Nearly 340 cyclists participated in the first Peninsula Century Ride Saturday, Sept. 14.
The weather couldn’t have been better and the post-ride food was extraordinary thanks to the support of a buffet of great restaurant sponsors.
“We couldn’t have asked for a better first year for the event,” said organizer Brian Fitzgerald. “The participants were fantastic and respected the rules of the road. The sponsors put out a ridiculous food spread. And, well, it doesn’t hurt that Mother Nature couldn’t have been kinder to us.”
Riders were treated to black bean burgers from Grasse’s Grill, brats and burgers from Fred and Fuzzy’s, Swedish Meatball sliders from Al Johnson’s, chocolate milk from Piggly Wiggly, beer cheese soup from Husby’s, potoato salad and slaw from the Sister Bay Bowl, kombucha from Tampurat Kombucha, beer from the Door County Brewing Company, cherry cobbler from Seaquist Orchards and ice cream from the Door County Ice Cream Factory. Whew – that was quite a spread!
Early reviews were fantastic:
“This was the MOST outstanding event ever–beats many events in the U.S. & Europe!” – Brent Finses
“The Northern Door route was great but the food was FANTASTIC!” – Shawn Garvey
While most enjoyed a great ride and a tough workout, one rider also brought us great inspiration. Matt Burress of Sister Bay brought in more than $3,000 for the Go Bo Foundation as he rode the century distance. Burress was boosted by donations from several fellow riders as well as a matching donation from the Cordon Family Foundation.