The Coffee Ride: A Big Week At Ec

Even in the rain, we're calling this a pretty pleasant spring. Finally, the temperatures are above 40 degrees, the trails are open and fast, and there's a ride heading out nearly every day. Bike season, while never really over, is hitting it's stride. As always, you can check out our Ride Calendar for every thing under the sun bike-related, but here's a few things to keep in mind.

Thursday, May 15. Speed of Light. Giro d'Italia Stage Two. The 'Grand Tour' that kicks off SOL is underway, and even if you didn't make Stage One, there's still a lot to shoot for. The red sprinter's jersey is up for grabs, with the Power Section worth double points on the day. The ride leaves Ec and heads to the Vasa 25km at 6.30pm.

Saturday, May 17. Arcadia Grit'n'Gravel. We have a big bunch of racers heading to Arcadia for this awesome race. If you can't make it, get a taste of the action right here at Ec with our weekly There Will Be Blood Ride, which leaves from Ec at 7.30am sharp for a 34 mile loop of asphalt and gravel.

We'll also be streaming the Amgen Tour of California all week long on our big screen television, so stop by and check out 'Murica's biggest bike race. Most stages are live around 5pm, but we'll have replays of the previous day, as well as Giro stages, going all day long.

It's also the start of our weekly Strava challenge, and we're kicking off the season with one of the most vaunted and well know climbs in Traverse City. Wayne Hill is a beast of a climb, with two options of brutality. For this challenge, we're going with the 'Classic' route, which stays straight instead of taking the right hand turn on Inochee. The climb is .6 miles long at an average of 8.9%, with it's steepest point hitting 15% at two different points along the way.

Dan Hofstra holds the current record at a blistering 2:36. That's a full fourteen seconds faster than second place, held by Ty Schmidt. This challenge could see a long-held title toppled.

The Challenge runs from Monday until Sunday at 6pm. The top time will receive an Ec t-shirt, a lot of adulation and probably a high-five or two from the gents at the shop.