Weekend Schedule
FRIDAY, June 15th
5:30-9:00 pm Number Pickup and Door Prize Displays
5:00-8:00 pm Friday Spaghetti Dinner
6:00 pm Registration Closes
(New for 2019)
7:00-7:30 pm Rider/Crew Q & A Meeting
SATURDAY, June 16th
6:00-7:30 am Late Number Pick-up
6:00-8:30 am Saturday Breakfast
7:15-7:30 am Crew Meeting
8:00 am sharp! START of the National 24-Hour Challenge
SUNDAY, June 17th
8:00 am sharp! FINISH of the National 24-Hour Challenge
8:15 am Mileages Become Final
Middleville Shell Subway’s Free Rider Breakfast
8:30 am Drawing for Door Prizes
9:00 am Awards Ceremony

A Weekend of Activity

Riders begin arriving Friday afternoon, with tent set-up, late registration, and number pick-up – as well as the spaghetti dinner – happening. Old friends meet. New riders and crews receive a friendly welcome, and all the advice they could ask for.

The ride itself begins at 8:00 am on Saturday. The Kalamazoo Pipe Band gets riders off to a thrilling start! Participants begin Loop One, 120+ rolling-to-hilly miles through scenic Barry County. The loop has three outlying Checkpoints. After the riders depart, their crews leave on an alternate route to meet their riders at the various Checkpoints. Then, the only sounds at Thornapple-Kellogg Middle School are from the Amateur Radio Communications Group, using radios to keep contact with the lead car, the checkpoints, and the two broom wagons – even when cell service fails.

After returning in the afternoon, the bicyclists ride a 24-mile rolling loop that goes through the Yankee Springs Recreation area. From evening to 8:00 am Sunday morning, they will ride an 7.5 mile fairly flat night loop, beginning and ending at the Middle School. All Checkpoints are well stocked with quality fruit from Family Fare Supermarkets. When the riding is done at 8:00 AM, riders and their crews are treated to breakfast provided by Middleville Shell Subway.

Our award ceremony begins at 8:30 am with door prizes from our sponsors. Medals are awarded, and the traditional Siegel Silver bowls are presented to the top-mileage male and female riders.

While we often hear “I’ll never do that again”, most riders soon begin planning how they can improve on their Personal Best next year!