President’s Page

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

I hope that this finds you all enjoying the pleasures of your wheeled, human powered conveyances regardless of the number of wheels; regardless whether you are leaning forward, sitting upright, or sitting back; regardless of whether you are wearing spandex or a tee shirt and jeans.

The club held its annual Tour de France viewing party on July 12th at The G.O.A.T. sports bar in Clarendon. Dozens of members came out to cheer on their favorite cyclist and team as the cyclists wound their way through hundreds of kilometers to the heart of France in Chalon sur Saone. Thanks to those who came out and socialized with their fellow riders and ExCom members!

As usually happens around this time of year, members of the ExCom get wrapped up in preparations for the Back Roads Century. The Co-Chairs, Margaret McBride and Dalis Davidson, are continuing to guide the planning and set up for the weekend. But running a fun, safe event for thousands of cyclists takes more than just a few dedicated volunteers. It takes over a hundred. The Club uses volunteers from student organizations at Shepherd University to provide excellent service at rest stops. However, we need additional Club volunteers to help them and direct them in the needs of cyclists riding one hundred miles. (Hand them the food and then count your fingers!) Monique Sears has agreed to be the Volunteer Coordinator this year. Please help her out by going to our website for the Century ( click on the “Volunteer” near the top of the page. While you are there, click on the “Register” to register for one of the many distances offered. The Century is on Sunday, September 22.

I want to thank Carol Linden for agreeing to volunteer as the Chair of the Nominating Committee. I am hoping that this more formal means of soliciting ExCom members will give us something we have not had for at least three years; a full slate of enthusiastic volunteers anxious to improve their Club for members to vote upon. Please contact Carol ( or another member of her committee to volunteer to be nominated and use “Nomination” in the subject line.

I want to thank all those who completed the survey we sent out. We have heard your desires and are working to fulfil them in the most economically practical manner possible. One thing that came through loud and clear is that the Club needs a better means of communication both to and from the members. One means of accomplishing this is through a revival of the printed Pedal Patter. We are still looking at options. At present, we are planning a quarterly publication in the form of a newsletter. It will contain information on upcoming events, articles from the membership, etc. It will be supplemented by emails on time critical issues including special events and highlight some of the rides you lead. The ride schedule will continue to be accessible solely online.

Thank you and keep the rubber side down.

Bob B.

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