President's Page May 2020

Friday, May 1, 2020
by Anne C. M. Hyman — President PPTC
Welcome to May, Fellow Pedalers
I hope this finds you and your own safe and settled into this “new normal” that the current situation here in our region has brought to us. I have had a few personal revelations, starting first and foremost with the fact that I am not designed to be at home all day, and have been climbing the walls between meetings and workouts. A close second is that I bake a mean loaf of sourdough Ciabatta.
All kidding aside, we’ve had some excitement recently in the club, in realizing how to bolster our community right now when we can’t do what we do best right now, which is ride together. Two weeks ago, I hosted a Facebook live event and posted a survey to membership asking what you would like to see right now. Thank you to everyone who responded, and gave us some encouragement to start posting some content and event ideas to fill our social calendar.
Potomac Pedalers hosted our very first “Virtual Happy Hour” on Sunday, and it was wonderful to see everyone who attended. I’ll be honest, I came prepared with some talking points in case there were lulls in the conversation, but I never used them. The excitement and delight in seeing everyone, and watching everyone see each other, brought much warmth and light to the room in my house on a cold and rainy Sunday afternoon.
So, let’s keep up that momentum. How? Let’s start with a few things you can do right now:
Send a picture from one one your favorite rides, with a brief description as to why that picture is meaningful to you to Catherine Kitchell at We’ll publish our favorite stories in upcoming communications.
If you have any pictures from ANY (or ALL) of the previous Back Roads Centuries, send them in as well!
Also, stay tuned for more online meetups! The first one, since I don’t need much infrastructure to make it happen quickly this weekend, is a how-to on setting up virtual riding indoors at your home. I’ve been fielding quite a few questions about that recently, and I’m more than happy to provide an interactive seminar (BYOB, of course..the B can stand for Bike or Beverage).
As in previous weeks and newsletters, we’re all longing for a future where we can ride safely together again. Until then, let’s keep in touch. This “new normal” may mean that we can’t do what we do well, which is ride together, but it doesn’t have to stop what we being who we are, which is a strong-spirited community that has stood the test of time for decades.
Be safe.

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