President's Page July 2020

Wednesday, July 1, 2020
by Anne C. M. Hyman — President PPTC
Happy July, Fellow Pedalers,
We are now halfway through the year that no one saw coming, and certainly no one wanted. The club’s plans for a May membership celebration month seem like years ago, and the turning of this calendar page was a stinging reminder that we should be gathering to watch the Tour de France and experience the amazing special event weekend that is Shenandoah, but those events are simply not ready to be this month in the current atmosphere.
I hope you’ve had a chance to look over the Back Yards Century invitation and sign up, that is absolutely something we’re all looking forward to this September. While circumstances dictate that we must ride on our own for this virtual event to keep the annual tradition of a PPTC century alive, we’re hoping to provide to some fun options for you as you conquer your challenging distance- such as suggested routes (you are ALWAYS more than welcome to use our members-only Ride with GPS account!), a scavenger hunt with items to find and also create, and social gatherings online to keep us all close while we’re apart.
While our region is inching towards later phases of reopening and allowing larger gatherings, the Executive Committee is working on a plan to restart rides. You’ll notice that all rides are still canceled on the calendar for July (that is, IF you can see the calendar, which is behind the membership wall now), and we intend to keep it this way until we roll out our plan. This plan is going to involve multiple rounds of discussion with our ride coordinators and ride leaders to get rides listed again. I can say with confidence that ride organization and the ride calendar will not look the same as in “the before times”, but we are trying our best to come up with solutions to be able to safely ride together in an organized, responsible fashion where ALL of our members feel safe and confident being together on the road again.
Speaking of togetherness…Potomac Pedalers has formed a partnership with Phoenix Bikes in Arlington, and some members of our board have gone beyond the simple act of advertising and fundraising for them for the BYC. I spoke with their board and members last month regarding ride safety using the pandemic, and board members have also stopped by and donated some bike parts to the shop. I encourage you to check them out (from a safe social distance) down in Arlington. They are also hosting a virtual event from August 1-2, called the Sizzling Summer Century, details found here: This could be a great training ride opportunity for you for the BYC…juuuust as a suggestion…
I hope that you are finding some joy on two wheels right now, wherever you can get it safely and responsibly. I miss all of you and can’t wait until the day we can get together for a ride again.
Be safe, ride well, Allez.

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