GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (BRAIN) — TerraTrike is bracing for its biggest edition of its annual RiderFest, which kicks off Saturday in South Grand Rapids.
“With more than 120 people already registered, and more expected on the day, we’re going to be a recumbent force to be reckoned with — like a very laid-back army,” said Jeff Yonker, marketing director at TerraTrike. It will be the fourth edition of the event.
Participants can ride either a 13-mile, flat out-and-back ride or a more challenging 20-mile ride. Prizes will be offered for best dressed, farthest traveled, youngest triker and other honors.
“I always love going up to Grand Rapids. It’s such a vibrant community of trikers,” said Ben Jones, owner of Dogwood Junction Trike and Bike shop in Siloam Springs, Arkansas.
TerraTrike has been manufacturing recumbent tricycles since 1996, when a couple of lifelong friends met up and sketched a recumbent trike on a cocktail napkin. The now-famous napkin sits framed at the entrance to TerraTrike headquarters.
“Having a framed napkin is kind of funny, but it shows how far we’ve come,” Yonker said. “RiderFest is a great reminder, too.”