Evart couple ready for 145-mile bike challenge

Dennis Peacock (with megaphone) is getting set for a 145-mile tandem bike ride on Saturday with his wife. (Pioneer file photo)

EVART — Dennis Peacock and his wife Kristi are ready for another challenge.

The retired Evart principal and current boys track coach said Team Peacock is ready take on the One Day Ride Across Michigan (ODRAM) with their tandem bike on Saturday.

“We’ve done a couple 100-milers in the past,” Peacock said. “This one is about 145 miles, give or take, from Montague to Bay City, in one day. There are about 300 people signed up so far. The whole gist of the thing is to raise money for juvenile diabetes research. We’ve raised just shy of $1,200 so far and people can go to the ODRAM website (for information on how to contribute).”

“We haven’t driven the route, but we have a sketch of the route. It looks like it’s fairly rolling through the first half until we get to Blanchard. Once we get there, it’s one more uphill and then the last 60 miles are pretty flat.”

The Peacocks participated in a Boston relay a few years ago for victims from the Boston Marathon shooting.

They have in the past driven on a Big Bear cruise, an 108-miler in northwest Michigan from Kaleva to Elberta.

“We’ve done that twice but we haven’t attempted anything close to the 145-miler,” Peacock said. “We’ll give it a shot.”

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Posted by John Raffel

John is a sports reporter with the Pioneer as well as the Herald Review and The Lake County Star. He also coordinates the weekly Pioneer sports outdoors page. He can be reached at (231) 592-8356 or by email at jraffel@pioneergroup.com.

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