Monday, June 26, 2017

Kick Your Training in Gear

Considering joining the Ride4Life Team at the Holland Hundred? Here are the event details and a great training plan to get you moving!

Date: July 15, 2017

Registration: $35.00 fee if done by July 9. Register at Ride packets will be available for pick up on July 14 at Herman Miller’s Greenhouse location on 16th Street.

Departure Location: The LPC group will gather at 6:45 am at Immanuel Church, 325 104th Ave., located just south of 16th Street across from Ride Point Church. We will depart at 7:00 am and ride as a group and hit at all the break stops, including the famous pancake breakfast!

THE BASICS: Try to ride at least 3 times a week. The “total mileage” is your goal for that week with the “long ride” comprising approximately 50% of the total. If your bike doesn’t have a cyclometer with an odometer, convert the mileage goal into a “hours to ride” goal assuming approximately 15 mph. (For example - Week 3’s goal would be a ride time of 4 hours with/a long ride of 2 ½ hours.)

IMPORTANT: Drink 8 ounces of water or sports drink each hour of activity to stay fully hydrated. Also, be sure to experiment w/ energy foods and other fuels before the day of the big ride.Make sure you bike fits well and is in good repair. Consult a good shop if you have fit questions. Have fun, ride safe and be careful!

Week 1: Mileage goal- 60 / Long ride- 30
Week 2: Mileage goal-66 / Long ride- 33
Week 3: Mileage goal- 70 / Long ride- 40
Week 4: Mileage goal- 80 / Long ride- 44
Week 5: Mileage goal- 84 / Long ride- 48
Week 6: Mileage goal- 90 / Long ride- 54
Week 7: Mileage goal- 102 / Long ride- 60
Week 8: Mileage goal- 118/ Long ride- 66 <THIS WEEK! 
Week 9: Mileage goal- 126 / Long ride- 72
Week 10: Mileage goal- 140 / Long ride- 85

 **You do not need to have ridden a full 100 mile day to finish your 1st century. The adrenaline of the “big day” is easily worth 15 miles.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Log the Miles - All Week Long

We want to help you be as prepared as possible for Ride4Life. Take advantage of the West Michigan cycling community by joining a weekly area group ride!

            Host: Macatawa Cycling Club
            Departure Time: 6:30pm
            Location: Holland Community Aquatic Center - 550 Maple Ave. Holland, MI 49423
            Pace Groups: 3
            Distance: 30-40 miles

            Host: Velo City Cycles
            Departure Time: 6:00pm
            Location: Velo City Bike Shop - 26 South River Ave. Holland, MI 49423
            Pace Groups: 4
            Distance: 20-30 miles

            Host: Main Street Bicycle Co.
            Departure Time: 6:00pm
            Location: Upper Mac Trail Head - 1300 84th Ave. Zeeland, MI 49464
            Pace Groups: 3
            Distance: 15-30 miles

            Host: Rock’n’Road
            Departure Time: 6:00pm
            Location: Turks of Holland - 977 Butternut Dr, Holland, MI 49424
            Pace Groups: 2
            Distance: 25-35 miles

            Host: Rock’n’Road
            Departure Time: 6:00pm
            Location: Rock’n’Road Grand Haven - 300 N. Seventh St. Grand Haven, MI. 49417
            Pace Groups: 3
            Distance: 20-42 miles

            Host: West Michigan Bike & Fitness
            Departure Time: 6:30pm
            Location: West Michigan Bike & Fitness - 215 Central Ave. Holland, MI. 49423

            Host: Velo City Cycles
            Departure Time: 8:30am
            Location: The Good Earth Bagel Shop - 14 E 7th St. Holland, MI 49423
            Pace Groups: 1 - medium pace
            Distance: 30 miles

            Host: Macatawa Cycling Club
            Departure Time: 8:00am
            Location: West Ottawa High School athletic lot - 3685 Butternut Dr. Holland, MI 49424
            Pace Groups: 1 - medium pace
            Distance: 40 miles to Grand Haven and back

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Come Ride with Us

To prepare for Ride4Life, the team enjoys several fun group rides together. We would love to have you join us at any of the rides below, even if you’re still thinking about participating in Ride4Life. After a few rides with this group, we’re convinced you’ll take the leap!

Date / Time
June 21
Start Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Upper Mac Trails, 84th Avenue, Zeeland, MI
We will join Main Street Bike for our first group ride. The route will take you on paved roads south of Zeeland with a return to the picnic shelter at the Upper Mac trails. You are welcome to stay for a light snack following the ride.
25 miles
June 27
Start Time: 6:30 pm
Location: LPC Holland Center
We will ride to Saugatuck State Park and return to the Holland Center.
25 miles
July 15
Start Time: 7:00 am
Location: Immanuel Church, 325 104th Avenue, Holland, MI
The Holland Hundred is a key part of the training plan for the Ride4Life. There will be lots of riders on the course doing various distances. We will ride together and hit all of the break stops, including the famous pancake breakfast. Please see the details and training plan on the reverse side.
100 miles
July 27
Start Time: 6:30 pm
Location: Cross Country Cycle, 345 Douglas, Holland, MI
We will ride to Kirk Park and return to Cross Country Cycle. Captain Sundae is located next door and we can get some ice cream afterwards if anyone is interested.
30 miles
August 12
Start Time: 8:00 am
Location: LPC Grand Haven Center
We will ride to Spring Lake and follow the Grand River with a return to the Grand Haven Center.
25 miles
August 26
Start Time: 6:30 am
Location: Holland LPC
Group ride and cookout?
? miles
September 21-24
Start Time: 7:30 am
Location: Maranatha Conference Center
This is what we have all been training for as we begin the Ride4Life. There will be a group breakfast to send off the riders. Families and friends are also invited.
750 miles

Note: The goal is to make at least four group rides to get to know everyone and to learn to ride as a team.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Join Ride4Life 2017!

Greetings Riders, SAG, Family, Friends, and Supporters,

Dust off your helmets and get back on your saddles - it’s that time of year again! Details for Lakeshore Pregnancy Center’s annual Ride4Life are taking shape, and we want YOU to join us!

Ride4Life is a group bicycle ride with a purpose. This year, we are hoping to build upon last year’s success with a shorter format that appealed to more participants. We will be spending 4 days (September 21-24) riding throughout beautiful Michigan while raising funds to support Lakeshore Pregnancy Centers.

Will you please prayerfully consider participating in this exciting and challenging fundraiser, as well as share the details with anyone else that might be interested? Together, we can bring the message of LIFE to the families that we serve!

Below are some frequently asked questions regarding Ride4Life. If interested in participating, or for additional information, please email

The Ride4Life 2017 is scheduled for September 21-24. Location of departure and return will be determined following the finalization of this year’s route.

This year’s route will be a 350 mile loop through Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. We promise you a scenic route through our beautiful state on a combination of biker friendly roads and bike paths.

We have had anywhere from 8-16 Riders and 3-5 Sag Drivers. We have 2 vehicles that carry all of our supplies and our Mobile Unit is one of them.

A road bike is recommended although we have had some tandem bikes and a few other varieties. Your bike must have front and rear lights and a mirror (some prefer the mirror on the helmet). The important thing is that you can do the ride and keep at the pace of the group. We provide a team jersey but the rest of your bike apparel is your responsibility. No one is ever allowed to ride without a helmet. Everyone brings an extra set of tires and tube. LPC covers repairs that need to be made along the way and our sag vehicles carry tools, more tubes, and bike pumps for whatever is needed.

We ride together always. The pace averages anywhere from 14- 20 mph depending on the wind and terrain. That is why the group rides are required so we figure out a good pace for the whole group. The most efficient pace needs to be met each day so we are not on the bikes longer than needed. It’s nice to be off by 5:00 and we try very hard to make that a goal. Each day is unpredictable, though, with breakdowns, blowouts, and meltdowns (just kidding!). You need to be prepared for everything that can get in the way when it comes to all the possibilities that are out there each day that can potentially cause a delay.

Riders that represent LPC are asked to raise $2500 to cover their cost to ride and raise additional funds. All meals, lodging, and transportation are provided on the trip. Some people choose to bring some special snacks they like and money for snacks along the way at the convenience stores but most times you will find our snacks sufficient.

We schedule as many group rides as possible throughout the summer and a few meetings as well. We try to combine the meeting with a group ride to take up as few nights as possible. The meetings are mandatory and you must do at least 5 group rides throughout the summer. We also do the Holland 100 as a group, which is Saturday, July 16. You can get a good feel as to where you are in your training by doing the group rides and the Holland 100. We have found that the more we ride together prior to the trip the better we function together on the ride itself.

This depends on the day, and how late we get in. We always eat together either in a restaurant or around a meal prepared by our SAG. We also discuss the next day’s route etc. and then have devotions as a group. If there is a pool and hot tub at the hotel even better! Sometimes we go do an activity together but most are happy to have a little time to rest and connect with family. We stay in decent hotels, nothing fancy, but we strive for clean and efficient and with an included breakfast if possible.

Ready to ride?! Email or call Janelle Kelly at or 616-396-5840 x30.  

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Day Three 2016

The morning greeted us with a chill but we were ready to ride our final day. After breakfast, prayer and a devotion we reminisced a little and shed a few tears. We ride for such an important reason and the realization of this hit us this morning. 
We are so grateful to be a part touching lives by riding a bike. We ride so that those working in the centers, schools and churches, can continue to love people as they face difficult decisions regarding their pregnancy. We all play a role and ours is to Ride for Life!  We are honored. 
 Thank you all who have "ridden" with us in prayer, support, text, emails and filling in the gaps while we were gone. 
 The sun was trying to break through the clouds as we left and got onto Oceana Drive heading toward Hart and preparing to hit the bike trail.

We were on a mission to get back home to our family and friends but wanted to take in every moment of this day. We chatted, dodged porcupines and various road kill, pointed out more flocks of turkeys and loved when the sun finally broke through.

Garry and Kelly were our protectors on the road. We thank you both for your leadership, joy and steady pace!  

We jumped onto the trail in Hart. We were thankful to get off the road and out of the headwind we had been fighting all morning. 

We stopped for a quick break in Shelby and then on into Montague where Diane had lunch waiting for us. We were very well taken care of by one another. It is amazing how quickly a group of eight people can become such a great team in three days. You all rock! 

Just before arriving to see our families we stopped for just a few minutes to prayer together and say a tearful goodbye, knowing that once we get back - family becomes the priority! We love all that came out today to cheer us in. What an amazing greeting! More tears and a little more ice cream. Then loaded up our cars and went on home to shower and rest. 

As of today, this team and all of you reading this, have raised close to $17,000 in three days. Thank you from every mom, dad and child! Thank you from every staff and board member, and thank you from the bottom of each of our hearts. We could not have done it without you. We would love to see the total reach at least $25,000 this year. If you are moved to give, please do's not too late. 

Again, we thank you all and go team Ride4Life 2016. I am so proud of you all!!

Garry, Diane, Kelly, Shelley, Carolyn, Cindy, Mary Ann, Staci - Your Ride4Life Team!!

Saturday, September 24, 2016

The morning greeted us us with a gorgeous sunrise followed by breakfast burritos and other power food to send us off for a day of riding. Each morning we meet for devotions and prayer in the parking lot and today we were honored to meet Jeremy Smith, the Track and Field coach at Spring Arbor University. After witnessing our time of devotions and prayer he introduced himself and asked who we were. We told him what doing and why we were riding. What a blessing to meet strangers in a parking lot and yet have the same hearts. 

We made great time today, team rode like the wind. We encountered some hills early in the day but the scenery was worth it. The route took us east out of Ludington and up into Free Soil. A big "thank you" to the lady at the Marathon station in Free Soil for the use of the bathroom. After riding 27 miles first thing in the morning, it was much needed. Thank you for your kindness! (Ah, the things you take for granted). 

Just before Free Soil we came upon a memorial for a police office killed in the line of duty. We had to stop and take in the moment. 

Only one wrong turn (or forgetting to turn and having to loop the riders back on course) . we were hoping they didn't notice but Garry was on to us pretty quick. 

Some highlights of the day were;
1. More great conversations on the rode. The day just flew by.   The SAG team can usually here the riders coming before they can see them. It is so fun to listen to the "rode chatter". 

2. Lunch in Manistee at a beautiful park on the beach. (Sorry to past riders - we don't know how we missed this in the past). 

3. Beautiful sunrise and sunsets.

4. Quick stop at Garry's family cottage for a bathroom break. What a peaceful spot. Oh, and someone may have taken an interesting souvenir. (shhhhhhh...)  
Don't tell Garry...

5. The end of todays route took us out to Ludington State Park. Sunny and 70! Shelley and Cindy decided to race to the water. Off they ran, neck in neck, over the boardwalk only to simultaneously leap off the two foot ledge toward the water and once again, simultaneously face plant into the sand below. We are so sorry we do not have photo record of this hysterical event, but please believe us - hysterical. Upon returning to our bikes in the parking lot a couple asked Shelley, "Are you one of the ladies that took a nose dive into the water?" "Yup, that's me!" - Shelley replied. "We were watching from up above in the pavilion, we couldn't believe you both took the same nose dive!"

5. After the face plants, nose dives - whatever you want to call it, I just call it hysterical; Kelly decided to take a swim, we all waded a little and then headed back to the hotel for dinner. 

Dinner was moo and cluck (or as some call it, steak and chicken). One more walk to the city park for sunset pictures, into town for ice cream and coffee (Staci is the best! She too loves coffee).  We huddled up for a group prayer before sending everyone off to bed. Thank you all for your prayers for safety (we NEVER take those for granted). Prayers are so needed when on the rodes, for protection and physical strength. We are a strong team because we have strong Prayer Partners storming the gates of heaven on our behalf. We feel it! Thank you. 

One more day. See you at the finish line! 

The 2016 Ride4Life Team

Friday, September 23, 2016

The day began with a great breakfast prepared by some of our favorite people. Thank you so much Gary Feenstra, Janelle Kelly, Mike VanDrie, Sharlene and Linden Lade, and Amy Aernouts. You all rock! 
Around 8:30 am the Ride4Life team took off on our 250 mile journey. 
All smiles now and believe it or not, they still had smiles after completing 
the 91 mile day. 

The day was beautiful riding weather. We are grateful for the protection, cloud cover, and often experienced glorious rays of sun shining through the rain clouds. Along the road, or running out in front of us, we saw 4 deer (one big buck), a kamikaze snake (as Kelly calls him), lots of turkeys, hawk, and geese heading south. 

Most of our breaks were along some beautiful body of water. We live in a gorgeous state. 
Coming into Silver Lake was a highlight as the white dunes rose up in front of us. Other than one dead end road (sorry guys!), we went with very few mishaps and for that we are grateful.

Here are a few quotes from the day:
   "To clip or not to clip, nah. Let's just tip over."  - says Staci twice.

   "To train or not to train." - says Shelley once - "I think I will train form now on, 
   these hills are killing me."

    "Wooooow!" - says Kelly, every time we saw the water!

Another highlight came while stopped for a break in Pentwater. A curious man asked why we were riding. We told him we were riding for life, for women and men experiencing unplanned pregnancy. We explained that we extend love and compassion while they grapple with their pregnancy decision and provide support throughout the process. He immediately asked if he could donate to the Ride. Thank you dear sir, for catching the vision and for loving life with us! 

Our ride came to a close today right around five o'clock, once again, along Lake Michigan in Ludington. We ate together at the hotel in their commons room. Jon grilled hamburgers and brats (thank you Sherry and Craig for the burgers). Dinner was served at 6:00 pm and then we all walked downtown for ice cream (we missed you Don!).

So everyone is heading off to bed now and ready for another day tomorrow. 
See you all then. Keep praying and don't forget to give if you haven't already! 

The 2016 Ride4Life Team!