The Rough Draft for June 2021

FCC Board Meeting

Wed, June 9, 2021

6:30 PM

Marco's Pizza

Herndon & Armstrong

The Prez Sez:


   It’s exciting to see our club members getting out and riding again!  I have seen so many groups of cyclists on the road, the gravel and in the mountains. I am glad that our insurance now covers all of the types of riding we do, whether it’s a gravel ride, a road ride or a mountain bike ride.

   We aren’t just roadies these days. Although road riding is still the backbone of our club, it is awesome that we can branch out and offer many riding options.

The Rough Draft

June 2021

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  Having so many rides happening that it is difficult to decide which ride to do: that is our goal. It’s great to aim to be providing enough rides that there is no excuse for our members not to get out and ride.


  With pandemic restrictions ending statewide, we need more ride leaders to put more Club Rides on the Ride Calendar. Contact Ride Coordinators Henry Pretzer or Mark Locatelli to put your ride on the calendar and on our FB pages. They can be road rides, gravel rides, mountain bike rides or even cruiser rides.  All skill levels, from A – beginners to D – experienced are encouraged, with distances from 1 mile to 100 miles or more.

  These are some groups that have been riding strong for some time:  

  • the ROG (Retired old gang) group,
  • the Tues/Thurs Morning Ride group (Ken H and Nancy D),
  • the Mountain Men/Women Ride group,
  • the Spin-off Group,
  • the All-Roads Ride group,
  • the “A” Train/Social ride group,
  • the Killer Bee ride group
  • the FACT (Filipino American Cycling team) ride group.
You can find their schedules either on the ride calendar at our website or on our various Facebook pages,
  • FCC Rides and Riders,
  • FCC All Road Rides and Friends,
  • or on FB messenger: FCC Spin-offs, FCC Mountain men/women rides.

If you're interested in creating a small ride group, contact the Ride Coordinators to help set it up. If we get enough new ride leaders, we will have a Ride Leader Training Session as soon as possible.


  Under new leadership, preparations are underway for FCC to host the 16th Annual Bass Lake Double Century on Saturday Oct 9, 2021.

  Recent BLDC Director Angelo Quitorio stepped down as director earlier this year. The Club wishes to extend a resounding Thank You for the 3 years of dedicated service by Angelo and the FACT team, hosting 3 successful events.

  The search for a new BLDC Director is over. After getting her feet wet serving as Membership Director and Director of the Tour de Lakes the past couple years, Gia Parker has volunteered to take over as BLDC Director. Having completed three Double Century rides in 2018, Gia has a good handle on what the needs of Double Century riders are. She is assembling her teams for both of these great events, feel free to contact if you're interested in being on her team.


  Ride Director Janet Lucido has assembled her planning team and is getting ready for the Club’s first annual women-only cycling event: Tour de Femme. The event will be held on Saturday October 23, 2021. Check out the flyer and event registration for more details. Fresno Cycling Club - 2021 FCC Tour de Femme


  You have two months to train for the annual FCC members-only Tour de Lakes scheduled for July 31, 2021. Ride Director Gia Parker promises to have a great ride planned for everyone. Ride Coordinator Mark Locatelli is hosting several training rides for those who want to train on the course.  The first training rides are from Dinkey Creek to McKinley Grove, with distance added as conditioning allows. See the Ride Calendar for information. I am sure there will be others who will want to take advantage of getting some riding in on this beautiful route before the actual ride date.


  On May 19th, Micha Langer once again was on the road, celebrating his birthday in his favorite way: completing a ride that's at least his age.  This year, that meant riding at least 89 miles!

  Nancy Dooley has written a short article that appears on the FCC Website, along with a few pictures from the ride.  Do yourself a favor and read a bit more about a great person, FCC Member, and his love of cycling?


  The Ride of Silence is an annual event held in May, on the same day and at the same local time throughout the World. This year’s Ride of Silence, held on May 19, was a very successful event. It started in front of The Bike Shop at Woodward Park at Fort Washington and Friant. The ride was coordinated by our Ride Director Melissa Rose, who herself was the victim of a hit-and-run accident 4 years ago that left her with a broken arm and other injuries.

  There were upwards of 100 riders in attendance, gathered to honor the many bicyclists throughout the world who have suffered injury or death by being involved in an accident with a motor vehicle. Remember, some of those victims were in our own local area.

  The Fresno Bee published a video of highlights of the event, featuring our Dennis Ball.  Here's the link to the video.


  Here is an opportunity our members should really get behind and support. Fresno Police Officer Dustin Freeman is putting together a Teen Cycling Team for the Northeast Policing District with some Junior high kids.

  “I have 5 kids and they range in height from 4'11-5'7. I was wondering if any of your club members would have a bike they are willing to donate and part with for the kids. We are looking for beginning bicycles for them to start the sport of cycling. Used bikes are wanted so that I can donate to the kids after they complete the goal. We will be training for the California Classic 30-mile ride in October. Hybrid, gravel, or commuter bikes will work. Just thought I would reach out to you to see if anyone was interested. We are trying to get our first practice in by mid-June. Thank you.”

Dustin Freeman



  I could see this expanding throughout the city if more officers were able to get involved and more bikes donated.

  That’s it for now. Hope to see you on the road soon.  As always Ride safe and Ride legal. 

The Prez  Dennis Ball


   If you’re looking for rides, be sure to check out the FCC Ride Calendar. We have various Ride Groups regularly having rides to help you get out and get some exercise. You've got to keep those riding legs, heart and lungs in shape. 

Local Bike Shops and Other Friends


 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 and other supporters go out of their way to accommodate cyclists.  Please be sure to support these folks, and tell them you are an FCC Member!

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