The UPDATED Rough Draft
A Monthly Update from The Fresno Cycling Club  - June 2018

The Prez Sez...

Greetings fellow club members and bicycle enthusiasts. 

Climb to Kaiser - Important Update!!

After much deliberation and gut wrenching, the decision has been made to change the date of the Climb to Kaiser. Due to circumstances beyond our control we are changing the date of this year's ride to July 7th, 2018. For some of you this comes as great news as it gives you another week to train. Unfortunately for others of you it may be disappointing if this date doesn't work for you. Hopefully it doesn't affect anyone.  

To hold our event, we must secure an Encroachment Permit from Cal Trans which has to have approval from not only Cal Trans, but CHP and the Sheriffs Office in order to hold our event. Due to the Shaver Lake Visitor Bureau's annual Fireworks Display being on June 30th, the agencies are not willing to give us approval due to all the anticipated traffic and safety concerns.

Unfortunately we were not made aware of this event conflict until a week or so ago. In an effort to provide our riders with the safest possible event, I had to make the decision to move our event to Saturday July 7th, 2018. This will allow for easy approval of our Encroachment permit by the various Agencies. This change may also result in having to change our start/finish venue from Alta Sierra Middle school to possibly Clovis East High School. I will know by the middle of next week. It is a change that could actually be beneficial as it wouldn't affect the route much. I will keep you informed as necessary. 

  Well, National Bike Month has just ended, but don’t let that stop you from riding! It was a great month of bicycling with FCC, the FCBC (Fresno County Bicycle Coalition), our local bike shops and others hosting many bicycling rides and events. The month started with the annual Mall to Mall ride. FCC, Stevens Bicycles, and Sunnyside Bikes led satellite rides from Fresno and Clovis to meet up at Manchester Center Mall with the rest of the FCBC main group. From there, nearly 100 riders rode to the downtown Mariposa Mall in front of City Hall. 

   Next up was the monthly ART HOP bike ride, then the Annual Kirch Flat Cinco de Mayo ride. This year’s Kirch Flat Century had nearly 300 riders: one of the largest groups for this Club ride. 

   Our FCC ride calendar was also full of daily rides. In addition, there was the FCBC “Ride to Work” day, with aid stations at various locations to encourage bicycling commuters. There was also the Central Valley Million Mile Challenge where there were nearly 500 bicyclists that logged nearly 100,000 miles for the month. Every year it just keeps getting bigger and better with more and more bicyclists getting involved.

   The purpose of May is Bike Month is not just to get a lot of riding in for the month, but to highlight bicycling as a way to travel, and to get more and more people out riding bicycles all year long. 

Climb to Kaiser
Tollhouse Century
Millerton Metric
July 7, 2018 - NEW DATE 

   Our big focus this month will be preparations for the 42nd Annual Climb to Kaiser, Tollhouse Century and Millerton Metric rides, which had to be rescheduled to July 7th (see above). 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. This year, the fireworks at Shaver mean the ride had to be moved to July 7th.  We appreciate your understanding in this matter. 

Tour de Lakes

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

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. 

That’s it for now. Look forward to seeing you on the Road! 


The Prez   Dennis Ball 


From Yvonne Moreno and Michael Quiroz:

    Kirch Flat Cinco De Mayo Century and Rides would like to thank those who participated and helped to make this event epic. We had a great turnout for this ride, thanks to all of you. 

   First of all, I would like to thank the riders and all our hard working volunteers who helped make this a success. This could not have been done without you all. Special thanks to Denny Manuel with BBQ ( his tri tip is off the hook). Thanks to Tina Sumner and Laraine Goto with Cell Hill help, Joe and Kelly and Cody, for helping Mike Quiroz at his rest stop #1 and #6 Academy and Shaw. Gia Parker, Janet Manuszak-Lucido, Diana Millhollin and Diana Dean for your help with registration. Also, Anna Loyd and her wonderful teens who helped me keep things in order at home base. Thanks Gwen Racca with handing the medals. To the FACT team who stepped up and helped where I needed it. 

   Special shout out to our awesome rest stop leaders and volunteers, Sunnyside Bicycles John, Vanessa and staff your rest stop was off the hook with the Ice cream truck and the massage, thank you so much. Active Life Insurance. Edward thank you and your family for the Winton Park rest stop. The potatoes were off the hook, thanks so much. Steven's Bicycles, thank you Tina, Brent, Bryce, his girlfriend and Devin for the wonderful rest stop, and for helping riders with any mechanical issues. Also for letting us use the store for packet pickup.  

   We would also like to say thanks for your sponsorship to Rubber Soul, Ce'Magnifique and Black Hawk landscape by Michael Quiroz, thank you so much. We appreciate all the hard work that was put into making this happen. Also a huge shout out Bill Asselin and SAG crew, thank you for keeping everyone safe and moving along. Thank you to Rob Mavis and radio crew for keeping communications going throughout the event.

   Special thanks to co-ride director Michael Quiroz, He was always there behind the scenes to make sure everything got done. There is no better partner to have for a ride than him. Very grateful for all that he has taught me, and that he’s willing to go above and beyond to make this a great event. 

   Also a huge thank you to our club president Dennis Ball, for all the bugging I've been giving him these past weeks and all the hard work he did for this ride. We sure do have an awesome Prez. 

   Last but not least would like to thank my wonderful teens Bubba and Betty Moreno they worked their butts off to make this a successful event and I'm forever grateful and proud to be their mother. I love you my babies <3 

   Betty did an awesome design with the t-shirt again and it was a hit WOOT!! How about those medals? Thanks to Michael Quiroz for making it happen, design was amazing. On that note, Michael and myself would like to wish you all a fantastic Bike month, hope you all got some good miles in ;) 

   Be on the lookout for next year's Kirch Flat as its only getting better ;) We have something in store that will blow your socks off, literally :P . Keep those wheels spinning and will see you on one of the best rides of the year, Kirch Flat Cinco De Mayo century and rides. 

Thank you

Yvonne Moreno and Michael Quiroz

 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 on the website, or directly through this link Shop Talk w Devin.   

   His most recent blogs discuss:

  • Bike Fitting
  • Getting Back in the Saddle
  • Chain Wear
  • Installing Bar Tape

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 Belmont - Academy Time Trial Series will be Wednesday, June 13th. This is the 4th 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. 

  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:  Wednesday, June 6, 2018  6:30 PM 
  LOCATION:  Sequoia Brewery North
(Champlain & Perrin)

C2K Volunteers Meeting:  
  WHEN:  Wednesday, June 13, 2018  6:30 PM 
  LOCATION:  to be determined 

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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