Fresno Cycling Club - Sept 2022


Rough Draft 

Sept 2022

Greetings to all you great cycling club members!  

  If you're riding your bicycle on a regular basis, you are not only contributing to your good health, but you may also be helping to save the planet.

Get Out of the Heat!

  Last month, I talked about how we live in a great area with easy access to the mountains or the ocean. In July we had the Tour De Lakes ride to get out of the heat: over 120 riders took advantage of that ride. Last month our Triple T ride group (Tuesday, Thursday, “Thaturday”) went to Cayucos for the day, and did a ride along the coast on Highway 1 up to San Simeon and back. It was a great ride, and they were able to get out of the Valley heat. During the summer, the coast is heavily populated by Valley folks fleeing the heat. This Holiday Weekend will be no different; I am sure there will be a lot of riders headed over to escape the high heat (predicted to be in the 102 – 112 degree range). If you can’t make it to the coast or the mountains, be sure to get out to ride early, and stay hydrated.


   The growing popularity of E-bikes is becoming a game changer in the Cycling Community. E-Bikes can make the difference between being a non-rider and an A/B rider, or going from an A/B rider to being a C/D rider. All without having to do a lot of riding/training to get there. It allows riders who would normally be able to do a 10–20-mile ride now do a 30–50-mile ride.  It allows those with medical issues that make it hard for them to ride, to now keep up in a group ride. It can breathe new life into those cyclists who, because of the natural progression of aging, found themselves not able to do group rides any more.

   As E-bikes become more affordable, there will be more riders taking advantage of the benefits.  Before spending your hard-earned money on an E-bike, decide the main type of riding you will be doing. Not all E-bikes are created equal!  Just as with non-E-bikes, many models are “rider specific.” Will you be only road riding, commuting, or mountain biking, or will it be gravel or trail riding ,or a combination of road and gravel?  You can get E-bikes that will do the exact type of riding you want to do. One option that some Club members are doing (whether it be an E-bike or not), is to purchase a gravel bike and a second set of wheels to mount road tires on. This allows them to have the capabilities of two bikes in one.  Check in with any of our wonderful local bike shops, as they have plenty of options in stock!

   With this newfound power and ease of riding, however, E-bikes present issues for the Fresno Cycling Club. That is, the ability to ride faster than the group may be able to ride, which is fine if the rider just wants to take off on their own. However, riding in a group requires the ability to be mindful of your surroundings and your capabilities. Don’t hesitate to take your turn at the lead of the peloton, but know you need to maintain the speed of the group and ride with all the precautions and responsibilities you would have on a regular bike. A problem that we see is that people who haven’t been riding and purchase an E-bike start riding rides that they weren’t able to in the past. They haven’t gained the experience of how to ride cautiously, courteously, or lawfully. They get the E-bike and feel they can just take off riding because they have the ability to. When you purchase an E-bike get to know it, understand the differences between it and a regular bike. Learn how it handles and what its limitations are.

   Its important to know the different types of E-bikes as not all E-bikes are allowed to ride on Club sponsored rides.

The Classes of E-Bikes are:

  • Class 1, pedal assist to 20 mph,
  • Class 2, throttle to max 20 mph,
  • Class 3, pedal assist to max 28 mph (helmet required all ages).

 Do not purchase a Class 2 E-bike if you plan on doing FCC rides! Class 2 E-bikes are not covered by the FCC insurance policy, thus are not allowed on Club-sponsored rides.  For more info on E-bikes go to

That’s all I have for now. Have a great month of riding. Be safe and as always ride legal, it can save your life.

The Prez - Dennis


   Ryan Kaehler, a recent high school graduate from Reedley and a Fresno Cycling Club member, recently won the Road Race for the Northern California and Nevada State Championships at the San Ardo mountains on August 20, 2022! Also, in July he won the “most combative rider” award at the 2022 UCI Juniors Nations Cup Tour de l’Abitibi.   Ryan is getting ready to finish the season racing “El Tour del Avenir” in Costa Rica and Spain. 

Ryan is racing for Team California  soon to join the U-23 Team Pedale Scaligero in Verona, Italy. Congratulations to one of our own young rising Stars! In case you didn’t know, Ryan rode this year’s Tollhouse Century and was the first to cross the finish line!

Way to go, Ryan!!


Wednesday, Sept 7th, 2022   6:30 PM

Me N Eds Victory Grill

4010 N Cedar Ave

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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