150 cyclists ride in 2017 Black Bear Gran Fondo event

Hundreds of cyclists participated in the Grayling Rotary Club’s Black Bear Gran Fondo on Saturday, finishing a 100-mile “century ride,” a 62-mile “metric century ride” (100 kilometers), or a 45-mile loop, all three of which started and ended at Hanson Hills Recreation Area.
It was the 17th year for the Black Bear bicycling event. Before 2016, the Black Bear Gran Fondo was known as the Black Bear Bicycle Tour, and the format was somewhat different, especially the course.
Organizers for the first Black Bear Bicycle Tour in 2001 created the event as a way to give cyclists an opportunity to complete a “century ride” – a 100-mile course – during the AuSable River Canoe Marathon, a 120-mile race from Grayling to Oscoda. Black Bear Bicycle Tour participants could try to reach Oscoda before the first AuSable Marathon teams, or they could decide their own pace and enjoy the scenery.
Last year – during the 16th Black Bear, the first as the Gran Fondo – event organizers continued to offer options for cyclists. Participants could complete a “century ride” on the 100-mile course or they could attempt the shorter 57-mile course. Organizers started the two different sets of riders in two waves, and inside those two waves they grouped the participants according to their estimated speeds.
Instead of sending riders to Oscoda, the revamped Black Bear event in 2016 featured a looped course that started and ended at Hanson Hills Recreation Area. 
Having a looped course based in Grayling eliminated the need to transport participants back from Oscoda.
This year, organizers kept the “century ride” option that had been in place since the Black Bear’s inception in 2001, modified the medium distance option to 62 miles, and added a 45-mile loop, giving riders a third choice.
What’s a “gran fondo”? 
It’s “a mass participation cycling event that got its start in Italy in the early 1900s. Loosely translated, it means everything from ‘great foundation,’ ‘great distance’ to ‘great endurance.’ Some cyclists ride for the satisfaction and pride of just making it to the finish line. Others want to improve upon their previous times and to challenge themselves. Some ride to win,” according to promotional material for the Black Bear Gran Fondo.
Approximately 150 cyclists participated in this year’s Gran Fondo, according to the Grayling Rotary Club’s list of results.
Last year, according to event organizers, more than 230 people registered for the 2016 Gran Fondo, and 180 cyclists posted official finish times.
Last year’s numbers for the first Gran Fondo were similar to the Black Bear Bicycle Tour’s third, fourth, and fifth years.
The Black Bear Bicycle Tour had 51 cyclists in its inaugural event in 2001. In 2002, the event had approximately 120 cyclists. The Black Bear had 187 cyclists in 2003 and 189 in 2004. The event had more than  200 participants for the first time in 2005. In 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009, the Black Bear Bicycle Tour had numbers in the 250s, 260s, or 270s. 
During the event’s 10th anniversary in 2010 the Black Bear event broke the 300-cyclist mark for the first time. The event had 334 cyclists in 2012. The 2015 Black Bear had 219 participants.













  Black Bear Gran Fondo                    
  Saturday, July 8, 2017                    
  100 (century), 62 (metric century), 45 mile loops              
BIB FIRST NAME LAST NAME SEX AGE CITY STATE BRACKET EVENT FINISH_NET_TIME GUN_FINISH_TIME DIV RANK SEX RANK OVERALL RANK
114 Helen Gruneisen F 52 TOLEDO OH Female 100 Mile Loop 4:52:48 53:00.7 1 1 7
151 Wanda Hancock F 60 Sault Ste Marie MI F 51-60 100 Mile Loop 5:13:43 13:50.0 1 2 16
144 Mandy McDowell F 41 saginaw MI Tandem 100 Mile Loop 5:18:31 18:49.5 1 3 22
153 Brenda Carlson-Brown F 56 Grayling MI F 51-60 100 Mile Loop 5:34:32 34:44.3 2 4 25
99 Michelle Alamo F 47 Royal Oak MI F 41-50 100 Mile Loop 5:38:17 38:51.9 1 5 30
120 Elizabeth Callison F 23 Gaylord MI F 18-30 100 Mile Loop 5:48:30 48:53.0 1 6 34
63 Kathryn Lucas F 26 Cadillac MI F 18-30 100 Mile Loop 5:57:39 57:59.4 2 7 36
11 Jenny David F 41 Prescott MI F 41-50 100 Mile Loop 6:00:26 00:51.3 2 8 37
164 Christine Peek F 44 Free Soil MI Tandem 100 Mile Loop 6:05:04 45:00.2 2 9 40
133 Kathryn Laethem F 61 Frankenmuth MI F 61-70 100 Mile Loop 6:39:19 41:57.1 1 10 47
138 Laura Burnett F 44 DAVISON MI F 41-50 100 Mile Loop 6:48:33 48:32.3 3 11 48
19 Jessica David F 37 Midland MI F 31-40 100 Mile Loop 7:01:35 06:15.8 1 12 52
121 Linda Callison F 51 Gaylord MI F 51-60 100 Mile Loop 7:21:26 21:25.4 3 13 58
132 Isabelle Salley F 21 Ann Arbor MI F 18-30 100 Mile Loop 7:21:26 21:25.8 3 14 59
61 Lisa Kerr F 45 Grand Blanc MI F 41-50 100 Mile Loop 7:36:12 36:41.3 4 15 62
162 Aaron Venema M 23 Grand Rapids MI Male 100 Mile Loop 4:27:50 28:17.9 1 1 1
180 Spencer Nemecek M 23 Higgins Lake MI M 18-30 100 Mile Loop 4:28:14 28:16.1 1 2 2
108 Stephen Smigiel M 50 Rockford MI M 46-50 100 Mile Loop 4:28:24 28:29.9 1 3 3
51 Don Rose M 62 Shelby Township MI Recumbent 100 Mile Loop 4:33:19 33:20.3 1 4 4
100 Terry Aikin M 52 Royal Oak MI M 51-55 100 Mile Loop 4:40:52 40:56.2 1 5 5
18 James Kistler M 50 Clare MI M 46-50 100 Mile Loop 4:49:24 49:25.8 2 6 6
170 Brad Rupprecht M 56 Vassar MI M 56-60 100 Mile Loop 4:52:50 52:58.2 1 7 8
65 Jonathon Brinker M 34 Franklin MI M 31-40 100 Mile Loop 4:55:46 55:48.7 1 8 9
161 Jeff McDonald M 47 Alto MI M 46-50 100 Mile Loop 4:55:47 55:53.1 3 9 10
106 John Schulz M 56 Hemlock MI M 56-60 100 Mile Loop 4:57:53 57:57.9 2 10 11
41 Seth Gutkowski M 51 Vassar MI M 51-55 100 Mile Loop 5:05:44 05:51.2 2 11 12
158 William Juhasz M 49 Grand Haven MI M 46-50 100 Mile Loop 5:06:53 06:57.7 4 12 13
94 Steve Sillman M 54 Charlotte MI M 51-55 100 Mile Loop 5:09:38 13:01.7 3 13 14
93 Jesse Gutierrez M 52 East Lansing MI M 51-55 100 Mile Loop 5:09:39 13:02.8 4 14 15
101 Ed Busman M 60 Allendale MI M 56-60 100 Mile Loop 5:13:44 13:46.7 3 15 17
123 Ken McLaughlin M 52 Howell MI M 51-55 100 Mile Loop 5:14:30 14:30.0 5 16 18
10 Mike Blackburn M 51 West Bloomfield MI M 51-55 100 Mile Loop 5:14:32 14:31.5 6 17 19
168 Tim Meyer M 60 Grand Haven MI M 56-60 100 Mile Loop 5:17:58 18:07.5 4 18 20
145 Christopher Evans M 49 Flint MI M 46-50 100 Mile Loop 5:18:29 18:46.4 5 19 21
21 Jim Blue M 55 Lincoln NE M 51-55 100 Mile Loop 5:30:40 30:51.0 7 20 23
82 Chad Schut M 42 Williamsburg MI M 41-45 100 Mile Loop 5:34:30 34:45.9 1 21 24
47 Walter Johnson M 67 Rochester hills MI M 61-70 100 Mile Loop 5:34:33 34:44.3 1 22 26
167 Jerry Jones M 65 Clio MI M 61-70 100 Mile Loop 5:35:41 35:51.5 2 23 27
146 Skip vendola M 49 JACKSON MI M 46-50 100 Mile Loop 5:38:00 38:21.6 6 24 28
66 John Oliver M 48 Canton MI M 46-50 100 Mile Loop 5:38:14 38:26.3 7 25 29
152 Fred Hancock M 63 Sault Ste Marie MI M 61-70 100 Mile Loop 5:39:56 40:03.5 3 26 31
154 Joseph Brown M 66 Grayling MI M 61-70 100 Mile Loop 5:40:15 40:27.7 4 27 32
105 Dale LaPointe M 53 Roscommon MI M 51-55 100 Mile Loop 5:41:14 41:19.0 8 28 33
136 John Stachlewicz M 53 Saginaw MI M 51-55 100 Mile Loop 5:55:20 55:43.0 9 29 35
71 Ronald Dober M 46 Detroit MI M 46-50 100 Mile Loop 6:01:32 02:09.5 8 30 38
185 Ryan Jarosz M 42 Beulah MI M 41-45 100 Mile Loop 6:04:43 45:00.8 2 31 39
54 Mark Zelek M 64 Grayling MI M 61-70 100 Mile Loop 6:08:13 08:36.8 5 32 41
115 Tsukasa Arai M 34 Shelby Twp. MI M 31-40 100 Mile Loop 6:11:15 11:31.6 2 33 42
37 Steve Siegert M 64 Clare MI M 61-70 100 Mile Loop 6:25:12 25:42.9 6 34 43
38 Bryan Siegert M 25 Clare MI M 18-30 100 Mile Loop 6:25:12 25:42.7 2 35 44
143 Scott Zuke M 47 Grand Rapids MI M 46-50 100 Mile Loop 6:26:41 27:04.5 9 36 45
150 Dave Hunsaker M 57 DeWitt MI M 56-60 100 Mile Loop 6:37:40 38:07.1 5 37 46
98 Collin Drysdale M 17 Roscommon MI Youth 100 Mile Loop 6:52:02 52:11.2 1 38 49
140 Joe Peterman M 53 Goodrich MI Tandem 100 Mile Loop 6:59:18 59:55.0 3 39 50
20 Bruce David M 39 MIdland MI M 31-40 100 Mile Loop 7:01:33 06:15.7 3 40 51
139 Tom Wayne M 59 SAINT CLAIR MI M 56-60 100 Mile Loop 7:09:13 09:27.4 6 41 53
134 Mark Schroeder M 60 Sterling Heights MI M 56-60 100 Mile Loop 7:09:15 09:33.1 7 42 54
30 Benjamin Faller M 24 Saginaw MI M 18-30 100 Mile Loop 7:16:57 16:56.6 3 43 55
27 John Faller M 58 Bay City MI M 56-60 100 Mile Loop 7:17:02 17:01.0 8 44 56
53 Christopher Reyes M 31 Roseville MI M 31-40 100 Mile Loop 7:19:49 19:48.1 4 45 57
23 Jim Pickell M 53 Grayling MI M 51-55 100 Mile Loop 7:25:27 25:54.3 10 46 60
24 Duane White M 53 Grayling MI M 51-55 100 Mile Loop 7:25:28 25:55.3 11 47 61
85 Jeff Turner M 61 taylor MI M 61-70 100 Mile Loop 8:01:57 04:06.3 7 48 63
89 Michael Anthony M 54 Grosse Pointe Woods MI M 51-55 100 Mile Loop 8:02:00 04:08.0 12 49 64
173 Vickie Hart F 59 Grayling MI Female 45 Mile Loop 2:30:17 30:19.5 1 1 5
181 Heather Neitzke F 51 Traverse City MI F 51-60 45 Mile Loop 2:47:47 47:53.7 1 2 7
81 Amy Knutilla F 57 ANN ARBOR MI F 51-60 45 Mile Loop 2:54:04 54:14.7 2 3 10
118 Erin Miller F 40 SHEPHERD MI F 31-40 45 Mile Loop 2:59:21 59:30.1 1 4 14
70 Diane Cabelof F 51 Troy MI F 51-60 45 Mile Loop 3:06:22 06:41.2 3 5 15
96 Megan Murdoch F 26 Alpena MI F 18-30 45 Mile Loop 3:06:36 06:56.2 1 6 17
177 Elizabeth Doering F 30 Grayling MI F 18-30 45 Mile Loop 3:23:54 24:08.2 2 7 21
74 Theresa Putnam F 56 Linden MI F 51-60 45 Mile Loop 3:31:12 31:31.6 4 8 23
163 Bob Vasquez M 56 Perrinton MI Male 45 Mile Loop 2:03:05 03:06.4 1 1 1
125 Jason Kramer M 43 NORTHVILLE MI M 41-45 45 Mile Loop 2:05:31 05:31.5 1 2 2
124 Nicholas Koenigsknecht M 38 St. Johns MI M 31-40 45 Mile Loop 2:19:58 20:00.8 1 3 3
172 Bill Hart M 60 Grayling MI M 56-60 45 Mile Loop 2:25:16 25:19.3 1 4 4
104 Geoff Brandle M 58 Midland MI M 56-60 45 Mile Loop 2:46:54 47:11.0 2 5 6
69 Butch Short M 66 Tawas MI M 61-70 45 Mile Loop 2:50:29 50:40.2 1 6 8
80 Tom Knutilla M 58 Ann Arbor MI M 56-60 45 Mile Loop 2:52:50 53:00.9 3 7 9
59 Scott Lentz M 28 Spring Lake MI M 18-30 45 Mile Loop 2:58:42 58:54.7 1 8 11
156 Ben Rudgers M 26 Sandusky MI M 18-30 45 Mile Loop 2:58:44 58:55.7 2 9 12
58 Chuck Lentz M 55 Lexington MI M 51-55 45 Mile Loop 2:58:44 58:55.8 1 10 13
97 Mike Murdoch M 55 CARMEL IN M 51-55 45 Mile Loop 3:06:36 06:56.7 2 11 16
174 Kernie Gilliam M 64 Gladwin MI M 61-70 45 Mile Loop 3:08:54 09:11.6 2 12 18
148 Stephen Witt M 39 ROSCOMMON MI M 31-40 45 Mile Loop 3:11:19 11:30.5 2 13 19
176 Thomas Lerchenfeld M 30 Comstock Park MI M 18-30 45 Mile Loop 3:21:17 21:30.9 3 14 20
116 Mark Whaley M 51 Farmington Hills MI M 51-55 45 Mile Loop 3:27:02 27:17.9 3 15 22
155 Mark Rais M 63 Grayling MI M 61-70 45 Mile Loop 3:36:23 36:26.4 3 16 24
126 daniel secord M 29 MANISTEE MI M 18-30 45 Mile Loop 3:53:10 31:00.8 4 17 25
149 John Rocco M 50 Marco Island FL M 46-50 45 Mile Loop 3:53:47 54:02.8 1 18 26
40 Tedd Wheeler M 67 Reed City MI Tandem 45 Mile Loop 4:07:24 07:51.4 1 19 27
175 Jeff Romell M 35 Kalkaska MI M 31-40 45 Mile Loop 5:05:17 05:26.0 3 20 28
32 Peggy Braamse F 54 San Diego CA Female 62 Mile Loop 3:03:48 03:53.3 1 1 6
113 Laura Murphy F 53 Rochester MI F 51-60 62 Mile Loop 3:10:11 10:22.7 1 2 10
73 Jennifer Thompson F 52 East Tawas MI F 51-60 62 Mile Loop 3:50:52 51:19.1 2 3 30
68 Amy Short F 50 Tawas MI F 41-50 62 Mile Loop 3:50:53 51:20.2 1 4 31
127 Erin Lint F 27 Manistee MI F 18-30 62 Mile Loop 3:53:21 01:24.8 1 5 34
182 Kim Kelley F 55   -- Tandem 62 Mile Loop 4:17:05 17:26.8 2 6 42
3 Jessica Hempel F 28 Detroit MI F 18-30 62 Mile Loop 4:23:35 24:01.8 2 7 44
8 Mary Hill F 56 Columbus OH F 51-60 62 Mile Loop 4:26:32 27:01.7 3 8 45
78 JoAnne Lawless F 64 Tawas City MI F 61-70 62 Mile Loop 4:27:23 27:48.7 1 9 46
25 Sandie Terry F 53 Gladwin MI F 51-60 62 Mile Loop 4:32:49 33:07.6 4 10 47
128 Lindsay Knake F 29 Frankenmuth MI F 18-30 62 Mile Loop 4:33:01 33:23.9 3 11 48
46 Beverly Johnson F 59 Grayling MI F 51-60 62 Mile Loop 6:06:04 06:11.0 5 12 56
157 Gary Tarsha M 70 Holland OH Male 62 Mile Loop 2:50:01 50:03.9 1 1 1
129 Jim Averill M 57 Clarkston MI M 56-60 62 Mile Loop 2:50:02 50:04.3 1 2 2
159 Mark Newsham M 56 Traverse City MI M 56-60 62 Mile Loop 3:00:12 00:25.5 2 3 3
142 Ralph Oppermann M 49 Grayling MI M 46-50 62 Mile Loop 3:01:51 02:05.9 1 4 4
109 Randy Zeeman M 60 Alpena MI Tandem 62 Mile Loop 3:03:48 03:52.9 1 5 5
171 Bob Skaryd M 49 Elsie MI M 46-50 62 Mile Loop 3:06:22 06:35.3 2 6 7
111 Mark Neal M 55 ROCHESTER MI M 51-55 62 Mile Loop 3:09:05 09:17.6 1 7 8
31 Bill Braamse M 53 San Diego CA M 51-55 62 Mile Loop 3:09:07 09:11.5 2 8 9
131 Jack Mellen M 64 East Lansing MI M 61-70 62 Mile Loop 3:10:22 10:30.4 1 9 11
119 Todd Davis M 45 Grand Ledge MI M 41-45 62 Mile Loop 3:12:04 12:11.6 1 10 12
112 Steve Fitzner M 50 Bellevue MI M 46-50 62 Mile Loop 3:20:18 20:28.2 3 11 13
84 Juan Medina M 67 Oakland MI M 61-70 62 Mile Loop 3:22:50 23:25.4 2 12 14
64 David King M 36 Traverse City MI M 31-40 62 Mile Loop 3:23:11 23:17.5 1 13 15
75 Mark Bedard M 66 Troy MI M 61-70 62 Mile Loop 3:23:15 23:26.4 3 14 16
77 Jack Epp M 54 Lake Orion MI M 51-55 62 Mile Loop 3:26:30 27:00.3 3 15 17
67 Jeffrey Smith M 53 Grass Lake MI M 51-55 62 Mile Loop 3:30:49 30:58.3 4 16 18
95 Gerald Lee M 66 Lake Orion MI M 61-70 62 Mile Loop 3:31:22 31:31.8 4 17 19
179 Michael Corcoran M 59 Traverse City MI M 56-60 62 Mile Loop 3:31:32 31:50.9 3 18 20
178 Ben Laird M 59 Traverse City MI M 56-60 62 Mile Loop 3:31:33 31:50.2 4 19 21
90 Ross Miller M 43 SHEPHERD MI M 41-45 62 Mile Loop 3:33:17 33:26.0 2 20 22
102 Dean Musgrave M 69 Dearborn MI Recumbent 62 Mile Loop 3:34:51 35:02.5 1 21 23
183 James Campbell M 53 Williamsburg MI M 51-55 62 Mile Loop 3:35:15 35:16.4 5 22 24
110 Kris Lewis M 61 Alpena MI M 61-70 62 Mile Loop 3:42:00 42:05.4 5 23 25
160 John Childers M 55 St. Johns MI M 51-55 62 Mile Loop 3:47:33 47:45.1 6 24 26
117 Richard Carlsen M 75 Traverse City MI M 71-98 62 Mile Loop 3:49:49 50:24.3 1 25 27
9 tim schmidt M 59 gaylord MI M 56-60 62 Mile Loop 3:49:51 50:10.2 5 26 28
16 Damian Badish M 52 Gregory MI M 51-55 62 Mile Loop 3:50:49 51:22.3 7 27 29
72 Kevin Ornatowski M 59 Tawas City MI M 56-60 62 Mile Loop 3:50:55 51:18.7 6 28 32
91 Ernie Brumbaugh M 71 GRAYLING MI M 71-98 62 Mile Loop 3:51:18 51:21.3 2 29 33
22 Michael Mclosky M 61 Roscommon MI M 61-70 62 Mile Loop 3:58:35 58:52.0 6 30 35
184 Alexander Rider M 12 Shelby Twp MI Youth 62 Mile Loop 4:05:54 06:27.8 1 31 36
14 Skip Christian M 52 Roscommon MI M 51-55 62 Mile Loop 4:06:45 07:17.5 8 32 37
79 Dave Lawless M 67 Tawas City MI M 61-70 62 Mile Loop 4:10:53 11:09.6 7 33 38
88 David Dodds M 43 Dewitt MI M 41-45 62 Mile Loop 4:13:33 14:05.1 3 34 39
87 Michael Evola M 62 Lake Orion MI M 61-70 62 Mile Loop 4:13:40 14:08.5 8 35 40
50 Michael Hulea M 56 Fowlerville MI M 56-60 62 Mile Loop 4:14:41 15:05.7 7 36 41
135 David Kerr M 70 GRAYLING MI M 61-70 62 Mile Loop 4:19:46 20:02.5 9 37 43
26 Jeff Terry M 60 Gladwin MI M 56-60 62 Mile Loop 4:35:31 35:50.7 8 38 49
147 Tim Pacifico M 39 Royal Oak MI M 31-40 62 Mile Loop 4:38:40 39:20.5 2 39 50
86 Gerald Lyon M 80 Bay City MI M 71-98 62 Mile Loop 4:38:41 39:20.3 3 40 51
137 Patrick Connor M 64 Houghton Lake MI M 61-70 62 Mile Loop 4:38:45 39:06.7 10 41 52
130 Craig Tyer M 66 Houghton Lake MI M 61-70 62 Mile Loop 4:38:45 39:04.7 11 42 53
92 Steve Westjohn M 66 Gladwin MI M 61-70 62 Mile Loop 4:38:45 39:05.9 12 43 54
5 buford harrell M 62 Mt Clemens MI M 61-70 62 Mile Loop 4:41:04 41:19.5 13 44 55
45 Raymond Johnson M 63 Grayling MI M 61-70 62 Mile Loop 6:06:05 06:10.9 14 45 57
 
 
 

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