the loan of their bullhorn

Beauchamp Water Supply & Treatment– For generously supplying all of the water for the Ride

Les Cook – For carrying on his tradition of being the world’s most helpful sweep, and assisting cyclists all along the Ride

Jim Plaunt with Bike Tour Vacations – For sharing his heartfelt blog post about the Ride

Miles Janicki, Jill Zamojcin of Jilly Bean Photography, Doug Lapp, and a host of other skilled photographers – For photographic and video documentation of the event

Click to view Miles’s stunning event photos
Click to find yourself in Jill’s Facebook rider collage
Click to view Doug’s awesome Ride video

The Do It for Dan Memorial Ride will now become an annual event. 
Mark your calendars for Sunday, May 3, 2020.

With May being National Bike Month, the timing couldn’t be more appropriate. In partnership with the Horal Family, and with your support, we want to finish Dan’s ride year after year.

The Horal Family with the Daniel J. Horal Ghost Bike Memorial at the Do It for Dan Memorial Ride


(
Photo of the Horal Family courtesy Jill Zamojcin of Jilly Bean Photography)

Dan Horal: Do It for Dan Memorial Ride

This is what the Best Bike Shop in Livingston County looks like!

Thank you for making Hometown Bicycles Livingston County's Best Bike Shop!
Hometownies, you did it!!!
Hometown Bicycles won Best Bicycle Shop in Livingston Daily’s 2018 People’s Choice Awards! Thank you to everyone for taking the time to let your voices be heard. In addition to our renowned service and outstanding staff, we also have YOU, the best customers in SE Michigan, HANDS DOWN!

Check out all the winners HERE!!


Team Hometown Bicycles at Maybury Time Trial

Our Team is ahhhh-mazing!! 

Who doesn’t love to see our Hometown Team representin’ all across the beautiful state of Michigan? We’re proud as heck of everyone who’s cycling their way into September.

Team Hometown Bicycles at Maybury Time TrialSo many races, and so much participation! In August, Amy Daybird competed in the Ludington Lighthouse Triathlon, and Nancy and Mike Kessler took on the Running Fit T-Rex Triathlon. Mike went on to compete in the Dirty Dog Triathlon. (Goooo, Mike!) Next up was the Maybury Time Trial Mountain Bike Race with competitors Mike Dyer, Erik Frazier, Keith Cowger and Jim Thompson. Last but not least, Joe Ostervik raced the Debaets-Devos Pro-Am Memorial.

Team Hometown Bicycles Joe Ostervik at Uncle John's Dirty RaceAs we rolled into September, Sarah Dudley-Short and Jeff Short competed in the Tawas Triwith Sarah earning 2nd overall and Jeff placing 6th overall. Uncle John’s Dirty Road Raceincluded Jack Riddle, Joe Ostervik, Al DeLeon and James Staples.

Team Hometown Bicycles' Jim Staples at Milford Labor Day 30KThe 18th Annual Labor Day 30K in Milford was attended by Adam Baranski, Cindy Chisholm, Colin Chisholm, Laura Faunce, Jacob Henriksen, Nancy Kessler, Mike Kessler, Joe Ostervik, Roger Pelkey and Marilyn Reichenbach. Joe Ostervik took 2nd in age group and 9th overall. Jacob Henriksen got 3rd in fat bike and Adam Baranski took 5th in age group.

Way to go, Team!


Hometown Bicycles partners up with Pure Michigan on trail reviews
Hometown lends a hand – and bikes – to Pure MI!

Hometown was totally geeked to lend a handful of bicycles to Pure Michigan for some trail reviewing they’ll be doing over the upcoming months. Team Hometown really stepped up to help – not only did they lead the reconnaissance ride through our beloved Island Lake, but also provided support to the Pure Michigan riders, many who were new to the trails.

Pure Michigan was so appreciative! In lieu of rental payment, we were honored that they instead are making a donation to the BHS Mountain Bike Club on our behalf. And THIS is why we do what we do! Thanks for the opportunity, Pure Michigan! We’re big fans!


Donuts
2nd Annual Cider, Donuts & Dirt Ride

Our intrepid Team Captain, Jim Cleer, is coordinating the 2nd Annual Cider, Donuts & Dirt Ride… 40 miles of awesome Livingston County dirt roads that will take you to the historic Parshalville Cider Mill and then on to Markillie’s Apple Orchard for their incredible caramel apple chips. This is a no-drop, conversational-paced ride of approximately 15-16 mph. After the ride, head on over to Wooly Bully’s for some adult libations and foooood.

Check out the event and RSVP HERE!


October 7TH: Tour de Livingston 2018

Tour de Livingston logoWe’re just a few weeks away from Hometown’s, hands-down-favorite, local ride – the scenic and sensational Tour de Livingston! With distances ranging from 5 to 100 miles, routes that cover the prettiest parts of Livingston County during peak fall color, and the opportunity to ride GM Proving Grounds, this Howell Rotary fundraiser for Livingston County United Way is an absolute must-ride!

REGISTER NOW, hang at the Hometown tent & ride with us!!


Looking for a rewarding job doing something you LOVE??

League of Michigan Bicyclists LMB is hiring!Turns out League of Michigan Bicyclists (LMB)is adding two new members to their team: Communications Director and Development Director. These positions are a wonderful opportunity for cycling enthusiasts to make a big impact in the sport they love. This year alone, LMB passed seven laws towards the betterment of Michigan cycling. Both positions will allow you to help make the Michigan roads safer for everyone. For more information, visit www.LMB.org.

Team Hometown Bicycles' Sue Charleville and Margaret Bigham Cycle the Erie Canal
And a message from Hometownies, Margaret Bigham and Sue Charleville…

“Just wanted to let you know our ride from Buffalo to Albany, New York was spectacular! The ride ranged from paved bike trails, city streets and roads, singletrack, crushed limestone – all connections that make up the Erie Canal Bike Route. We rode over 400 miles!

Team Hometown Bicycles' Margaret Bigham and Sue Charleville Cycle the Erie Canal by Niagra FallsOn our way back to Michigan, we stopped in Niagara Falls, Canada and rode 35 miles on the Niagara River Recreation Trail. We just had to dip our hands in Lake Ontario, the only Great Lake we had never visited. Thanks to the Hometown mechanics, our bikes held up great and we had no problems. We’re already thinking about next summer’s big trip, so if there is anyone who is interested in bike touring, see us!”


Hometown Bicycles beginner road ride shop ride with Team Hometown Bicycles
HOMETOWN BICYCLES SHOP RIDES
Our Shop Rides are open to the public, run daily (sometimes twice a day!), and span the cycling spectrum from beginner to advanced, road to trail, and everything in between. FOR ALL RIDES, please arrive 15 minutes early! Don’t miss one moment of fun!

(**Note: Always confirm rides in advance on our Facebook events page. Rides, times, and locations may sometimes vary!)

Beginner-Friendly Road Ride  |  Level: Novice & Up
MONDAYS, 6PM  |  FROM HOMETOWN  |  Find ride details and updates HERE!

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Ladies’ Road Ride  |  Level: Novice & Up
TUESDAYS, 6:15PM  |  FROM HOMETOWN  |  Find ride details and updates HERE!

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Advanced Skills & Drills Road Ride  |  Level: Intermediate/Advanced
TUESDAYS, 6PM  |  FROM HOMETOWN  |  Find ride details and updates HERE!

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Gravel Grinding 101  |  Level: Novice & Up
WEDNESDAYS, 5:45PM  |  FROM HOMETOWN  |  Find ride details and updates HERE!

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Ladies Only Mountain Bike Ride  |  Level: Novice & Up

THURSDAYS, 6PM  |  FROM HOMETOWN  |  Find ride details and updates HERE!

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Friday Night Lights Trail Ride  |  Level: Intermediate/Advanced

FRIDAYS, 8:30PM  |  FROM HOMETOWN  |  Find ride details and updates HERE!

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Saturday Century Training Ride  |  Level: Novice & Up

SATURDAYS, 11AM  |  FROM HOMETOWN  |  Find ride details and updates HERE!

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Sunday Gravel Grinder  |  Level: Intermediate/Advanced
SUNDAYS, 9AM  |  VARIES  |  Find ride details and updates HERE!

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Exploring Trails Mountain Bike Ride  |  Level: Novice & Up
SUNDAYS, 4:30PM  |  VARIES  |  Find ride details and updates HERE!
*** Fun fact: WE RENT BIKES! ***

Fitness classes at Hometown Bicycles, including Cardio Drumming, Yoga, and Zumba
FITNESS CLASSES AT HOMETOWN BICYCLES
Cardio Drumming | Wendesdays at 6:00PM
$5 drop-in / $5 equipment rental – With Martha Soraruf  |  Click to learn more

Hatha Yoga | Thursdays at 10:45AM (starting September 6th!)
$8 drop in per class – With Stacy Mulka  |  Click to learn more

Zumba | Mondays at 6:00PM & Thursdays at 9:30AM
$8 drop in or “10 classes for $50” punch card – With Leslie Barrett  |  Click to learn more

Zumba GOLD | Fridays at 9:30AM
$8 drop in or “10 classes for $50” punch card – With Tresa O’Rourke  |  Click to learn more


"It goes to 11!"

Bicycling is life with the volume turned up.


~ Anon. (P.S. Who gets the photo reference at left?? 
Tell us!)

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