The first two of several weekly bike rides sponsored by a Lee’s Summit eatery are already in the bag, but the jaunts will continue into late summer.
The weekly Spin Pizza Bike Rides kicked off May 18, continued May 25 and will convene every Saturday until August 31. The 10- and 20-mile rides stage at 9:30 a.m. and hit the road 15 minutes later starting from Spin Neapolitan Pizza located at 1808 N.W. Chipman Road in Lee’s Summit.
Experienced cyclists lead the rides, now in its seventh year.
“We’ve seen a steady increase of riders throughout the years, especially at the Lee’s Summit location,” said Tory Thaemert, a marketing manager for Spin Pizza since August of 2011. “A lot of new riders have participated in the last few years.”
The rides, which are free, are held four days a week throughout the metropolitan area. The scenery of the routes is different for each – suburbs, city, wide-open hills, mountain bike trail, lakes and farms. Thaemert, an avid cyclist, said the Lee’s Summit rides are one of her personal favorites.
The local rides offer routes that pass through Longview Lake.
“The Saturday morning rides through Lee’s Summit are actually one of the ones I ride myself,” she said. “It’s just a beautiful ride around Longview Lake and out into the farms around the lake. It’s a beautiful, beautiful route and one of my longtime favorites. I try to take part in all of them, but this one happens to be … the best way for me to start my weekend. It truly is a weekend ride.”
Thaemert said the popularity of the rides in Lee’s Summit have taken root in such a fashion that an offshoot of the Spin Rides has cropped up in the area.
The Unspun Rides were organized by a Lee’s Summit resident who enjoyed the get-togethers so much that he and fellow riders decided to create the spin off, even creating a social media page to promote their rides.
They go out on warm-weather days that don’t conflict with Spin Rides, Thaemert said, adding the Unspun Rides are a compliment to Spin, not a competition.
“It’s a really good group of people,” she said. “The Lee’s Summit community is amazing.”
The only requirement for bike riders in Lee’s Summit to participate in Spin Rides is a helmet. Advance registration isn’t necessary, but all participants have to sign in.
This summer, if 2,500 rides are taken, Spin will donate $1,500 to BikeWalkKC, a non-profit organization that works to the metropolitan area a safer and more accessible place to bicycle and walk.
Information can be found at www.facebook.com/spinb
iking and at www.spinpizza.com.