Since we have fewer riders for our Tuesday-Thursday rides in the winter, we will have a new procedure thru February. This will prevent having to cancel rides if a regular ride leader is available.
The Year in Review and the Way Ahead for 2016
Thanks to good weather, our can-do ride leaders, active and imaginative social committee, and Bruce White and his Scouts, 2015 was another year of great riding for the Club. We overcame the challenge of the bridge closings to open new routes to the west and complemented our standard club rides with challenging and fun new activities. While too numerous to mention here, highlights include the Belle Isle ride, the Culpeper and Fall Colors centuries as well as countless social committee inspired rides and related events. During the year, we were able to count on 19 ride leaders to include our top leaders Al Matera, Bob Broeking and Stan Huie. We were also fortunate to have Bill Parmer as our no-drop ride leader.
As we proceed into 2016, we plan to develop and maintain at least 15 “official” routes to include the Bistro rides, the Willowmere routes and the original Stonewall Jackson routes. We will blacken out stray road marks and those formerly used as closed-bridge alternates, ensuring that the marks for our 2016 routes are clear and easy to follow. Updated Strava links and cue sheets will be uploaded to this site.
We also plan to continue our habit of rotating our Saturday start locations between the YMCA, the Bistro and Willowmere/Curtis Parks. In addition to providing some variety, this will allow us to run our new 2016 Century Streak rides from the same locations as the regular club rides.
In 2016, we will continue to schedule as many Sunday rides as we can to include old club favorites such as the King George ride when we can find volunteers. And, of course, our social committee led by Tanya Conover, is already hard at work planning new activities for the year.
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!