Nearly 340 cyclists participated in the first Peninsula Century Ride Saturday, Sept. 14.
The weather couldn’t have been better and the post-ride food at Sister Bay’s picturesque Waterfront Park was extraordinary thanks to the support of a buffet of great Sister Bay restaurant sponsors.
“We couldn’t have asked for a better first year for the event,” said organizer Brian Fitzgerald. “The participants were fantastic and the sponsors put out a great food spread that truly impressed our visitors. And, well, it doesn’t hurt that Mother Nature couldn’t have been kinder to us.”
Riders were treated to black bean burgers from Grasse’s Grill, brats and burgers from Fred and Fuzzy’s, Swedish meatball sliders from Al Johnson’s, chocolate milk from Piggly Wiggly, beer cheese soup from Husby’s, potato salad and slaw from the Sister Bay Bowl, kombucha from Tapuat Kombucha, beer from the Door County Brewing Company, cherry cobbler from Seaquist Orchards and ice cream from the Door County Ice Cream Factory.
Sister Bay Advancement Association Coordinator Paige Funkhouser was thrilled with the response from local businesses.
“Restaurants rose to the challenge and made fantastic food,” she said. “Volunteers of every age stepped up and helped make the event fun for the cyclists and for other volunteers. Next year is going to be even better, no doubt, and this is going to be a great boost for Sister Bay for years to come.”
While most enjoyed a great ride and a tough workout, one rider also brought us great inspiration. Matt Burress of Sister Bay brought in more than $3,000 for the Go Bo Foundation as he rode the century distance.
Burress was boosted by donations from several fellow riders as well as a matching donation from the Cordon Family Foundation.
You can learn more about the event at PeninsulaCentury.com. Next year’s ride will take place Sept. 13, 2014. For more information visit PeninsulaCentury.com.