When the temperatures are double-digit below zero and you can't see the street for the snow banks, it is comforting to get the annual mailing reminding you that it's time to register for the Tour de Grand.
If you follow Take The Lane, you know I'm a big Tour de Grand fan. Multiple distances (from the 10K introductory ride to the 160K imperial century punisher), food and drink, free T-shirts for the early registrants (this year, for the first 1,700 riders), and a great exposure to the cycling possibilities on the roads and trails of Cambridge. How can you go wrong by participating in this event?
Check it all out here on the new and improved Tour de Grand website. There are photos from previous years and downloadable maps of the routes, in case you just want to ride them on your own.
Of course, if you do ride on your own, you'll miss the camaraderie of the group riding, the refreshment way stations and the pizza at the end of the ride. But the $20 pre-registration takes care of all that.
Mark Sunday, June 8 on your calendar. And for the cycling jersey collectors, the design for this year's jersey is a very cool view of Galt's Main Street Bridge with the spire of the Central Presbyterian Church in the background. It's $65 if you order before April 4. (Enough time to skim some cash from the weekly food budget...)