PREVIEW | Akron Coffee Roasters Metric Century Ride on September 9

Bikes, Beer, and Good Times on 100-Kilometer Ride

words by Claude Christensen, photos by Jim Fitzwater


Do you like long rides on your bike, good coffee and beer? You and the baristas at Akron Coffee Roasters have that in common.

On Sept. 9, Akron Coffee Roasters is hosting its second annual Akron Coffee Roasters Metric Century Ride.

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The Metric Century Ride is the brainchild of Eva Marks, Cafe Manager at Akron Coffee Roasters. She’s an avid cyclist. The idea for the ride came to her a few years ago after she rode hundreds of miles in RAGBRAI (the Des Moines Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa).

There are a lot of bike enthusiasts working at Akron Coffee Roasters, so when Eva pitched her idea for the first inaugural Century Ride last year to the owner of ACR, Albert Macso, and the rest of the ACR team, they were 100 percent behind her.

At 100 kilometers (62 miles) long, the ride is a non-competitive adventure that will head north along the Towpath Trail through the Bedford Reservation before turning south through Stow and Kent. Tickets are $42 at

Riders will meet up at 7 am for complimentary coffee and a tire-pressure check at Akron Coffee Roasters before heading out at 8 am.

For those who want to push it and those who’d rather take it easy, the Metric Century Ride offers at least two pace groups:  One at 10 mph, the other at a more intense 20 mph.

And if something goes wrong on the trail, don’t worry. Partnering with Dirty River Bicycle Works of the Northside Marketplace, Akron Coffee Roasters organizers will have an aid truck following runners in case of bike malfunction or other mishaps.


There will be two or three break and aid stations along the route with drinks and snacks. And most importantly, riders will stop near the end of the ride for lunch and beer at the Madcap Brew Company.

For anyone worried the Century Ride is for hard-core cyclists only: It’s open to everyone, and it’s not a race.

Be warned, however, that it takes a lot of physical effort to ride 100 kilometers. Eva, the cafe manager at Akron Coffee Roasters, highly recommends riders get a bike tune-up before the ride. A bottle of water and snacks are also recommended.

And most importantly, everyone must wear a helmet.

So grab a helmet, get your trail-bike ready, and bring your appetite for coffee, brews and miles!

Akron Coffee Roasters Metric Century Ride ($42)

September 9th, 7am

Event starts at Akron Coffee Roasters, 30 North High Street, Akron

Tickets at


Claude Christensen is an Akronite and University of Michigan literature grad.