Fresno Cycling Club

Promoting safe and lawful bicycle riding for recreation and transportation

The Prez Sez... November 2017

2017-11-01 5:22 PM | Anonymous

Greetings fellow bicyclists and Cycling Club members.


Well it is that time of year again, time to exercise our Corporation’s responsibility of nominating and electing our Club Board members. The nominations occurred during October and have closed. The ballot is set and the election will occur this month. We will be conducting an all-electronic election via email. Watch your email in the next week or so for your ballot.


The 2017 Bass Lake Powerhouse Double Century is a wrap. This year’s event was orchestrated by the FCC FACT (Filipino American Cycling Team) lead by Ride Director Angelo Quitorio and his assistant Steve Maquiso. For years the FACT have been assisting with the BLPDC putting on a fabulous rest stop at the Millerton Store. This year Angelo volunteered to take on the Directorship and he did a fabulous job. New features of this year’s event were using the Hampton Inn as the event venue and reversing the route direction. Both of which were well received and praised by the riders. Many riders commented that this is one of the best if not the best supported Double Century ride, with lots of SAG support, radio support and well stocked Rest Stops. Kudos to Angelo and all our great volunteers who made this event successful.


This year the Fresno Cycling Club is proud to be a part of the First Annual Veterans Appreciation Ride put on by the Club’s own Killer Bees and FACT. The ride is a charity ride to benefit the HONOR FLIGHTS provided to Central Valley Veterans. The ride will be held on Friday Nov 10, 2017. The cost is $25 to ride or you can donate if you can’t ride. The registration link is on the FCC website. This ride is open to all members and friends of the Club. It will be an all level ride from the Clovis Hills Church at Willow - International to Friant and back (15.5 miles) or beyond for those wanting more miles. This event is from 8:30 am to 11:30 am. The ride will be followed by a breakfast served at the church. All veterans and their friends and families are encouraged to attend. Veterans ride for free unless they chose to contribute to help the cause.


On Saturday November 11th, 2017 the Fresno Cycling Club has been invited to be participants in this year’s annual Veterans Day Parade. Please wear your Fresno Cycling Club jersey or kit, FACT kit or Killer Bee jersey or Kit. Ride the bike of your choice capable of completing the parade route about a mile and a half. Watch Facebook, our website or your email for additional details as they are available.


For most bicyclists the cycling season is coming to a close as many cyclists are fair weather and warmer weather bicyclists. It has been a great year for bicycling, we have enjoyed many great cycling events this year here on our own turf. Starting off with the Annual New Year’s day ride, the Brevet series, the Time Trial Series, the Blossom Trail ride, the California Classic, Kirch Flat, Hungry Buzzard Century, Climb to Kaiser, Tour de Lakes, the Goathead Century, the Tandem/Recumbent Rally, Tour de Fresno, and the Bass Lake Powerhouse Double Century. Thanks to all our great ride leaders we were able to enjoy a lot of daily, weekly and monthly club rides. This year also saw the addition of some great gravel grinder rides lead by Henry Pretzer and others.

Now for those of us that ride all year be sure to check out all the rides on this month’s ride calendar. There will be the Veteran’s Ride, the American River Ride, a Turkey Day ride, a gravel grinder and a Time Trial up the Four lane. So get your cold weather gear out and keep on riding. When you at least keep a base conditioning it makes it so much easier to get into longer riding next season.


We have been pondering this for some time now. Effective Jan 1, 2018 there will be no printed version of the Rough Draft available in the Bike Shops or mailed to the few members that had been paying for it. No we aren’t stopping the Rough Draft, it will continue on but it will be available through email and on the Website. There are so few people that actually utilize the printed version that is no longer beneficial to produce. Also the main reason those who got it was for the ride calendar. Now that the ride calendar is on the website as a “living” document the printed version is no longer as user friendly as it doesn’t account for last minute changes to the calendar. Also we may be moving to an online BLOG format which would allow for greater input by all members who wish to participate. You will continue to receive the Rough Draft via email delivery.


I encourage all our members to be a part of the planning process for next year’s rides. If you have a ride that you love to do, remember that others may love it too. Get it on the ride calendar or share it with our ride coordinators, Nancy and Henry and they may have someone willing to lead it if you’re not comfortable leading it. We will be starting off 2018 with the Annual New Year’s Day Ride, in honor of our very own Diana Herrington, who left us too soon, this year’s ride will be the “Diana Herrington New Year’s Day Muffin Ride”. We may be adding a couple of riding events this year. There is interest in bringing back the Bass Lake Century also known as the Big Hat Century, and the Club has been asked to coordinate the Grizzly Century for 2018. We will be looking for Ride Directors to take on these events. If you are interested or know someone who may be interested, please contact myself or a Board member.


I hope you all are enjoying using the new FCC Website. Our Webmaster William Ewy has done a great job of getting it up and running in the new format. We can now handle all our club business on the website. Our memberships, new and renewals are all handled at the FCC website, you can even indicate that you want auto-renewal which takes the guess work out of keeping your dues current. We can conduct all our event registrations on the website which makes it easy for members when they login the registration gets populated with all their information, making the registration process a breeze. This also does away with the event fees saving our members and event participants money. We are barely scratching the surface as to the capabilities of this new site, so we look forward to making other aspects of the site available in the future.


Do you want to take a shot at doing a Double Century (200 miles)? There is one just about every weekend of the year now so there are plenty to choose from. There seems to be a large group of FCC members that are committing to take on the Triple Crown and/or the 1000 Mile challenges for 2018. Watch the ride calendar for training rides and the Facebook FCC Double Century Group for more information. FCC has some legends in the Double Century category, Richard Hoff 150 Doubles, Roehl Caragao 100 Doubles, Ron Quitoriano nearly 100 Doubles, as well as many other FCC and FACT members who have done numerous Doubles. So if you’re interested then contact myself or other Board Members for additional information about the FCC Doubles Gang for 2018.

That’s all for this month. Hope to see you on the road.

The Prez

Dennis Ball

FCC - P.O. Box 27571, Fresno, CA 93729-7571

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