Fredericksburg Cyclists

Upcoming Rides!

21 Oct 2017 9:00 AM • Spotsylvania YMCA, 5700 Smith Station Rd. Spotsylvania, VA 22553
22 Oct 2017 9:00 AM • Heths Salient St. Spotsylvania, VA 22553
24 Oct 2017 9:00 AM • 4700 Massaponax Church Rd, Fredericksburg, VA 22408
26 Oct 2017 9:00 AM • 4700 Massaponax Church Road, Fredericksburg, VA
28 Oct 2017 9:00 AM • Spotsylvania YMCA, 5700 Smith Station Rd. Spotsylvania, VA 22553
29 Oct 2017 9:00 AM • Heths Salient St. Spotsylvania, VA 22553
31 Oct 2017 9:00 AM • 4700 Massaponax Church Rd, Fredericksburg, VA 22408

Welcome



 Mark Your Calendar


12 October-  Last evening ride of the season


14 October-  Falls Colors and Tanya's B-Day Century Ride


14 October-  Tour de Midnight Ride (Rockville, VA)  (Non-Club event)


10 November- Veterans Day Ride


Ride With GPS Training

At our August Club meeting Mike Schumm did a training.  For those who could not attend the meeting, we have provided a summary of Mikes Training.  For more information you can also see the FCC Ride With GPS Club Page and the Ride With GPS club account video overview.


Ride Captain Corner!

I normally use these updates to brag about how many miles the club has ridden so far this year (12,000 plus in July alone), but this time I would like to take a minute to salute Mike and Karen Schumm for their 660 mile trip to Ohio and back. 


I am using that trip to call attention to not only Karen’s amazing development as a rider, but to the others who have joined us in recent years and moved from slug to stud in short order.  I cannot say often enough how impressive it was for me to watch new/inexperienced/out-of-shape riders join to club and steadily improve to the levels they are at today. 


I’ll probably get grief for naming names, but I think we all know the amazing stories of Dan Butler, Clay Howard and the Riveras.  Add to that newer riders such as Pat Carl, John Holloway, Charlie Borst and some others.  I’ll even toss in Nick Lambrenos who has gone from good rider to “who does he think he is, John Summer?” 


My point is that these members not only demonstrate the benefits of regular riding to build miles, but the degree with which riding with our club builds confidence and skills.  Watching someone go from losing a lung trying to complete 20-miles to “whad’ya mean we’re not going to Richmond and back?” is impressive.  At least to me. 


We are now entering late summer.  So far the weather has been pretty decent with the exception of a few very hot spells.  We can anticipate periods of hot weather before it’s over so please continue to hydrate, tell someone where you are riding if going solo and don’t exceed your limitations.


Speaking of safety, for those who are not aware we had a rider suffer serious injury recently when she hit a very deep pothole on a quiet weekday ride.  We have since marked that pothole and others along that road, but we cannot cover all hazards on our routes.  As you know, overnight storms will often bring down branches and wash debris into the roads and potholes can open up almost without warning.  


Please continue to exercise vigilance, especially on unfamiliar or rarely used roads and always anticipate hazards after heavy storms. 

Overall we have had a pretty safe year all things considered.  Let’s make this accident the last one for this year.  Ride Safe!


Paul Cariker, FCC Ride Captain 


    Cannonball Century Information



     FAQ

    Why should you and your cycling friends be members of the Fredericksburg Cyclists Club? 

     

    Well, among other things we sponsor a lot of rides (right now about 4 a week) to encourage cyclists and make riding more fun, we, through our representation on the Virginia Bicycling Federation (VBF) promote cycling, cyclists rights and safe cycling legislation and we promote a variety of social events were we can get together with other cyclists.

     

    So, if you aren’t a current member in the FCC, we encourage you to join and take part in supporting cycling in our region. For further answers to questions you may have check out the FAQ!




                                  
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