Fredericksburg Cyclists

Upcoming Rides!

08 Dec 2016 10:00 AM • 4700 Massaponax Church Road, Fredericksburg, VA
10 Dec 2016 10:00 AM • Spotsylvania YMCA, 5700 Smith Station Rd. Spotsylvania, VA 22553
10 Dec 2016 6:00 PM • 10400 Dynasty Court, Fredericksburg, VA
13 Dec 2016 10:00 AM • 4700 Massaponax Church Rd, Fredericksburg, VA 22408
15 Dec 2016 10:00 AM • 4700 Massaponax Church Road, Fredericksburg, VA
17 Dec 2016 10:00 AM • Spotsylvania YMCA, 5700 Smith Station Rd. Spotsylvania, VA 22553
20 Dec 2016 10:00 AM • 4700 Massaponax Church Rd, Fredericksburg, VA 22408

Welcome!



 

 Mark Your Calendar



12 November- Reverse Culpeper Century (a century streak ride)


11 November- Veterans' Day Ride


3 December- Caroline Cannonball Century (a century streak ride)





 

Ride Captain Corner!


Turnout for our rides, including our very popular Tuesday and Thursday evening rides has been increasing steadily throughout the summer.  Our 25 June club membership ride was a great success with over 80 riders signed up.  Unfortunately, the weather gods did not cooperate with us during the YMCA bike rodeo where high temperatures kept the kids- and other sane people-away.  We did have a great turnout of club volunteers for that event, however.  Many thanks to all of you.


We are getting closer every day to our signature event, the Cannonball century.  Planning is well advanced.  Please volunteer to help with this event if asked.  As a reminder, we will have a Cannonball pre-ride the day before the Cannonball which will allow volunteers to ride the routes and give us an opportunity to do one more safety and navigation check on the routes. 


Speaking of safety, I think we are all aware of the growing conflict between cyclists and drivers across the country as cycling becomes more popular and more riders take to the roads.  As a club we are pretty good at obeying the rules, being courteous to drivers, making room for drivers to pass etc.  However, we have a few things to work on when it comes to safety.

  •  Many of us tend to blow thru or do “California rolls” at stop signs, particularly on lightly traveled rural roads.   While often hypocritical, many drivers point to this habit as an example of how “cyclists don’t obey the rules” when trying to make the cases for restricting cycling on public roads.  It behooves all of us- especially in the presence of cars- to come to a stop before moving on (not dismount). 
  • State law allows for two-abreast riding, however, common courtesy and safety demand we go single-file as soon as we become aware of approaching cars.  Our club is very good about this, but I have observed other riders who refuse to move or allow cars to pass.  Not a good thing with so many hostile drivers out there. Certain roads such as Massaponax Church demand single-file only riding. 
  • Fredericksburg Cyclists does not allow riding with headsets, earphones, earbuds etc., because it is a dangerous practice.  Please don’t do it.
  • Be sure you know hand and arms signals to include slowing/stopping, loose gravel or debris and turns.  When in doubt, or riding with new partners, always communicate your intentions or signal.  We have a number of motivated new riders who are just starting out.  Don’t assume they know what you are going to do just because others know your riding habits.

As a club we are having a great summer.  Take advantage of the rides we offer as well as the expanding list of supported rides such as the Lake and Grapes century.  Above all, be safe out there!



Paul Cariker, FCC Ride Captain 

     

     FAQ

    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!

     

     

    Frequently Asked Questions




     

                                  
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