Posted by: Rachel Heckscher | September 18, 2016

Reminder! “Bike Your Park” Day on 9/24 

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Aloha MBL members and supporters,

Our group ride planned for Saturday September 24 is still on, and we are hoping youʻll join us!  Note: Due to last weekʻs flooding, in which Iao Valley took the brunt of the storm, weʻll be changing the longer route (details below).

We will meet at the East side of Maalaea Harbor Shops Parking Lot, closest to Carl’s Jr.  Please arrive no later than 7:45 AM, as the rides start promptly at 8:00 AM.

Ride leaders from the Maui Bicycling League will do a brief ride orientation prior to departure and will lead and trail each group. These are no-drop rides where no one is left behind.

All riders must wear a properly fitting helmet, bring drinking water, and no earbuds are allowed. All rides will be on the road shoulder (varying widths) alongside normal road traffic. Not recommended for children under 16. Please wear bright clothing and use a tail light if you have one.

All rides will depart from Maalaea Parking at 8:00am, but ride groups will be back at the vehicles at different times. Public restrooms are available at Maalaea and Maui Tropical Plantation.

1) Beginner/intermediate: Ride from Maalaea to Maui Tropical Plantation and back. This ride is eight miles round-trip, at a fairly leisurely pace, with a slightly gradual climb. There may be some headwind as we start and/or tailwind returning. (Learning to ride with wind is a good skill to develop on Maui!) We will stop at the Tropical Plantation to stretch, hydrate, and snack before the ride back.

2) Upper intermediate: Ride at a moderate pace and enjoy the scenery, approximately 10-12 mph average speed. We will ride to Wailuku town, take a break to hydrate, then continue on a gradual, steady climb up Main Street. Iao Valley Road is closed indefinitely, so we will bear left onto Alu Road, go up the hill and turn left on Kuikahi Drive back down to High Street. This Intermediate level ride is approx. 18 miles round-trip. We will break at the top of the hill to enjoy the vistas, stretch and hydrate, before the nice downhill ride back.

For more information, email Sookie Kunst, MBL Education and Safety Co-chair at sookie@mykarmayoga.com.

All organized rides are free for MBL members. Non-members and visitors are invited to join the ride but are asked to consider joining MBL or making a small donation to help fund the organization’s efforts for more bicycle pathways and bike lanes on Maui. Please click here to join MBL and show your support https://www.hbl.org/join/

MBL rides are a fun way to ride safely in a group, meet other cyclists and learn paths around the island. Look for additional info and weather related updates at www.mauibicyclingleague.org. #BikeYourPark #FindYourPark#AdventureCycling

 

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