More than 170 cyclists finish 2019 Black Bear Gran Fondo

Annual event, a revamped version of the Black Bear Bicycle Tour, offers a ‘century ride,’ a ‘metric century ride,’ and a 45-mile loop
We were thrilled with our numbers this year and helping us out was perfect weather. Rest stations and celebration under the Rotary Pavilion were well received." – Stephanie Riemer of the Grayling Rotary Club
More than 170 cyclists completed one of three loops during 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 course, all three of which started and ended at Hanson Hills Recreation Area.
Weather for this year’s event? Sunny and warm.
Event organizers reported good overall numbers with more than 200 registered cyclists and more than 170 finishers.
“We were thrilled with our numbers this year and helping us out was perfect weather,” said Stephanie Riemer of the Grayling Rotary Club.
It was the 19th 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.
In 2016 – 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 looped courses that started and ended at Hanson Hills Recreation Area. 
Having looped courses based in Grayling eliminated the need to transport participants back from Oscoda.
In 2017, 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 (100 kilometers, a “metric century ride”), and added a 45-mile loop, giving riders one more choice. The Gran Fondo course options have remained the same since the 2017 changes.
What’s a “gran fondo”? Is it a race? A tour? Both? Neither?
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.
Numbers were up this year from last year.
“Two-hundred and eight registered in 2019 vs. 176 in 2018,” Riemer said.
One-hundred and forty-one cyclists finished one of the three loops during last year’s Gran Fondo, according to the list of results.
In 2017, 150 cyclists participated in the Black Bear Gran Fondo. In 2016, according to event organizers, more than 230 people registered for the 2016 Gran Fondo, and 180 cyclists posted official finish times.
Organizers said this year’s event went well. They used the new Rotary Pavilion at Hanson Hills as a gathering place during the event.
“Rest stations and celebration under the Rotary Pavilion were well received,” Riemer said.
“Four  key components to make this a great event. One, tremendous response and commitment from community sponsors who support the Grayling Rotary’s work, and we had 13 new sponsors in 2019. Two, dedicated volunteers who work tirelessly throughout the year and event weekend. Three, return and new cyclists who love the Black Bear Gran Fondo and tell their friends and family about us. And four, great weather,” Riemer said.
Proceeds from the event will go to community projects and possibly more enhancements for Hanson Hills, event organizers said. (The club has already provided funding for disc golf courses and the new pavilion in recent years.)
 
A list of 2019 Black Bear Gran Fondo finishers from http://results.enduranceevolution.com/results.aspx?CId=16662&RId=168 is available below.
 
2019 Black Bear Gran Fondo Results
Black Bear Gran Fondo 2019 – 100-Mile “Century Ride” 
Place Bike # Cyclist Net Time
01 1043 Brad Hancock 04:22:37
02 1095 Jorden Wakeley 04:22:47
03 1127 Kyle Hardy 04:25:21
04 1021 Seth Gutkowski 04:26:19
05 1055 Patrick Hoban 04:26:22
06 1071 Louie Mele 04:26:30
07 1132 Ryan Heidenfield 04:28:20
08 1078 Donald Rose 04:43:05
09 1104 Kristopher Ouvry 04:49:35
10 1105 Brad Rupprecht 04:50:15
11 1131 Valerie Litznerski 04:52:08
12 1087 Alex Stein 04:59:27
13 1066 Brandon Lorenz 04:59:35
14 104 Matthew Bissett 04:59:36
15 1048 Wanda Hancock 05:06:29
16 1096 Joseph Weissert 05:08:21
17 85 Claire Michkovits 05:10:00
18 1053 Curtis Harris 05:23:44
19 1133 David Folkmier 05:24:33
20 1106 Joe Franges 05:24:56
21 1094 Skip Vendola 05:29:17
22 1075 Laura Peter 05:29:20
23 1102 Jennifer Brown 05:29:47
24 1072 Jim Murray 05:31:31
25 1002 Lisa Graziano 05:33:56
26 105 Stephen Luyckx 05:33:59
27 1062 Matthew Kobs 05:36:09
28 1070 Michael Maska 05:41:22
29 84 Deb - Steve Angst 05:41:29
30 1073 Tim Nelson 05:42:41
31 151 Dave Faller 05:49:33
32 1047 Fred Hancock 05:52:33
33 138 Jenny David 05:53:37
34 123 Doyle David 05:53:39
35 1082 Jennifer Scholl 05:58:09
36 1091 Steven Stock 06:03:09
37 1100 Jennifer Zielinski 06:03:26
38 1126 Unknown 06:03:45
39 1092 Robert Takla 06:03:45
40 1089 Steven Stein 06:03:52
41 1128 James Dewey 06:07:01
42 1130 Tim Meyer 06:07:08
43 118 Sean Caldwell 06:10:04
44 1059 Walter Johnson 06:13:41
45 178 Bill Gephart 06:23:16
46 150 Bernie Eng 06:24:27
47 1007 Quinn Bosworth 06:24:44
48 117 Kathy Bruzewski 06:28:13
49 1107 Maxx Letts 06:29:30
50 97 Helmut Bender 06:29:57
51 120 Michael Carter 06:34:05
52 1056 Loretta Holmes 06:35:10
53 1101 Scott Zuke 06:37:02
54 1076 Jeff Pierce 06:39:58
55 1129 Jeff Bruzewski 06:44:49
56 1074 John Oliver 06:46:31
57 1086 Gerardo Sore 06:46:32
58 1065 Dale Lapointe 06:51:34
59 143 Austin Depottey 06:53:10
60 1077 Len Radwanski 06:54:41
61 111 Lori Bowker 07:17:35
62 1088 Kimberly Stein 07:22:26
63 1060 Lisa Kerr 07:26:50
64 1061 Scott Kerr 07:28:13
65 107 Emily Booms 07:41:28
66 1090 Zachary Stein 07:41:29
67 1063 Benjamin Kurtz 07:48:06
68 172 Julie Gardner 07:49:03
69 94 Mike Anthony 07:52:07
70 1099 David Ziegler 07:52:09
71 1084 Bryan Siegert 08:05:01
72 1085 Steve Siegert 08:08:21
 
Black Bear Gran Fondo 2019 – 62-Mile (100-Kilometer “Metric Century Ride”)
Place Bike # Cyclist Net Time
01 354 Bryan Carps 02:41:41
02 378 Jason Johnson 02:41:50
03 343 Don Boersma 02:46:33
04 1227 Tom Mahaney 02:46:33
05 1229 Dave Cencer 02:46:36
06 351 Bill Braamse 02:49:50
07 1225 Brian Purchase 03:13:20
08 1224 Moghlis Shankoul 03:13:21
09 352 Peggy Braamse 03:14:39
10 368 Nick Krus 03:17:15
11 390 Mary Peterson 03:18:11
12 1214 Kati Yorks 03:19:38
13 298 Jeffrey Battaglia 03:19:57
14 396 Jeff Ross 03:20:38
15 359 Steve Fitzner 03:26:03
16 1221 Andrew Booms 03:31:43
17 393 Robert Putt 03:31:43
18 1215 Bill Hart 03:35:33
19 305 Michael Bauman 03:36:38
20 377 Craig Lawrence 03:37:43
21 1206 Joseph Peterman 03:38:02
22 1203 Daniel Swartzendruber 03:43:01
23 300 Greg Bauman 03:43:17
24 1213 Duane White 03:47:26
25 1218 Ryan Harris 03:51:19
26 383 Chris Mccarel 03:56:07
27 356 Benjamin Faller 03:56:25
28 367 Tom Knutilla 03:59:30
29 366 Amy Knutilla 04:00:22
30 397 Holly Lambert 04:00:32
31 357 John Faller 04:01:38
32 365 David Kerr 04:04:22
33 353 Ernie Brumbaugh 04:04:47
34 392 Todd Davis 04:07:21
35 400 Emily Short 04:12:20
36 362 Denny Hebert 04:13:13
37 399 Amy Short 04:13:19
38 355 Kevin Even 04:13:23
39 389 Carl Perrine 04:16:15
40 1216 Greg Zellmer 04:16:18
41 394 Jim Rizzardi 04:16:19
42 328 Joe Billig 04:16:19
43 364 David Jenkins 04:18:52
44 1226 Krystal Harrison 04:31:22
45 391 Jim Pickell 04:32:12
46 387 Sally Miller 04:33:02
47 1210 Karyn Wendling 04:33:03
48 382 Joe Martin 04:34:10
49 1217 Gary Mckinney 04:36:28
50 370 Dave Lawless 04:37:06
51 1208 Clyde Tuyl 04:37:42
52 1209 Dee Tuyl 04:37:43
53 376 Joanne Lawless 04:39:21
54 1219 Diane Tomlinson 04:42:38
55 1220 Robert Tomlinson 04:42:39
56 1223 John Giarmo 04:48:08
57 1222 Johnathon Giarmo 04:48:09
58 369 Kim Lacasse 04:48:17
59 379 Joseph Juno 04:54:25
60 1207 Joleen Tramski 05:12:55
61 398 Timothy Schmidt 05:18:14
62 386 Ryan Neal 05:18:16
63 1228 Anthony Rabbricino 05:33:15
64 388 Tim Pacifico 06:08:03
65 381 Gerald Lyon 06:08:04
 
Black Bear Gran Fondo 2019 – 45-Mile Loop
Place Bike # Cyclist Net Time
01 493 Todd Borchard 02:17:58
02 488 Michael Tinkle 02:19:51
03 495 Greg Hodge 02:19:59
04 486 Lynn Sallve 02:21:43
05 487 Jennifer Grossman 02:21:44
06 489 Vickie Hart 02:25:22
07 463 Gerald Jones 02:27:09
08 457 Michael Brown 02:30:59
09 478 Anthony Fisher 02:32:00
10 461 Bart Hansen 02:36:32
11 485 Laura Burnett 02:43:38
12 475 Mark Zelek 02:51:48
13 462 Mike Heath 02:54:09
14 465 Matthew Miller 02:58:31
15 472 Butch Short 03:01:06
16 492 Scott Baron 03:01:30
17 471 John Powrie 03:02:55
18 476 Mark Rais 03:07:31
19 470 John Plough 03:13:35
20 466 Megan Milnes 03:24:13
21 469 Tim Petersen 03:24:46
22 468 Liz Petersen 03:24:47
23 494 Sharon Hodge 03:39:05
24 477 Mary Goodhall 03:39:15
25 458 Darcy Ducharme 03:50:05
26 490 Chad Smith 03:59:26
27 491 Kelly Smith 03:59:28
28 479 Scott Lentz 04:26:33
29 481 Ethan Polishuk 04:26:34
30 484 Brandon Sowa 04:26:37
31 483 Chuck Lentz 04:26:38
32 482 Jason Thompson 04:30:41
33 480 Benjamin Rudgers 04:30:44
34 440 Terri Banks 04:51:03
 

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