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Cross Country Cycle

Location & Directions (616) 396-7491
Hours: Mon-Fri 10-8, Sat 10-5. Closed Sunday
 
 
 
 
 

About Us...

Cross Country Cycle opened it's doors during Tulip Time in 1984 with only $2000 of parts, accessories, and bicycles.  Things have changed dramatically.  But the service and home-town feel have not.  We are a family owned and operated full service bicycle shop.  The walls are now filled with parts and accessories of many varieties.  We moved to our new location in 2006 making us Michigan's biggest bike shop.  Our goal is helping you have more fun on a bicycle. 

Owner (Pres): John VanderPloeg

John VanderPloegEducation:  Graduated from Grand Rapids Christian in 1958  Earned a B.S. in Chemistry from Calvin College in 1962. Also holds a degree in Rack-it Science from Thule University.

Previous work experience:  Worked as a research chemist developing color pigments. 

Family:  Wife Phyllis, 4 Children, 13 Grandchildren

Hobbies:  Enjoy casual biking, hiking, playing the piano and guitar, reading a good novel.

Bicycle of Choice: Specialized Roll Comp

When at the shop?  John joins the team on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 10-11am ish.

Manager (VP): Laura (VanderPloeg) Harris

 

Laura (VanderPloeg) Harris

Date Hired: May, 1987. 

First duty:  Sorting the buckets of stuff cleaned off the benches

Education:  West Ottawa High School,  1991. 
Wheaton College, 1995 Business/Econ. 
Thule University with a degree in Rack-it Science.  Certified Specialized Body Geometry Fit expert (I had the honor to train directly under Dr. Andy Pruit of the Boulder Center of Sports Medicine.)

Favorite Rides:  66th by Gilligan's Lake.  Curvy and serene! And the Upper Macatawa bicycle path-great workout and even better scenery!

Current Machines of Choice:  Specialized Fatboy Expert, Specialized Roubaix S-Works Disc, Specialized Diverge Comp Carbon with upgraded wheels.

Laura (VanderPloeg) Harris

 

 

Aaron Reigler

Position: Mechanic

Current bicycles: Specialized Camber Comp Carbon, Specialized Sirrus Sport Disc(modified)

Hobbies: Mountain biking, road biking, and nothing else.

Aaron Reigler

Nate Schmoekel

Position:  Mechanic Nate Schmoekel

Peter Vourlitis

Victory Harris

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Steve White

Joseph Spelde

 
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