Note from Vice President of Special Events

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Anne C. M. Hyman


Because our President is traveling and is out of pocket, I’ve been asked to supplement this month’s President’s Page with a Vice President of Special Events page, which of course means I’m currently typing this while sitting on the floor at my gate at Logan Airport in Boston. But I digress.
This is always an interesting and exciting time of year (well, for those of us who haven’t been brave enough to ride throughout the winter - chapeau to those who have gotten those early month miles under their tires!). The time of reflection and dwelling on the past year has become stale, and the hopes and dreams for the current year should at least have a roadmap, if they are not already hurtling towards their start lines. The ground starts becoming barer, and warmer, and life starts to stir again. PPTC breathed life into this upcoming cycling season on February 17th with our Volunteer Appreciation Party at Mad Fox Brewing. I was finally able to make good on my offer to those who helped us so much in 2018 to buy them a beer. And how. We also honored four incredible volunteers who have touched every spoke of Potomac Pedalers in their stewardship - Ride Leader of the Year Rudi Riet, Rookie Leader of the Year Lance Wolin, Volunteer of the Year Sallie Williams, and the coveted and prestigious Lifetime PPTC Award was bestowed upon Tim Guilford. Each one of these incredible people received several nominations for their award category, and we as a club were thrilled to be able to lavish them with the praise and gratitude they deserve.

The wheels are also in motion on the club’s season of special events. We have several weekends either planned or in the works. Please register or save the date for: 

  • Lewes Weekend in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, the weekend of April 27th - registration is currently open!
  • Spring Thaw on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, the weekend of May 4th (current members should have received a discount code for the Six Pillars Century and instructions to book your room in a recent email blast, details for the Spring Thaw weekend events will be following shortly)
  • Shenandoah Weekend, the weekend of July 20th
  • Longwood Gardens Weekend in Pennsylvania, the weekend of August 10th
And, of course, the biggest Special Event of the 2019 - The Backroads Century in Shepherdstown, WV, the weekend of September 22nd. Our Co-chairs Margaret McBride and Dalis Davidson will be sending out more information soon, but I can tell you that we are coming back this year, come hell or high water. Hopefully not the latter. 
We also have several day events being coordinated by some very eager volunteers, and could use YOUR help too! 
  • Bike to Work Day is Friday, May 17th! We need volunteers to help at the major stops to hand out information and swag to stalwart commuters. 
  • World Bicycle Day celebration in the District, co-lead by the Embassy of India, on June 3rd
  • The Nokesville and Black Hills Picnic Rides are also returning in 2019! We’re currently working on securing the dates but expect (hopefully) sunny rides in May and June. Stay tuned to heed the call for volunteers and ride leaders for these picnics!
  • Brewery rides in Maryland AND Virginia this year! 
  • Trackstand Thursday happy hours at Bar Roubaix to watch the Giro and TdF! 
  • And hopefully many more to come. 
As always, if you have an idea for a special event, however short or long, epic or just out of the ordinary, please let me know and we can work on making it happen. The best things in life are shared with others, except for maybe this floorspace at Gate 32. 

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