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Successful 2016 Young People’s Bike Tour — 5,040 miles!

The FLCC 2016 Young People’s Bike Tour is now history, with a safe and successful weekend event completed June 4-5, 2016.  We rode from Newark, NY to Fairport on Saturday, had a great group dinner, camped out, then returned on Sunday, for a total of 42 biking miles.  IMG_3858 copy 3For many kids and adults on the tour, this was longest they had ever traveled by bike.  We had a huge group of approximately 125 people, which included about 65 kids ranging in age from 4 to 16 years.  Therefore, we jointly traveled by bike over 5,040 miles!  Congratulations to all for a trip well done!  And a big thank you to all the volunteers (nearly a dozen) who staffed the rest stops, lunch stop, dinner & breakfast prep, drove the rental truck, provided crossing guard assistance, plus a myriad of other important functions.  Also thanks to all FLCC members who provide support for this trip in terms of insurance, website hosting, and publicity — the actual tour expenses are paid by trip participants and this year amounted to approximately $35 per person.  We intend to do a similar trip next year, on the first weekend of June, once again in conjunction with National Bike Travel Weekend, an effort led by the national non-profit Adventure Cycling Association.  The FLCC Young People’s Bike Tour was actually the inspiration for National Bike Travel Weekend, which this year included over 900 independently organized bike trips with over 11,900 participants.  2017 should be even bigger and better!

 

 

On Your Left — Tob de Boer

On May 2, the Ithaca community lost someone extraordinary — Tob de Boer. As a cyclist, I knew only that fraction of his activity and accomplishments; but, Tob was deeply and actively involved in our community in many different ways.

Tob de Boer giving us the early history of the FLCC

Tob de Boer giving us the early history of the FLCC

(See the obituary below) I think the last time I was with him was in 2012 at the FLCC 30th anniversary picnic where Tob took a turn regaling us with stories of the “old days,” which stretched back before the formal founding of the club by at least a decade. We will miss him greatly in many ways. Our condolences to Tob’s family.

Below are a reminiscence by Glenn Swan and, below that, the formal obituary.


FLCC’ers,
I heard with sadness that Tob DeBoer has died recently. Many, if not most of the current membership of the FLCC may not have known Tob, but we all owe a lot to him. Tob and Jim Hartshorne were the founders of the Finger Lakes Cycling Club back around 1980, just about the same time I moved to Ithaca. Continue reading →

The VPs for Youth Cycling

Introductions from the VPs from Youth Cycling

madelineMy name is Madeline Turner, and I am one half of the newly instated co-Vice Presidents for Youth Cycling on the FLCC. My first memories of cycling come from riding in a bike seat at the age of two, and then, four years later, pedalling on a tag-along attachment while my mom did most of the work. It has been a constant presence while growing up, but until recently, cycling was never an activity I would have considered pursuing. I’ve explored a number of different clubs and activities in the past couple of years to try and find things I’m passionate about, and when I heard about the IHS Cycling Club, I decided I wanted to join. My initial apprehension over my lack of experience vanished when the community I found was welcoming and fun. Armin, our president, has served as a guide to all of us in improving our group riding, technical skill, and even terminology. I am still very much a newcomer to cycling, but am excited about learning more! There are so many opportunities that come from this sport, and so many skills to learn. I am confident that this is the beginning of a lifelong hobby for me.

willemHi, my name is Willem. I lived the majority of my life in the Netherlands, so cycling has been an important part of my life since the beginning. However, for me, cycling in the Netherlands was purely a form of transportation and not a workout. It wasn’t until a sabbatical to Boulder, CO, in 2012-2013 where cycling turned into a sport. In Boulder, I got a road bike for my birthday to share with my mother which I still use. Since I met Armin and joined the IHS Cycling Club, I have started to ride more often. It went from riding one time every few weeks to riding a few times every one week. Armin has also taught me and is still teaching me many new skills, including riding in a larger group and basic bike repairs. Today, riding is a way to keep myself fit physically and mentally. A day feels more complete even after just a little ride. The next step will be to try racing for the first time at Hollenbeck’s in a couple of weeks. I am excited even though it will be a new experience.

Joint Ride with STBC

Joint Skaneateles Lake Ride with STBC

Mark your calendars for Sunday, June 26, 10:30 AM, for our joint ride with the Southern Tier Bike Club rated C/3/40.  We’ll be going with their start point at the park in Scott, NY, at the southern end of Skaneateles Lake.  We’ll take lunch with STBC at the north end of the Lake.

Click for larger view

Click for larger view

Turns out STBC’s  start point is faster to get to than our usual one according to Google Maps.  Here are their directions:

From Rt 11 going north, to Rt 41 north, 9.2 miles from exit turn left on Glen Haven Rd.  Approximately 1 mile turn left and quick right to the town of Scott.  “Parking at the park 42°45’36.7″N 76°16’05.2″W

is highly adequate.”

 

IHS Club starts leading rides

We gladly invite you to join us for an IHS Cycling Club-sponsored ride next
Sunday, 3/20/16. We are looking forward to working together with the FLCC
and learning from the community. Hopefully this will be the beginning of an
amazing new partnership. Multiple excited members of the IHS Cycling Club
will attend, as well as Armin and maybe some parents. This is a one-time
trial event, but may lead to regular FLCC rides led by youth cyclists from
the IHS Cycling Club.

We will meet at the start of the Cayuga Waterfront Trail near the Ithaca
Youth Bureau at 1:00 PM. Our plan is to ride 36 miles with 1600 ft of
climbing at a moderate pace (12-14 mph). Our ride will bring us through
Lansing, so there will be mostly flat and rolling terrain. There will be
absolutely no drops. However, we might divide into an A and B group
depending on who shows up. Also, there is an optional stop at Lansing
Market for those who feel the need to rest and refuel.

There is no need to RSVP, but you are welcome to email if you are
interested, have any suggestions on how we might collaborate with regular
FLCC cyclists, or have any questions. This ride is open to anyone who would
like to go out on Sunday, even if you are not connected to the IHS Cycling
Club or the FLCC.

For those who are interested in the exact route, follow this link:
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/12618003

We hope you can make it!

-Willem, IHS Cycling Club

Greetings from the new president

Greetings from your new club president! I look forward to this challenge, and want to publicly thank Steve Powell for his four years of service as president. Steve has been an excellent communicator and has worked very hard to be inclusive, welcoming and positive. Thank you, Steve, for all you have done to recruit new members and promote the varied activities and initiatives under the FLCC umbrella. We are currently in really good shape, thanks to your leadership. I appreciate your willingness to continue as the VP for Overnight Touring, and for your guidance as I find my footing in this role.

In addition to all of the races, rides, tours and activities we are all familiar with, I am working on promoting some new initiatives to promote youth cycling and some weekend family rides. For the past three years I have coordinated the Ithaca High School Cycling Club, and these enthusiastic teenagers are eager to help me with these initiatives. In fact, a new position has been created, VP for Youth Cycling, and the co-VPs are Willem van Osselaer and Madeline Turner.

Many thanks to Margaret Johnson, Secretary, for taking careful notes at our Annual Meeting that will be shared out shortly, and to our guest speaker Fernando de Aragon, Executive Director of the Ithaca-Tompkins County Transportation Council, who told us about the bike map initiative and gave us a progress report on all of the bike/pedestrian trail projects.

Finally, thanks Michelle Cilia for taking on the role of VP for Women’s Rides and to Ruth Sherman for her willingness to be the VP for Cyclocross Racing. It was exciting to hear details at the meeting about how successful the weekly Women’s Rides are. Cynthia Schnedeker has done such a terrific job in this area and we look forward to your continued involvement.

Here is the current slate of officers:

  • President:  Armin Heurich
  • Treasurer:  Mary Bouchard
  • Secretary:  Margaret Johnson
  • VP for Saturday Rides:  Robert Ferguson(lead VP), Kyra Stephanoff(asst VP)
  • VP for Sunday Rides:  Bill Shang  
  • VP for Overnight Touring:  Steven Powell
  • VPs for Family Touring:  Sara Barker(co-VP), Armin Heurich(co-VP)
  • VP for Racing:  Dave Heck
  • VP for Cyclo-cross Racing:  Ruth Sherman
  • VP for Women’s Rides:  Michelle Cilia
  • VP for Publicity:  (unoccupied)
  • VP for Social Activities:  (unoccupied)  
  • VP for Community Outreach:  (unoccupied)
  • Coach:  Armin Heurich
  • Race Committee:  Bill Erickson, Don Fitterer,  Mark Rishniw, Glenn Swan, Sara Barker
  • Members-at-large:  Sara Barker, Mark Rishniw, Rob Ferguson, Andrejs Ozolins, Steven Powell,
  • Advocacy Committee:  Bill Shang (chair), Andrejs Ozolins, Wayne Gottlieb, John Dennis, Kyra Stephanoff, Steven Powell
  • Webmasters:  Andrejs Ozolins, Rebecca Younes
  • VP for Liaison to Cycle-CNY:  Don Fitterer
  • VP for Casual Rides:  Doug Dylla
  • VP for Youth Cycling:  Willem van Osselaer (co-VP) and Madeline Turner (co-VP)

A complete report from the Annual Meeting will be following shortly. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me with your ideas and concerns. I feel very fortunate to get to work with so many energetic and enthusiastic people.

Best,
Armin

Ithaca-Dryden Lake Rail Trail Meeting

Reposting of: Town of Dryden  Rail-Trail Steering Committee

  • When: Wednesday, March 16, 2016, 7:00 p.m.
  • Where: Department of Public Works, Town of Dryden, 61 E. Main St., Dryden (in the old Town Court Room)
Continuing from our meetings of last year, resulting in the Cornell Design Connect “Rail Trail Concept Plan—Spring 2015“, let’s work together to make real an unbroken off-road pedestrian / bicycling / skiing trail connecting from Ithaca through Varna, Etna, Freeville and Dryden…and to Dryden Lake and beyond, on the existing Jim Schug Trail.

Membership Renewal Time

Sign up for 2016: Membershp

The weather seems to have declared the cycling season open — temps in the 60s and 70s — so we’d better catch up by getting 2016 FLCC memberships squared away. In fact, try to do it before the annual meeting this Sunday; start the year as a card-carrying member in good standing.

The cost remains the same as last year — $12 for an individual, $15 for a family. (Members of another bike club can get an affiliate membership in the FLCC for only $10.) And, the procedure is also the same as last year: go to the “Memberships” page, select your membership type in the drop-down menu, and click the  “Pay Now” button. PayPal will take your credit card info and you’ll get a card in the mail in a few days. Let’s get this chore done as soon as possibble so we don’t have to waste any of the cycling season on it.

Annual Meeting, Sunday, March 13

FROM: Steven Powell, President

 

The FLCC annual meeting will be on Sunday, March 13, 5:30-8:15 pm, Rhodes Hall, 3rd floor, room 310, Cornell University, Ithaca. Free parking is available in the Hoy Rd parking garage (next to Schoellkopf Stadium) on Sundays.  This event is open to all interested persons.  (Thank you to Cornell University for providing the meeting room and the free parking).

Social Hour (with food): 5:30-6:30 pm. The club will supply pizza, drinks, plates, and utensils. If you would like to bring a salad, side dish, or dessert to share, that would be great, but it is not required.

Special Speaker: 6:30-7:00 pm. Fernando de Aragón is Executive Director of the Ithaca-Tompkins County Transportation Council and will make a presentation on Updating the Bicycle Map of Ithaca and Tompkins County.

Club Business Meeting: 7:00-8:15 pm.

RSVP appreciated (but not required) to:<info@flcycling.org<mailto:info@flcycling.org>> so we can order enough pizza.

Details are below… Continue reading →

Seeking Comments on TC Roads

FLCC’s Advocacy Committee and Bike-Walk Tomkins are meeting with the Tompkins County highway authorities — your input is needed.

Soft shoulder on repaved Farrell Road

Soft shoulder on repaved Farrell Road

This Tuesday, Feb 9th, at 10AM, Bike Walk Tompkins and us are scheduled to meet with Tompkins County Roads Department.  Because Tompkins County Roads Department chiefly determines the cycling environment for us, we need to give them specific input.  When you ride that crumbling shoulder or that dangerous merge, remember this is where and when we need to hear from you.

We are looking to you to give us a list of priority cycling routes where improvement is needed.  Please post your suggestions below or contact me off list.

Thank you,

William Shang, usafmd@gmail.com
FLCC Advocacy Chair