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A BBC Autumn Adventure
A clear, crisp, autumn morning found a group of happy cyclists in Hagerstown, MD, at Gordon’s, a rustic country store, founded in 1923 and still family-run. Participants of Rich Burns’ Washington County Getaway enjoyed this “gem” and many more as part of this year’s weekend event (Oct. 9-11th). Read the article for more details.
2015 Weekend in Lancaster
The coordinators of the Weekend in Lancaster, Mike & Evie Reinsel and Carol & Walt Russell, enjoy a photo op in the hospitality room at the Millstream Country Inn, where drinks, snacks and desserts were flowing at happy hours each day. Read the article to find out about their cycling adventures through the Amish heartland.
Montreal Summer Tandem Tour
Evie and Mike Reinsel enjoy a peaceful, lake-side stop on their summer tandem tour, from the Adirondacks (New York) to Montreal. Water views were everywhere as they cycled along Indian, Schroon, and Tupper Lakes (NY), Lake Champlain (NY, VT), and the St. Lawrence River (Montreal, Quebec). Read their article to learn more about their trip.
Photo Contest Winner
The winner of the BBC Banner Photo contest is John Isaacs for his pic taken during the 2015 BBC picnic. As a member of the Board, John recused himself in the voting and has graciously deferred accepting the $50 gift card, choosing instead to donate it forward in advance of another BBC photo contest to be announced later. Well done, and thank-you, John.
2015 Union Mills Rides and Corn Roast
This year's Union Mills riders were treated to weather that was much better than expected for a summer day in August with low humidity, some cloud cover and temps in the low 80’s. 135 cyclists signed in to ride one of 4 hilly routes. For more pictures and details, see Gloria Epstein's ride report.
Lessons from the Long Road
"Like life, riding an average of 150 miles a day is an adventure: each day brings its own challenges. The external obstacles are immovable and uncaring (mountains and headwinds are like traffic; getting upset does you no good). The internal obstacles are tougher: pain, boredom, anxiety, confusion, discouragement, irritation, distraction. Sometimes, you ride with friends; sometimes, you must ride alone. You must decide how to spend your energy; how to save it, how to recover it. Tomorrow, you ride again." For more insight on surviving a long ride, check out Greg Conderacci's article describing his recent ride across the United States.
2015 Instructional Ride Series
The 2015 Instructional Ride Series ended on July 19 with a hands-on repair and maintenance clinic. The energy and engagement of the class this year was fantastic. We are calling 2015 our “reunion class” since many riders from previous years came back to build on their skills and to see old friends. This is a great sign that what we have been promoting has enabled others to become committed cyclists. Over 90 people were in our e-mail list (slightly down from last year) with about 40+ showing up for the orientation at Towson University. We averaged 30 riders during the early weeks of flatter terrain and had about 15 riders when we reached the hills of Jacksonville. For the final Fort Howard ride (a flat ride once again!), our rider numbers went up.
Many of the riders have kept in touch and will continue to ride together on their own and on BBC rides. Our riders achieved many goals: learning to shift efficienty, safe riding in traffic, riding in groups and extending their distance and improving hill climbing technique to name a few. We were very excited to see some of our riders attending the club picnic; the rides were perfectly designed for our groups.
Many thanks to our volunteers - Bob Carson, Mike Davis, Frank and Mary Jo Kuhn, Don Culp and Linda Peltz who helped out and provided a consistent blend of instruction and encouragement on the rides.
For questions or information about next year's Instructional Ride Series, please email Godon Peltz at firstname.lastname@example.org to be placed on our 2016 e-mail address list. Here are some photographs of some of our “satisfied customers.”