After Banquet Thoughts
I hope everyone who attended the banquet had a great time. I was very pleased with the event, the venue, and the food. Our guest speaker, Mr. Clovis Anderson, Director of Bike Fitting at Freshbikes, gave a detailed presentation on the art and science of bike fitting that I found extremely informative. I hope you did too.
I want to thank our outgoing VP Stan Huie for his years of service to Fredericksburg Cyclists. Stan has contributed in so many ways to club activities that helped make the club a success. What should be remembered is that virtually all his contributions were not made as a result of being VP; rather they were done as a regular member. Stan will continue to support our club much as he has done in the past, and will continue being Webmaster. His continued contributions will be greatly appreciated.
I also wish to thank our outgoing Treasurer Linda Glass for all her hard work in connection with her Treasurer duties and especially with respect to getting our difficult tax situation in order. Linda’s help and guidance was critical to understanding our situation and determining the way ahead.
Welcome to our new VP, John Summer, who will continue to serve as Ride Captain. And welcome to Dennis Krepp, our new Treasurer. I look forward to working with these new members of the Executive Board.
Congratulations to Brandi Wallace and John Manvell, our two “Most Improved Riders” of the year. And a special thank you to Ben Stanfield, the general manager at Revolution Cycles (Stafford) for donating gift cards for our awardees.
Lastly, I was honored to receive the “Club Rider of the Year” award. And I was especially honored to be elected your President for a second term. Thank you for your trust and support.
The Executive Board will be meeting in the near future to develop goals and objectives for 2014. Stay tuned for an upcoming “Corner” update.
By Stan Huie
Only a small percentage of cycling deaths and injuries involve an incursion with a motor vehicle. If you remove accidents involving children and those where alcohol is involved, that figure goes down to about 7%. However, it's still worth our time to be aware the ways we can avoid accidents with motor vehicles.
A recent article on BicycleSafe.com came to my attention through the Virginia Bicycling Federation. It's descriptively labeled How To Not Get Hit By Cars. The article lists ten most common types of incursions cyclist have with vehicles in order of frequency and how to avoid those situations. They give good advise and it's worth a read.
How about those hazards that cause the majority of cycling accidents? There are a few important tips, like watching for various types road hazards, crossing railroad tracks and grates perpendicularly, not overlapping wheels, etc. But unfortunately most of the information in this category is learned by experience. Come out for group rides and talk with other riders about their experiences. And, most importantly, wear a properly fitted helmet. Sooner or later every rider takes a spill. Ride safe.
Why Travel by bike? Photographer Nicholas Marino specializes in remote landscape photography and has discovered that this was the way to be closest to his subject. See his blog on "A Journey Across Remote Lands."
Why should you be a member of Fredericksburg Cyclists:
- to support safe cycling and to help make our area a more cycling friendly community.
- to participate in area rides with club insurance (non-members only covered for first ride).
- to be a part of classes, talks and workshops on cycling, maintenance, fitness, nutrition and other bike-related topics.
- to stay informed on cycling-related activities in our area and be in contact with other riders.
- to receive discounts at area bike shops and other sporting goods retailers. (For many, this one item will pay for your membership)
- to participate in social activities with other cyclists.
- to receive discounted or free registration for some rides such as The Cannonball Century and The Spring Outreach Ride.
Membership is only $15 for an individual, $20 for a family and $10 for full time students. You can join through either of the two options below:
Mail-In Membership Application