The Rough Draft for August 2021

FCC Board Meeting

Wed, Aug 4, 2021

6:30 PM

Marco's

Herndon & Armstrong

The Prez Sez:

   I hope this finds you and yours well and active.

   Here we are, early August, and there is the threat of a resurgence of COVID-19 with the Delta Variant.  As a Club, we will follow the guidelines as put forth by local governments in an effort to avoid any spread of the virus. Be aware of who is around you, practice your social distancing when in doubt, and if required, wear your mask. From indications in other countries, this Delta variant comes in strong but doesn't last long.  The science says that staying healthy and getting exercise is the best way to avoid the virus, or if you're exposed it won't be devastating.

   

The Rough Draft

August 2021

Your Membership Renewal Date:

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   Hopefully, this resurgence won't affect any of our upcoming rides. We have a lot of events planned, and it would be a shame not to get to enjoy them.  We just completed our first event of the year, the Tour de Lakes on July 31st.

BOARD VACANCY

   We have a vacant position for Vice President on the Board of Directors. Our recent VP, Diana Millhollin, decided to step down this year. We thank her for all the great work she did planning the annual picnics and Christmas Parties over the years. She really knows how to throw parties. She also was great at coordinating event rest stops, which we hope she will continue to do, along with the heavy lifting with the planning of events and making contributions to club activities. Keep her in your thoughts as she figures out the injury to her right hand that occurred while on the Ride with the Cops ride. It has been swollen for months now. 

   If anyone would be interested in the VP position, contact myself or one of the Board members.

MEMBERSHIP IMPORTANCE

   I want to welcome all of our new members (43 this past month!), and thank the 682 members and families who remain active members. Currently, we also have 384 members in the “renewal overdue” status.  If everyone was to renew their memberships we would have 1,066 total active members.

   I know there have been a lot of uncertainty over this past year which has caused many members to rethink paying for something they aren’t able to be involved with. Even so, it is amazing that so many of our members continue to stay active by paying their dues and getting out and riding. Staying healthy is what helps avoid getting sick. I have to say it is exciting to witness all the new riders who have turned to bicycling as a way to get outdoors and have become members of the cycling club/community. I encourage all our members to welcome the new riders, and help them gain the information they need to become safety-conscious riders.

VOLUNTEERS

   Our members are the backbone of the Club, and our volunteers are the backbone of our events. Without a dedicated group of volunteers (especially those who take on leadership roles) we could not put on the great events we do. One aspect of membership that is often overlooked is getting involved in leadership roles. It takes passion, dedication and a desire to serve others to be a successful leader. Of course, it takes good followers as well to pull off the big bicycling events. Over the past 58 years the Fresno Cycling Club has developed a reputation for putting on well-run events.

   If you have never worked a Club event, I challenge you to volunteer for any one of the 5 events coming up. Working a rest stop is a rewarding opportunity to meet and connect with fellow club members and riders from all around our community, state, country and world (our Climb to Kaiser typically attracts riders from all around the world). So, contact the Volunteers Coordinator Diana Dean at Volunteers@fresnocycling.com and let her know you want to help.

TOUR DE LAKES

   Last year, the Tour de Lakes was the only organized ride that the Club was able to hold. This year, Tour de Lakes is the first of what we hope are numerous great rides!

   Ride Director Gia Parker (right) and her great team of volunteers (a few are shown in the masthead, above) were able to hold the event on its usual last Saturday of July. This year was about as perfect as you would get. The weather was ideal: mid 70’s to low 80’s with overcast skies. The traffic was light and the rider turnout was awesome. There were 133 registered riders, but I’m sure there were more. Gia and her team of volunteers went above and beyond putting on great rest stops and SAG. 

    Many more pictures will be uploaded soon, and available via the website.

ADVOCACY

   Whether you like it or not, your actions on the bicycle are a reflection of how you view yourself as a bicyclist. Are you safety-conscious and courteous, or are you just out there thinking you're the only one on the road and everyone has to watch out for you? Well, here is an opportunity to do more than just ride proactively. The City of Clovis is updating their Active Transportation plan and to do that they are soliciting your input. If you ride in the City of Clovis, like most of us, take the time and complete the survey at the link below. The input we give now will be reflected in the years ahead. Planning is happening now, but construction occurs as monies permit. If we don't plan now, it never gets done. Our Advocacy Director Tina Sumner, and past Director Nick Paladino, have witnessed plans that were put in place years ago finally coming to fruition.

   This link to the Active Plan is best when used on a computer rather than a phone.

Active Transportation Plan | City of Clovis (tooledesign.github.io)

NEXT UP

  •    The Kirch Flat Century and rides scheduled for Saturday August 21, 2021 starting at 7:00 am at Pasa De Tiempo Park, Barstow/Dewolf, Clovis. Be sure to register at Fresno Cycling Club - 2021 FCC Kirch Flat Cinco De Mayo Century and Rides. This has been a long-time favorite of the local cycling community. Get registered now. It is one of the least expensive events you will encounter. As always, it is an FCC level supported ride. It has routes for the whole family.
  •    The Grizzly Century Road and Gravel Rides are scheduled for Saturday Oct 2, 2021, with pancake breakfast starting at 6:00 am at the North Fork Town Hall in North Fork California. This year the Griz is excited to add the Growling Grizzly Metric Century (up Central Camp road). Register now at  Fresno Cycling Club - THE 26TH ANNUAL GRIZZLY CENTURY & RIDES.
  •    The Bass Lake Powerhouse Double Century, also known as the Bass Lake DC is scheduled for Saturday Oct 9, 2021 with an official start time of 6:30 am from Homewood Suites (Hampton Inn) 835 Gettysburg Ave Clovis. Ride Director Gia Parker is taking her event-directing skill set to the next level by taking on the challenge of coordinating the 16th edition of the Bass Lake DC. Plans are taking shape and the registration is open at Fresno Cycling Club - Bass Lake Powerhouse Double Century 2021. If you are a double century rider, or you want to challenge yourself for the first time, the Bass Lake DC is a fun, well-supported ride with beautiful countryside views and two lakes to ride around.
  •    The Tour de Femme is scheduled for Saturday Oct 23, 2021 starting at 8:00 am at New Covenant Community Church, 1744 E. Nees, Fresno. For the first time in club history, we are sponsoring an all women/ladies/girls bicycling event. The event Director Janet Lucido is planning an awesome event and guess who is doing all the work? The men, who will be staffing the rest stops, and SAG. This is going to be a fun event so be sure to register soon at Fresno Cycling Club - 2021 FCC Tour de Femme.  This event is a fundraiser with proceeds going to Exceptional Parents Unlimited (EPU). Details at: www.epuchildren.org.
  •    The Everyone Loves Raymond Gravel Rides are scheduled for Saturday Nov 6, 2021 starting at 7:00 am from Footman Park, Road 600/Road 606, in Raymond, CA. This is the third edition of a ride that has proven to be a super fun event. The Footman Park venue makes for a great festive atmosphere and the meal afterwards is awesome. But the fun really happens out on the course with three different challenging rides to choose from. Registration is now open with early registration discounts to the end of the month. Register now at: Fresno Cycling Club - 2021 Everyone Loves Raymond Gravel Rides Hosted by the Fresno Cycling Club.

GREAT WORK RECOGNIZED

(an email we recently received)

To: Diana Dean, (Volunteer Coordinator)

I want to take this opportunity to thank you for all your hard work you do for the Fresno Cycling Club. There is no one who does more than you. You go out of your way to get volunteers for all the club rides, which in itself is a thankless job, but you do it. I was really impressed when you went around and picked up the SAG bags from people's homes. This just shows your love and dedication to the club. You also made name tags for the volunteers, which then makes it easier for people to get to know one another. I personally want to thank you for all you do. We need more members like you.

Thanks,  Bill (Asselin) sent by email

RIDE GROUPS OF THE CLUB

What does it take to be a “Ride Group” of the Club?

  1. Club membership by all riders.
  2. Designated ride group leaders (at least one or more).
  3. Abide by the FCC Club Rules of the Road and our By-laws.

Club benefits:

  1. Rider injury insurance coverage when accidents occur on member rides.
  2. Involvement in all free Club activities.
  3. Able to list your rides on the club calendar or on Facebook groups.
  4. Assistance in putting on supported rides.
  5. Receiving the month Rough Draft newsletter.
  6. 10% discount on parts and accessories at most bike shops.

   A Ride Group can be just a group of members that ride together all the time, or it can be a group of riders that have already formed an informal ride group, but would like the benefits of being a part of the Club. Some of our long-time Ride Groups are the ROG's (Retired Old Guys), the Mountain Men and Women, the Ken and Nancy ride group, the Spinoffs Ride group, the FACT(Filipino American Racing team), the Velo Kings Racing Team, the Off the Front racing team, the Social Riders (formally A-Train), the FCC All Roads Rides and Friends, and of course the infamous Killer Bees.

   Groups that I would like to see join the club are the Hmong Racing Team and the Spur of the Moment Rides group. I know folks that ride in these groups are members, so it would be great to bring in the whole group.

   Any other groups that would like to join and be a part of the FCC contact the President at president@fresnocycling.com.


Local Bike Shops and Other Friends

PLEASE BE SURE TO DOUBLE-CHECK HOURS OF OPERATION

 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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