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10 Things You May Not Have Known About THIS WEEKEND’S Tour de Livingston

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Oh, wow… can you believe it’s Tour time again?! With all of the exciting build up to this very special 10th Anniversary Tour de Livingston, it’s easy to lose sight of how quickly it’s approaching!

As always, we’ll be opening the shop late on Tour de Livingston morning, so that all of our staff can participate. No one should miss out on this fun!

Hometown’s Hours on
Sunday, October 8th

Noon – 5pm

Sunday’s weather is coming up sunny and high 70s, so Mother Nature is on board! Ten beautiful Jamis bicycles (donated by your Hometown peeps) are gearing up to go home with 10 lucky Tour participants (and all you have to do is register for the Tour for ten chances to take one home!) Plus, the Tour has some extra awesomeness up its sleeve for this year’s big day:

10 Things You May Not Have Known about Tour de Livingston:
Tour de Livingston 2017 10th Anniversary jersey(Courtesy of Howell Rotary)

1)    This is the 10th Anniversary!
To commemorate the 10th year of this great ride, there are a bunch of new and exciting additions – including this special 10th anniversary commemorative jersey! For more information on how to get this jersey, visit:http://www.tourdelivingston.org/jersey-riders.html

2)    10 bike give-away
To celebrate 10 years, Hometown Bicycles will be GIVING AWAY 10 BICYCLES at this year’s event! All registered riders will be entered into the drawing, with the bikes given away on October 8! (Jersey Guys & Gals receive additional entries!)

Ten Jamis bicycles donated by Hometown Bicycles for the 10th Anniversary Tour de Livingston

3)    New Bicycle Friendly Routes!
Great for families, beginners, or those that prefer to ride on roads less traveled… This new route will consist of bike-friendly paths and park roadways within Island Lake and Kensington Parks. 6, 12, and 20 mile options with hospitality stops every 6 miles. Registration will still take place at Mt. Brighton.

4)    More family fun than ever before
Bring the whole family along! New this year – there will be a Kid’s Zone at Mt. Brighton with various activities for the little ones (along with a parent/guardian). The menu has also expanded to include a special kid’s meal!

Tour de Livingston 2017 route maps5)    Routes are now posted on the website!
Check out which route might be right for you:http://www.tourdelivingston.org/routes.html

6)    Breakfast is served!
All participants get a hot and delicious breakfast included with their registration! Breakfast is served from 7am – 10am at Mt. Brighton. Come hungry and set-off ready to conquer the route of your choice.

7)    Volunteer-run
This event is organized by the Howell Rotary Club and relies on its members along with other volunteers in the community. To learn more about the Howell Rotary Club:https://portal.clubrunner.ca/1507

8)    All proceeds from Tour de Livingston go to basic needs in Livingston County
100% of proceeds from Tour help to: bridge the gap for local hardworking families struggling to meet their most basic needs; prepare every child to be ready for success; and build a healthy community for all residents via theLivingston County United Way.

9)    Since the start of this event, the Tour de Livingston has raised over $250,000 for basic needs in Livingston County!

10)    Pre-registration closes Friday, October 6th at midnight.

And here’s a bit of bonus trivia, for all of you “fun fact” junkies… several years back, in honor of our wedding anniversary – which always falls near or on Tour de Livingston – Shaun and I rode the 100 mile Tour de Livingston loop on our tandem. It remains one of the most memorable adventures of our 8 years of marriage for sheer, epic fun-ness!

We’ll be there for SAG support, last minute air-ups, and general revelry with our Hometown kids, crew, and Team – be sure to drop by our tent and say “hello”. See you at the Tour, Hometownies!


Bike-a-holic bumper sticker at Hometown Bicycles

A day without cycling probably wouldn’t kill me… but why risk it?

– Anonymous

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Tour Kick-Off Ride and The Mark of a Good Man

Tour de Livingston Kick-Off Ride flier

A BALLOONFEST BIKE RIDE WITH YOUR HOMETOWN CREW 

You know that we are big-time Tour de Livingston fans. But did you know that we are SO into the Tour, that we ritually open the shop late for the annual Kick-Off Ride, so that all our staff can attend? It’s true!
SUNDAY, JUNE 26, WE OPEN AT NOON
Hometown will be leading this year’s free Tour teaser. If you ever wanted to hang with your Hometown crew, this is the day to do it!

Click here to learn more about the Kick-Off Ride and to register for the Tour.

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PINCKNEY STUDENT ART OPEN HOUSE JUNE 28

Pinckney student bicycle art
Art by Pinckney High Schoolers Norah Spigarelli (top) and Megan McGreachy (bottom right), and Navigator Elementary’s 4th Grade (bottom left)

Last week, we talked about the phenomenal bicycle art of Hallie Levine’s Pinckney High School and Navigator Elementary students, currently livening up our Community Room.

Now it’s time to celebrate their creativity! Next Tuesday, June 28th from 5:30-6:30pm, we are hosting a Student Art Open House to give the artists a chance to show-and-tell!

Complimentary refreshments, beautiful bike art (some of it for sale!), and a chance to feel like a rockstar for helping these young artists know how talented they are – please come!

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THE MARK OF A GOOD MAN

Mark Pierce of Detroit Cycle SupplyWe want to dedicate a space here to pay tribute to a true great of the cycling industry… and the human race.

Mark Pierce, 30+-year owner/operator of multigenerational family business, Detroit Cycle Supply, was remarkable. “Vendor” and “rep” are irrelevant here – this man was like family. Mark was our mentor… a dispenser of solid and practical business advice, a trusted sounding board, and a perpetual cheerleader of the shop.

He dropped by often, and was never in a hurry when he came – always finding time to hang out and help out. And he was kind – honest, but always kind.

Mark has a permanent place on our VIP “I Believe” wall for good reason. His faith in Hometown – and in us – has been extraordinary.

Rest in peace, Mark. You are already missed.

For anyone who knew Mark and wants to pay their respects, click here.

(Photo courtesy Debbie K. via Mark’s phone)

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