When Jason Reser isn't pouring his energy into competitive mountain-bike racing and trail improvement, he's tending to his business—Reser Bicycle Outfitters, which was named one of America's best bike shops for 2013 by the National Bicycle Dealer Association. At two stores, one of which earned a Best Bike Shop recognition from Northern Kentucky Magazine in 2012, he leads a team of competitive cyclists, technicians, and fitting specialists certified by the Serotta International Cycling Institute. At the Over-the-Rhine location, staffers match customers to city-friendly bikes and accessories; at the Newport, Kentucky store, they instead oversee a stock specializing in sports-focused bikes. Their inventory encompasses brands such as BMC, Civia, Orbea, and Ridley. The technicians service all makes and models in onsite repair shops, treating bicycles with everything from basic tune-ups to major overhauls to unproductive psychotherapy sessions. They also measure customers and frames at more than 30 points and swap out parts to complete custom fittings.
Zoom Multisport Racing encourages triathlon and duathlon racing in the Midwest with events that welcome athletes ranging from average to elite. Its signature race series is the Zoom Triathlon & Duathlon Championship Series, which hosts three races spread across the summertime. During each event, competitors swim through 1,000 yards of open water in Caesar Creek Lake (or run 2 miles for the duathlon), bike through 18 miles of Warren County, and run across 4 miles of dirt and concrete pathways in Caesar Creek State Park. Since each race is identical, athletes can track their progress by the change in time it takes to complete each race and number of hot dogs they can consume afterward without going cross-eyed. Zoom Multisport also teams up with Trimble Triathlon Multisport Coaching Services to offer the Couch to Competition training plan, designed to help chisel beginning muscles into Grecian works of art.
The YMCA of Greater Dayton branch began before the Civil War, but disbanded when war struck. Re-founded in peacetime, individuals and families have gathered at the Y for more than 140 years to enrich themselves through health and wellness programs. Eleven campuses serve the entire community?babies as young as 6 weeks old can attend childcare programs; kids can take gymnastics and soccer lessons; teens can develop their leadership skills; seniors can keep fit through Active Older Adults exercise classes; and the whole family can enjoy the pool.
Seven days a week, Jeffersonville Bicycle Company's fleet of cruisers stand at the ready. Hopping on one of the two-wheeled stallions, riders are free to explore the many sights and stops of Jefferson's historic downtown, where they'll find caf?s, restaurants, antique shops, and gifts, but unfortunately no Thomas Jeffersons. Rentals are available by the hour or by the day until 8 p.m., Monday?Sunday.
Detection programs, training for oncologists, and construction of new facilities. Those are just a few goals the organizers at Bike to Beat Cancer hope to achieve. Their rides also bring together cyclists, who zip through rides in a variety of lengths. The routes are generally dotted with mechanics, checkpoints, refreshments, and restrooms. The crew can help set riders up with training programs before the race, and afterwards they'll all feel better about helping those fighting cancer in Indiana and Kentucky.
Contestants in the Urban Bike Adventure crisscross the city in teams of two or three, breezing through the choose-your-own-adventure race’s checkpoints in any order they choose. Along their diverse route, riders pause to solve clues and test their mettle in challenges; overall, the event evokes The Amazing Race more than traditional bike races, which test only speed and how successfully you taught your bike not to ride you. At the finish line, officials honor the speediest teams with awards that range from cash prizes to medals.