LET’S GET BACK TO RIDING
Trying to get our club back to group riding has been a slow process. We opened up our club Ride Calendar early in June, but because of the Covid-19 restrictions and protocols that seemingly change on a daily or weekly basis, it has been difficult. We have set protocols to follow for safe riding and interactions with fellow riders. Here’s a link to protocol from USA Cycling for group riding. So far I think we have been very successful in avoiding any Covid exposures or outbreaks as a result of our activities.
WELCOME BACK FAMILY FUN RIDE
In an effort to welcome back our members and encourage new riders to check out the club, Board Member Diana Dean and her group of volunteers organized a Family Fun Ride on June 27th. In spite of the heat, the event was successful. There were well over 70 riders who came out to the rest stop. I think we would have had even better participation had the temperature not been so hot.
A/B Ride Coordinator Mark Locatelli led a large group of riders who started at the Clovis Recreation Center on Clovis/Dakota. They met up with another group at the Clovis Veterans Hall, and all rode up the Clovis Trail to the Dry Creek Trail Head Park. We had the rest stop/turn around point at the Dry Creek Trailhead park. Other ride groups including the Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday ride group dropped by during their rides. Diana had prepared fruit cups with fresh fruit, as well as bananas, madeleine cookies (individually wrapped), orange juice and cold water for a nice treat at the rest stop. Several of our Board members were on hand to meet and greet all the riders. A nice breeze made the heat bearable under the shelters. This event was focused on family, and to introduce new riders to see what the club is all about. The success of this event pointed out the need for more of these activities by the club.
2020 CLIMB TO KAISER
Due to Covid-19 restrictions surrounding group activities and sporting events, we weren’t able to hold this year’s Climb to Kaiser event in its normal festive fashion. The event was cancelled, with riders given the option to request a refund, or carry over their registration to next year.
However, this cancellation did not deter some hardcore Climb to Kaiser aficionados. For those 20-some riders for the C2K and about 10ish for the Tollhouse Century, the Club held what was dubbed the 2020 C2K Ghost “Virtual” Ride. There were no records broken, not even close, but the riders had to endure the extreme heat, 106 degrees for the last 30 miles of the ride.
Club member Richard Gabel organized the small group through our timing software Webscorer with the results at https://www.webscorer.com/race?raceid=215077 and had volunteers to provide roving SAG support.
Next year, we hope to hold the normal Climb to Kaiser and it will be the 44th official edition of this great ride. The take away from the riders that did the ride: this is one tough ride and the heat makes it even tougher.
2020 TOUR DE LAKES
Plans are in the works to hold our annual members-only Tour de Lakes ride on Saturday July 25, 2020. We will activate registration on July 1st so that we can make plans to supply our rest stops and provide for SAG. Ride details will be listed on the registration page.
2020 KIRCH FLAT CENTURY/RIDES
Due to Covid-19, this year’s Kirch Flat Century was rescheduled to Saturday, September 5, 2020. Ride Directors Yvonne Moreno and Michael Quiroz are making plans for the event. There will be the usual 5 ride choices and the event will start from the Paso de Tiempo park at Barstow - Dewolf beginning at 07:30 am. Register at: https://fresnocycling.com/event-3757208.
Plans are in the works to proceed with the Grizzly Century and the Bass Lake Double Century, on Oct 3 and Oct 10, 2020 respectively. We are hoping to put them on, especially since most of the rides on and around that date were cancelled already.
One aspect of our club that seems to be missing is family oriented rides: rides that families can do with their kiddos. The majority if not all our rides have always been oriented toward adult group rides.
Mark Locatelli and Deborah Garabedian have started up the “A” Train and Social rides which could accommodate kids, but it would be nice to have Ride Leaders that have children that want to ride. It is necessary for the parents to ride with their children. It is possible that we just need more promotion of those rides to encourage families to come out. If this sounds interesting to you and you would like to get involved in helping to lead family rides, contact Mark. The rides could be held at Woodward Park or the Clovis Trails or where ever is convenient.
That’s all for now. Stay Covid-free and safe.
See you on the road! The Prez - Dennis