Monday, February 11, 2013


Okay you Rock Stars! Time to step up and be counted! As has been the case for the last chunk o' years we're signed up to do a 24 Hour team @ the UCC. It's a lotta fun (way more than it sounds like it would be for sure!), gives you a chance to break a sweat and get'cher ride on, hooks you up w/ too-long-absent-from-your-life team mates and benefits (another) good cause - namely the Livestrong Foundation. (Let's face it - they've likely not had the Best Winter Ever and could use a boost!)

So - here's What It Is and How It Works...........

"It" is the Ultimate Cycle Challenge. It starts @ 8pm on March 1 and goes for 24 hours. The location is Ridgepoint Church in Holland/Zeeland (right offa 196 near Herman Miller).

We'll provide the trainer, mat and front wheel riser block - you bring your bike and your-own-bad-self. (Wear a JDRF jersey please!)

It's 30 bux. If you sign up by 2/15 you get a tee shirt. There's live entertainment (including my band from 8-10pm on Friday), lotsa snacks and lotsa folks! Seriously - it's fun and also a great way for us to be a part of the Larger Cycling Community, fly our JDRF flag and...who knows?....maybe even meet some potential team mates!

So - what happens next? It's easy! Follow these steps:

1 -
2 - "register now"
3 - chose "JDRF West Michigan" from the team list
4 - Let me (MC) know that you're in and which hour(s) you'd like to ride.

It's that easy!

As of right-this-second I only have a few hours covered so the sooner you get back to me the less likely it is that you'll hafta cover the dreaded "Bad '80's Music Videos in the middle of the Night" shifts!

8pm - John J
9pm - Michelle C
10pm -
11pm - Mary G from Chicago
Midnight - ditto
1am -
2am -
3am -
4am -
7am -
8am -
9am - Michelle C (should we just call her MCtoo?)
10am - Paul Brown
11am - Ditto
Noon -
1pm - The Clarks
2pm- Ditto
3pm- Ditto Ditto
4pm - Kirsten D
5pm - Ditto

Monday, February 4, 2013

Connie's Cakes Grand Opening

I know this post has nothing to do with cycling, but it does have a lot to do with one of our team mates. Mary Scheidel, 8 time (soon to be 9) JDRF rider is celebrating the Grand Opening of her shop Connie's Cakes on Thursday. All the pertinent details are below. We hope to see everyone there.

Connie’s Cakes announces the grand opening of their new store at 1416 Robinson Rd. SE, Grand Rapids, Michigan in the historic Kingsley Building.  The open house will take place from 9:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. on Thursday, February 7th, 2013.
Mary Scheidel, owner of Connie’s Cakes and the honorable George Heartwell, Mayor of Grand Rapids will lead a ribbon cutting ceremony at 11:00 A.M. on February 7th. “I am so happy to be in the Eastown neighborhood” said Ms. Scheidel. “We see a very bright future for Connie’s Cakes in our new location. We hope all of our new friends and neighbors will drop by to see us at our grand opening.”

About Connie’s Cakes
Connie Hennip and Wanda Faber, two sisters who enjoyed making and decorating cakes at Family Fare, decided to enter into a partnership and opened Connie’s Cakes -n- Crafts in 1995. They specialized in baking and decorating wedding cakes as well as cakes for other occasions. After 15 years in business Connie decided to retire from the business side of the operation. Connie’s niece, Mary Scheidel purchased the business in early 2010 and renamed it Connie’s Cakes, LLC. While the ownership may have changed the same great cakes, iced in the original buttercream, are still available. In January 2013 Connie’s Cakes moved into their new location at 1416 Robinson Road in the historic Kingsley Building in the Eastown neighborhood of Grand Rapids.