Fresno Cycling Club - April 2022

 

Rough Draft 

April 2022

Greetings Fellow Bicyclists and Club Members

   Wow, March was a great month to get out and ride!  The weather was great, and there were so many cyclists getting out and enjoying the riding. It was amazing. Now that the pandemic has retreated, it has allowed us to get out in groups more readily. Many of our ride leaders are stepping up and putting on Club rides. Of course, some of our groups never stopped, a credit to the healthy lifestyle of bike riding.

   Did you know that Fresno is #27 on the list of the Top 50 Bicycle Friendly communities?  So, even as bad as you think the safety of bicycling may be around Fresno/Clovis, we are a lot better than many cities throughout the United States. Our Club has done a lot over the years to make Fresno a Bicycle Friendlier Community, but there is still a long way to go. Our Director of Advocacy, our support of the Fresno County Bicycle Coalition (FCBC) and the Bicycle Pedestrian Action Committee (BPAC), has really worked.  The cities of Fresno and Clovis have been working on their Active Transportation Plans and have on several occasions asked the Bicycle Community for our input. With over 1,000 members, we should be speaking very loudly. That is why it is important that when you receive an email asking for input on bicycle infrastructure, you respond with your comments.

   With the time change, we can bring back our evening rides. The Tuesday Night TACO RIDE is back, meeting at Enzo’s, at Willow - Shepherd at 5:45 pm, with wheels rolling at 6pm.  It is an 18-mile spin OAB to the Friant Shell Station. We had 24 riders on the second week.  We originally posted it as a B/C/D ride, but it turned out to be a C-ya ride. We need some true B level ride leaders to come out and keep the B ride going. We would like to keep it a B/C/D level ride. We have a great group coming out and its super fun.

   The Time Trial Series got off to a great start with the new TT Director Brian Glessner. With help from Carissa Danielson, a few volunteers, past Director Richard and Holli Gabel, the TT went well. As in the past, all Club members of FCC and TC3 can do the event for free. For non-members the cost is $10.00. If you plan on doing the Series (all 7 events), it is well worth the cost of membership to join.  We had 27 racers, and some first timers came out to race against the clock. They were amazed at how well they did. The next TT will be Tuesday April 12. First rider goes off at 6pm. Register early so you just have to check-in and get your number. 

https://www.webscorer.com/members/myracedetails?raceid=270122

 

The Prez, Dennis Ball

FCC BOARD MEETING

Wednesday, April 6, 2022   6:30 PM

Me N Eds Victory Grill

4010 N Cedar Ave

EVERYONE LOVES RAYMOND GRAVEL RIDES

   The ELR has finally made the move to Spring!  For the first three years, it was held in November because of scheduling conflicts. Seeing the success of this year’s ELR (held March 19th), it was plain to see that switching the event was the right thing to do. The foothills and pastures were covered in green with flowers everywhere. The nearly 140 riders were treated to a great day of gravel riding. The threat of rain barely materialized, the weather wasn't too cold, so it was just right for riding without making you sweat too much on the climbs. The cattle in the pastures were well behaved. The best part about gravel riding is not having to deal with a bunch of vehicles.

   The after-ride meal and beverages were a great finish to the challenging rides. The ELR Ride Committee, headed up by Patricia Dailey and Henry Pretzer, did a great job of bringing this event together. In its fourth year, it has become a very popular event for the gravel riding community.  (PHOTO:  John Craft)

QUARTERLY MEMBER'S MEETING

   This year, the Board decided to bring back Member Meetings. It was decided to try quarterly (instead of monthly) meetings, to see if it would make a difference in attendance. Our new VP Mark Locatelli was tasked with putting on the meetings. The first of the proposed four meetings was on March 26th, at 3 pm at the Dry Creek Trail Head Park. Since prior meetings had been held in the evenings with lackluster attendance, Mark felt we should try an afternoon weekend, to see if more members would attend.

   For the first meeting, Mark wanted to give members an opportunity to express what they want to see the Club do for its members that wasn’t being done. There were about 35-40 members in attendance (similar to the evening meetings). It was evident that members are starved for activity.  Having lived through the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions, one of the main comments was they wanted to see more rides made available and where to find them listed. There were some great discussions bringing forth some good ideas. Mark will be making recommendations to the Board based on feedback received at the meeting. 

REST STOP LEADER TRAINING

WHAT:   Rest Stop Leader Training

WHEN:  Thursday, April 14

TIME:    6:00 pm 

WHERE:  Dry Creek Trailhead (Shepherd/Sunnyside)

VENUE:  Pizza and sodas (so, please RSVP!!!!!)

DESCRIPTION:

  • This training is for ALL Rest Stop Leaders and those interested in becoming rest stop leaders or those interested in finding out what is involved in becoming a rest stop leader.

WHY:

  • We are trying to take our already fabulous rest stops to the next level.  To promote continuity and consistency, we will demonstrate the NEW FCC Rest Stop look and operation.  Our goal is to benefit the riders as they approach each stop, and help expedite their visits.  We will also demonstrate the how and why in setting up tables and supplies, thus avoiding excess waste.

RSVP here:   https://fresnocycling.com/event-4768448

NOTE:  We’d like full representation of each rest stop from each event.  If you are a current rest stop leader and cannot make the training, please send a co-leader on your behalf so your rest stop is represented.  Thank you! 

RIDE LEADER TRAINING

   We are currently planning on having a Ride Leader Training session this month.  As soon as we have the details together there will be an event created so that those interested can sign up to attend.  Keep an eye out for an email with the date, time, and location.   

RIDE WITH GPS

   April 1st officially kicks off the Ride with GPS Club Member Drive! Last week, they announced they’d be awarding the clubs who can add the most new Club Account members with the chance to win free Club Accounts for life.

   Keep in mind that with a Club Account, your members can:

  • Access all club routes, events, and collections
  • Download all routes for offline use
  • Enable turn-by-turn voice navigation
  • Wirelessly sync routes to Garmin and Wahoo devices

   The Fresno Cycling Club pays $250 a year for a Club account. We currently have 163 members that have access to the Club account. We are in the “Large Group” category, so we would need most of our members to join (it is free to members) by creating a free account and clicking on the link for the Club account. https://ridewithgps.com/auto_approve/Club/492/deduYA05zpZNZa4h

   Let’s win this! It would save the Club lots of money over the years. Ride with GPS is a great tool for creating our Routes for events and club rides. 

LOOKING FOR FCC RIDES??

The following is a list of FCC ride groups and locations to find FCC Rides.

Groups in Facebook Messenger

  • FCC Mountain Men and Women/Velominati – C/D rides, foothill & mountain routes 50 – 80+ mile rides
  • FCC Spinoffs Cycling - C rides, 30 - 60-mile rides
  • FCC Gang Rides – C/D rides, 20 – 60-mile rides

Facebook

EMAIL

FCC Website

  • FCC Ride Calendar: https://fresnocycling.com/Ride-Calendar
  • Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday Riders – Herndon/Armstrong
  • ROG’s – Retired Old Guys
  • Tuesday Taco Rides – 6 pm at Enzo’s Willow - Shepherd
  • “A” Train rides – Monday’s 6 pm from Enzo’s Willow-Shepherd

 

UPCOMING RIDE CALENDAR

Southern Sierra Cycling Event -  SATURDAY APRIL 9, 2022

https://www.bikereg.com/ssc22#Register

Padyakan Ride - SATURDAY APRIL 23, 2022

https://fresnocycling.com/event-4762920

Kirch Flat – Paul Moore Ride -  SATURDAY MAY 7, 2022

https://fresnocycling.com/event-4712130

Climb to Kaiser - SATURDAY JUNE 18, 2022

https://fresnocycling.com/event-3417757


Club Ride Calendar

 For the Latest Information on the daily, weekly, and event rides for Fresno Cycling Club, please be sure to check out the Ride Calendar!! 

FCC Ride Calendar
 

 

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