FLCC 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:
Learn the latest about bike travel and cycling advocacy in North America — including Adventure Cycling’s work on a new Bicycle Route 66, the brand new Idaho Hot Springs Mountain Bike Route, and the U.S. Bicycle Route System.

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 →

Cascadilla Hill Climb 2014

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.

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Owego to Lake Ontario loop

UPDATE: There are a few changes to the route — download new cue sheets.  Please let me know if you are joining me as I need to arrange for parking at the start.  Call me at 607-648-6081 with any questions.  –Dick Porterfield
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I will be doing a local bike tour the week of July 21 to 25 and would like to invite any and all to join me.  This tour will be minimally planned, we will not make reservations, there will be no sag or sweep riders, and each rider will be responsible for their own bail out should they need to discontinue the ride. We will work out contingencies on the fly as necessary.

The only thing set in stone is that we will plan on a meal and beverages on the deck at the Pleasant Beach Hotel as we watch the sun set over Little Sodus Bay.

Departure will be from Owego, and hopefully will camp at Fillmore Glen SP, Fair Haven SP, Verona Beach SP, again at Fillmore.
Meals will be up to the individuals,  The only group costs will be for the campsites, I would plan on $10 per day.
Daily mileage will range from 50 to a little over 70.  I will have suggested route sheets but everyone is encouraged to ride at your own pace and vary the route if desired.
Let me know if you are interested.
Dick Porterfield

FLCC’s 2014 Young People’s Tour successfully completed!

DSC06765 copyUnbelievably nice weather, a highly motivated bike touring group of 118 people including 58 kids ages 5 to 18, and a dedicated volunteer crew of 16 people all added up to a wonderful bicycling weekend along 30 miles of beautiful trail along PA’s Pine Creek.  Everyone should be really proud of cycling the 60 total miles of crushed-stone trail and for consuming vast quantities of granola bars, Gatorade, salad, mac & cheese, watermelon, and BBQ chicken!

Tour photos can be viewed at: http://tinyurl.com/2014photosYPT

We had a safe trip with just a few minor cuts, scrapes, and bruises, and relatively few mechanical issues, too, with only a handful of flats.  As the tour event organizer, it was really heartening to see people helping each other repair flats along the trail, and helping with the campground meals and cleanup seemingly spontaneously.  Truly a group cooperative spirit reined for the entire weekend.  Volunteers from all of the families on the tour pitched-in at key times and I thank each and every one of you very much.

Finally, I must single out our Master Chef Doug Dylla for coordinating all of the meals and preparing much of the food, and Ted Caldwell and Marne Einarson for handling the tour signups and registration process among several other responsibilities, and the 13 additional people who volunteered for one day (and in some cases both days) to staff the rest & lunch stops, drive support vehicles, bicycle “sweep”, and help prepare the food.  My heartfelt thanks goes out to all of you:

Judy Chamberlain, Neil Clifford, Paul Clifford, Rob Ferguson, Jim McKenna, Holly Monkman, Paul Monkman, Andrew Moore, Brendan O’Brien, Dick Porterfield, Jill Powell, and Anna Raphaelidis.

Have a great summer everyone!  I hope to see you on a club ride or tour soon.

–Steve
Steven Powell
2014 Young People’s Tour, organizer & FLCC President

Young People’s Tour — final

Only days before the start of our bike tour!  This message will provide some important updated information for FLCC’s Young People’s Bike Tour on June 21-22, 2014.
A great many things have been happening in the past few weeks, with several of us taking an advance trip to the Pine Creek Trail to confirm all of final arrangements and the trail conditions.  I’m happy to report that everything is a “GO” for our tour! This message summarises some of the details participants need to know.

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