By Ann Seidl/BayCare Clinic

Thank you for supporting the first BayCare Clinic Century Bayshore to Lakeshore.

Our non-competitive cycling tour took place on Saturday, June 3. It featured more than 330 registrants who rode either a 20-, 60-, or 100-mile course.

The century ride welcomed participants of all ability levels, including serious cyclists, casual riders and everyone in between. We watched with pride as waves of riders, young and not so young, left the start/finish line on their cycling adventure.

Each course took riders through scenic farmscapes, gently rolling hills and shoreline vistas as they pedaled through portions of Brown, Kewaunee and Door counties. There were numerous highlights along the century routes, including rest stops at Communiversity Park in Green Bay, Heritage Park in Algoma, and Parallel 44 Vineyard & Winery in Stangelville, among others.

Our first century ride was a success thanks to the support of cyclists, sponsors and donors, volunteers, communities and government agencies within Brown, Kewaunee and Door counties, and our physicians and employees.

How do we know it was a success? The feedback was immediate. Countless riders shared their thanks for having a century ride staged right here in Green Bay. Many stayed for the post-ride food and entertainment. We even held conversations with several riders on how to make improvements for next year’s ride. We call that a success.

We plan to continue and grow the BayCare Clinic Century Bayshore to Lakeshore and promote cycling as a family-friendly and healthy activity. The century tour is part of our BayCare Clinic Bikes community wellness initiative, which promotes bicycling as a healthy, family-friendly activity. The initiative also seeks to increase bicycling while advocating for bike safety throughout northeast Wisconsin.

We hope our BayCare Clinic Century Bayshore to Lakeshore participants continue to enjoy cycling throughout the year, whether in other organized events or simply by pedaling through the lazy days of summer with family and friends.

We’re working to encourage increased physical activity by promoting cycling as an easy, family-friendly activity that offers health and fitness benefits as well as simple pleasures for all.

All proceeds from the century ride benefitted the BayCare Clinic Foundation, which supports causes and organizations that promote improved health and wellness in northeastern Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Thanks again for making this event a huge success for northeast Wisconsin.

– Ann Seidl is event director for the BayCare Clinic Century Bayshore to Lakeshore, and director of marketing and public relations for BayCare Clinic.