President's Page - May 2018

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

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.

Well, maybe, just maybe, Spring has arrived. I got out on my favorite bike today (the yellow Litespeed). It was a hard ride, not because of the roads (my usual training ride) or the wind (hardly any), or the weather (beautiful). It was a hard ride because I do not have many miles in my legs. It was a hard ride because I was not able to ride as much last year due to physical challenges (vertebra disc problems. Thanks for asking). There were challenges getting ready (turned around after leaving my driveway with the thought that a helmet and pumping the tires up would both be good ideas). It was challenging because, while I remembered how to ride (it’s like riding a bike), there were some things that felt different (I don’t remember my bibs rubbing there as much (yes, There!).

So I am not going to get rid of the recumbent. Given my history with the disc problems, at some point it will be my future. But it was good being on what recumbent riders refer to as a diamond frame. So I am once again training to ride in the Tour de France (Please, let an old guy have his fantasies). My training is going to include many of our outstanding Club rides. It will include some of our Special Events including Nokesville. And it will include the Back Roads Century including the Saturday ride. I am already signed up. Are you?

Speaking of the Century, registration is open. While the Club makes more money on procrastinators since the price rises as we get closer to the event, I would encourage you to sign up early. The Century marketing team is doing an outstanding job in getting the word out to cyclists in the area, the region, and the Mid-Atlantic area and I expect the event to sell out early. (If you feel guilty about signing up early, you can always make a donation to the Club. We are a 501(c)(3) organization. The extent that your donation is tax deductible should be discussed with a tax professional rather than with an engineer (That’d be me.)) And while I am discussing the Century (I did mention that registration was open, didn’t I?), check out this year’s jersey. If you are ready for a mini vacation, plan to join us on Saturday for the warm up rides and the buffet dinner on Saturday evening. And if you read this column last month (and the month before) you should have already volunteered. If you haven’t volunteered, read last month’s column.

I stated above that my regiment for preparing to ride in the Tour de France included Special Events including Nokesville on 20 May. I missed out on Lewes Weekend in Delaware but there are more Special Events to come, including rides in mid-July and the Special Events team is planning a new ride in the Longwood Gardens/Winterthur area of Delaware and Pennsylvania. I have often visited both places and promised myself that one day I would bring my bike and ride the roads with some of the most beautiful and historic countryside. This will be my change and I am excited and watching for registration to open. For those looking forward to the non-riding social aspects of the Club, the team is working on the ever popular Tour de France Happy Hour, the Annual Meeting in November and the Volunteer Dinner in January.

I want to thank everyone for your patience as we continue to uncover, and repair, problems with the website. Some of these problems are caused by upgrades we are making to make your website experience as pleasurable as we can. I mention your patience because I received no blistering emails, irate phone calls or suspicious packages. I understand that the rank-and-file member of the Club may not understand the new organization and to whom complaints should be made. Let me make clear that complaints may always be directed to me, the President of the Club as I am ultimately responsible ( Please include “PPTC Problem” or “PPTC Complaint” in the subject line so that your email will not get lost or ignored.)

Let me close with part of why I am so behind in mileage and out of shape. Many of my original cycling group have been scattered and do not ride for various reasons (children, grandchildren, wives, moving to Nevada, etc.) These were the people who would contact me when I wasn’t riding, call me a lazy sack of excrement, and get me out when the weather was raw, or I just was not feeling it. My new riding group is mostly ladies and as such, they would never use such language or berate me for not riding enough. So if you don’t see me on the road, please feel free to email me (Use “Sack of Excrement” or “Lazy Rider” in the Subject line) and tell me to get out there.

Thank you and keep the rubber side down.

Bob Bernstein

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