24 September- Cannonball Preview rides
25 September- The Cannonball Century
8 October- The Warrenton-Culpeper Century (a century streak ride)
10 October- Columbus Day ride
5 November- Reverse Culpeper Century (a century streak ride)
11 November- Veterans' Day Ride
3 December- Caroline Cannonball Century (a century streak ride)
Turnout for our rides, including our very popular Tuesday and Thursday evening rides has been increasing steadily throughout the summer. Our 25 June club membership ride was a great success with over 80 riders signed up. Unfortunately, the weather gods did not cooperate with us during the YMCA bike rodeo where high temperatures kept the kids- and other sane people-away. We did have a great turnout of club volunteers for that event, however. Many thanks to all of you.
We are getting closer every day to our signature event, the Cannonball century. Planning is well advanced. Please volunteer to help with this event if asked. As a reminder, we will have a Cannonball pre-ride the day before the Cannonball which will allow volunteers to ride the routes and give us an opportunity to do one more safety and navigation check on the routes.
Speaking of safety, I think we are all aware of the growing conflict between cyclists and drivers across the country as cycling becomes more popular and more riders take to the roads. As a club we are pretty good at obeying the rules, being courteous to drivers, making room for drivers to pass etc. However, we have a few things to work on when it comes to safety.
As a club we are having a great summer. Take advantage of the rides we offer as well as the expanding list of supported rides such as the Lake and Grapes century. Above all, be safe out there!
Paul Cariker, FCC Ride Captain
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 6 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 section below!