It’s the season to renew your FLCC membership. Take a minute and do it right away — use any credit card.
The current issue of Adventure Cyclist, the magazine of the Adventure Cycling Association (ACA), has a photo including our club president, Steve Powell, in its regular “Letter from the Director”column. The column lays out the whirlwind of activity throughout New York State regarding bike touring that included a very well-attended event at Cinemopolis in Ithaca on January 27. The ACA director, Jim Sayer, contributed to the Ithaca event and Steve was also involved with some of the other events in New York City and Saratoga. The upshot is that a lot is happening these days with regard to popularizing the use of bicycles, and touring is getting a huge boost in the process. And our club president is taking an active role in supporting and extending ACA activities. To follow these issues, visit the ACA website and consider becoming an ACA member (members get that magazine).
FLCC Annual Meeting — Sunday, March 29, 5:30-8:15 pm
A social hour (with food), followed by a special speaker, and then the club’s annual business meeting including officer elections. 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. RSVP appreciated to: <firstname.lastname@example.org> so we can order enough pizza.
Special Speaker — Jim Reed — Q&A on N.Y. Bike Law
(FYI, Amelia Habicht’s presentation has been postponed to a future date)
Jim Reed is with the Ziff Law Firm in Elmira and will make a presentation and then conduct a Q&A on N.Y. bike law. Jim will also describe his affiliation with BikeLaw.com which is a nationwide network of bike lawyers. BikeLaw.com just officially partnered with the League of American Bicyclists, and will be playing a much more significant role in the bike advocacy movement. It’s a real treat to have a bike law expert on hand and we all look forward to his presentation — bring your bike law questions with you.
The club has some great events and activities planned for 2015, starting with the Hollenbeck’s race in early May, and a slate of overnight bike tours also starting in May. This is in addition to our regular weekly rides starting when the weather breaks in the spring. Come to the annual meeting and renew your cycling friendships and come voice your opinion regarding any of the club’s activities and vote for the officers.
Speaking of officers, you may notice below that there are several unoccupied positions, so now is a great time for you to serve as an officer. Nominations can be made by email to <email@example.com> or at the meeting. Self-nominations are permitted. Note: it is perfectly fine to have multiple candidates for officer positions.
If you are not yet an FLCC member then you are encouraged to attend and meet some of the officers and club members that are passionate about cycling. And a reminder to all members that now is time to renew your membership for 2015. Your membership fee helps support local races, tours, group rides, youth events, charity sponsorships, the club website, club insurance, plus other cycling related activities. The renewal process is very easy and can be done online. Just go to:
Off-Season Bike Touring Get- Together/ Dinner/ Celebration
Tuesday, January 27 — 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 2015. Presentations of up to 10 slides are welcomed (please email your photos in advance, see below for email address).
**PLUS** A Special Presentation by Adventure Cycling Association’s Executive Director Jim Sayer:
Adventure Cycling Association is a nonprofit organization, with a mission to inspire and empower people to travel by bicycle. Established in 1973 as Bikecentennial, they are the premier bicycle-travel organization in North America with more than 47,000 members. They research and produce cycling maps for the Adventure Cycling Route Network, one of the largest cycling route networks in the world at 42,180 miles and growing. They are also the lead organization working to create an official U.S. cycling route network, the U.S. Bicycle Route System. Once complete, it will be the largest official cycling route network on the planet.
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! Continue reading →
It was a beautiful day for the longstanding FLCC tradition. The Gimme coffee, the CTB cookies, the sunshine & camaraderie couldn’t be better. This year the Stroock family dominated the brackets while Glenn won the grudge match.
There were racers from as far as Elmira and as close as the Cascadilla neighborhood this year. Thanks to all the participants for making it such a fun event. Thanks also to Andrejs, Steve & Glenn for advertising, organizing, set-up, clean-up and for keeping the Hill Climb part of Ithaca lore.