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Bike Trails Across the World

Friday, June 29, 2012
Cycling is a great outdoor activity that gets your full body active and working. The arrival of the spring season means warmer weather, which means it’s time to get outside and back on the bike. There are a countless number of cycling trails, but the problem is how do you find them? Check out this list of different bike trails located all across the country, for cyclists of all levels, from beginners to advanced cyclists like the Kenda 5-hour ENERGY® Pro Cycling Team.

Beginner Bike Trails

Manhattan Beach, CA – If you’re looking for a nice easy bike ride, the Manhattan Beach pier-to-pier is the bike trail for you. This is a 28 mile route that takes you past some of Southern California’s most beautiful and famous beaches, including the Manhattan Bach Pier. This bike path spans along the ocean, and is shared with walkers, joggers and roller bladers, so if what you seek is a slow paced and flat terrain trail, try this route. See map for more route details.

Cook County, IL – If the bike trail you’re looking for is something more scenic, then the Busse Woods trail is it! Located just outside of Chicago, this paved path is 11.2 miles that nature lovers will enjoy. The trail winds through meadows and forests around Busse Lake where you can see wildlife like elk and deer. Feel free to bring your fishing gear with you to stop for a break at one of the six fishing walls where you might catch a northern pike. See map for more route details.

Brooklyn, NY – If you’re craving some east coast city biking, try the Belt Parkway. This route is four miles one way, but there are lots of branch-offs that give you options for longer rides. This bike path is open to cyclists, walkers and joggers and is known for its great city scenery. If you want to see picturesque views of New York’s harbors and Coney Island, check out this bike trail. See here for more directions.

Intermediate Bike Trails

Seattle, WA – For a more difficult bike ride, cross Elliot Bay by ferry to get to this Bainbridge Island trail. This lightly wooded bike trail offers 27 miles of moderate to hard rolling hills and is a good combination of nature and city. Travel the trail and stop for a break at the multiple parks, beaches and mountain views, or enjoy magnificent city views. See map for more route details.

St. Cloud, MN– The great River Road Bike Path offers a variety of trails for intermediate cyclists. The paved bike trails range in distance from 11 to 46 miles and offer flat to moderate hills. A peaceful bike ride is guaranteed since no motorized vehicles are allowed on this route. Pass through numerous state parks including Charles A. Lindbergh State Park, Frontenac State Park and Itasca State Park and enjoy the beautiful Cass Lake and Sugarloaf Mountain. See map for more route details.

Washington D.C. – Take a historical bike ride on Washington D.C.’s 36 mile Mount Vernon Trail. This trail is located just across the river from Downtown Washington D.C and is a favorite to local cyclists. Mostly flat with some rolling hills, the trail will provide great views of the Potomac and DC monuments. On the way you’ll see George Washington’s home at Mount Vernon, Olde Town Alexandria and Arlington Cemetery. See map for more route details.

Experienced Bike Trails

Pueblo, CO – This trail is no walk in the park! The Frontier Pathways Scenic and Historic Byway is a 103 mile, one way trail that has a little bit of everything. From mountains and museums to historic settlements and schoolhouses, you will not get bored on this bike trail. The highway offers paved shoulders for tour biking, but mountain bikers will love the 22 peaks that are over 13,000 feet in elevation. See map for more route details.

Grand Rapids, MI – Just 30 miles outside of Grand Rapids, the Yankee Springs Recreation Area trails offer many challenge. From steep inclines to rocks and roots, this is a 25 mile trail with several loops spanning from .5 to 13 miles. These trails are perfect for cyclers seeking a challenging ride. See here for maps and more information.

Asheville, NC – If you’re looking for an all-day bike ride with lots of inclines, Old Fort Hickory Nut Gorge will be perfect for you. You will travel through Hickory Nut Gorge and under the eaves of Chimney Rock, passing the nearby Lake Lure. Enjoy biking with no motorized traffic on your way to the Blue Ridge Escarpment. This challenging ride also takes you to a top elevation of 3,000 feet! See here for more trail details.

International Bike Trails If you’re a biker that likes to travel, here are some popular trails from across the globe to consider:

Yorkshire Dales, England – The Yorkshire Dales Cycleway is a 120 mile circular route that can be started at a variety of different points. During your ride, you will visit most of the major dales in Yorkshire Dales National Park at a slow pace. There are many challenging inclines that take you through England’s countryside where you will probably see more sheep than vehicles. See here for more details.

Denmark – There are a variety of bike trails ranging in difficulty throughout Denmark. From the west coast’s beautiful scenery to the nature-filled countryside, Denmark’s bike trails are a favorite of many travelers. During your bike ride stop to see the North Sea’s beaches, the gorgeous landscape of the Wadden Sea or even get a tour of the coastal mudfalts. See here for details.

North Sea Cycle Route – If you’re a cyclist that wants to see it all, the North Sea Cycle Route could be the ride for you! This 3700+ mile circle will allow you to explore a wide range of scenery since you will be biking through eight different countries: Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Scotland and England. If you’re up for an international adventure, see here for more details.

Searching online for bike trail locations and information is always helpful before embarking on a ride. It can also help find trails you may have never knew existed! Hopefully this list of trails will spark your motivation to get outdoors and get biking!

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Michigan International Speedway – A History of the D-Shaped Track

Wednesday, June 6, 2012
NASCAR drivers and fans are gearing up for this weekend’s race at the Michigan International Speedway (MIS). Located less than 70 miles from the 5-hour ENERGY® headquarters in Farmington Hills, MI this track is found amongst the Irish Hills of Southeastern Michigan. Its wide, sweeping corners and lengthy straightaways makes this speedway one of NASCAR’s fastest racing tracks with qualifying speeds reaching over 190 miles per hour! We’re all looking forward to the upcoming race, so close to 5-hour ENERGY®’s home base, but let’s slow down for a few minutes to take a look at the rich history of this D-shaped track.

Groundbreaking began on September 28, 1967 mainly headed by Detroit area land developer, Lawrence LoPatin. Michigan International Speedway guaranteed racing excitement because of the large, saucer-shaped 18 degree banking. The track’s first NASCAR race proved to be a nail-biter with drivers Cale Yarborough and LeeRoy Yarbrough battling door-to-door for the final laps. In the end, Cale was victorious after LeeRoy spun out just 300 yards from the finish line.

The track continued to host many historic races with legendary NASCAR drivers, including Richard Petty, Mario Andretti, David Pearson, Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon and more. These drivers have all celebrated their wins in Victory Circle, but Michigan International Speedway has gone above and beyond by honoring these drivers and past champions in the Walk of Champions area.

Entrepreneur and racer Roger Penske purchased the speedway in 1973, where he decided to update MIS to a premier motorsports facility. Penske more than quadrupled the grandstand seating, from 25,000 to over 125,000, and added several other buildings including three garages, two ticket offices, an administration building, an entertainment shop and more. The track was turned in to the venue Penske imagined it would be, but was purchased by the country’s leader of motorsports entertainment, International Speedway Corp. in 1999.

Now that you know more about Michigan International Speedway’s history, let’s take a quick look at some of the racing records the track holds. Ryan Newman holds the record for the fastest qualifying lap. With an average speed of 193.232 miles per hour, Newman completed one lap in a mere 37.069 seconds on August 19, 2005. Finishing a 400 lap race in two hours, 17 minutes and 56 seconds, Dale Jarrett holds the record for the fastest race on June 13, 1999. Additionally, NASCAR Hall of Famer David Pearson’s nine wins at the Michigan International Speedway is the record for the most wins.

The speedway’s constant focus on improvement makes it one of the country’s premier racing facilities and the high speeds guarantee on the edge of your seat excitement. Be sure to tune in on Sunday to the Quicken Loans 400 and join the 5-hour ENERGY® Racing team to cheer on our own Clint Bowyer as the team comes home to Michigan!

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Super Mom Contest Winners Announced

Friday, June 1, 2012
Shortly before Mother’s Day the 5-hour ENERGY® team asked you to nominate your amazing mom, stepmom, grandma or other mother figure in our Super Mom contest. Mother’s Day is the one day per year where moms get the praise they deserve, but moms work hard year round which is why the winners of the Super Mom contest will receive the gift of energy.

We saw awesome nominations spanning from coast to coast that came from kids, husbands and even siblings! In the end, we were only able to choose 10 lucky winners and your touching nominations didn’t make our job any easier. The newly crowned Super Moms will each receive a free 12 pack of 5-hour ENERGY® which will hopefully make their long, busy days a bit easier. We hope that the energy boost from 5-hour ENERGY® will help these Super Moms continue to achieve a healthy balance between their family, work and community.

Check out the tribute video that spotlights all 10 of our Super Moms and their nominations. Tammy is a busy stay at home mom of four boys that always puts her family first. In addition to being a mom, Macy is a full time nursing student and has two part time jobs. Erica works third shift and then goes home to take care of her four children during the day. The 5-hour ENERGY® team wants to tip our hats to Tammy, Macy, Erica and all of the other winners of the Super Mom contest.

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