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Ride Into 2013 With Dearborn Bike Club's First Dozen

The annual bike ride through the city takes place Jan. 1 at 2 p.m.

A predicted high temperature of 25 degrees on New Year's Day will likely mean staying indoors for many Dearborn residents. But for the Cycling Saddlemen, it just means they'll need extra layers to ring in 2013.

The local bicycle club will host their 41st annual First Dozen bicycle ride on Jan. 1 at 2 p.m., urging bicycle enthusiasts of all levels to start off the new year with a some exercise.

"It's always more fun when it's nicer weather," Saddlemen member Jim Boylan said. "But it's fun anyway."

The event gets its name from the fact that it's literally the first dozen miles the club rides every year. The 12 miles begin at the Olive Branch Masonic Lodge on Mason, heads east toward the Southfield Freeway, looping around to Outer Drive before cutting west to Gulley Road. Cherry Hill then takes bicyclists back into west downtown.

Riders are equipped with maps, and Dearborn police follow the routes to make sure no one gets lost or hurt.

All you need to join in is a bicycle, a helmet, and a lot of warm clothes.

Online registration for the First Dozen is now closed. Day-of registration begins at 1 p.m. at the Olive Branch Masonic Lodge, located at 1170 Mason Street. Registration is $15 per person, or $35 per family, and includes treats and soup at the finish. The ride starts at 2.

Lee Jacobsen December 31, 2012 at 04:00 AM
The heck with the exercise, I would do it for the right kind of soup. Split Pea, Bean and Ham, Broccolli, Mushroom, Chicken Noodle, Tomato, give us a clue!
City of Dearborn (Editor) December 31, 2012 at 04:48 PM
Ha! In the past, it has been a bean soup. Is there anyone who is part of the Cycling Saddlemen who knows for sure? Soup is important!
Greg Kreski December 31, 2012 at 09:27 PM
Hot soup.....anything. As long as the roads aren't "soupy" and seasoned with too much salt!

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