The Peninsula Century Fall Challenge is organized by the Peninsula Pacers, the group responsible for the success of the Door County Half Marathon & Nicolet Bay 5k and the Peninsula Century Spring Classic. For more info, contact Ride Director Brian Fitzgerald.
Brian Fitzgerald, Ride Director
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PO Box 95
Ephraim, WI 54211
The Fall Challenge Backstory
The same team that brought the Door County Half Marathon to Door County and rejuvenated the Ride for Nature launched the Peninsula Century Ride in 2013. The organizers include Brian Fitzgerald and Dave Eliot, co-founders of the Peninsula Pacers, who also organize the Door County Beer Festival and theDoor County Pond Hockey Tournament. They’re joined by Myles Dannhausen and Freddie Bexell, who have been on the team since the start in 2008.
Our team, all hailing from Northern Door County and avid outdoor enthusiasts, talked for years about creating a ride focused on the best roads of the northern part of the peninsula. We also wanted to highlight Sister Bay’s new Waterfront Park, an 1,800-foot expanse of public shoreline in the center of the village.
In 2014, 591 cyclists shared their vision and had a spectacular ride in Northern Door. The Sister Bay business community embraced the event, with restaurant sponsors all putting their best food forward to serve specialty items at a post-ride meal unlike any you’ll find at another event.
Sister Bay made a gutsy decision to expand the park in 2007, and with the Peninsula Century Ride, we aim to make that investment pay off with a new tradition on the shores of Sister Bay.
The Newest Door County Century Ride
The Peninsula Century features routes of 25, 50, 62, and 100 miles through the rolling hills and past the incredible water views of Northern Door County. With a grand roll-out start in Sister Bay from the village’s new Waterfront Park, riders will start within walking distance of the area’s best lodging.
With six aid stations, a post-ride meal, beer, and live music at the finish in Waterfront Park, this ride will have everything you’ll need for a fantastic experience at Door County’s beautiful northern shores.
The ride is capped at 1,200 riders to ensure a safe experience for cyclists and motorists. Participants will finish back at Waterfront Park, where they’ll enjoy post-ride festivities on the water and soak in the Sister Bay sunset just steps from bars, restaurants and shopping.
This Peninsula Century is presented by Door County Living magazine. The Premier Sponsor is the Sister Bay Advancement Association.
Who We Are
Co-founder and Ride Director
Brian Fitzgerald has been a potter in Door County for 19 years and formerly owned Ephraim Clayworks. He’s also the co-founder of the Peninsula Pacers,organizers of the Door County Half Marathon, the Peninsula Century Spring Classic, Door County Pond Hockey Tournament and the Peninsula Century Fall Challenge. He handles the course and aid station operations for the Door County MS Challenge Walk in September, and is the bike and course director for the Door County Triathlon.
An avid outdoor enthusiast, Brian loves to ski, run and bike throughout the peninsula with his wife, Tracey, and his two children, Ben and Abbey.
Co-founder and Publisher of the Peninsula Pulse and Door County Living magazine, David has lived in Door County for 17 years. A co-founder of the Peninsula Pacers – organizers of the Door County Half Marathon, the Peninsula Century Spring Classic, Door County Pond Hockey Tournament and the Peninsula Century Fall Challenge – he has served on the boards of the Door County Visitor Bureau, Door County Community Foundation and Door Community Auditorium Board.
Myles Dannhausen has been reporting news and telling the stories of Door County residents for the Peninsula Pulse and Door County Living for more than nine years. He now lives in Chicago, but returns to the peninsula frequently to work on events for the Peninsula Pacers.
He has completed three marathons, century rides, and loves biking, basketball, volleyball, trash talking, and the completion of a good story. He also works with the Spring Classic ride, Door County Pond Hockey Tournament, the Door County Half Marathon, and Door County Beer Festival.
Freddie Bexell, originally from Osterbymo, Sweden, is the kitchen manager at Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant and has called Door County home for 15 years. He is an avid cyclist and cycling instructor who spends his spare time helping with off-road trail maintenance in the county’s state parks and working on his Fish Creek home. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Door County Silent Sports Alliance and helps with the Door County Half Marathon and the Peninsula Century Spring Classic.