Fresno Cycling Club - Oct 2022


Rough Draft 

Oct 2022

Greetings fellow bicyclists and Fresno Cycling Club members  

So far this year, we have been doing some great bicycle riding. We’re back to group rides after COVID, and this year we’ve had much better air quality! Whether you are riding on the road, in the gravel, or mountain biking, keep on riding!

The Fresno Cycling Club has three major events this month:

  • The Grizzly on Saturday Oct 1st,
  • The Bass Lake Double Century on Saturday Oct 8th, and
  • The Tour de Femme on Saturday Oct 22nd. 

Another Tragic Loss

   Our Cycling community is in mourning the tragic loss of one of our own members on Oct 2, 2022.  Adela Santana-Mullooly was an avid bicyclist who was actively involved in Club activities. She was out riding on Sunday, training for the upcoming Tour de Femme, our upcoming all-ladies ride. She was riding with fellow cyclists in an area on Watts Valley Road traveled by many bicyclists, especially on the weekends. She was struck by a speeding vehicle going the opposite direction who crossed into her lane.

   Adela Santana-Mullooly was an educator at Clovis Community College and Fresno State University.  She’s been a Club member since 2016. She enjoyed all types of riding and was a regular on many of Henry Pretzer’s All-Roads Rides, experienced in road and gravel riding. She was loved by all who knew her. Our prayers and condolences and support go out to her husband James and their 5 children.  Her closest friends have set up a Meal Train support

   The following was a post shared by a fellow bicyclist on Facebook after the incident. I am not sure who originally wrote it, but I couldn’t have expressed my feelings any better, so I am sharing this post:

“This entire situation is unforgivably atrocious with a flagrant disregard for safety and a blatant display of ignorance. Seeing her bike literally splintered into pieces 15 yards away from where emergency responders and passersby alike do everything, her friends sit helplessly forever traumatized while they desperately cling to hope that their friend will survive this. One shoe was still clipped into her bike. A few feet from her friends, who were collapsed in grief sitting on the side of the road, was an obvious and indelible mark on the pavement that started where their friend lay dying and arched back to the sporty blue weapon that was used to kill her in a gross display of negligence.

She and her friends were doing everything thing right. They were on the correct side of the road. They were wearing helmets. They were obeying the laws of both the roads and common sense. The driver wasn’t “reacting to the curve” as they keep saying in the news: they were flattening it because they were going too fast to be safe, stay on the right side of the road, or maintain control. By definition this is gross negligence that resulted in the death of another person. A person who leaves behind a loving family, friends, students and colleagues that all thought so highly of her.

Her friends witnessed everything from the accident to resuscitation attempts, and ultimately their beloved friend being covered with a blanket, and it being weighted down with rocks so it wouldn’t blow away when the helicopter took off without her because she was too broken to save. No apology, smack on the wrist, fine, or prison sentence will ever be salve enough for the permanent wounds left with her friends, family, loved ones or the people that tried to save her.”

   Adela is the third Club member we have lost in bicycle-vs-vehicle collisions this year. Not to mention the numerous other non-member bicyclists killed throughout our County.  I don’t have an explanation as to why this year has been so deadly for bicyclists, but it is important for all of us to always be vigilant on our rides.  Each of the three accidents was different in how they happened. Early this year, it was Paul Moore who was struck by a vehicle while he was crossing Audubon and Friant on his way home from a short ride to Woodward Park. The second was Steve Hunt, who was unable to negotiate a tight downhill turn on the way to Wishon Dam and struck a pickup.  This weekend makes the third, where Adela Santana-Mullooly who was doing everything right on her ride and was struck by a vehicle who crossed into her lane.  In two of the three accidents, the cyclist was not at fault. The common thread of all three is timing, being in the wrong place at the wrong time, but of course that applies to too many tragic interactions.


The Prez - Dennis



   This year’s Grizzly (held Saturday, October 1st) was much different than last year’s, where smoke resulted in many riders not being able to ride. This year resulted in many more riders (150), spread out over 5 routes. This year’s Grizzly had the long-time favorite rides: the Century, Metric Century, and Loop the Lake for the road riders, but the big hit this year were the gravel rides. The Grizzly Growler was a 57-mile route, and new this year was the Growler Short, a 35 mile route. This year’s ride was blessed with great weather and clear skies (no active fires this year). Also new this year was Miller’s Landing, where, in addition to being a ride sponsor, they set up a beer stop for riders to stop and have a cold one. It was a huge hit. A big thank you to all the sponsors of this year’s Grizzly, whose proceeds benefit the Scenic Byway and the North Fork Community.


   This Saturday Oct 8, 2022, the Fresno Cycling Club will be hosting the 17th Annual Bass Lake Powerhouse Double Century (BLDC). Ride Director Gia Parker, working closely with her crew, Diana Dean (Volunteer Coordinator/Quarter Master), and Rob Mavis (Communications/SAG Coordinator), have been busy putting all the finishing touches in place to provide our riders with a great ride experience. Of course, none of our events would happen without the great support of our wonderful volunteers. The Fresno Cycling Club has established itself as hosting some of the best rides around and the Bass Lake DC is no exception.  Many comments from BLDC riders are that it is one of their favorite Double Century Rides.


   On Saturday Oct 22, 2022, FCC will host the Annual Tour de Femme ride for ladies only. Of course, they are allowing some men too, but the main difference in this ride is that men will be doing the majority of the volunteering, staffing all the rest stops and riding SAG for the ladies, allowing them to enjoy a wonderful ride. A portion of this year’s net proceeds will go toward benefitting the Marjory Mason Center.

   Another aspect of this ride is the Donated Jersey fundraiser.  Club Members have donated jerseys for others to purchase.  Proceeds also benefit the Marjorie Mason Center.  Want to snag a few jerseys, cheap? 

Check the Tour de Femme Facebook page  (

To register for the ride, here's the link:

or contact Ride Director Janet Manuszak-Lucido directly, at (559) 360-1921.


Wednesday, Oct 5th, 2022   6:30 PM

Me N Eds Victory Grill

4010 N Cedar Ave

Micha Langer

   Dave Becker let us know that he joined Micha Langer on a 100-mile ride this last weekend, to celebrate Micha's 90th birthday. Riding from Fresno to Kingsburg, they made a stop at Simonian Farms, which is one of Micha's favorite stops.  If you see Micha be sure to wish him a happy birthday!

Hammer Road Rally

October 15, 2022


from Clémence Heymelot, Event Director

Hi there, FCC!  I hope you guys had a great summer, filled with awesome rides!

I wanted to reach out on behalf of the Edward O. Lund Foundation regarding our upcoming event, the Hammer Road Rally, on October 15th at Shaver Lake.

We would love to extend to your club members a 25% discount for the ride, to encourage local riders to come out and join us in Shaver Lake; feel free to share the code FCCxHammerRoadRally with your club members.

The registration page is HERE. The code needs to be copied/pasted in the "Referral code" box at the bottom of the registration form (before the merchandise section) without any spaces before or after.

We also have volunteer opportunities, if any of your members would want to come out and experience the event from the other side of the bike :)

To check out other events sponsored by Bike Monkey go to:



For those of you who didn’t know Ed Lund, he was a long-time Club member and a part of FCC’s racing team from back in the 70’s. He was an avid rider and racer until he suffered a fatal bicycling accident while doing the Levi Leipheimer Gran Fondo a few years ago. In Ed’s honor his family along with Levi and the Bike Monkey organization created the Edward Lund Foundation to award scholarships to Art Students at Fresno State.

FCC Ride Calendar


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


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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