I have a confession, I enjoy organizing riding events because I can’t subsequently talk myself out of the event if I need to run it. In other words, it forces me to go on a bit of exercise without a handy excuse to back out at the last moment!
The following is my plan for the Edmonton Bicycle and Touring Club’s 2017 program. It is here really as a reminder for myself and to help with the 2017 planning process and will involve the following events:
- Cranky’s Early Season Bike Event & Beginner Ride
- Wheeleasy Wriders
- Pigeon Lake Inner Loop
- Ad hoc Rides
- Old Home Target the Tour *NEW
- Call a Newbie *NEW
- Trip Leader Mentoring *NEW
- Grading the Grading (evaluating a proposed cycling grading system). *NEW
- MS Ride Marshall *NEW
- Some Links Worth Mentioning (and Clicking)
1. Cranky’s Early Season Bike Event & Beginner Ride
Event Title: Righty-Tighty, Lefty-ARRRGGGHHHHHH!
How is your bike looking? Air long since left for a lower-pressure job? Chain feeling a bit rusty? Drive-train looks more like a Drive-Caboose?
If this describes your bike or if you are a ‘fix-a-phobic’ this 90 minutes is for you!
Andy Phelps from Crankys will cover the basic of bicycle repair. During this session you will learn such basics as:
– How to quickly check your bike and realize that you REALLY should not go riding today.
– Why even more oil is a bad thing for a chain and how much is a good compromise.
– What are all those screws and gadgets on your circlely thing by the back wheel and when to turn them (and why you should leave well enough alone)
If at this point you are a MS Ride Repair Recluse, you can still come out and contribute. We will pair the ‘terrified of all things mechanical’ with those who know the difference between a Robinson and a Philips screwdriver.
Send Frank an email at email@example.com (really a courtesy for the Crankys so they know how many donuts to buy).
If you do come out, be sure to also consider joining the “Where the H*** did I put my bike? – Early Ride” (see the calendar of events or the next EBTC email).
Event page on Bikeclub.ca:
April 1 Beginner Ride:
Crankys Website: http://crankys.ca/
Where the H*** did I put my bike? – Beginner Ride
I think I own a bike; ya, it is in the garage somewhere….
If you have a vague recollection that you once owned a bike and some fleeting memories that you even rode it last year, this ride is a way to shake out those cobwebs and start the 2017 season!
Or if you joined the bike club with things like the MS Bike Ride in your future, this is where you can meet EBTC’ers and start the journey to a saddle sores (I mean cycling joy!). Registration not required, just show up and we will go.
Details are below. Note that if you want to do a longer ride off of this trip (e.g. a loop to CFB Edmonton or a Villeneuve Ice Cream Run), reply all to this event and see if there is interest (and more importantly a trip leader to sign people up).
April 1: 0900-1030h – Crankys Bike Repair Refresher:
April 1 Beginner Ride:
2. Wheeleasy Wriders
This is a Thursday night program run from 6-7pm from April 27 to June 29 weather dependent. The program will generally and intermittently follow the content described in the blog, the Art of Riding Bikes.
Weekly Wheeleasy Wrides! Huh, what is a WWW? It is always three rides in one. A beginner ride for those just getting started; an intermediate ride by playing Beat Frank; and a fun learn-about-cycling experience. The details are as follows:
- Meet at the Victoria Park Oval at 6pm (note, watch bikeclub.ca, EBTC-FaceBook and EBTC-email for changes in venue)
- Depending on the wind direction we will do: Victoria Park & Environs
We will be Wheels Wrolling at about 6:05pm.
- The ride will be about an hour or twenty’ish KM in the river valley
3. Pigeon Lake Inner Loop
2076-06-17 – Pigeon Lake Ride – Pigeons, Putzs and Pleasures
10:00 – 17:00
The Pigeon Lake ride is a classic and there are two options! The first is the outer loop run by Anne-Marie and the alternative is the inner loop lead by Frank Potter. The following are the details.
Outer loop (Anne Marie)
About 60KM long on secondary highways and led by Anne-Marie Adachi firstname.lastname@example.org Pigeon Lake. Because of the remoteness and highway travel, this ride is rated as an intermediate ride; there is no cap for registration. A road bike is ideal for this route. Anne-Marie will provide a map and directions at the start of the ride.
Inner loop (Frank)
This is a GREAT RIDE that takes you along cottage roads, provincial parks, a nasty highway and a few surprises. We will be riding at a cruising pace which gives everyone a chance to chat, kibbutz and enjoy the promise of summer coming. A hybrid bike is ideal, a road bike is okay and a mountain bike for the more fit can be used. The route is ~60KM and about 40% is on hard packed gravel or trails. There are not a lot of services en route. We will stop in Ma-Me-O Beach but the shop there was closed last time. As a result, please plan to pack sufficient fluids, a snack, etc. for the route. By way of safety, please have a well maintained bike. If you have a break down you could be waiting hours in a remote rural area for a rescue or a taxi from Wetaskwin. There are few tricky corners so generally we ride as a group. Those who want to add about 10 km are encouraged to play ‘beat-Frank’ on two designated sections.
Email Frank at email@example.com for more details and to claim your spot; please note that registration is caped at 15 riders.
Meet Up Details for Both Rides
We will meet at Mulhurst at 10am and will be wheels rolling by 1015h. Mulhurst is on the east side of the lake an is accessible from Highway 2 and highway 616. If you need an address for your GPS, use 5402 Lake Drive, Mulhurst Bay AB T0C 2C0 or see the attached map. *** CAUTION *** This address is NOT Correct in Google Maps. We should return to Mulhurst between 2-4pm depending on the groups’ progress. The inner loop’s return time is highly UNPREDICTABLE, please plan accordingly.Please park on the side streets, etc. but our actual departure point is the Cedar Crest Inn Restaurant & Lounge, 5402 Lake Drive, Mulhurst Bay AB T0C 2C0. This is also were we will have a late lunch. The food is pretty-good (bar food) and the terrace over looks the lake. For more information, visit: www.cedarcrestinn.ca/home.htm. Please note that they are generally expecting us but if you want to reserve a table as you are riding, be sure to call them at: (780) 389-2272.
4. Ad hoc Rides
Weather dependent, these will follow routes noted either on the Wriders Wride Wlog or perhaps some new adventures.
5. Old Home Target the Tour
NEW for 2017 – I will organize about 3-6 Target the Tour events but with a twist. These will be in our old stomping grounds of Morinville and will follow the past Tour de l’Alberta routes. The rides will be graded according to difficulty and the 50KM distances will be semi-supported (e.g. have a sweep, leader, maybe even Beat Frank!).
Note these will be supplemental to the traditional target the tour rides run by the club.
6. Call a Newbie
NEW for 2017 – I will commit to making about ~20-40 phone calls over the season to new members. The calls will seek to accomplish the following:
- Welcome the member to the club and determine what are their personal goals and expectations for EBTC. Direct the member to one or more rides applicable to their level.
- Follow up with some members (typically at the beginner level) after their first’ish ride to see if the club is meeting their expectations.
- Provide feedback, perhaps anonymously, to the executive from the above. Use the above feedback to potentially change my program or influence EBTC’s programming
7. Trip Leader Mentoring
NEW for 2017 – Support new or perhaps unsure trip leaders in becoming more comfortable in their role. This can be potentially through the following:
- Attend the new trip leader training session.
- Run early and mid trip leader check in rides.
- Run one or two trip leader tune up and training rides.
8. Grading the Grading (evaluating a proposed cycling grading system)
NEW for 2017 – Evaluating a proposed cycling grading system and adapting it to EBTC as required.
9. MS Ride Marshall
New for 2017 – Not really a ride but something I want to keep track of. I plan to be a ride marshal but I also plan to ride dead last sweep. The reasons for taking on this role are as follows:
- The emergency folks never know the last rider, when they see me – they will know the end of the course.
- The end riders have a degree of comfort they are not been left behind.
- There are fewer tires to change…. maybe.
10. Some key links are as follows:
On this Site:
- EBTC Volunteer of the Year Ponderings.
- Paying Volunteers Well.
- Cycling on a Grade (parts I and II).
- Wriders Wride Wlog.
- Blog – the Art of Riding Bikes
- Westend Weekly Wriders Wrides
- Westend Weekly Wriders – Program PDF File