Greetings fellow bicycle riders!
Some of the many great things about the Fresno Cycling Club are the traditional events that have been established over the past 54 years and have endured over time. One of our best traditions is the Annual New Year’s Day Muffin Ride. What better way to start a new year of riding then getting together as a club and going out for a ride? Every year seems to present us with different challenges weather wise. One year it's foggy, one year it's rainy, the next year it's warm and sunny and this year it was cold and sunny. Yet no matter what the weather, the act of everyone getting together and going for a ride just seems to be a great way to start the new year. It's what passionate bicyclists do and we are a group of passionate bicyclists who love our sport and love to share it with others. Some of you may wonder how did this ride come to be known as the Annual Muffin Ride or in some cases Muffin Dash. Well it is due to a great cook and past president Diana Herrington, her daughter Kendia and husband Ken, whose commitment to preparing homemade muffins, oatmeal, hot chocolate and coffee for the Annual New Year’s Day ride rest stop has been going on for an untold number of years. Thanks Diana, Kendia, Ken and others. Thanks to John Fries (Mountain men ride leader) for bringing out the fire pits to help us warm up. Thanks also to everyone who braved the cold and joined us for a fun ride to Lost Lake and beyond. Let’s have a great year of bicycling.
Sequoia Brewery North
Champlain & Perrin
Calaveras Room University Center
550 E. Shaw Ave., Fresno
Jared Gruszczynski & Family
David Sieperda & Family
The 27th Annual Blossom Bike Ride will take place on March 5, 2016 and offers three different routes. As the mileage gets longer, the route provides more of a challenge. The 20 mile route offers more scenic landscapes for your viewing pleasure. More information at: blossombikedride.com.
BIGGER AND BETTER WEST HILLS CENTURY-METRIC CENTURY SET FOR SATURDAY, MARCH 12, 2016
Online registration is now underway for participants in the 3rd annual West Hills College-Fresno Cycling Club bicycle ride to benefit the College and the Club. This year will mark the introduction of a new full Century route in addition to sister routes measuring 62 miles, 38 miles and 10 miles. As in the past, all routes will start and end on the campus of West Hills College in Coalinga. Since its inception in 2014, this event has been a joint effort of the Fresno Cycling Club and West Hills College Coalinga, and has quickly become recognized as a “true partnership”.
According to ride coordinator and West Hills College Instructor, Al Graves, “This year the College and the Club will introduce an ‘enhanced partnership’”. Graves explained: “West Hills College will again host the event and provide volunteers, while the cycling club will encourage participation and provide SAG support.” Graves added, “After deducting the cost of the after ride meal, all funds collected from registration will be split 50:50 with the Club.” According to Club President, Dennis Ball, “If we can attract 200 riders, almost $3,000 could be added to the Club’s coffers. This would be good for the Club. We can use all the financial help we can get.” College president, Dr. Carole Goldsmith, noted, “All of the College’s profits will go to student programs—particularly our ‘President’s Scholars’ program.” In parallel with the West Hills Century-Metric Century, President Goldsmith will lead an effort to attract direct gifts from individuals, corporations and institutions to further college-specific fundraising goals. She added, “I genuinely want to see this event grow in popularity. By ‘partnering’ with the Fresno Cycling Club in this mutually-beneficial way we can grow this event. I am sure of it.” The seldom-wordy Dennis Ball said, “I agree.”