Dr. Michael Lutz, of Birmingham, is an avid biker and the founder of the Michigan Institute of Urology’s Men’s Health Foundation.

Dr. Michael Lutz, of Birmingham, is an avid biker and the founder of the Michigan Institute of Urology’s Men’s Health Foundation.

File photo by Erin Sanchez

Cyclists celebrate Men’s Health with group ride at Griffin Claw

By: Tiffany Esshaki | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published May 26, 2021


BIRMINGHAM — Each fall, Birmingham urologist Michael Lutz hosts a huge expo with free disease screenings for metro Detroit men in need.

But months before that massive undertaking happens, he likes to hold a few smaller events to make sure that expo has the funds it needs to help as many guys as possible.

That’s what will happen Monday, June 14, when local cyclists get together for a ride and a brew at the annual Cogs and Kegs fundraiser. After a hiatus last year because of COVID-19 shutdowns, the event is back to raise awareness for men’s health-related issues and also to raise a few bucks to support medical care for neighbors in need through the Men’s Health Foundation, founded by Lutz.

“Cogs and Kegs is like a reaffirmation of health and wellbeing. The individuals who come out believe in health, believe in wellness, and they do it for the right reasons,” Lutz said of the event, which usually draws around 250 avid cyclists. “They support those who can’t do that by raising money, to support those who may not be as fortunate.”

Cyclists will be able to choose between a 10-mile casual ride or a 30-mile course through metro Detroit. Both routes start and end at Griffin Claw Brewery in Birmingham’s Rail District.

The 30-mile ride will honor late MHF friend and cyclist Danny Klein, drawing awareness to safety concerns for cyclists sharing the road. Riders on both routes will be escorted by the Michigan State Police.

“(Klein) was an individual killed on Woodward in Berkley, so the more fast-paced ride we’re calling ‘Danny’s Ride for the Ribbon,’” Lutz said.

The brewery is hosting the event with food and specialty beer on the outdoor patio. Participants 21 and older can enjoy a 16-ounce Mr. Blue Sky Beer with fellow participants after the ride.

“That’s why we call it Cogs and Kegs. We want people to understand you bike before you drink, not the other way around,” Lutz said with a laugh. “We’re very specific about how we do it.”

Kyle VanDeventer, the sales director for Griffin Claw, said the brewery is “so enthused” to host the event again.

“We love sharing the experience with all the participants to raise funds and awareness for all the work the foundation does year in and year out to promote men’s health,” VanDeventer said in an email. “We’re just so excited to see everyone again and hopefully meet some new faces for a great cause.”

Along with a frosty beer, participants will get a pair of socks with the event logo, provided by American Cycle and Fitness. Students can participate at a discounted rate, and first responders won’t have to pay at all. This year’s Cogs and Kegs will double as a fundraiser and a celebration of those in the community who risked their own health while serving on the front lines of the COVID-19 response.

“Our first responders, from anywhere, are invited to be our guests for the evening,” Lutz said. “What’s a better way to come out of a cycling event with a family-friendly night for a good cause?”

The event will begin with basic health screenings, including blood pressure and BMI assessments, and Kroger will be providing free COVID-19 vaccinations on-site.

The 30-mile ride begins at 6:30 p.m., and the 10-mile ride begins at 7 p.m. To join either ride, cyclists can register online for $30. Cyclists who register the day-of will pay $35. For more information or to register for the Men’s Health Foundation’s Cogs and Kegs event, visit miumenshealth foundation.org.

Griffin Claw Brewery is located at 575 S. Eton St. in Birmingham.