An announcement about the 2015 Allegrina 100

As we look at the registration numbers for this year’s Allegrina 100, we have come to the regrettable conclusion that it is best for us to cancel the ride. We know there is typically a spike in same-day registration, but advance registration is soft enough that we can anticipate a very low turnout. In itself, that’s not a big deal — riding with a small group is fun. The bigger issue is that putting on the ride that we’ve promised would cost our sponsors far more than we would reap in returns for the scholarship.

We’re contacting the people who registered through BikeReg directly about refunds.

We’re grateful for all the support we’ve received for the ride over the years. The ride began as a very personal way for us to work through the grief of losing somebody important in our lives. Over time, it grew into something much bigger — and much more exciting. With Heather and Brian moving away from Michigan at the end of the summer, we knew this would be the last year the ride would take this form. This is probably a good time for us to return it to its roots, where we informally get together with a few friends and spend the day on our bikes. We hope you all get the chance to do that kind of thing once in a while.

We still have a long way to go in raising funds to endow the Allegrina Scholarship. Please, consider giving at this link: www.gvsu.edu/giving/Allegrina.

PS: If you’re looking for another well-run century ride on the Lakeshore that benefits a good cause, we would recommend the Holland 100.

Volunteers needed

We’re looking for some willing folks who can pitch in with various ride-related tasks, including route marking, working the registration table, making PB&Js, and leading ride groups. Click here to sign up!

Allegrina 100 returns for 2015 with new home to support GVSU scholarship

SAUGATUCK, Mich. — The sixth annual Allegrina 100 returns to the scenic shores of Lake Michigan on Sunday, June 28 to raise funds in support of non-traditional students at Grand Valley State University.

With at new home base at the Red Barn Theater in Saugatuck, the Allegrina 100 will again feature three loops of cycling, offering 100-, 75- and 30-mile options through some of West Michigan’s most picturesque terrain. As has become tradition, New Holland Brewing Company will host the event’s fabulous after-party, where riders will have the chance to socialize after a great day on the bike.

“Craft beer and cycling are old friends, as are the Allegrina 100 and New Holland Brewing,” said Fred Bueltmann, one of New Holland’s owners and vice president of brand and lifestyle. “What’s not to love about a ride that takes time to stop and taste, while celebrating the beauty of Southwest Michigan and supporting adult education? We look forward to raising our glass in support of riders, students and fathers everywhere.”

The Allegrina 100 is a unique ride in its execution. The ride features three loops that all start from the same spot, departing at different times. The full 100-mile group departs at 8 a.m.; 75-milers leave around 11:45 a.m. and 30-mile riders hit the road around 1:45 p.m. This is a fun and social ride, unlike other centuries where riders show up, ride and leave. The goal is no matter which ride you take we all end up back at home base for the party.

Thanks to support from our sponsors New Holland Brewing Company and the Janus Firm, all ride fees and party donations go to Grand Valley State University to support the John Allegrina Scholarship fund.

“As a business, the Janus Firm believes strongly in giving back to the community,” said managing partner Tyson Smith. “I’ve ridden in the Allegrina 100 every year since its inception, and it’s great to have the opportunity to make a positive impact in such an enjoyable way.”

Each of the ride’s loops begins and ends at the Red Barn Theatre, 3657 63rd St, Saugatuck, MI 49453. Ride registration is $30, and online registration will be open soon. [UPDATE: online registration is available here: https://www.bikereg.com/allegrina100]

About the Allegrina 100
The Allegrina 100 is an annual cycling event founded to honor and remember John Allegrina and to celebrate all fathers gone too soon. The first Allegrina 100 was held June 21, 2009, which was both Father’s Day and John’s first birthday after his passing. His daughter Heather and her husband Brian got together with a small group of cycling friends and decided to spend the day on the bike. Since that first year, the ride has grown leaps and bounds because of it combination of beautiful route, pleasant company and wonderful after-party. Starting in 2012, the Allegrina 100 became the signature fundraiser for the John Allegrina Memorial Scholarship at Grand Valley State University.

About the Allegrina Scholarship
The John Allegrina Nontraditional Student Memorial Scholarship is an endowed scholarship for Grand Valley State University juniors or seniors in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. This endowment was established to acknowledge that, for some students, an education is the key to bettering one’s life circumstances; but that life circumstances can also complicate the process of attaining an education. As Michigan faces difficult economic conditions and a transforming job climate, there are many adult workers who are facing mid-career changes in vocation. The Allegrina Scholarship is intended to help students in such circumstances.