2013 ride times announced

The 2013 Allegrina 100 is coming up quickly, and the ride times for the three loops and the ice cream ride have been set:
8:00 am – 100 mile start
10:30 am – 66 mile start
1:00 pm – 33 mile start
1:00 pm – Family Ice Cream Ride

Click here to register for the ride, and we look forward to seeing you on June 23!

Registration open!

Online registration for the 2013 Allegrina 100 is now open! Comprised of three loops, the ride offers something for everyone:

  • 100-, 75- and 30-mile options
  • An ice cream cruiser ride for families with kids
  • A fabulous after party for those who ride and those who don’t

What makes this ride unique is its execution. We have 3 loops all starting from the same spot departing at different times with the goal of staying together as much as possible. This is a fun and social ride unlike other centuries where riders show up, ride and leave without socializing. 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 sponsers, all ride fees and party donations go to Grand Valley State University for the John Allegrina Scholarship fund.

2013 Allegrina 100: Bigger and Better!

2012 Allegrina 100 / Photo by Joshua Duggan

Mark your calendars! The 5th Annual Allegrina 100 is set for June 23, 2013. Once again we’ll be using the historical Felt Mansion as our home base, and we’ll be offering three loops of riding through the picturesque area around Saugatuck, Michigan.

Mileage options from 5 to 100 miles, and everything in between, and a heck of a post-ride celebration with food and drink from our friends at New Holland Brewing Company.

All proceeds benefit the John Allegrina Memorial Scholarship for non-traditional students at Grand Valley University. Join us for this amazing day dedicated to lifelong learning, dads, and friendship.

More gratitude to our sponsors

We have been overwhelmed in the last few days with an outpouring of support from more sponsors. This year’s ride is going to be amazing, and we couldn’t have done it without these folks:

  • Saugatuck Brewing Company is providing the kinds of carb-rich snacks cyclists need for the refueling stops between loops at the Felt Mansion
  • Brewery Vivant has donated some of their delicious Farmhand Ale to the afterpary
  • Pepperidge Farm is graciously providing cookies to keep our riders fueled.

Thanks to those wonderful companies for their support. We look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow!


The Final Countdown

We’re in the final countdown for the ride, and we’re looking forward to a great event. The weather forecast looks good, registration is picking up, and we’re starting to hear some buzz from our fellow cyclists. Some recurring questions are cropping up, and we thought we’d take a minute to answer a few.

Q: Is it possible to register on the day of the ride?
A: Absolutely! We will have on-site registration at the same cost as pre-registration. Please note that we will only be able to accept cash or checks made out to Grand Valley State University (remember — all proceeds go to support the John Allegrina Memorial Scholarship)

Q: What time does the ice cream cruiser ride start?
A: We’ll head out at 1:30 p.m.

Q: Do you have to ride to come to the after party?
A: Nope, non-riders (and families of riders) are welcome at the party.

Q: Is there a cost for the after party?
A: No, the party itself is free. Opportunities will be provided for non-riders to donate to the Allegrina Scholarship if they so choose.

Q: How do I get there?
A: All of our loops begin and end at the beautiful Felt Mansion just outside of Saugatuck. The Felt Mansion is located at the end of 138th Avenue in Laketown Township, adjacent to the Saugatuck Dunes State Park (between Holland and Saugatuck). The address is 6597 138th Ave., but because the location is in a park, MapQuest and GPS devices do not always give the exact location.) If you are coming from I-196, take Exit 41. Turn North on 64th (at the Burger King) and follow the signs to the State Park. Before the entrance to the State Park, you will see signs directing you to the Felt Mansion. After the ride, please note that there is construction on I-196, and onramp to go north is closed at Exit 41. The easiest thing to do is to take I-196 south, get off at the next exit, and re-enter heading north. There are detour signs to guide you.

Gratitude to our sponsors!

We are proud to announce several generous sponsors, without whom this event would not be possible. New Holland Brewing will be providing delicious beer and tasty treats for the after party. Velo City Cycles (who have been key supporters of the A100 from the get-go) is supplying bike mechanic support for Allegrina 100 riders. Hot Yoga With Lisa is our official water stop sponsor, filling your hydration needs.