Fresno Cycling Club - January 2024

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January 2024

Greetings Fresno Cycling Club Members!

   It was nice to see all who attended this year’s Annual Christmas/Holiday Party. It was a great time of fun and fellowship. It is always rewarding to connect with our fellow riders and reflect on our rides and accomplishments of the year.

THOUGHTS ON 2023 & 2024

   A New Year is an opportunity for us to do a reset and make changes in our lives. To do that, we must look at where we are and envision how it could be different. This can apply to all aspects of our lives, but since we are bicyclists, here are a few things to consider:

  • Has bicycling become a big part of your life? Are you passionate about it and how it makes you feel physically and mentally?
  • Have you thought about how your bicycling can be improved?
  • Have you set riding goals for 2024, i.e., # of events or # of rides?
  • How can the Club help you reach your goals?

   All great questions if you want to have a successful fun year of cycling. It may not be necessary to have a "structured plan" if you just want to get out and ride your bike. The Club can help you either way, by joining in on our weekly group rides and putting in the miles. Check the ride calendar often or get involved in one of the regular ride groups.

   Let us not forget the dear friends and loved ones who we tragically lost this past year in bicycle vs vehicle collisions.  Please keep their families in your thoughts and prayers.

   I've put together a list of cycling tips that I call "Ride Better Tips". Please take the time to review them, talk about them with your fellow cyclists, and let me know if you'd like to add some tips to the list.

   See Dennis' Ride Better Tips!

   Have a safe and prosperous New Year.

   That's all for now.

The Prez
Dennis Ball


Wednesday, Jan 3rd, 2024   

6:30 PM

Me N Eds Victory Grill

4010 N Cedar Ave


Your Membership Renewal Date:




  • Annual New Year’s Day Ride – Monday, Jan 1. Free, open to both members and non-members.
  • Annual 17 Mile Drive Ride in Monterey Saturday, Jan 13. Free, open to members only.
  • Everyone Loves Raymond Gravel Ride – Saturday, Mar 23.
  • Tour De Femme Ride – Saturday, Apr 13
  • Kirch Flat Century Rides – Saturday, May 4
  • Climb to Kaiser and Tollhouse Century– Saturday, Jun 22
  • Grizzly Century and Gravel Rides – Saturday, Oct 5
  • Bass Lake Powerhouse Double Century – Saturday, Oct 12

NEW YEAR'S DAY RIDE - Monday, Jan 1

   The Fresno Cycling Club invites everyone to start off the New Year with our annual New Year's Day ride. It is a great way to kick start your Cycling season. We meet at Willow - Nees at the Stevens Bicycles Parking lot by 09:45 with wheels down at 10:00 am.

   This is an all-level ride to Lost Lake for hot coco, coffee, snacks, fun and fellowship. 

   Riders are free to ride beyond Lost Lake to either Spring Valley School, the Back Side of Millerton, the Circuit, the Tesoro loop (gravel ride) or just return to Stevens.

   The ride is free to everyone, but non-members must also register and approve the waiver.

   New Year's Day Ride Route to Lost Lake:


   Date: January 13, 2024. Meet at Jewell Park, 578 Central Avenue, Pacific Grove at 9:30, ride at 10 am.

   17 mile drive. Lunch at From Scratch in Carmel. 34 miles. No drop. B ride level. No cost. Registration required -

   This is our 8th year coordinating this ride. We have been rained out a couple of times, but every year otherwise has had amazing weather! Everyone rides along the 17 Mile Drive route to lunch. We split up into several groups depending on speed of the riders. This works well so we do not inundate the restaurant and all show up at once!

   On the way back after lunch we offer two routes. Back the way we came or the “high route”, which adds a little bit of climbing. This is an enjoyable ride that Jim and I love leading.

   Because we start at 10 a.m., the ride can be a day trip for those who do not want to stay over. We hope to see you there!

   Jim and Janet Lucido


   FCC’s gravel event, Everyone Loves Raymond (ELR) will be held on March 23, 2024. As it has in the past, the event will be based at Footman Park in Raymond. 2024 will be the sixth edition for ELR, with the first being 2018.

   Registration is open for all three of our routes. Riders can choose from the 90 mile “Kegger”, the “Growler” at 60 miles, and the “Pint” which is 35 miles (but punches above its weight).

   FCC is known for its well supported events, and ELR has been no exception.

   Riders have loved the fun and friendly atmosphere that we have tried to encourage, and our volunteers are the heart and soul of that effort.

   Sadly, we lost some of that heart and soul this past year. Our dear friend Bill Reddington suddenly passed away in September, and he will be greatly missed by the ELR family. Bill gave a great deal of time and hard work to help make our ride successful, and we know that ELR was a labor of love for him.

   Please join us for our gravel celebration on March 23, either as a rider or a volunteer. Contact us if you have any questions -

   Register here -

   Henry Pretzer


   Greetings Fresno Cycling Club.

   The FCC A-Train Group Rides will be up and running again in March 2024. This group is for beginner riders and can also be a starting point for riders trying to get back into shape.

   The A-Train rides will be on Sunday afternoons. The start location will be the Clovis West parking lot at Teague/Millbrook. 


Joseph is typing

   More Details to follow!

   Joseph A. Cassinerio II


   Are you looking for rides that cater to newer gravel riders?

   FCC hosts group rides focusing on riders who fit this description. In 2024 we are hoping to offer such rides on a regular basis, about once a month. These rides are easy paced on gentle dirt surfaces and usually last about an hour. The rides are no drop and regroup frequently.

   If you don’t have a gravel bike, your mountain bike will also work fine on these rides.

   Check the FCC calendar ( and also the FCC All Roads Facebook group. ( for listings.

   Our first ride will be on January 7. Check the calendar for details.

   Contact Henry Pretzer - or Diana Dean - with any questions.

At Woodward Park heading to Sycamore Island

The After Ride


   Thank you to those who voted in our annual election. As the cycling club moves into its 62nd year of existence, our Board of Directors are committed to serving the Club members and our community to the best of our abilities.

   The Board members for 2024 are as follows:

  • Dennis Ball - President *
  • Janet Manuszak-Lucido - Vice President *
  • Mary Stubblefield - Secretary *
  • Elida Gonzalez - Treasurer *
  • William Ewy (acting) - Editor *
  • Tina Sumner - Director of Advocacy *
  • Henry Pretzer - C/D Ride Coordinator *
  • Joseph (Joe) Cassinerio - A/B Ride Coordinator *
  • Julie Coleman - Director of Membership
  • Joseph (Joe) Cassinerio - Director of Killer Bees
  • Eric Faustino - FACT President
  • Kevin Nehring - Director of Support and Gear (SAG)
  • Ken Herrington - Honorary Historian
* Elected Positions

   Standing Positions

  • Diana Dean - Warehouse Coordinator
  • William Ewy - Director of Technology

   The Board meets on the first Wednesday of every month. Club Members are invited to attend if they want to bring ideas or suggestions or just to see how the Board works. We encourage members to help improve the operations of the club.


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



FCC Website

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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