The Fresno Cycling Club has formed a partnership with the California Classic Weekend to help bring you this year’s edition of the California Classic Freeway Ride. It is the only ride of it’s kind where bicyclists have the opportunity to ride 10 miles of freeway that is closed to motor vehicles as well as enjoy a great ride into the beautiful foothills and valleys of Fresno County. Your support of this ride will directly bene t FCC in many ways, not only monetarily but in notoriety. is ride is in it’s sixth year. Organizers Mike Herman and Nancy Tally are excited that we are able to partner to bring this ride to the bicyclists of the valley and beyond. I look forward to seeing everyone out on the ride. Register online.
Greetings fellow bicyclists, club members, and future club members.
In an effort to get things back on track I am incorporating two issues (May & June covering activities from April and May) of the newsletter into the June issue. A lot has been happening in the past two months since the April issue of The Rough Draft came out April 1st. There was the California Classic Century and rides, a couple of Brevets (the Bakersfield 400K and the Monterey 600K), the Kirch Flat Century and rides, the National May is Bike Month proclamations by both the Clovis and Fresno City Councils, the Mall to Mall ride, the Ride of Silence as well as the Club’s first in a long time Bike Swap meet. Not everything was quite so positive however with the sudden death of Board member David Hubbell occurring late in April.
I can’t say whether or not the club has ever experienced the loss of a sitting Board Member in the 54 years of the Club’s history. But like the saying goes there is always a first for everything.
To say this has been a hectic and crazy last two months since the death of our fellow club member and Editor extraordinaire David Hubbell is an understatement. With his expertise in computer technology and his willingness to jump in and help with many of the behind the scene functions (making improvements to the website while continuously keeping it updated, handling the compiling of stories, editing and distribution of the Club’s Rough Draft newsletter, as well as keeping the membership database current with reminders being sent out about expiring memberships), David had things running like a well-oiled bicycle chain. His sudden passing has left us scrambling to pick up where he had left off. Of course not being anywhere near as tech savvy as he was, has been quite challenging. Without going into all the details, I’ll just say that David’s lovely wife Lydia and their son Joshua have been very helpful in getting things back on track. One thing we know is that time goes on with or without us.
Well I don’t want to dwell too much in the past, but it is fun to look back at the events of the past couple months and reflect on the growth of the Club and all that we have going on. One thing I know about passionate bicyclists is that we love a lot of things, we love to ride our bikes, we love to talk to each other, we love to support one another and help each other out in our time of need, whether it be a flat tire, a busted wheel, a stolen bicycle, comfort and support should we get injured in a fall or just the need for someone to go out and ride. Being a part of a group of bicyclists with the same care and passion for what we love is so powerful that it is addicting. I am excited to see so many new riders either getting into bicycling for the first time or getting back to it after having taken time away.
Having to take over the handling of the membership duties for a few weeks, it has been interesting to notice how many of our former members are no longer involved in the Club. After David took over doing the membership updates he was able to extract all the information we had in a database containing all the past and present members of the Club. I know not everyone continues to ride their bikes and many may move on to other sports or hobbies; thus, the club membership is no longer
necessary or important to them. I also couldn’t help but notice that there are those members who for one reason or another are still involved in the club activities but have failed to keep their membership current. We have been trying to help you remember by having your expiration dates listed in the email accompanying the Rough Draft newsletter. We have tried to make it as painless as possible by providing free online registration. We don’t want to be a bother but our new Membership Director – Gia Parker will be sending out reminder emails. If you’re ever wondering why I place so much emphasis on membership being current; besides all the benefits of membership, there is the fact that our insurance only covers riders whose membership is current or there is a signed waiver for one guest ride on file, but the more important reason is the clout that it gives the Club when we can tell politicians or government policy and decision makers that we represent nearly 1,000 or more bicyclists in our community. This goes a long way in helping to get bike lanes, trails, and laws passed to make bicycling safer. Think of your membership dues as an investment into making our roads safer for you and your children to ride on.
National May is Bike Month has been great. Why can’t we make every month Bike Month? We had a great turnout for the Annual Mall to Mall ride to kick things off. This ride is very significant as it is an opportunity to demonstrate to the decision makers in our local city and county governments that there are a lot of bicyclists in the community. It also is an opportunity to get many of them to come out and ride with us to get a first-hand look at what it is like riding on our city streets, and why it is important to have safety measures in place.
Did you like the Kirch Flat ride this year? Ride Director Yvonne Moreno with the assistance of VP Michael Quiroz did an outstanding job of putting on the Annual Kirch Flat Century and rides. This year we were able to actually go to Kirch Flat for the turn around and utilize Cell Hill for our rest stop. I thank all of our great volunteers who helped with staffing the rest stops, working SAG (thanks Kevin Nehring for a great job of coordinating our SAG drivers), and helping with the after ride meal. It was a great Cinco de Mayo ride. The T-shirts were a big hit, we sold out and had to order more.
I was pleased to see how well attended the Ride of Silence was this year. Nanci Sumaya has taken the lead on this world wide event and did a great job bringing it together in the Fresno/Clovis area. With over 350 plus riders we probably had one of the largest groups of riders in the state. It’s a shame we have to have such an event to remember all the riders who have been injured or lost their lives as a result of a collision with motor vehicles. What is it going to take to get drivers to pay attention to the road and respect others on the roadway, others like bicyclists that have a right to be there.
Are you training for our next big event? It is the granddaddy of them all, the 40th Annual Climb to Kaiser, along with the Tollhouse Century and the Millerton Metric are some of the most challenging rides around. Bicycling Magazine once listed it among one of the Top 10 toughest rides in America. This is definitely a ride that you must train for and train well if you want to finish it. Last year the weather was kind to the riders and wasn’t a huge factor like it was the previous year with its extreme heat. Who knows what the weather will bring this year, but the weather just makes it more of an exciting and challenging adventure.
Watch your email for a link to get you connected to our new ride service that I mentioned to you back in April. The Ride with GPS Company has launched a Club Account that allows FCC members to access a Ride with GPS account that will have a library of all our local rides. It will have our monthly calendar with the rides listed on the calendar as events. Riders will be able to select the ride they want to do and RSVP to the ride leader. This service will allow us to create more spontaneous rides to augment our monthly ride calendar that is prepared as much as 6 weeks’ prior the actual ride. There is a little of a learning curve so if you need help don’t hesitate to contact myself or Henry Pretzer.
Well that’s it for now. Hope to see you on the road.