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Medina Sun: Along for the ride - Park pedalers take jaunts at slower pace

Junel 20, 2013

Scan of June 20, 2013 Medina Sun article

Park pedalers take jaunts at slower pace

By Tara Quinn

Century Cycles in Medina is once again Fitness Rides in the Medina County Park District.

"Cycling groups are often a bit more aggressive," said Lynne Nawalaniec, a representative from Century Cycles. "This is a slower pace club. This is a chance for cyclists to get their feet wet. They can get out and meet people and see the scenery in the parks."

Fitness Rides are open to anyone who has a bike and a helmet. Nawalaniec starts off each ride with safety tips and basic bicycle maintenance. The ride takes place on the paved trails through the parks and are generally 6-10 miles long.

Nawalaniec it's safer to ride on the trails than on the roads because you aren't dealing with traffic. These rides are not only safe, but they aren't nearly as intimidating either.

"You can take it one piece at a time," said Nawalaniec. You don't have to get out there like a monster and do 15 miles. We had a diversity of ages -- younger, older, middle-aged. They all enjoyed it."

The rides are held at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays. The next ride will take place on July 11 at the Lester Rail Trail with riders meeting at Lester Road trailhead. The Aug. 1 ride will take place at Chippewa Rail Trail and at Buckeye Woods Aug. 22 in the ball field parking lot.

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