Allegrina 100 returns for 2015 with new home to support GVSU scholarship

SAUGATUCK, Mich. — The sixth annual Allegrina 100 returns to the scenic shores of Lake Michigan on Sunday, June 28 to raise funds in support of non-traditional students at Grand Valley State University.

With at new home base at the Red Barn Theater in Saugatuck, the Allegrina 100 will again feature three loops of cycling, offering 100-, 75- and 30-mile options through some of West Michigan’s most picturesque terrain. As has become tradition, New Holland Brewing Company will host the event’s fabulous after-party, where riders will have the chance to socialize after a great day on the bike.

“Craft beer and cycling are old friends, as are the Allegrina 100 and New Holland Brewing,” said Fred Bueltmann, one of New Holland’s owners and vice president of brand and lifestyle. “What’s not to love about a ride that takes time to stop and taste, while celebrating the beauty of Southwest Michigan and supporting adult education? We look forward to raising our glass in support of riders, students and fathers everywhere.”

The Allegrina 100 is a unique ride in its execution. The ride features three loops that all start from the same spot, departing at different times. The full 100-mile group departs at 8 a.m.; 75-milers leave around 11:45 a.m. and 30-mile riders hit the road around 1:45 p.m. This is a fun and social ride, unlike other centuries where riders show up, ride and leave. The goal is no matter which ride you take we all end up back at home base for the party.

Thanks to support from our sponsors New Holland Brewing Company and the Janus Firm, all ride fees and party donations go to Grand Valley State University to support the John Allegrina Scholarship fund.

“As a business, the Janus Firm believes strongly in giving back to the community,” said managing partner Tyson Smith. “I’ve ridden in the Allegrina 100 every year since its inception, and it’s great to have the opportunity to make a positive impact in such an enjoyable way.”

Each of the ride’s loops begins and ends at the Red Barn Theatre, 3657 63rd St, Saugatuck, MI 49453. Ride registration is $30, and online registration will be open soon. [UPDATE: online registration is available here:]

About the Allegrina 100
The Allegrina 100 is an annual cycling event founded to honor and remember John Allegrina and to celebrate all fathers gone too soon. The first Allegrina 100 was held June 21, 2009, which was both Father’s Day and John’s first birthday after his passing. His daughter Heather and her husband Brian got together with a small group of cycling friends and decided to spend the day on the bike. Since that first year, the ride has grown leaps and bounds because of it combination of beautiful route, pleasant company and wonderful after-party. Starting in 2012, the Allegrina 100 became the signature fundraiser for the John Allegrina Memorial Scholarship at Grand Valley State University.

About the Allegrina Scholarship
The John Allegrina Nontraditional Student Memorial Scholarship is an endowed scholarship for Grand Valley State University juniors or seniors in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. This endowment was established to acknowledge that, for some students, an education is the key to bettering one’s life circumstances; but that life circumstances can also complicate the process of attaining an education. As Michigan faces difficult economic conditions and a transforming job climate, there are many adult workers who are facing mid-career changes in vocation. The Allegrina Scholarship is intended to help students in such circumstances.