Updates from the Fresno Cycling Club!

The Prez Sez:

   Greetings fellow face-masked Covid-19 Shelter in Place (SIP) bicyclists, members and friends of the Fresno Cycling Club. 

  Needless to say, we are experiencing an unprecedented time in our history as a Club, a City, a State, a Nation and the World. In the past we have experienced illnesses, recessions and depressions that have made serious health and financial impacts on us. This virus has caused a shutdown of our Country to prevent people from dying. It has created a lot of pain and suffering not only for those who are unfortunate to get sick, and worse yet those who die, but also for the many who have been put out of work and are wondering how they are going to pay their bills and put food on the table. We are all wondering what the new normal is going to be like. We can beat this if we practice our hand washing, keeping our social distancing, and staying away from large gatherings. How long it will last, no one knows at this time. We will take it a day at a time and hope it ends sooner than later.

MAY  2020

FCC Board Meeting:

Wed, May 6th 6:30 PM

via Zoom


   We have all had to make a lot of changes in our lives to cope with and get through this ordeal. One of the first things resulting from the State lockdown that directly affected the Club, was the cancelling of all sporting and recreational activities that involved large groups, which of course included Club rides and events. For over 6 weeks we have been in this situation. As bicyclists, we are fortunate in that we are still able to get out and ride on our own or in small “social distancing” groups. Keep that up and stay safe. 

   A surprising result of this pandemic has been a huge increase in the number of people getting out and riding their bicycles. It’s even reported that bike shops, after being declared essential businesses, have seen an increase in bicycle sales. Bicycling is one of a few activities that we can do that has numerous benefits. It not only gets us out of “house confinement,” but it is a means of transportation, and a great form of exercise. Many of us also consider it a great way to help relieve stress and improve your mental health.

MAY IS normally BIKE MONTH

   The current status of the May cycling events (check the Fresno County Bicycle Coalition for more details) : 

  • Annual Mall to Hall Ride is cancelled.
  • Ride to Work Day, and the Million Mile Challenge are also impacted.  Check on the Bicycling Coalition link above.
  • The Ride of Silence will be held virtually.  Check out the Facebook page for the Ride of Silence for updates.
  • The Annual Kirch Flat Century has been rescheduled to Sept 5, 2020.  Check on the FCC website Kirch Flat page for updates.

   As of the writing of the Rough Draft, we are working out the details of holding virtual rides during May, which would be covered by our insurance.  We will be sending you more details as we can. 

CLIMB TO KAISER

   For the past several years the planning for the C2K has gone anything but smooth. Whether it was a washed out road, a late season snowstorm keeping the Kaiser Pass snowed in, or an event conflict, it was always something threatening to disrupt our event. This year is proving to be no different. In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, the majority of bicycling events and races thus far this year (into July and August) have been either rescheduled or cancelled. Even as I write this, we cannot guarantee that this year’s Climb to Kaiser will be held. If this was just a local ride it would be much easier to contend with the decision making, but the C2K draws riders from all over the world. The easy decision would be to just cancel the event for this year, but we are hoping to be able to do it, so our planning will go on.

Stay Safe and keep riding.

Cheers,  The Prez

Dennis B.

The information below is from the League of American Bicyclists. 

It's National Bike Month — time for a full month of celebrating bikes

DENNIS, 

You and I know, bicycling makes life better. It makes us healthier and it makes us happier, two things that are always good for us and that are even more important in 2020. 

In 2020, we’re doing National Bike Month a little differently than our usual Bike to Work Week (which has been postponed until September). Starting today, the League encourages everyone to get on a bike, go for a ride, and share the joy online together. 

For the 31 days in May, #BikesUnite us. Whether you’re riding for fun, fitness or with family, or taking essential trips to work or shop, you are part of a movement for safer streets, connected communities, a healthier planet, and happier people. 

Share photos of your solo or family rides on social media using #BikesUnite and share the joy biking brings you. By sharing your “reason to ride” on social media and encouraging friends and family across the country to go by bike, we can experience the joy of biking together even as we shelter at home apart. 

Here’s how you can take part in National Bike Month this year: 

  • Go for a ride - solo! Take a photo and share it on social media and show the world that #BikesUnite
    • Take a picture of yourself and your bike
    • Challenge your friends to a photo contest - who can take the best photo of their bike leaning next to a tree? 
    • Create a scavenger hunt in your community and help people discover local sights 
    • Take a selfie in front of your favorite small businesses 
  • Join the National Bike Challenge to log your miles and see how united people are across the country by biking 
  • Watch and share the League’s videos about how to improve riding skills
  • Connect with League member state and local advocacy groups, bike clubs, and local bike shops to discover virtual events in your area using the League’s map 
  • If you have the ability, consider supporting your local bicycle advocacy organization and Bicycle Friendly Businesses in your community - find them on the League’s map 
National Bike Month is a celebration of the benefits of biking. Biking is good for the planet, it’s good for businesses in your community, and it’s good for you. Bonus: the bike is a “happiness machine” that brings joy to even the shortest trips. Biking together is our favorite way to celebrate this amazing machine and the communities it has helped us build, and with #BikesUnite we will show that bikes unite us even while we’re apart, so that we may get through the most difficult situations. 

In addition to being National Bike Month and the start of the National Bike Challenge, May is Mental Health Month. The benefits of exercising for physical health have been promoted for decades, and it’s increasingly  recognized that physical activity benefits mental health, as well. Our well-being, physically and mentally, is in focus right now. We don’t talk often enough about the mental health benefits of biking, including reduced stress and anxiety, and improved happiness, mental focus, and sleep.

You don't have to put on Lycra or bike up a mountain (but some of us do that, too) to get these effects. Short and regular physical activity will go a long way to a cumulative effect on your health. This May, we’re not only encouraging people to bike because it is fun, but also because it feels good and is good for you. Tune up the bike in your garage or keep pedaling in the drops, but whatever you do: bike! 

During National Bike Month, in addition to celebrating how #BikesUnite, the League hopes you'll join us in logging miles in the National Bike Challenge.

 


Local Bike Shops and Other Friends

PLEASE BE SURE TO CHECK HOURS OF OPERATION

DURING THE CURRENT SHELTER-IN-PLACE

 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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