The Rough Draft
A Monthly Update from The Fresno Cycling Club  - July 2018.

  It's a brief newsletter this month, as it's "all hands on deck" for some of our premier events: the Climb to Kaiser, Tollhouse Century, and Millerton Metric.  These events are held this Saturday, July 7th.  

  Best of luck to all riders!  For any others not riding, please try to come out and volunteer, helping FCC's reputation with putting on some of the best rides around!

  Keep up-to-date with our Ride Calendar, available on our website,  

 Happy Fourth of July!!! 

Climb to Kaiser

Tollhouse Century

Millerton Metric

   Our big focus this month will be the 42nd Annual Climb to Kaiser, Tollhouse Century and Millerton Metric rides, being held on July 7th. If you aren’t riding it, please consider working these rides! Go to It’s great fun getting to help the riders achieve their goals. This will be the 42nd edition of Climb to Kaiser. Let’s make this another great ride, to solidify the Fresno Cycling Club reputation of putting on great rides. 

   Our club has been doing this for 41 years. It has seen many variations over the years. The “C2K,” as it is affectionately known, even has a book in the works by our Club Historian, Mark Perkins. This ride has been listed as one of the Top 10 Toughest Rides by Bicycling Magazine and just this year it was named Top 10 Best Rides in the Country by ‪ It is exciting to follow in the footsteps of all the past ride directors and volunteers who have made the C2K such a great event. I hope we can keep it going for many years to come. 

   It seems the planning of C2K has had many challenges over the years, especially with competing events. We have had the Rumble to The Summit motorcycle rides, the 4X4 Moonlight Madness events, and this year it is the Shaver Lake Fireworks display. All these events generate additional traffic on the Highway 168 leading to Kaiser Pass. Other challenges have been with the weather. Last year, it was the snow and heavy rains that had washed out a portion of the Huntington Lake road. Thank goodness the road was repaired in time so we didn’t have to eliminate Big Creek from the ride. We plan to use a lot of signage to make the motorists aware of our Bicycling event so that our riders will be safe. 

Tour de Lakes

  Mark your calendar for July 28th, 2018: the Annual FCC Tour De Lakes ride.

  The requirements to sign up for this ride?  Not too tough… 
-       Are you a Member of FCC?  
-       Are your dues paid?  
-       If yes, then, sign up and ride!!!

  This ride is the Fresno Cycling Club’s Summer Ride, and is open to all members.  There are various rides available that day, from 28 to 70 miles (and beyond).  The goal of the day is to get as many member out there, and involved! 

  The rides are listed as BCD/3-5/28-70, Social & Training (on the website, you can find exactly what these terms mean).  In English, it means that there will be rides from relatively easy, to pretty hard, with some climbing depending on what you want to ride.  

  The rides start near Shaver Lake, so you will be out of the worst of the Valley heat. This ride has two basic starting points 1) the Dinky Creek Road/Shaver Lake Park and Ride, or 2) the parking area at the Dinky Creek Bridge on McKinley Grove road. It is an out and back ride and you can go as far out and back as you like. Some go to Wishon Dam and some go to Courtwright Dam and back.  

You can find out more information on the website,

Ride Leaders

   Reminder to all our ride leaders, whether you are in the Killer Bees, the FACT, the Shop rides, or our many Club leaders: be sure to list your rides in at least one (if not more) of the Club venues, such as the Website Ride Calendar (see and the Facebook pages. This insures that your rides will be covered by the Club’s insurance both for injuries to riders, and for liability coverage for you and the Club. 

Where's the Ride Calendar?

   Please check out the FCC website for the latest Ride Calendar.   This gives a more accurate picture of upcoming rides, as it's updated constantly.  

   Please also check the Facebook pages for FCC, as well as the various "subgroups" (FACT, Killer Bees, All-Roads, etc.). (Links to their Facebook pages are on the FCC website).  There may be additional rides posted there.

Shop Talk with Devin

  Devin Bovee, the FCC A/B Ride Coordinator and manager of Steven's Bike Shop Clovis location, also writes a blog for our website.  

Check out Devin's latest blog posts 

His most recent blogs discuss:

  • Rear Derailleur Maintenance
  • Bike Fitting
  • Getting Back in the Saddle
  • Chain Wear

Ride Groups

  Our list of Ride Groups is growing. It’s exciting to see our members have so many options to ride. The purpose of ride groups is to provide a way to connect with riders of like abilities and styles of riding. I encourage everyone to check out the various ride groups and ride with as many as you can, as often as you can. We are trying to provide more and more rides to accommodate as many ride schedules as possible. If you have a ride group that you like riding with that isn’t yet one of the listed ride groups, please contact me or one of the Ride Coordinators, Henry Pretzer or Devin Bovee to have your group added. 

  The current schedule for these, and other Rides, can be found on the FCC website:  

  • The Tuesday/Thursday morning Ride Group - Lead by Nancy Dooley and Ken Herrington. B/C rides
  • The Diana Dean and Larry Allred Ride Group - B/C rides.
  • The Mountain Men/Women - Ride Leader Tom Braner. C/D rides
  • The Velominati Ride Group - Lead by Greg Schoonard and Jeffery Simpson. C/D rides
  • The Killer Bees Ride Group - Ride Leaders Joseph Cassinerio, Cody Hill, Leon Thiessen, Michael Stevens. B/C rides
  • The FACT (Filipino American Cycling Team) Group - Ride Leaders Angelo Quitorio B/C/D rides.
  • The Steven’s Bicycles Ride Group - Ride Leaders Devin Bovee and Tina Kutzbach. A/B/C/D rides from their shop.
  • The Sunnyside Bicycles Ride Group - Ride Leaders Vanessa and John McCracken. A/B/C/D rides from their shop.
  • The Bike Shop at Woodward Park Group - Ride leaders Joshua Houssiere and James Zumwalt. A/B/C/D rides from their shop.
  • The Rubber Soul Bicycles Ride Group - Ride leaders Jon Stewart and Helen Guenther. C/D rides from their shop.
  • The “A” Train Ride group - A rides
  • The Social Train Ride Group - Ride leaders Mark and Michelle Locatelli. A/B Rides
  • The All-Roads Ride Group - Ride leaders Henry Pretzer and Susan Smith. B/C/D gravel and road rides.
Reminder:  see, including pages Ride Codes and Rules of the Road for a full explanation of the A/B/C/D codes above. 

Time Trial Series

   The next event in the Time Trial Series will be Saturday, July 14th. This is the 5th of 7 Time Trials, with the Tollhouse and Four Lane Time Trials to follow in September and November for a total of 9 TT’s. 

   This month's time trial will start near Sandals, along Friant Road in Friant.  Day-of event signup starts at 6:15 am, and first rider sets off at 7:00am.  It's a 10 mile distance, similar to the Belmont-Academy rides.

  Time trials are a fun way to test your endurance. It’s not just for racers, it’s for anyone who wants to challenge themselves and see how fit they are. It’s also one of the safest types of races as you are only racing against yourself and the clock. 

  The TT’s are a 10-mile race. This year we will have more categories, so come out and challenge yourself and have some fun doing it. These TT’s are free to members and $5.00 for non-members.

Upcoming Meetings

FCC Board Meeting:  
  WHEN:  Tuesday, July 3, 2018  6:30 PM 
  LOCATION:  Sequoia Brewery North
(Champlain & Perrin)

Bicycle Shops and Other Supporters

   For many of us, eating and riding are the two major things in life.  We all rely on, and support our local bike shops.  These are the people dedicated to making sure that we can all safely enjoy what we do.  A few local restaurants go out of their way to accomodate cyclists.  Please be sure to support these folks, and tell them you are an FCC Member!

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