16 April- Time Change back to 0900 for all Regular Club Rides
21 May- Fredericksburg Cyclists Club Spring Membership Ride
28 May- Boy Scout Bike-a-Thon (Gazebo)
30 May- Memorial Day Ride ("Apples and Peaches")
11-12 June- Belle Isle Ride with the Boy Scouts
4 July- FCC Culpeper Century (YMCA to Culpeper and back)
13-14 August- Jamestown to Fredericksburg Century (Joint Boy Scout event)
25 September- The Cannonball Century
Spring has sprung! Yes, I know it’s still cold in the mornings and your winter bib is still crying out “wear me, wear me,” but the calendar says it’s Spring so who are you going to believe the calendar or your own cold feet?
Actually, it is getting warmer and more and more riders are coming out. Thanks to the hard core we have ridden over 11,000 miles official club miles since the beginning of the year. Not a bad start.
We are making progress on updating and refreshing the road marks for our “official rides.” The four “Stonewall Bridge” rides AKA our old club rides going east from the YMCA are now well marked. In addition, the Willowmere has been refreshed as well. Our goal is to have them all done by the end of April.
On Saturday 16 April, we begin the change-over our 1000 ride starts to 0900 for all standing club rides. Ride leaders leading ad hoc Sunday rides can still set start times at their discretion.
Speaking of ride leaders, we could use some volunteers either as regulars or as available backups for our Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday rides. If you are interested, please let me know.
As of now we are ending our “Winter Rules” for rides from the YMCA. We will leave the binder and signup sheets at the desk inside the YMCA in the rare (and hopefully never) event that we cannot get a ride leader for a particular ride. Ride leaders will make every effort to be there, find a backup/substitute or notify the club if a cancellation is necessary via Facebook and email if possible.
Our Century Streak rides led by Mike Schumm continue to be well-received. Please check the calendar for the Century schedule each month.
On 21 May we will be holding our annual FCC Spring Membership Ride. All riders, including club members must register on our website. Registration is now open. We will be seeking volunteers to help with our two rest stops and someone to act as SAG.
Once again, many thanks for our energetic regular ride leaders Bob Broeking, Stan Huie, Mike Schumm and Al Matera for a great start to the riding season. We look forward to seeing you come out to ride with the club.
Paul Cariker, FCC Ride Captain
Why should you and your cycling friends be members of the Fredericksburg Cyclists Club?
Well, among other things we sponsor a lot of rides (right now about 6 a week) to encourage cyclists and make riding more fun, we, through our representation on the Virginia Bicycling Federation (VBF) promote cycling, cyclists rights and safe cycling legislation and we promote a variety of social events were we can get together with other cyclists.
So, if you aren’t a current member in the FCC, we encourage you to join and take part in supporting cycling in our region. For further answers to questions you may have check out the FAQ section below!