The first Wednesday Women’s Road Ride was a success with 16 women! The two A’s headed out and devised a 30 mile route, the 6 B’s completed the 20 mile route and the 8 C’s finished the 10 mile route asking for more mileage!
Thunderstorms, wind, and dropping temperatures couldn’t stop our group of 10 from having a really fun weekend of bike touring, with a loop tour of about 110 miles in the Finger Lakes. This was a mostly self-contained tour, where we carried our camping gear and supplies on our bikes, but in addition, Diana Ozolins joined us with her vehicle to graciously carry a few additional items.
Checking the forecast on Friday morning, it called for thunderstorms after 4 pm, precisely our group meeting time in the parking lot of the Cayuga Mall in Ithaca. Fortunately, the storms held off until later, so first we enjoyed a very sweet tailwind that pushed us to the campground at Fillmore Glen State Park in Moravia. In fact, the bad weather held off until we had finished a great campsite dinner, prepared by Diana. Overnight there was a deluge of water which nearly brought down our canopy, and splashed up mud onto our tents. Pretty sloppy in the campground on Saturday morning, although we managed to sit out almost all of the rain from the inside of a nearby diner (The Gathering in Moravia). Continue reading →
Photos from the Hollenbeck’s race are available here:
May 10-12, 2013: Finger Lakes Weekend #1 – This trip starts and ends in Ithaca, so the logistics are super-simple, and we will enjoy camping at two State Parks: Fillmore Glen in Moravia, and Cayuga Lake near Seneca Falls. This is a self-contained tour where we will enjoy the challenge of carrying all of our personal items and camping gear on our bikes without a support vehicle. We start the trip late Friday afternoon and should be back by mid-afternoon on Sunday. Full details.
June 22-23, 2013: 5th Annual Young People’s Bike Tour – This trip is especially for kids, teens, families, and adult chaperones. Last year’s participants included 28 kids ages 7-16 and 31 adults, and we biked along the western section of the Erie Canal towpath trail. This year we will return to the Erie Canal towpath trail, starting once again in Brockport, but this year we will head east toward our overnight camping location in Fairport. The entire trip will be on car-free trails except for 2 blocks in Brockport between our parking lot meeting spot and the start of the trail. Full details.
The FLCC Annual Meeting will be Sunday, March 24, at the Ellis Hollow Community Center at 111 Genung Road in Ithaca. The social hour will be from 5:30-6:30 pm, followed by the business part of the meeting. The club will supply pizza, salad, and drinks. If you would like to bring a side dish or dessert to share, that would be great, but it is not required. We have a few open officer positions (see below), and nominations for officers can be made by email or at the meeting. Self-nominations are permitted.
AGENDA — FLCC 2013 Annual Meeting
Date: Sunday, March 24, 2013
Social Hour: 5:30-6:30 pm.
Business Meeting: 6:30-8:00 pm
I. Nominations & Election of Officers
II. Club Officer’s Reports
III. Upcoming Events
IV. New Business
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This year’s Memorial Day Getaway destination is Montreal, Quebec. After sampling Canadian getaways around Kingston and Ottawa many members have expressed interest in this great city of North America. So, this year, we’re booked in the Youth Hostel for a long weekend of cycling and culture. The general procedure will be the same as always: most people will carpool to Montreal on Friday, arriving in the evening. Saturday and Sunday will be full days for biking and/or sight-seeing. Monday we return home, maybe catching a ride before departing. We’ve reserved beds for 24 people in rooms with four beds each.
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It’s spring and the cycling season is beginning. Please get your Finger Lakes Cycling Club membership in order by joining or renewing — you can do it all on line on the Membership page.
We’ve talked about venturing out of our usual territory and holding the Memorial Day Weekend Getaway in Montreal. There’s a nice, big hostel there and costs would be about the same as in Ottawa. Continue reading →
What’s a wildrooster? You will have to come and find out the answer at our annual FLCC Off-Season Bike Touring Get-Together / Dinner / Celebration on Saturday evening January 5, 2013. This is an informal evening of food and fun where we can hear about some of the bike touring adventures that our club members and supporters have experienced over the past cycling season, and dream about new adventures for 2013. We can look forward to presentations on bike touring in Holland, Vermont, and Quebec, among other places.
This year we will be meeting at the Lot 10 Bar & Lounge in downtown Ithaca (formerly Delilah’s, Wildfire, & Lost Dog). We’ve reserved the 2nd floor lounge with a cash bar. The club is providing a full complement of appetizers (veggie & meat), sheet pizzas, and cake for dinner at no charge. (We’ve made special food arrangements because this establishment eliminated their full menu).
This will be a fun occasion. Whether you’re just curious about bike touring and want to learn more, or you’re already a seasoned traveler, let’s get together to exchange stories and get inspired for next year’s prime cycling season.
RSVP requested. Continue reading →
I’ve learned with great sadness that Nick Vandam left this world a few days ago. Many of the current members of the FLCC probably never met Nick on a ride; it’s been quite a few years since he participated in club events. But, for many years he was one of the core people on our summer Sundays. Over time, Nick spent more time hiking the Finger Lakes Trail, which he took great pleasure in covering end to end; and his cycling was mainly on his own.
I went on many rides where Nick and I were toward the back of the group, with Nick always happy to chat about biking, hiking, the weather, in no hurry to finish the ride. We were toward the back not because Nick was unable to reach the front — he was a very strong rider who biked from his home in Brooktondale to Ithaca College, where he was a math instructor. But Nick wasn’t a “cyclist” if that means any devotion to equipment, technique, or speed. His bike was something we all ribbed him about, an old mountain bike in rough shape; and I remember him telling me that he had another, new bike still in its box at home, waiting to be taken out and assembled. But, if Nick was impatient with anything, it was the quest for speed. He enjoyed the lumbering progress of the old mountain bike and welcomed anyone who would share that pace. It was the journey, the company, the scenery that made a ride great for Nick. And for those of us who had the fortune to be there with him.
I know we had pictures of club rides with Nick in them — I can’t find any, but if you find some, please send them along so they can be added to this post.
The Ithaca Journal obituary for Nick is at http://tinyurl.com/nickvandam
A graveside service with full military honors was held on Saturday, November 24, In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Caroline Food Pantry, Slaterville Ambulance, or The Enviromental Defense Fund. A memorial service is planned for a future date.