The Rough Draft for May 2021

FCC Board Meeting

Wed, May 5, 2021

location TBD

(info to follow)

The Prez Sez:

Greetings Members and Friends!!


   The Fresno Cycling Club has served the Central Valley cycling community for just over 59 years, from its beginning as a racing team to the recreational club that it is today. The Club has been providing many bicycle-related activities, from Club-led daily, weekly and monthly rides, to annual picnics, Christmas parties, and many sponsored pay-to-ride events. Over that time, however, a number of the older rides have fallen by the wayside: rides such as the “Dam to Dam Century,” “The Annual Tandem Rally,” and the “Annual Big Hat Century.”  Of course, there are various reasons why certain rides don't happen now.

The Rough Draft

May 2021

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   Some of the prior rides had a very strong leader who was passionate about it and wasn't able to do it anymore, or there is competition with another ride that is bigger.  Plus, we have a limited number of volunteers to staff these events, and they often want to be out riding themselves!  However, we're always open to adding new rides and destinations, so let us know.

   The Club also hosts many out-of-town rides, such as the Annual Yosemite Park ride, the American River Trail ride, the Annual Monterey 17 Mile Drive Ride, and the Annual Cayucos Ride, all of which are free to members. We wish to continue these rides as long as there are members who want to take part in not only leading them, but attending them.

   During the past year, the Pandemic had put a damper on our organized activities.  It appears we are coming out of the mandates, as the pandemic is subsiding and vaccination levels increase. We can now look forward to having more group activities and organized rides. While we will still want to be cautious, we know that our bicycling has proven to be an activity that has helped many of our members avoid being affected by the virus. I know of very few members who had continued their weekly riding all year during this pandemic that were affected by COVID-19.

   As everyone knows, last year’s pay-to-ride bicycling events had to be postponed, and due to the continued uncertainty thus far this year, we have had to either postpone or reschedule a number of events.  On the bright side, however, here’s the latest information:

  • The Annual Kirch Flat ride, which was originally scheduled for May of this year, has been rescheduled to Saturday August 23, 2021.
  • The Climb to Kaiser has been rescheduled to Saturday June 25, 2022. The 2021 event will NOT be held.  Between COVID and last year’s Creek Fire, the decision was made to cancel this year’s C2K. This event requires certain permits (which are tough to get right now), as well as a lot of time, money, and effort to put on each year. We’re not willing to do a half-hearted effort.  See you in ’22!!!
  • The Tour de Lakes (a Members-Only) ride is scheduled for Saturday July 31, 2021.
  • The Grizzly Century is scheduled for Saturday October 2, 2021.
  • The Bass Lake Double Century is scheduled for Saturday October 9, 2021.
  • The Everyone Loves Raymond Gravel Ride is scheduled for Saturday November 6, 2021.


   One thing that never changes is that in order to put on great events, it takes many volunteers! Over the years, we have been fortunate to have some of the best volunteers. But, it seems that we count on the same few volunteers to help do the work to put on many of the rides. In order to continue putting on our fabulous rides and events, it is necessary for more members to take an active role to learn what is takes to put on events.

   Our current Board members have been faithfully serving the members of the Club, and have worked tirelessly for the past several years to meet the needs of our members. I want to encourage more of our Members to become involved in working with the Board to not only provide more volunteers, but to learn all of the aspects of putting on our rides and events. This is necessary for the future success of the Club.


   Please remember that Bicycle Advocacy is the responsibility of ALL cyclists. How we ride, obeying the laws, and be courteous to others on the road is all a part of Advocacy. It is a reflection of our cycling community. Our Advocacy Director, Tina Sumner, represents the Club at meetings with the various government agencies that are involved in planning for bicycle infrastructure.

   Occasionally, the various government agencies seek our individual input on upcoming projects. They will send out emails to either Tina or myself, to pass on to the Club Members and other cyclists in the area. Usually there is a link to a survey, questionnaire or just requesting comments or suggestions. Some of you may have responded to recent emails and I thank you for your input. Please remember that the more input and involvement we have in the process, the more likely is our success in getting good bicycle infrastructure.  This infrastructure includes bike lanes, “sharrows,” “bike pockets” at intersections, as well as laws such as the “Idaho Bicycle Law.”


   The Cycling club is no longer just a Roadie Club!  With the increased popularity of Gravel Riding and Mountain Biking, many of our members are enjoying a mixture of various cycling activities. Our FCC All-Roads and Friends Ride page on Facebook, created by Ride Coordinator Henry Pretzer, has had a lot of rides over the last few years. There are also several great riding locations in and around the Woodward Park area. Not only are there trails around the river area of WWP, there is the area west of Highway 41 south of the river (“Spano Park”), as well as Sycamore Island on the north side of the San Joaquin River. From WWP you can do the Tesoro Loop either Clockwise or CCW. Gravel riding is also a good alternative for riders who aren’t comfortable riding with a lot of traffic on the roadways.


   May is bike month! Over the last few years, the emphasis has been on rides and challenges to get folks out on their bikes in May. Since we aren’t having the Annual Mall to Mall ride this year (due to COVID restrictions), I want to challenge all of our Members to get out and ride your bikes as often as possible this month.  Even if it is only 5-10 miles a day during the week and more on the weekends.


   This year’s Ride of Silence is scheduled for May 19th, 2021 at 6:30 pm. We will meet at The Bike Shop at Woodward Park and the ride starts at 7:00 pm. This ride is held world-wide to honor all bicyclists who have been injured or killed during an accident with a vehicle. We look forward to seeing as many riders as possible for this event. This is an “A”-level ride of less than 10 miles: all bikes are welcome but all riders must wear a helmet.


  That is all for now. Stay safe, ride legal and I hope to see you on the road, the gravel or in the mountains.

The Prez, Dennis Ball


   Any members that have bicycles or related items they want to offer for sale can do so on our Facebook Group FCC All things Bicycling Sell, Buy or Trade.


   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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