The Peninsula Century Spring Classic returns
After a yearlong hiatus, cyclists will hit the pavement June 19 for the 2021 Peninsula Century Spring Classic – the only spring century ride through the Door County landscape.
“We’re excited,” said ride director Brian Fitzgerald. “We’re on pace to have very similar numbers to 2019. Given everything that’s happened over the past year, that feels pretty good.”
Cyclists, too, couldn’t be more excited about the return of group rides.
“Throughout COVID, bike riding was one of those things I didn’t feel I had to give up because I could still ride by myself or with a very select group of people in my bubble,” said Eric Schroeder, a past participant who plans to ride again this year.
But what he did miss about large group rides such as this one was being an ambassador for the county and its great cycling roads.
“When you ride with a group – especially a group of people not from here – you’re reminded of how special it is,” Schroeder said. “The topography, the scenery, the little towns that are all unique to Door County – you’re reminded of what you take for granted.”
And then there’s the social aspect of group rides.
“The best thing about group rides like this is stopping at the rest stops and getting to talk to people,” Schroeder said. “Not to mention, when you’re riding with a group of people, the miles go by quicker. Being a 100-mile route, it’s a challenge you wouldn’t ordinarily take on by yourself.”
As in previous years, the 33rd iteration of the ride will feature four different routes – 100, 62, 50 and 25 miles – with road construction causing some route adjustments. Fitzgerald said ride organizers are working to ensure an enjoyable and safe route for all participants, and once they’re finalized, route maps will be available at peninsulacenturyspringclassic.com/routes. Printed route maps will also be distributed during packet pickup Friday, June 18, 5-8 pm; and June 19 before the ride.
Visit peninsulacenturyspringclassic.com to learn more and register.