Fresno Cycling Club - July 2022


Rough Draft 

July 2022

Greetings Club members, fellow cyclists, and bicycle advocates (which if you’re a bicyclist, you’re an advocate). 

   Well gang, here we are!  Half of the year is past, and summer is in full swing. You’re probably wondering how you’re going to get some ride time in now that the temperatures are hitting triple digits. The best times are obviously early morning or late evening during the week, especially for those who work. For those who work, early means 5:00am, or for those who work from home, are retired, or have the mornings off you can start at 7:00am or 8:00am and get a good ride in before it gets too hot. Check the Ride Calendar for times and locations.

   The advantage of living in the Valley is that we can escape to the mountains or the coast to take advantage of cooler weather. Speaking of escaping to the mountains, the annual Tour de Lakes ride is coming up at the end of July. Members can signup at:

   Our Vice President Mark Locatelli has been hosting training rides the past several Saturdays on the two segments of the Tour de Lake ride. One is starting in Shaver and riding to Dinkey Creek, and the other starting at Dinkey Creek and riding to Wishon Dam. Check the Ride Calendar for the info.

   Back in May we conducted Ride Leader Training with the hope that the more ride leaders we have the more rides we will have for our membership. I am looking forward to seeing more ride opportunities this month. Now that Climb to Kaiser is behind me, I hope to be hosting some Road, Gravel and Mountain Bike rides this month. But I will also try to get out to ride with the morning groups when I can. Come join us.

   Also, we are in need of a new Membership Director.  This person will work to make sure our member information is current, recording payments of dues, as well as other duties to help us maintain accurate membership records.  Please consider helping the FCC!

See you on the road or gravel.

The Prez, Dennis Ball


   The Climb to Kaiser is one of the most epic and iconic rides in America and it’s in our own back yard. Some years back, Bicycling Magazine rated it as one of the Top 10 challenging rides in America. After a two-year hiatus due to the recent pandemic, we managed to bring back the Climb to Kaiser this year for the 44th Annual event. Not only were the riders treated to the usual excellent care given by the FCC Volunteers, but they were also treated to some rare cool weather in the Valley, and not so rare cooler weather in the high country.

   It is not unusual to have riders come from across the country or even from around the world to ride in this challenging event. This year was no different.  The rider with the fastest time this year for the C2K at 8:48 ride time was Chris Miller of Australia, and there was a rider who had recently moved here from Denmark. Most riders were from around the state as well as Valley Locals. The fastest time for the Tollhouse Century at 5:25 was achieved by recent Reedley High graduate Ryan Kaehler. Congratulations to all of this year’s finishers of both the C2K and the Tollhouse Century. There were several first-time riders this year. Of the original 180 riders who registered, there were 74 Finishers of the C2K and 48 Finishers of the Tollhouse Century. The Kaiser never fails to prove how challenging it is.  The Climb to Kaiser results are here:

How did the Climb to Kaiser originate? Here is a recent post to the C2K Facebook page by former FCC President Suzanne Schwarzwaelder Lock.

“I am so pleased that the Climb to Kaiser carries on after all these decades, and that it’s done with such awesome help from the ones who make it happen!

Nigel Lock and I rode The Sierra Super Tour a couple of summers: 1000 miles in eight days over thirteen major mountain passes in the Sierras.  It was Ben Weaver who suggested riding to Kaiser Pass in 1976 as a training ride for The Super Tour.  So, the three of us (Ben, Nigel, and I) successfully completed the epic first ride. As president of the club, I set the ride up to draw other Super Tour riders here for the fun and training. 

The first ride Ben, Nigel, and I made was in the day before cell phones and cameras small enough to carry on such a ride. A passing motorist (a fisherman?) stopped at the top and took our photos there, and miraculously sent us copies!!!  I often wish I could thank him and tell him how important this documentation in history now is. You can see this photo in the comprehensive and incredible book about the decades of the ride written by Mark Perkins.”

   The first ride in 1977 was done on the Memorial Day weekend, over the years it has moved to various dates from the end of July to the end of June, for the past several years it has been on the last Saturday in June. Fortunately for the riders, this year’s event was scheduled on the third Saturday of June which happened to have cooler weather sandwiched between two weekends of triple digit heat.

   What does it take to put on an event like Climb to Kaiser event? 

  • First, we must have a resolution by the Fresno County Board of Supervisors that allows us to hold the event in the County.
  • Then we must obtain permits from the United States Forestry Service allowing us to use facilities and roads in the Sierra National Forest. 
  • also we must apply for an Encroachment permit from Cal Trans allowing bicyclists to ride on the State Highway 168.
  • We must obtain approval from the Fresno Sheriffs Department and the California Highway Patrol.
  • We must secure a venue that is conducive to accommodate the size of the event.

   Over the years this event has been conducted from several different locations such as Lost Lake Park, Letterman’s Park in Clovis, Clovis High School, Alta Sierra Middle school, Clovis East High School and most recently for the first time from the Clovis Rodeo Grounds. Each venue has its advantages and disadvantages. This year we were able to secure the Rodeo Hall which from all aspects of putting on the event, turned out to be a great location. The venue provided plenty of parking, overnight RV camping, and for the first time, an adult water slide at the finish for the riders. Unfortunately, due to the lower temperatures it didn’t get as much use as we anticipated.

   It is always a challenge trying to estimate how many riders to plan for, since there are so many that wait to the last minute to sign up, to determine how much food supplies to purchase for the rest stops and number of meals for the after-ride meal. This year, post pandemic, was the lowest number of riders we have had. There were only 180 riders that signed up between the two rides, we generally average about 250 riders with the highest at 460.

   Without our great Volunteers who give of their time for several months prior the event to plan and get all the preliminary work done and those the day before and the day of, we could not put on this event. This year we had as many volunteers as we did riders due to the low number of riders. It takes a lot of workers to pull off an event of this magnitude, and thankfully our members responded.


Wednesday, July 6, 2022   6:30 PM

Me N Eds Victory Grill

4010 N Cedar Ave


   If you like gravel riding, or are interested in trying it, a Facebook page that's a great resource is Gravel Bike California.  GBC highlights various rides throughout the State.

   Recently, our own Gravel Guru, Henry Pretzer, led a ride in the Yosemite area, and Gravel Bike California went along for the ride.  A video of the ride has been posted by GBC on YouTube. So, check it out for more info on gravel riding in our area, and to spot the FCC members who rode along!

Here's the link to the video:


June Quarterly Member Meeting.

June 29th, 6:30 PM

River Center Conference Room

   Sarah Parkes, Assistant Director of the San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust, hosted a presentation about Parkway operations, maintenance and future improvements.  The take-away from the meeting is that the San Joaquin River Conservancy has purchased property along the San Joaquin River in Fresno and Madera, and needs our input moving forward on how to improve the properties to best benefit the folks who will make the best use of it recreationally.

Our membership needs to be active in promoting the things that we would use ie, trails for bike riding and areas for gravel and MTB riding.

I wanted to thank those who made it to the meeting, and a Big Thanks to Sarah for her presentation.

click here for San Joaquin River Parkway website

Other Updates:

  • A-Train Rides. My wife and I have brought back the A-train Ride on Monday evenings. We’ll be posting them on Facebook and the Ride Calendar.
  • Tour de Lakes Training Rides.  I started elevation training rides for Tour de Lakes, starting from Shaver to Wishon Dam and back. I am also doing this ride in segments. I have also posted the dates on the Ride Calendar for those who are interested.
  • I started an Intermediate B-Level ride starting June 2nd, 2022, and this will be an evening ride.

from Mark Locatelli, VP, and A/B Ride Coordinator

FCC Ride Calendar


   Please note that the local bike shops will no longer be offering a 10.0% discount to Fresno Cycling Club members.  While we are sorry to lose this benefit, we do understand that they have a business to run, and our on-line shopping habits are making it more difficult for them to stay in business.  We depend on our LBS throughout the year, and for helping out at our club events.

   Keep your favorite LBS in mind when you make your purchasing decisions!!


The following is a list of FCC ride groups and locations to find FCC Rides.

Groups in Facebook Messenger

  • FCC Mountain Men and Women/Velominati – C/D rides, foothill & mountain routes 50 – 80+ mile rides
  • FCC Spinoffs Cycling - C rides, 30 - 60-mile rides
  • FCC Gang Rides – C/D rides, 20 – 60-mile rides



FCC Website

  • FCC Ride Calendar:
  • Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday Riders – Herndon/Armstrong
  • ROG’s – Retired Old Guys
  • Tuesday Taco Rides – 6 pm at Enzo’s Willow - Shepherd
  • “A” Train rides – Monday’s 6 pm from Enzo’s Willow-Shepherd



  • Tour de Lakes - FCC Member ride SATURDAY JULY 30, 2022
  • The Grizzly Century and Gravel ride
  • The Bass Lake Double Century
  • The Tour De Femme

Club Ride Calendar

 For the Latest Information on the daily, weekly, and event rides for Fresno Cycling Club, please be sure to check out the Ride Calendar!! 

FCC Ride Calendar


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