The Rough Draft for November 2021

The Rough Draft

November 2021

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The Prez Sez:

   Greetings Club members and Central Valley Bicyclists.

   We did it! We managed to pull off three cycling events in one month!  We have never had to do that before and hopefully never again. Thanks to our dedicated Ride Directors and Volunteer Staff, we were able to host the rides in spite of the lingering Covid pandemic. Two of the events, the Grizzly and Bass Lake Double Century are normally scheduled in October already.  The third event, the premiere of the Tour de Femme, an all-women's ride that had originally been scheduled to occur in May 2020, had to be delayed twice, finally occuring October 23, 2021.


   It was great to see bicyclists finally getting to enjoy some cycling events. Unfortunately the pandemic resulted in lower attendance than normal for the events. We are hoping that 2022 will get us back to some semblance of normalcy.

   Helpful advice during the pandemic has been exercise and a good healthy diet. Our bicycling is one of the best exercises there is for staying in shape and shaving off those extra pounds. One thing I have learned during this pandemic is that in order to keep the weight off, I need to ride more than 20 to 30 miles at a time. It has been difficult to get longer rides in this past year and a half. When I was riding a lot more miles, I used to tell people that riding a bike is a great way to lose weight, if you are putting in the longer miles (50 or more). It also helps if you cut back on your food intake.  Smaller portions result in faster weight loss.  So keep up your riding, especially as we head into the holidays.  We will be eating a lot more and likely riding less, so what I call “the winter coat bulge” can easily happen.

   Next year, we will celebrate the 60th year of existence for the Fresno Cycling Club: it was incorporated in February of 1962. It would be great to hear from club members who have been around since the beginning (or anywhere along the timeline) that have a story or two they would like to share. Anyone who would like to provide some insight into the first years of the Club please contact our editor Bill Reddington at editor@fresnocycling.com to provide stories that can be included in future editions of the Rough Draft. It would be fun to have stories each month from those early years.

Have a great Thanksgiving. Be safe.  See you on the road.

The Prez, Dennis Ball


UPCOMING EVENTS

Looking forward to this month’s events:

EVERYONE LOVES RAYMOND GRAVEL GRINDER

First on the agenda is the 3rd Annual EVERYONE LOVES RAYMOND GRAVEL GRINDER, Saturday Nov. 6th.  

   The ELR committee has been diligently planning this event to make it even better than the last two editions. What could be better than the past two years you ask? How about a great pair of wool socks from the Sock Guy, a long sleeve T shirt, three challenging rides, a great after-ride meal, with music and free beer and sodas.

   You can still register at:

Fresno Cycling Club - 2021 Everyone Loves Raymond Gravel Rides   b

FCC Board Meeting

Wed, Nov 3, 2021

6:30 PM

Marco's Pizza

Herndon & Armstrong


  ANNUAL AMERICAN TRAIL WEEKEND RIDE

Join Ken Herrington and the gang for the Annual American River Trail Ride weekend on Saturday Nov 13th & Sunday Nov 14th. They will be riding the trail along the American River from Sacramento to Folsom and back. You can even make it a day trip to ride with them on Saturday. For further details check out the event information on the Ride Calendar, it has Ken's contact information.

FCC RIDE RECAPS

THE GRIZZLY

Over the past four years, we have partnered with the North Fork Community to host the Grizzly Century and Rides. Of course there was no ride in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This year, Tony Inderbitzen volunteered to become the Grizzly's New Ride Director. Tony, who had been a volunteer in past events, marking the course and marking the potholes, is a club member and resident of the greater North Fork Community.  He was determined to host the Grizzly Century and Gravel ride, pandemic or not. He took on the challenge and pulled off a great event. This year he added a legit gravel ride to the mix utilizing Central Camp road and gravel portion of the Scenic Byway past Cold Springs Summit. It turned out to be a hit with the gravel riders. This year we were able to get more community members to help with the rest stops and SAG positions. The Grizzly committee, led by Tony, included Mike Nolan (who directed the Grizzly for 20+ years), Doug Waltner, Cindy Quigley, Rob Mavis and our own FCC Prez. The committee was able to obtain sponsorship donations from several of the local businesses in the Mountain Community. We would like to thank the following sponsors for their support of this year’s Grizzly:

  • The Ponderosa Phone Company
  • Granite West Funding
  • Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad
  • RubberSoul Bicycles
  • Oakhurst Sierra Rotary Club
  • Millers’ Landing Resort Inc
  • Abram Beck

   Unfortunately our ridership was impacted this year by three factors:

  • the California Classic Century and Rides had scheduled their event from April due to the pandemic to the same day as the Grizzly (they billed it as the last chance to ride the freeway), 
  • the uncertainty surrounding the pandemic, and
  • the smoke from the wildfires.

   Except for the smoke, it was a great day and the riders that did their respective rides were treated to top-notch support with the rest stops and SAG support. The riders were treated to a great catered after-ride meal at the North Fork Town Hall, complete with a live band and a free beer. In spite of the negative issues, Tony and our volunteers managed to put on a great event. Tony is already planning for 2022's Grizzly and how he can make it even better. Tony is also offering an early registration discount for next year when you register you and a guest for $120, a savings of  $70.00. The discount is available through 11/7/21.

THE BASS LAKE POWERHOUSE DOUBLE CENTURY

  • Bass Lake Double Century riders were treated to a spectacular ride. Rain just prior to the event  managed to clear out the smoke that had been hampering the air quality. This year’s BLDC also was conducted by a new Ride Director. Although not a novice to running bicycle events, this was the first big event for BLDC Ride Director Gia Parker. This event requires much more skill in coordinating the event planning, securing the event venue, after-ride meal preparations, route planning and rider registrations. With the guidance of past Director Angelo Quitorio, Gia was able to get all the planning accomplished along with Volunteer Coordinator/Quarter Master Diana Dean, Radio Communications Coordinator Rob Mavis, and SAG Coordinator Kevin Nehring. The ride ran smoothly all day, and there were no reported mishaps. Many thanks to all of our volunteers who staffed the rest stops and provided SAG.  
  • Our Treasurer Elida Gonzalez coordinated the team for the first rest stop at Spring Valley School, she cooked 8 pounds of bacon and treated the riders to yogurt parfaits, they were a big hit.
  • Rest stop 2 was staffed by members of the Tuesday/Thursday Ride Group lead by Carlos Ramirez with side kick Bill Titus and others. They provided the riders with some warm soup.
  • Rest Stop 3 was led by Jeanine Spence and crew. They provided a much-needed water break and snack stop in Auberry.
  • Rest stop 4 was the lunch stop at the Dry Creek Trailhead, staffed by Joseph Cassinerio and the Killer Bee Crew. After lunch, the riders set out on their second 100 mile journey.
  • Rest Stop 5, staffed by Mary Stubblefield and Henry Pretzer and Crew, provided nourishment for the riders consisting of chili beans and grill cheese sandwiches as well as Adobo soup and their return trip.
  • Rest Stop 6, the turn-around at Sycamore Creek Bridge was led by Michael Quiroz and Crew. The after-ride meal was a delicious catered meal consisting of beef, chicken and veggie kabobs, rice pilaf and salad.

   If you'd like to see some of pictures from the day's activities, check out some photos taken by Jim Hawe HERE, and those taken by John Craft HERE.

   With 95 registrations, 88 started the ride and 83 completed all 198 miles. The first rider in was out-of-towner Sakae Wade(44) whose overall time was 11 hours 19 minutes, followed by local rider Gary Egorov(54) at 11 hours 32 minutes and in 3rd was Dean Hough(63) at 11 hours 33 minutes. Completing his 185th double century was local legend Richard Hoff(68) who completed the ride in 14 hours 16 minutes. Other local riders to finish were Tracy Lane right behind Richard, Wayne Hunter, Roehl Caragao, Ranay Franklin, Allen Troy Edolimo, Jimmy Barboza, Ronnie Perez, and Vernon Bresinio.

FCC’s First Annual Tour de Femme has finally happened!

   After two years in the making and two postponements, the Tour de Femme ladies ride finally happened on October 23, 2021. There were over 100 attendees with three rest stops manned by our male club member “domestiques”. There was also bicycle SAG to lead the riders out and assist where needed.  Many thanks to Ride Director Janet Lucido, who kept the momentum going on this ride despite the postponements!!

   There's a good number of pictures of the event on the FCC Facebook pages.  Also a few of our photographers have posted their work on their websites.  Please check out both Jim Hawe's collection HERE,  and Jon Marley's, HERE .

   The weather could not have been better, in the mid-sixties most of the day. Many dressed up in their tutus, tiaras and fun socks. The Killer Bees ran the Marechal Winery rest stop and provided the in-ride meals. The two longer distances went to MR5 and Kirkman Point. The men dressed in (T-shirt) tuxedos and served the riders with serving trays. What a treat!

   There were three ride distances ranging from the “Tall” ride, 46 miles and 492’ of elevation gain through the “Trenta” distance which was 82 miles and 2197’ of elevation gain.

   Upon arriving back at New Covenant Church, the ladies were given a long-stemmed rose and were provided dessert.

   Over half of the ladies purchased the official ride jerseys and for the most part, pink was the primary color seen. This was apropos, as October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Proceeds from the ride will go to EPU Children’s Center, Fresno.  Next year's ride will be held on October 22, 2022.

FCC wishes to thank the rest stop hosts and sponsors:

  • New Covenant Community Church
  • MR5 Market
  • Marechal Winery
  • The Bike Shop at Woodward
  • Killer Bees
  • Tuesday/Thursday Ride Group
  • Stevens’ Bicycles
  • Rubber Soul Bicycles
  • Hoppe Law Group
  • Zavorek Insurance Agency
  • Steinway Piano Gallery
  • The Zenith Insurance Company

ELECTION TIME

Voting ballots for the Fresno Cycling Club Board of Directors will be emailed during the month of November. When you receive the email, open it, and vote for your choice of candidates. This exercise is a necessary function of maintaining our Club status as a non-profit corporation. Thank you.

CHRISTMAS PARTY

Mark your calendars now!!  Please join us for the FCC Annual Christmas Party!  Sunday, December 5, 2021 at 5:00 PM at the Clovis Veterans Memorial Building.  Only $10.00 per person.  Dinner will be catered by Outlaw BBQ.  Chicken breast or tri-tip or if you’re really hungry then both!  Feel free to bring your own alcoholic beverages.  We are limited to 120 attendees.  An email will be sent out when tickets are available. 


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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