Fredericksburg
 Cyclists Club

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President's Corner

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.

Al

How To Avoid Being Hit By A Car
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

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 Join the FCC

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:

On-line Application

Mail-In Membership Application


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A Typical FCC Ride
Some may wonder, what does a typical Saturday club ride look like? Here's a sample thanks to the video talent of Bob Broeking.

New Fredericksburg Cyclist Jerseys

We have a hand full of jerseys left - first come first serve
- 1 Mens Performance M
- 1 Mens Sport M
- 2 Womens Sport XL
- 1 Womens Sport L
- 1 Womens Performance L
Contact Stan Huie if you're interested.  The women's jerseys would work for a guy if you just adjust the size about a size lower.


Ride Captain's Corner
It is with great honor that I serve another year as Ride Captain for the Fredericksburg Cyclists Club.  My goal for 2014 is to first, maintain the ride schedule we achieved last year.  Throughout 2013 I enjoyed the support from twenty ride leaders and with their help the club enjoyed almost 200 planned rides. Sandy Jakubowski won Ride Leader of the Year and my hope is to continue the successes of both her Tuesday and Thursday Rides as well as Allen Simcoe’s Saturday Rides.  The second thing I want to accomplish this year is More Rides!  I hope to get Morgan’s help again with her Tuesday Evening Rides.  I am excited to announce Bruce White’s commitment to lead a Wednesday evening ride for the entire month of May.  Bruce is the leader of the Boy Scout troop planning to ride across country this year and feels he still has enough energy to help the club! I continue to get the commitments from last year’s key ride leaders such as Paul Cariker, Tonya Conover, Bob Morris and others.  These leaders are willing to help fill the Sunday calendar in warmer months.

A challenge I face this year is to maintain and grow the No Drop Ride.  Karen Bohn has volunteered to pick it back up again once it gets warmer and attendance numbers grow.  Saturday has been the only ride with a planned No Drop group available.  I feel like in order to at least maintain that, I need one more person.  Karen might not make every Saturday.  If you are able to help, please reach out to Karen or myself.  I believe Bruce will offer a no drop ride on his Wednesday in May rides and others may come about.  The calendar will keep you informed.

It is with great honor that I serve as Vice President for the Fredericksburg Cyclists Club.  Stan Huie has really set the bar high with the years of service he provided the club as Vice President.  I hope everyone appreciates the work he puts forth with every event.  He wanted to step down as Vice President and I was nominated to replace him.  Stan will stay on as Webmaster for BikeFred.com and I am sure he and his wife, Margie, will continue to find ways to support the club.

My primary goal in 2014 as Vice President is to see the Cannonball revived!  We had to call off last year’s ride in order for the club to put its house in order.  That is done.  This event is no small task but I feel this ride is part of what identifies our club.  The most important person in regards to the Cannonball (CB) is its Coordinator, Morgan Jenkins.  She will tell you that more CB riders are non-members than are members.  We get riders from all around who have actually marked this event on their calendars for years. It is a fun ride for everyone and well regarded in our region.  I want to see that continue.

The success of the CB will force the club to face other issues.  Other factors like our pending IRS application for 501(c)7 status may eventually allow the Executive Board to plot a long term course for the club.  Once we get the IRS ruling, the Executive Board will then have to address the club’s Articles of Incorporation. There has already been talk of dues increases and other by-laws amendment proposals so I can already foresee a long road ahead but my overall objective is to leave this club stronger at the end of my tenure.

The last goal I have set for my time as Vice President is growth.  I believe our club’s desire is to promote cycling to the community.  The bigger we are the more we can do just that. On a personal note, I can say there is nothing that pays off like my $15 membership does!  Last year I spent almost 400 hours on a bike, a majority of that with the club.  Other club members challenge me, encourage me, pull me, and drag me.  I can’t get that without them. The whole time we ride we are covered by a supplemental insurance policy in the event our ride does not end at the lot.  Once or twice a year I get to enjoy a ride followed by a cookout and club party.  I get discounts at several area bike stores.  I have made many friends and met many more interesting people over the years I have been a member.  You add it all up I wonder why anyone wouldn’t be a member! 

I ask all of you to help make this a club for everyone! Tri riders, fat tire riders, new riders , professional racers, avid riders and weekend warriors, we welcome you all.  That doesn’t mean that each of us have to ride with each of you, but it does mean that everyone is welcome and as we grow we will find a group for everyone.  I was asked the other day why I didn’t just rely on meetup to find group rides.  Many do, and I have used it when looking for a ride in areas I travel for business.  However, while an FCC membership costs $15 more than meetup, I get so much more in return.  If you know a cyclist who is not a member, invite them to a ride.  They are able to try us out before they sign up.  For many of us, that was all it took to get us to sign up.

John Summer – Ride Captain


 
 
                              
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