Notes from the Chairman - July 2017

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Notes from the Chairman

by Bob Bernstein

I hope that this finds you all enjoying the pleasures of your two wheeled, human powered conveyances. We are continuing to work toward providing you with great opportunities for rides, weekends and other special events. One of those special events is the traditional Tour de France viewing party. Stay tuned for more information on this. We are also continuing to correct the unintended consequences which have arisen from our perfect storm of new website, all digital Petal Patter, and an almost total brand new ExCom. We have recently realized that many of you are not getting the eNewsletter/Pedal Patter. We are looking into changing to an "opt-out" system so that all members would get club news unless they specifically want to go to the web for it. We hope to initiate this change in very near future.

Please remember that for now, in order to receive club emails you need to sign up here:

Recently it came to our attention that the link from "contact us" on the website was broken. We had a couple of hundred unanswered emails when we found the problem. We appreciate those of you that helped us find it, and we appreciate your patience as we work through your messages. When we heard messages were not being answered, we knew something was wrong and began remediation immediately. I apologize for the inconvenience and hope that this problem did not cause undue hardship. I would also ask that you support the Message Committee with kindness as they are volunteers. They do a great job in answering messages when they can and forwarding messages to the proper people when the request is out of their purview.

Back Roads Century Update:  The 2017 Back Roads Century returns to Shepherdstown, WV for a third year and we are working hard to make this year’s BRC better than ever. The routes and rest stops are essentially the same as last year, with only minor tweaks to address some traffic issues.  We have moved the End of Ride Party to the historic Popidicon Manor on the Shepherd University Campus to put the party closer to parking and showers, and to avoid traffic issues on Shepherd’s Grade Rd.  We are planning a party for Saturday night with dinner and music at the Town Run Brewing Co., so keep your eye open for details on signing up for a meal, or plan on stopping by for some music and pre-ride camaraderie after enjoying your own dinner in town.  Registration is filling up, so if you have not done so already, please register!

Ride With GPS Club Account:  As a new Club benefit, we have set up a Ride with GPS Club Account to make it easier to locate online maps and downloadable GPS files for club rides. The Club Account gives all PPTC members to RWGPS Premium Benefits when using rides in the Club Account, including customizable cue sheets and turn-by-turn instruction on your smart phone using the free RWGPS App. This benefit is available only the PPTC members. For instructions on how to sign in, log into the Club web site and navigate to Other details are available under Our Rides/Ride with GPS Club Account.

Cue Sheet Library:  As part of the new web site, we have rebuilt the cue sheet library on the new platform.  We all owe a debt of gratitude to Rudi Riet for taking on this tedious but crucial task.  In addition to rebuilding the web site, Rudi, with big help from Geng Chan, made a number of corrections to Ride Starts and many cue sheets to update many cue sheets based on changed road conditions. We hope the updated Cue Sheet Library and the new RWGPS Club Account will make it easier for Ride Leaders to find rides to lead, and for Club members to find rides to ride.

Mark your calendars! We're adding a Fall Farm and Art Century in Howard County this year. The date is Oct. 22nd. We'll have rides from 25 to 100 miles through scenic roads and farms in Howard County. We're adding some optional stops at art galleries along the way. This is shaping up to be a great event.

Finally, it is with sadness that I pass on that a former Chairman of the Club, Ed Brandt, has passed away. Ed was the Chairman during my first year on the ExCom. Ed was optimistic about the Club and loved cycling. Those interested can read more about Ed here:

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