March 2021 WheelPeople

Articles
 

Adventure Rides Launched at CRW

Steve Carlson

 

As many of you have heard by now, CRW is kicking off several new ride products.  As Rami Haddad, the CRW President, has explained in the past WheelPeople articles, we have a diverse club with different riding styles, strengths, and expectations for a variety of bicycle experiences. 

 

Adventure Riding is one of these products and is defined by the club as a ride that encompasses one or more overnight stays.  The rides will include interesting destinations, and likely involve routes and roads you have never done.   There is one goal…to have fun and create everlasting memories!

The Adventures will be defined and fully developed by a subset of our ride leaders and will fall into one of three categories:

      • One Way: e.g. bike ride-overnight-train/bus home
      • Loop: same beginning/end point w/overnight(s)
      • Hub and Spoke:  base camp with multiple day trips.

 

The results of our club survey suggest a very high level of interest for these types of rides and I certainly can understand why!

 

New England offers beautiful riding opportunities and here is a chance to do some great Adventure Rides without paying a third party.  We can offer these rides with our ride experts on a low budget, non-profit basis.   There will be no cost to register and you will have some comfort knowing that your club insurance still has you covered in the unlikely event of accident.

 

Our formal kick-off was a Zoom meeting with potential leaders on February 10th.  There was a high level of interest and an engaging conversation!   With a club goal of holding 4 to 5 trips this riding season, I am delighted to report we already have some really cool stuff planned.   BTW, planning is cool…COVID is not cool, so of course… all Adventures will abide by government travel and gathering limit recommendations.

 

So what are those preliminary plans you ask?

 

To whet your appetite, imagine participating in: Bostreal, ~300 mile ride from Boston to Montreal;  A road ride from Providence, RI to New York City, NY; A wonderful and challenging Tri-State Gravel Traverse (VT-NH-ME) with a Montreal Option; Bristol Bike Way Excursion along the Coast; or A Northern Seaboard Ride including Kittery and Kennebunk; or maybe a rustic overnight bike packing excusion in beautiful Vermont

 

These rides are for absolutely everyone in the club.  Some are social and challenging, others are social and a bit less challenging.  But all have the same common theme, to have fun doing what you love and doing it with people who love what you are doing!

 

All rides will be posted on our ride calendar.  Initially we will post them as preliminary to help you plan your summer.  As the time draws closer, we will open up member registration.  If you want to go, I would advise you not to delay in registration.  These will be small events to capture the camaraderie of ten to twelve people and I suspect the slots will fill up fast.

 

Prior to registration, members will have a good idea of the route, the expected mileage and pace, as well as, the cost of the trip (primarily for lodging and food).

 

If you are interested in leading an event, I encourage you to please call me or email me as soon as you are able…my cell is 781.290.7818 or email me at scarw01 [at] gmail.com.

 

Looking forward to springtime and doing a few of these with you!

 

 

The Appeal of Charity Rides

Tim Wilson

 

Tim Wison is fundraising manager for Tour de Cure, a series of fundraising cycling events held nationwide to benefit the American Diabetes Association. Tim is a CRW member and lives in Wilmington.

Most New England cyclists go through winter longing to get outside on their bikes with friends. This year, that longing is amplified by a pandemic that short-circuited the 2020 season and made for many more solo treks and small group rides.

Perhaps no one is feeling the absence of a normal year of riding more than longtime charity ride participants. In 2020, they were relegated to “virtual” events that left most wanting, despite the best efforts of ride organizers.

For those committed to fundraising events by a deep connection to a cause, the pandemic and virtual formats made no difference. Barry Nelson has taken part in the Pan Mass Challenge 25 times, mostly on a tandem, raising funds to benefit the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Motivated by the loss of family and friends to cancer, Barry said on his PMC web page, “I will try to raise as much money as I usually do since cancer does not stop for the pandemic.” He meant what he said. As a member of Team Alta, Barry raised more than $30,000 on the 2020 PMC. Barry is shown with Team Alta. He is on the left with his wife, Linda, next to him.

A deep desire to support a cause they care about is no doubt the driving force for most cyclists who participate in fundraisers. These rides exist because they succeed in generating funds for nonprofits. The Wonder Research Service tried but could not come up with a definitive count of these events worldwide or a total for what they raise. The organization did find that in 2016 charity cycling events raised between $19,000 and $46 million each.

On its website, Bike New England lists 120 charity rides in the region. If you can imagine a cause that needs to raise funds, you’ll likely find a ride to support it. Among the causes on Bike New England’s list of events are:  Adaptive sports programs, Affordable housing, AIDS, ALS, Alzheimer’s, at-risk children, autism, brain injury, burn victims, cancer, conservation, cycling advocacy, cystic fibrosis, diabetes, developmental disabilities, epilepsy, homeless shelters, hunger, mental health, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, Parkinson’s, veterans, rare diseases and youth programs.

The events are just as varied as the causes. Fundraising requirements range from $25 to $5,000-plus. Distances go from 10 miles in a day, to 200 in a weekend and more than 500 miles in a week. You’ll see every type of bike imaginable from rusty clunkers salvaged from the back of a garage to triathlon bikes, recumbents, trikes, unicycles and that $10,000-plus Pinarello you’ve lusted over.

Supporting a worthy cause is the universal response from charity riders when asked why they do it. Many ride in these events to, as Barry says, “keep alive the memory” of a lost loved one.

Marc Baskin, a pediatric emergency physician at Boston Children’s Hospital, rides in the American Diabetes Association’s Tour de Cure. He sees firsthand the challenges faced by children with diabetes. The ride gives him “satisfaction with fundraising to help kids with diabetes.” Marc rides proudly wearing his CRW jersey.

But even among those most devoted to a nonprofit mission, there is more that motivates them to go back year after year. No one does it because they like asking people for money. The attraction beyond the cause is something almost intangible.

Butch Pemstein has done rides for multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s and a camp for kids with a wide range of disabilities. But the event that has him hooked is the Pan Mass Challenge. Butch cites a Bicycling magazine story from a year or so ago that contends the PMC has a special “vibe.”

“It is addictive,” Butch said. “Each January for the past few years I’ve been unable to prevent myself from signing up.”

Jim Lannone has participated in more than 35 charity rides for various causes and organizations. Most regularly Jim has ridden in the New England Classic, a 7-day, 550-mile event in support of the American Diabetes Association as part of its Tour de Cure series. Jim has seen a similar “vibe” in charity events and is certain of its source – the people.

“Without a doubt, it is the people,” he said. “Charity rides are not races. They are fundraisers that attract all levels of cyclists and volunteers who have one thing in common: they are nice, caring, wonderful people.”

Longtime PMC rider Alan Cantor concurs.

“There is a camaraderie that goes beyond the bike, the road, the fundraising, etc.,” Alan said. “I am connected with many people I never would have met, and all add value to my life.” Alan is shown training for the 2020 PMC

The bonds forged by people on charity rides come with a strong sense of belonging and being part of something important. “It’s kind of a fraternity,” Butch said. “We know one another when we see PMC gear on the streets.”

Charity ride veterans say riders aren’t the only people who make an event a great experience. The volunteers and the support they provide is critical.

“The volunteers can make or break your ride experience,” Nancy Marchand commented. She has done rides for AIDS, Parkinson’s, the Ride for Angels, and the Tour de Cure. Nancy observes that the best volunteers are the ones you can tell “are there because they truly want to be.” They are the kind of people who are helpful and friendly even when it rains. Nancy with Team Spinsulin

The connections that develop between participants on charity rides extend beyond the events themselves, though often that’s where they began.

Bonnie Adams was new to cycling when a neighbor invited her to join her on the North Shore Tour de Cure about 20 years ago. She had never ridden more than 10 miles but jumped into riding the 35-mile route. Flash forward and after learning her dad had diabetes, she found herself signing up with another friend for the two-day, 150-mile option on the New England Classic.

“I didn’t have a lot of friends who biked,” explained Bonnie, who explored the event’s Facebook group for a better idea of who she was getting into this adventure with. “It was a way for me to meet friends.”

Bonnie has returned to the NEC for years and also has done rides for multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s.

While group rides with clubs or shops also offer a social aspect and a chance to meet new people, those riding to raise funds say charity rides are different. “I do several group rides with cyclists I’ve also done charity rides with” Jim said. “Although there is a positive environment on the group rides, the charity rides are at a whole different level.”

Perhaps it is the “addictive” nature of these rides noted by Butch that makes them different. Butch Pemstein in photo on the left.

“The idea of a charity ride, training, the camaraderie, the joy of joining with a number of other folks with the same two goals -- fun riding and the importance of the goal – was intoxicating,” Butch explains.

 

Jim shares the notion that these rides provide a fix of good feelings in the form of an “endorphin high” that comes from the exercise and the joy of building personal relationships in the process of supporting a cause. “It is a way to use my love of cycling to benefit others,” he said. Jim is riding at Harold Parker State Park.

Along with the reward of being part of group with a shared goal, riding in charity events provides some personal satisfaction.

“Oh, my goodness,” Butch exclaimed. “The self-satisfaction of doing the long ride, of joining with lots of other folks, of recognizing other riders from years past, of raising more this year than last; it’s all a dream world!”

Alan stresses that what he gets from participating in a charity ride far outweighs the effort required for fundraising, training and riding. “The value is that I am in the best shape of my life both physically and mentally,” he said.

Bonnie appreciates having an opportunity to “give back while doing something I love” in support of any charity. Thanks to her participation in charity rides, Bonnie has made new friends and seen new places. She now has an itch to travel – by bike of course – while continuing to give back. Bonnie is looking at the cross-country Bike the US for MS ride for a future adventure. Bonnie on NEC Day 2 in Kennebunk

A coast-to-coast ride couples fundraising with the kind of challenge many look for in a charity ride. Marc sought a challenge with long days of riding “to justify leaving my wife for a week.” The 550-mile New England Classic fit the bill for Marc.

Pairing such a challenge with a fundraising appeal comes along with a special type of accountability. NEC riders frequently refer to the pledge they made when asking for donations as the reason they keep pedaling on the toughest of days.

One of those NEC riders, Jim is quick to point out that whether riding a tour with 50 riders or 5,000, 30 miles or 300, the ride is what you make it.

“If you want to push yourself, since it is a supported event, you can do so,” he said. “If you want to ride with someone you just met and make a new friend, you can do so.  If you want to take your time and sightsee along the way, you can do so.”

Are you ready to take the plunge and try a charity ride in the future?

If so, these veterans have advice to offer.

First, don’t sweat the fundraising. Alan says you’ll find it easier than you expect.

“The biggest fundraising suggestion I have is to ask everybody” he said. “People want to be generous and will respond.”

Worried that you’ll look and feel like an outsider on these rides that can sometimes appear cult-like? Relax.

“There is no need to worry and be anxious,” Jim assures. “Cyclists come in all shapes, sizes and abilities.  You can come alone or with a friend. Even with a friend you’ll soon meet new ones who ride at the same pace.  IT IS NOT A RACE!”

Nancy suggests that if a cause means a lot to you, don’t get in your own way. “Don’t overthink. Jump right in.”

Yes, there will be time and training involved. But the first step is making the commitment to yourself.

"Pencil it in on your schedule” Marc advises, “and the free time will appear.” 

We thank the charity riders who contributed to this article. Barry and Linda Nelson are long-time CRW volunteers. Butch Pemstein is CRW VP Legal Affairs. Nancy Marchand, Alan Canton and Marc Baskin have all led rides for the club. Bonnie Adams lives in  Maynard. Jim Lannone lives in Bedford,NH

 

CRW Forums

Allison Averill

 

Connect with the Club Online

Last year we introduced new ways for members to engage with the club virtually on Strava, Facebook, Instagram, Google Group and Slack. We’re pleased to see many members using these forums to share ride photos, swap gear advice, and plan rides. We encourage all members to join and connect with your fellow riders. Whether you’re looking to meet up with others for virtual and in-person rides, or be the first to hear about new club programs like the Devo group, the forums are the best way to stay current with club happenings.

 

 

 

 

 

Facebook Group Club members are using the club Facebook Group to post photos from their cycling adventures, encourage each other through the winter riding challenge, ask cycling-related questions, and share knowledge. We’ve been delighted to see this respectful, supportive, and fun community grow since launching the Facebook Group last April. Join the Facebook Group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/crwheelers

 

 

 

 

 

Slack Forum Slack is a messaging app that allows members to join discussion groups for specific topics or to message other members directly. Members have been coordinating Zwift meetups in the #ride-virtual channel, planning new challenges in the #devo channel, and sharing knowledge in the #gear channel. There’s also a #women channel where CRW women can connect and plan rides. To join the club on Slack, request an invitation by emailing devogroup [at] crw.org

 

Strava Over 1,300 cyclists have joined the Charles River Wheelers club on Strava. If you’re already using Strava, join the club to learn about upcoming rides and see who is attending. If you’re not familiar with Strava, it’s a great tool for tracking and sharing your rides. You can join for free online or download the app. Find the club on Strava here: https://www.strava.com/clubs/charles-river-wheelers

 

 

 

 

 

 

Instagram is the club’s newest social media channel. Tag @crwheelers and use the hashtag #crwheelers when you share posts and stories of your cycling adventures. 
Follow us on Instagram @crwheelers: https://www.instagram.com/crwheelers

 

 

 

 

CRW Google Group is not a new forum, but remains active and available to members. You can choose the frequency of messages: all, combined in daily digest, or none, to read them only on the web. To subscribe send an email to charlesriverwheelers+subscribe [at] googlegroups.com.

Full details about guidelines, access, & promotions are available in a separate document.

 

 We’re encouraged by the participation so far and hope to see these forums continue to grow!

 

Allison Averill is a new volunteer helping with club communiations.

 

 

 

CRW Community Survey

Rami Haddad

 

 

The CRW community survey results are analyzed here. Summary of findings:

  • There was a significant decrease in net promoter score (a measure of member satisfaction) from last year, especially with the younger members. Major comments were related to location of rides, perception of club values, & COVID.
  • Slight increase in both young & female members since last year.
  • Consider rides leaving from Boston, Newton, & Alewife.
  • No planned changes to communication channels we have. Rather, focus on improving awareness, content, member stories.
  • We will test six specialty programs this year to support diverse membership: Diversity, Hubs, Women, Devo, Adventures,and Gravel.

 

Survey analysis http://crwheelers.sharepoint.com/:w:/g/Edbq5Mc9-R5HmD1eC6hbfooBcqrBvY3TUljCQiNGV_aEzA

 

 

Full survey data https://crwheelers.sharepoint.com/:x:/g/EbG1OONKR39Cv84eWwKQY-cBBf_UwKmWPJxVb4Iszo4ubA

 

 

GPS Navigation on Club Rides - A Guide for New Members

Eli Post

We want new members to feel welcome, and especially familiar with GPS navigation, so they are prepared for the club’s group rides. Our arrangement with RideWithGPS (RWGPS), a leader in GPS navigation, provides you with seamless navigation on club rides. This service is included in your membership, at no additional charge to you. However you may incur some costs equipping your bike to accommodate your phone, and facilitate the use of other accessories. Read on and learn the steps required to navigate on your bike in the 21st century.  

  • First, you should get the Ride With GPS app on your phone. It’s available on the iPhone and Google Play.
  • Then you should join the CRW RWGPS Club to get free premium account features on CRW routes. Information on how to join is here https://www.crw.org/content/ride-gps-crw-club-account
  • You will need a mount for your cell phone, which is discussed here https://www.crw.org/content/mounts-cell-phones?sa The "advanced model" has an easy on/off although the case has to changed if you get a different size phone. The cheaper “basic model” works fine but is a more clumsy on/off.
  • The navigation app is a big drain on your phone battery and you will likely need a power backup unit. All phones differ in this regard but my experience is the battery lasts for about 3 hours with the screen on. Charging information is discussed here https://www.crw.org/content/battery-life-while-navigating?sa  
  • Finally you will need a top tube bag to hold the charging unit. One of our members just got one from Amazon and is happy with it. There are a great many top tube bags available, but for a secure fit get one with two straps which connect to the top tube.

The cost of all this is about $80 -$100, and the list of "what to do" may appear daunting but taken one at a time is not a big deal. However, in the end you will be rewarded when you start using your cell phone for navigation.

 

 

Setting Goals as You Grow Older

This article is by the highly regarded Coach John Hughes, who has written extensively about bicycle training including nutrition, conditioning, slowing the aging process and otherwise keeping fit. Among his personal accomplishments in endurance racing, John set the course records for the Furnace Creek 508 in 1989 and Boston-Montreal-Boston in 1992. He has been a USA Cycling certified coach since ’96, and has lectured on endurance at numerous events. John has coached CRW members and has earned high praise for increasing their fitness in preparing for ultra-endurance cycling events and facilitating recovery after major surgery. 

 

My longtime friend John Lee Ellis, age 67, completed his sixth Paris-Brest-Paris (PBP) this summer.  PBP is a 750-mile (1200 km) continuous ride from the outskirts of Paris to Brest and back, which must be completed in 90 hours or less.  The 90 hours includes all stops for rest stops, meals, sleep, mechanicals, etc. Ellis finished in 83 hours 9 minutes. So far he has ridden 22 1200Ks.

 

In my eBook Anti-Aging Ellis writes, “With the passage of years, other things happen to which you may have to adapt. ‘Graceful degradation’ may not be the most correct phrase. But it’s a way of thinking: You can find new goals in the spirit of what you’ve done a decade or two ago.

 

Goal Setting

You can control your general preparation, training, equipment, etc., but you can’t control the outcomes of rides, which depend on factors outside your control such as the weather. Your objectives should reflect this. They should be S.M.A.R.T.

  1. Specific
  2. Measurable
  3. Attainable
  4. Realistic
  5. Time-oriented

The objectives should be phrased in positive terms. For example, “lose two lbs (one kg) every month,” rather than “stop being so fat.” Focusing on a positive future rather than a negative current self-image improves your motivation.

For example, a rider’s objectives for October through December might be to average four hours a week of cycling, 90 minutes a week doing upper body, lower body and core strength exercises and stretching, and cutting calories by 500 / day. The objectives are:

  1. Specific – exactly which activities
  2. Measurable – defined amounts of time, calories
  3. Attainable – based on the rider’s training history and current fitness
  4. Realistic – given the rider’s work and family life, averaging a total of 5:30 hours a week is realistic
  5. Time-oriented – October through December

As you age the goal ride may change but it’s still specific and measurable, e.g., instead of riding the Fall Harvest Century you may decide to ride the Fall Harvest 100K.

 

Athletic Maturity

Fortunately chronological age isn’t the primary determinant of what you can do as the calendar years roll by.  Your “Athletic Maturity” is more important.  Athletic Maturity is a way of gauging how well you measure up to the health maintenance objectives of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) According to the ACSM, the benefits of regular exercise include “improved cardiovascular endurance, muscular endurance, flexibility and balance. These are important factors in functional ability. In addition, participation in regular exercise can also positively affect pain control, self-confidence and sleep patterns.” Moreover, appropriate regular exercise will help maintain healthy weight and strong bones. Note that the different benefits come from different types of activities, i.e., not just cycling.

The greater your athletic maturity the more you can do now and in the future. You can evaluate yourself on the Athletic Maturity Quiz.

 

Flexibility With Goals

My long-time friend and client Elizabeth Wicks turned 75 this year.  Back in January we agreed on two SMART goals for her:

  1. In July complete an arduous ride from Albuquerque, NM to Kalispell, MT through the Rocky Mountains, 19 riding days 1,760 miles 80,000′ of climbing.
  2. In 2019 75 rides of 75 miles or more.

She was riding well until May when she developed crotch problems. She wrote me, “I rode with the debilitating pain starting on May 22, including some long rides, until I couldn’t stand it any longer, June 10. “  She was off the bike until July 22, and missed the Rocky Mountains tour. Last week she rode her 32nd 75-mile ride. To reach her goal of 75 rides of 75 miles she would have to average about two rides a week of 75 miles by the end of the year. Wicks wrote, “I’ve been having so much fun riding these days!!  I won’t make my goal of doing 75 75-milers, but just may do 7500 miles for the year. I have to do just under 200 miles a week till the end of the year.”

Wicks’ two goals were SMART and she didn’t reach them because of a factor outside her control. I’ve known her for 16 years and she would have reached her goals except for the injury. She was smart and changed her goal.

I’m coaching Wicks again this year and will write future columns about her.

 

Adapt When Necessary

I had breakfast last week with my friend Don.  Don and I went through rock climbing school together and then taught climbing. Don was very fit and loved rock climbing, hiking, ice climbing and snowshoeing.  He has two new knees and can’t do those activities any more. At breakfast he said, “I bought a bike but I cheated – it’s an ebike.” 

I told him that he didn’t cheat – he adapted. In my 40s I had double chain rings with a racing cassette. In my 50s I put on a long-arm derailleur and an MTB cassette.  In my 60s I put on triple chain rings. At some point I’ll get an ebike. And when I move to the retirement home I’ll get a trike with a basket so I can ride to the grocery store. 

 

More Information

Use my column on the Athletic Maturity Quiz to gauge your athletic maturity on nine factors.

My column Improving Your Athletic Maturity describes five ways that you can improve your athletic maturity starting this fall.

My eBook Anti-Aging: 12 Ways You Can Slow the Aging Process incorporates the latest research and most of it is new material not published in my previous eArticles on cycling past 50, 60 and beyond. t includes columns by Ellis, Wicks, Jim Langley, Fred Matheny, Gabe Mirkin and seven other older riders.

The photos were provided by Tom Allen, Jack Donohue and Eli Post respectively.

 

 

Safety Corner for March 2021

John Allen

This month’s Safety Corner is the second in a series of three articles aimed at sharpening riding skills as warmer weather opens up. CRW has arranged to make available a series of three recorded Webinars about cycling technique and group riding, hosted by California avid road rider and CyclingSavvy instructor Gary Cziko.

 

And also, Gary and I will host a live follow-up Webinar on Wednesday, March 31.  Information follows.

 

The first Webinar relates mostly to solo road riding. It is publicly available indefinitely at https://youtu.be/lOu3Zx6570E..

Or you may watch right here on this page.

 

 

The second and third Webinars are specifically about group riding and are by special arrangement with CRW.

 

  • The CyclingSavvy Group Riding Webinar is on Vimeo at https://vimeo.com/492551371 and will be available to CRW members from March 1 to March 31 using password,  crw202103

 

  • The CyclingSavvy Group Riding Discussion Webinar is on Vimeo at https://vimeo.com/500327311 and will be available to CRW members from March 1 to March 31 using the same password,  crw202103

 

These videos are indexed by topic in the description window of the YouTube and Vimeo players. The third one is a question-answer session, so no indexing.

 

 

 

The Zoom meeting will be at 7:30 PM March 31. It is scheduled to run for an hour but it could run longer.

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March Film Festival

Alex Post

 

There's nothing better than getting out for a ride, but on a rest day a video can almost take us there. Enjoy our monthly virtual film fest.


The Slabs
Danny MacAskill describes taking inspiration for his cycling from, naturally, rock climbers. When you can't find roads steep enough, the beautiful mountains and cliffs of northern Scotland is the perfect place for him to test his gravitational limits. 6 Mins..
 
Snow Biking
 

 

 

 

If you enjoy tthe Slabs video you may be interested in how it was made. Click HERE

 

Alex Post is a CRW member who lives in Virginia, but regularly visits MA to bike with his dad. He has also led rides for CRW.

 

 

Planning Club Routes

Ken Hablow

Ken Hablow is a stalwart of the club, and has held more volunteer positions then we can list, but is perhaps best known for creating and running the Climb to the Clouds Century for close to three decades. Ken has a reputation for exciting, well planned rides, and many stay active even after several years running. We asked Ken to share his thoughts about planning club routes.

There are three routes I take special pride in:

  • Original Climb to the Clouds (27 years),
  • The Souhegan River Ride Fall Century to Wilton NH (20 years),
  • Berlin-Bolton Tour CRW Sunday ride (15 years).

 

What do these rides have in common? 

Longevity.
All created before e-navigation.
Quiet scenic roads.
Flowing routes.
Minimum traffic on main roads.
Sustained rider appreciation.

 

 

Climb to the Clouds is not only CRW’s premier century, but has become a New England classic. It draws riders from all 6 NE states, NYC, NY State, and even PA. One rider from out of town once said, “This ride is so interesting, it changes character every 10 miles.” Being close to the ride, I never had thought of it that way. 

 

The three Souhegan River Ride routes were so pleasant to ride, most people never realized there wasn’t a single traffic light on either the 100, 62 or the 50 mile routes. In fact, many CRW regulars liked this century better than Climb to the Clouds. 

 

Back in the day, the Bolton-Berlin Tour, an annual CRW Sunday ride, would consistently draw 125 riders. 

 

None of these three club rides, nor any of my routes, were created using a map. They were all sourced using the Biblical method – “Seek and Ye Shall Find”. The best routes are the ones you search out and enjoy enough to ride over and over, while always looking for ways to tweak and improve them. At some point, after countless changes, you say to yourself, “This would make a great CRW ride.” 

 

The three routes mentioned above each took several months to perfect, riding them over and over, while constantly making changes, many times on the fly. It takes a certain persistence to perfect a ride. I would often have other people ride the routes to get their opinion, thinking they may see something I overlooked. 

 

There is a difference between rides I do by myself, or with a small group, and those I plan for larger groups. By myself, I can search and explore. When I plan a ride for a group it has to be more refined. I am always aware of the impact of the size of the group on the roads, and on other riders. Longer stretches are safer than taking a group through a labyrinth of roads in a sub-division. Paved roads are much safer than bike trails or even foot paths. I may do some of these when meandering on my own, but never for a large group. The safety of a large group of riders on the road is always top of my mind. 

 

Since Covid, most of us have been doing solo rides, or riding in small groups. This has given me more opportunity to explore, like we did in the days before e-navigation. Keep in mind, there are no new roads, just different ways to connect them. That’s why exploring is so much fun. The difference is, today I can use Ride With GPS (RwGPS) to track my rides even if I am not following a prescribed route. When I truly enjoy a ride I have just “explored,” I will trace the ride on RwGPS, which produces a route, which I can load on my phone and follow again and again. I will look at this new route in RwGPS and generally tweak it and make changes. I have new routes I created in the past year that have 3-4 variations.  

 

We all enjoy riding. Some of us like planning new routes. I like “creating” new routes and see people happy and satisfied with my many hours of a Labor of Love. 

 

NOTES:

In 1991 I spent several months riding and improving Climb to the Clouds. I searched for, and found, many back roads that kept riders off heavily trafficked roads, all to make the ride more enjoyable. After all that work, the only changes that were made in 25 years were for construction. 

 

On a Sunday of Memorial Day weekend many years ago, I met a friend in Concord at 8:00. Our goal was to be home by 4:00. We decided to “get lost” and at noon we would head home. We found ourselves in Wilton NH. On our return we knew this would make a great CRW fall century ride. We scheduled it, then spent the entire summer riding the route, making changes, then devising both a 62 and 50 shortened from the original 100. Over 20 years there were only a few necessary changes that had to be made. 

 

A few years ago, a friend planned a weekend ride for CRW. I looked at the route on RwGPS and saw he used a road that shows on the map but does not exist. The road is a connector paved on both ends but barely a foot path between the 2 ends. That would have been a mess had 50 or so riders tried to navigate the path. Luckily, I knew an easy work-around, so we changed the route before the day of the ride. 

 

In 2005, Connie Farb and Mark Sevier wanted to lead a ride in the fall and asked for my help in designing the route. On the day of the ride, Connie asked me to stay near the front of the group while she gave the pre-ride talk, should anyone have any questions about the route. First, she thanked me for laying out the route for them. The fellow next to me turned to his friend and said, “S#^*, that means the ride is hilly.”

 

References:

Original CTTC - https://ridewithgps.com/routes/1316013

Berlin Bolton - https://ridewithgps.com/routes/11485330

Old Fall Metric - https://ridewithgps.com/routes/6062514

 

 

 

The Athlete's Kitchen - Teaming Up with Good Nutrition

Copyright: Nancy Clark MS RD CSSD March 2021

The Athlete’s Kitchen
 

Teaming Up with Good Nutrition

     As a solo cyclist, you know the benefits that come from fueling your body wisely. When cyclists gather socially, however, they can easily be swayed to participate in group meals that may focus less on nutrition and more on fun foods. (Nachos and wings, anyone?) Coaches may find it hard to convince all of their cyclists to fuel responsibly. Yet the cyclist that fuels wisely will have an edge over those that eat a sub-optimal sports diet.


   Cycling teams and their coaches—as well as individual cyclists—want to seriously acknowledge that smart food choices can help them get to the next level. Nutrition is invaluable for optimizing performance as well as health throughout a long season. When all cyclists pay attention to what, how much, and when they consume foods and fluids, their chances for enjoying a winning season get stronger.

Preparing for Race Day
The day before a race or endurance ride, cyclists who will be riding hard should:
• train only lightly; this allow muscles time to refuel.
• hydrate well; the goal being copious light-colored urine.
• choose carbohydrate-based meals and snacks.
For a 150-pound cyclist who has been training hard, the goal is to eat about 1,800 to 2,100 calories from grains, fruits, veggies, sugars, and starchy foods to replenish the muscle and liver glycogen stores that got depleted during training rides. That’s no Paleo or Keto diet!


     More precisely, the target is 3 to 3.5 grams of carbohydrate per pound of body weight (6-8 g/kg). For a 150-pound serious cyclist, this means about 450 to 525 grams carb the day before the game to refuel—plus for two to three more days afterwards. Divided into three meals plus two snacks, we’re talking oatmeal + bagel for breakfast, sub sandwich + fruit for lunch, a pile of pasta with dinner, plus some pretzels and dried fruit for snacks.


     Every meal should be carb-based. Cyclists who fill-up on excessive protein at meals, plus choose protein bars and shakes for snacks, commonly eat only half this recommended carb intake. While protein helps build and repair muscles, it does not fuel muscles. We know that players on teams who start a game with low muscle glycogen tend to run less distance and be slower than carb-loaded players. This is particularly noticeable in the second half of the game. As a cyclist, you don’t want the same drop in performance 

Fueling on the day of a long, hard ride 
A pre-ride meal, eaten 3 to 4 hours before start-time will optimize liver glycogen stores that can drop by 50% overnight. Anxious cyclists who sleep poorly could burn even more. A pre-ride meal helps fuel high intensity sprints; it delays fatigue so that you can perform better. An adequate pre-ride meal is particularly important for late-morning or afternoon start times.


     For a 150-lb cyclist, “adequate” means 300 to 450 calories from grains, fruit or other source of carb that settles well and digests easily. This could be a bagel and a banana; oatmeal with raisins and maple syrup, or two packets of Nature Valley granola bars. More precisely, target ~0.5 to 1.5 g carb/lb. body weight (1-3 g/kg).
• Cyclists want to tank-up with water, sport drink, coffee or a familiar fluid in the 2 to 4 hours pre-ride. This allows time for them to void the excess fluid and drink again.

 

During endurance events

The overall nutrition goals during long rides / centuries are to:
1) drink ample fluid to prevent dehydration (but not over-hydrate), and

2) consume ample carbohydrate to prevent blood glucose from dropping. The brain uses carbs to think clearly and focus on the task at hand.

   Every 30 to 45 minutes, cyclists want to consume about 100-250 calories from carbohydrate (~30 to 60 g carb) to help keep you feeling “sharp.” Sport drinks and gels can be handy sources of carbohydrate at this time. Most gels offer 25 grams carb. Cyclists who poorly tolerate gels can get the same benefit from natural foods (banana, raisins, honey). Real food works just fine and is often tastier.
• For cyclists who cannot tolerate any food or fluid in their anxious stomach, swishing and spitting a sport drink can potentially enhance performance. No need to spit it out if you can tolerate it!
• Sweat rates vary from 500 to 2,500 ml/hour. The goal is to prevent a drop of more than 2-3% in pre-run body weight (and also to avoid over-hydrating). That means a 150-pound cyclist should lose less than 3 to 4.5 pounds per ride. Weigh yourself (without clothing) before and after a ride to see how close you come to replacing what you lose.

   

 

Post-ride Recovery

Cyclists need less time to fully recover if they do a good job of fueling and hydrating before and during the ride. This is particularly important with a weekend of back-to-back rides.
• To rapidly replenish depleted glycogen stores (if you will be riding hard again the next day), a 150-pound cyclist wants to consume about 300 calories of carbohydrate per hour for the four next hours (more precisely, 0.5 g carb/lb. body weight (1 g/kg).) This can be accomplished with carb-based drinks and snacks at the end of the ride, followed by a post-ride meal near the event site, and snacks while traveling. Plan ahead!
• Cyclists with a poor post-ride appetite may initially prefer commercial sport foods, but natural foods (chocolate milk, vanilla yogurt) offer more electrolytes along with carbs, protein and fluid. Tart cherry juice might help reduce muscle soreness.

 

• The recovery goal is to maintain a carb-rich diet (3-3.5 g carb/lb.; 6-8 g/kg) in the 24-hours post-ride, and again for the next 2-3 days. As a cyclist who does hard training, you are either fueling up or refueling! Every meal and snack has a purpose.
• To repair muscles, cyclists want to target 20 to 25 grams of high quality protein (milk, soy, eggs, meats) at 3 to 4 hour intervals. Cottage cheese before sleep might enhance overnight muscle repair.
• When adult cyclists want to celebrate with alcohol after an event, take note: More than two drinks (2 beers, 10 oz. wine, 3 oz. alcohol) can impair glycogen replacement, muscle repair, and rehydration—to say nothing of hurt the next day’s performance. When recovery is a priority, cyclists should avoid alcohol. Good thing the thrill of a satisfying ride comes with a natural high!

 

Sports Nutritionist Nancy Clark, MS, RD counsels both casual and competitive athletes in the Boston-area (Newton; 617-795-1875). Her Sports Nutrition Guidebook can help you eat wisely yet simply and win with good nutrition.

 

For more information, visit www.NancyClarkRD.comFor personalized nutrition help, consult with a registered dietitian (RD) who is a board certified specialist in sports dietetics (CSSD). Use the referral network at www.SCANdpg.org to find your local food coach. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Charles River Crocodiles

WheelPeople Editors

 A ride report is part of the Wednesday Wheeler tradition, and this one is being published here to alert you to a life threatening danger along the Charles River at low tide. Please let us know if you see any fresh crocodile sightings.

 

This year has been a particularly devastating for bicyclists riding in the low-lying areas of the Charles River during high tide.  As of mid-August there were 131 attacks against bicyclists and 129 individuals and their bicycles were lost to the Charles River crocodiles.  As you may know, the larger crocodiles are capable of surprising bursts of speeds, briefly reaching up to 7.5 to 8.5 MPH. Obviously, the unfortunate bicyclists were not Wednesday Wheelers.  If they had ridden with us on a consistent basis, they would have been able to “drop” the crocs.

 

One interesting fact that stands out in police reports is that all 129 ill-fated bicyclists were riding bicycles with carbon fiber frames; none had steel frames.  The Charles River crocodiles have become exceptionally clever; they can easily distinguish steel frames from carbon fiber frames.  They learned years ago that chomping down on steel frames would only result in broken teeth and that steel frames are not digestible.  Consequently, they do not attack bicyclists with steel frames - something one may want to contemplate when choosing a bike frame. Vertebrate zoologists theorize that the Charles River crocodiles have acquired a taste for carbon fiber similar to the way that some people crave dark chocolate (at least 60% cocoa).  We have an individual like that in our group.  If you notice, she always rides with a pack on her back, but there is no water, fruit, repair gear, or anything else in the pack except dark chocolate.  It is stuffed from bottom to top with an assortment of delicious chocolates.  She usually volunteers as sweep so that no one can see her reach into the bag and incessantly devour chocolate throughout the entire ride.  I will not give up her name.

 

There is an abundant supply of fish, wild game, domestic pets, walkers, and joggers passing through the Charles River basin, yet the crocodiles never attack the walkers or joggers.  The zoologists hypothesize the crocodiles crave and are addicted to carbon fiber.  Nevertheless, they still gulp down the bicyclists along with their carbon fiber frames.  Since carbon fiber frames have dominated the bicycle industry in recent years, the crocodile’s preference for carbon fiber may be an evolutionary adaptation. 

 

Taking into consideration the fact that carbon fiber frames continue to get lighter each year, some zoologists believe the crocodiles only attack bicyclists when they are in the mood for a light meal.  The doubters of these conclusions claim the phenomenon is relatively new and requires research that is more extensive.  They support sponsoring bike rallies, group rides, and road races to attract more bicyclists to the Charles River Basin area.  Additional bicyclists in the area would provide more opportunities to study Charles River crocodile behavior in action in their natural habitat.

  

In one particular area, the river comes within a few feet of the road.  On the opposite roadside there is a small marsh overflowing with reeds, which provides first-rate cover for the crocodilians.  This is the spot where the majority of attacks occur.  Yes, we did ride by that exact spot today, but purposely did not have a regroup there.  Recently two bicyclists escaped an attack at the small marsh and unveiled an innovative new strategy being employed by the crocodilians.  After finishing off their latest victims, the crocodilians would eat all but one of the carbon fiber bicycles. They would drag and position the uneaten bicycle up against a tree, puncture one of the tires with their teeth, then wait hidden amongst the reeds.  An impressive example of wildlife using tools to assist in acquiring their prey.

 

While riding by the marsh, the two unsuspecting bicyclists noticed the bicycle leaning against the tree had a flat tire. They pulled over, stopped and looked for its owner to inquire if help was needed.  They probably were Wednesday Wheelers relishing the chance to jump in and repair someone else’s flat tire.  We all know very well that if you flat out on a Wednesday Wheeler ride, just hold tight, no sense getting your own hands dirty.  You had better move out of the way swiftly, because in the blink of an eye, no less than half a dozen Wheelers will surround your bike, feverishly debating who has the best method to repair the flat.  However, in spite of all the quarrelling, they will have your flat repaired properly and quickly.

 

The crocodiles crawled from the reeds and sped toward the two bicyclists but came to an abrupt stop within 2 feet.  It was as if a steel curtain had suddenly dropped in front of them.  Actually, it was better than a steel curtain; the two bicyclists were riding bikes with steel frames.  The crocodiles were misled by the presence of a faux carbon fiber pump on the top tube of one of the bicycles.  Once the crocodiles realized their blunder, they quickly retreated into the river.  They were disappointed but not discouraged; for they knew, it would not be long before other noble Samaritans pulled over to offer assistance.  The crocs licked their chops, grinned at each other, and knew for sure they would meet with good fortune that day.  For it would be just a matter of time before a bicyclist pedaled down the road riding on the crocs favorite delicacy, a Specialized Roubaix.

  

Additionally, this year, sad to say, even Sasquatch (Big Foot) succumbed to the Charles River crocodiles. Sasquatch had tired of the forests in the Pacific Northwest and the ruthless pursuit of the paparazzi.  He migrated to Massachusetts a few years ago, believing that the Charles River area would be a peaceful place to settle.  Sasquatch was fully aware that the crocodiles were patrolling the river and its banks, but believed that he could elude them. Unfortunately, due to size of his feet, he could never run more than 7 MPH.

 

Concerned that, it might have kept riders from attending today’s ride, information about the Charles River crocodiles was intentionally withheld from the ride announcement.  However, I am delighted to report that all riders were accounted for at the conclusion of the ride. 

 

The ride report was written by Pete Fiore as a Wednesday Wheeler ride report on August 18, 2010. We want to thank the several members who helped with the logistics of bringing this to press: Helen Greitzer, Ken Hablow, Clyde Kessel, and Butch Pemstein

 

A Touring Life

John Springfield

 

My 1965 Bicycle Trip To Interlochen Music Camp By John Springfield

 

 

 

 

In August 1965, I joined a dozen other teenagers on an American Youth Hostel trip to the Leelanau Peninsula of Michigan.  Led by Jackie and Dorothy, our rambunctious group of Detroit kids looked forward to exploring "Up North".   We packed ourselves into an old school bus, loaded our bikes on a trailer, and drove up to Cadillac, Michigan.  From there we bicycled a circular route to Lake Michigan, past the famous Sleeping Bear Dune park (yes, there ARE huge sand dunes on Lake Michigan), around the Leelanau Peninsula, and back to Cadillac.  This week-long trip cost $25.

 

The daily route was relatively short (40 miles), and much of the day was spent setting up and breaking down our camp.  We camped mostly at state and town parks and one youth hostel.  At age 16,  I had never gone camping before.  My equipment consisted of an $8 army surplus sleeping bag and a ground tarp.   I didn't have a tent.  (Yes, when it rained at night, I got wet.)  But bicycle touring was an adventure, and I was "all in".  Who knew what surprises would occur?

 

After a few days we found ourselves camping at Interlochen State Park.  Across the road was the famous Interlochen Music Camp, founded in 1928 by Joe Maddy.  Some very talented musicians at my high school received scholarships to attend this summer camp.  Apparently it was the first summer camp in the nation for high school musicians.  Joe Maddy not only founded the camp, but he lead a campaign to integrate music into the normal high school curriculum.

 

After devouring my campfire-cooked supper, I wandered across the road to the music camp.  It was no longer a "camp", but more like a campus. Public concerts were given throughout the summer.  So I bought a ticket and took my place on a bench in an outdoor amphitheater. Famous conductors were often invited to conduct these "symphonies in the woods".   But since this was the final concert of the season,  Joe Maddy was conducting.

 

This was no usual symphony.  It was accompanied by a full chorale and a troupe  of dancers, all now part of an expanded Interlochen program.  As the twilight began, Joe Maddy raised his baton and started his symphony of young people.  The night brought in its cool air, and the music surrounded the audience and the trees...  I was no longer on a mere bicycle trip.  I was being transported to a place of wonder.

 

After the concert ended I walked back to campground, filled with a delight of the unexpected.  Most of the other bikers had gone to bed.  But after I crawled into my sleeping bag, I stared up at the night sky.  It was flooded with constellations of stars, most of which I could not name.  My mind wandered off to sleep, listening to the echoes of music in the woods.

 

Good night, Joe Maddy, wherever you are.

References

 

There's a book about Joe Maddy
And also a news report about him.
 
John Springfield is a long-time member who wrote a column, "A Touring Life", from about 2005 to about 2015, and again in 2018-19. We are glad to see him back in action sharing his travel experiences.

 

 

March Updates

WheelPeople Editors
Town Ride collections - There will likely be days in March warm enough to ride and the Town collections are available for you www.crw.org/route-collection-panel-page
 
Upload Your Photos - We arranged for members to upload their bike related photos, and we used three of the member photos in an article in this issue. https://www.crw.org/content/upload-your-photos
 
Volunteer Positions. A list of open positions can be found here https://www.crw.org/content/open-positions
 
Club Forums There are several forums you can use to stay in touch with your CRW friends or participate in friendly discussions. https://www.crw.org/content/forums
 
Amazon Smile If you have an Amazon Prime account please look into making CRW your charity. Details here https://www.crw.org/content/amazon-smile
 
Hangin' In List In the Hangin' In article in February WheelPeople, AJ Gemperline was incorrectly mentioned as a newcomer to the group contributing for five years.  He has in fact been sending in his mileage for eight years. Hangin' In List
 
 
 
 

Fried Foods

Dr. Gabe Mirkin's Fitness and Health e-Zine
 
Limit Fried and Browned Foods

A review of 17 different studies involving more than 560,000 people who suffered 37,000 heart attacks and strokes, followed for 10 years, found that compared to those who ate the lowest amount of fried food per week, those who ate the most suffered:
• a 28 percent greater risk of a major heart attack or stroke,
• a 22 percent higher risk of heart disease, and
• a 37 percent higher risk of heart failure.
The risk for premature death increased with each additional four-ounce serving of fried foods (Heart, Jan 19, 2021).

 

This agrees with an earlier study of more than 150,000 older U.S. veterans, which showed that eating fried foods is associated with increased risk for heart attacks (Clinical Nutrition, July 05, 2019). Another study of almost 107,000 women, ages 50-79, followed for an average 18 years, found that one serving or more of fried chicken a week was associated with a 13 percent higher risk of death during the study period, and a serving of fried fish or shellfish per week was associated with a seven percent greater risk of death (BMJ, Jan 23, 2019;364:k5420). In this U.S. study, the Women’s Health Initiative, those who ate the most fried foods also ate the least healthful diets: they ate fewer vegetables, fruits and whole grains, and more sugar-sweetened beverages, red meat, processed meat, trans fats and salt. They also tended to be younger, less educated, more likely to smoke, less likely to exercise, and more likely to be overweight and/or diabetic. The authors adjusted for these factors when they computed the death rates of those who ate more fried foods compared to those who ate less.

Another study followed more than 75,000 healthy men and women for 6-13 years and found that those who ate meat, fish or chicken fried at high temperatures or cooked over a flame (grilling, barbecuing, broiling, or roasting), two or more times a week, suffered a marked increase in becoming diabetic (Diabetes Care, Mar 12, 2018 and Aug 2017;40(8):1041-1049). Eating French fries has also been associated with increased risk for premature death, heart attacks and some cancers (American J of Clin Nutr, July 2017;106(1):162-167).

How Foods Cooked at High Temperatures Can Harm You
When you cook with water, the temperature cannot rise above the boiling point (212 degrees F), and the sugars in foods combine with the water to form end products that have not been shown to be harmful. On the other hand, when sugars or carbohydrates (chains of sugars) are cooked with proteins or fats at high temperatures and without water, the sugars bind to the proteins and DNA to form chemicals called advanced glycation endproducts (AGEs). High-temperature cooking methods that do not use water include deep-frying, grilling, barbecuing, broiling, roasting, baking and toasting. Browning during cooking is a sign that AGEs are being formed.

AGEs have been shown to turn on your immune system to cause inflammation (Curr Diabetes Rev, May 2008;4(2):92-100; J Am Diet Assoc, Jun 2010;110(6):911–16.e12), that prevents your cells from responding to insulin, which can lead to diabetes or make it harder to control existing diabetes (Diabetes Care, January 2014;37:88-95). Many animal studies have shown that a diet high in AGEs prevents cells from responding to insulin, raises blood sugar levels and raises insulin levels, which can cause or worsen diabetes, while restricting AGEs helps to lower blood sugar levels. AGEs also increase risk for heart attacks and cancers (Cancer Causes & Control, 2012, 23:405-420).

How To Reduce Your Exposure to AGEs
• Reduce intake of animal-derived foods that are high in fat and protein because they tend to form the most AGEs during cooking.
• Limit foods that have been browned in the cooking process, including fried, grilled, broiled, roasted, toasted and baked foods.
• Use water-based cooking methods whenever possible: steaming, simmering, blanching, boiling and so forth. Water prevents the sugars from attaching to proteins and fats (J Am Diet Assoc, Jun 2010;110(6):911-16). Sauteing and stir-frying count as a water-based cooking methods because the foods are moist, temperature stays relatively low, and the foods do not brown.
• Eat a wide variety of vegetables, whole (un-ground) grains and beans. These foods are usually cooked with water and they are low in AGEs.
• Include uncooked vegetables, fruits and nuts in your diet. Fresh fruits are associated with reduced susceptibility to diabetes, even though they may have a high sugar content (PLoS One, April 11, 2017).

 

Don Blake

WheelPeople Editors

Don Blake was perhaps the longest serving CRW officer. He was club treasurer from 1972 until 2011, close to 40 years. Don passed on February 15, 2021. He was 89. We extend our condolences to his friends and family.

 

We offer memories from those who knew Don:

 

Rosalie Blum is a former CRW board memberThis is sad indeed. Don and I co-led a ride for about 10 years back in the 80s that always ended at his house where vivacious Jan would have a sumptuous feast ready with home baked cakes, salads and sandwiches.  Several of us met them for a holiday breakfast at a local diner every year. Don rode solo to Rockport and back from his Bedford home many Sundays for years. We drove together to many board meetings. Don assisted with parking at centuries and Jan helped with registration and check-in. Although she didn't ride herself, she always generously supported Don and the club.  They were two of the very best.

 

Ken Hablow is a former CRW president and ran Climb to the Clouds for decades. There was one cute story about Don being treasurer. Back in the days when we did not do pre-registration for the centuries and collected cash at the start, Don would always show up later in the afternoon to collect the receipts since he did not trust anyone with all that cash. There was one time when the money never showed up in the bank account. It turns out, Don was walking around with $2,000 in his briefcase for 2 weeks.

 

 

Mike Hanauer is a former CRW PresidentYears ago, and for many years, Don led a CRW ride on Easter Sunday from their Bedford home - and wife Janet prepared an after ride feast. Don didn't care that it was Easter, but Janet wanted it to end for that reason. It did end. Also, when I became CRW prez, I came to realize that we had a major cash flow problem and did not have enough funds to cover expenses. It turned out treasurer Don loved to write checks but did not take to read treasurer reports that covered credits, debits and cash flow. We fixed the problem by creating, in addition to treasurer, a VP of finance position. That position exists to this very day.

 

 

John Springfield is a former CRW PresidentI met Don soon after I joined the CRW in 1973. In addition to riding with him on the club's Sunday rides, I recall seeing him in Vermont on the annual TOSRV-East ride.  He also attended the 1980 LAW Centennial in Newport, and 1986 and 1996 CRW anniversaries. When I became editor, he and I coordinated the renewal of memberships. One time I was over at his house in Bedford, and I was impressed that he had a whole room dedicated to bicycle memorabilia.  Really cool! In the 1980's Don and Jan ran an annual ride from their house in Bedford. I can still taste the fantastic food that was served after the ride. Every organization needs people to keep the machinery going.  Collecting and depositing money is not every bike rider's cup of tea.  But Don quietly served the club as treasurer for 40 years.  Quite impressive. So from one quiet guy to another, farewell, Don. May the wind always be at your back.

 

 

Jack Donohue is currently Webmaster, but has previously held volunteer positions too numerous to listMy first introduction to Don was getting a copy of a cue sheet labelled the "Don Blake Horrendous Hundred"  which I found out later was the ride he did every week from his house in Bedford.  It wound its way into the hilly parts of Southern New Hampshire.  Don didn't make much fanfare about it, but he did this challenging ride on his own each week.  The original route did not survive but I suspect there was a large overlap with subsequent CRW classics, like the fall century "The Souhegan River Ride."   Don was a club member since 1969 and spent most of those years as treasurer.  In his own quiet way, he supported the club in many other ways: board member, century volunteer, party host.  He offered his house as Century Central to store all the equipment used for the centuries, much to his wife Janet's dismay.  Though modest and unassuming, Don did a lot to make the club what it is today.

 

 

Susan Grieb is a past president and was a major contributor to the club's centuries for many years. Don was a devoted cyclist and contributed in so many ways to the club.  I really miss seeing and working with both him and Janet over the years. For more than 20 years,  Don and Janet volunteered for every CRW Century.  I loved being greeted by them when I got to the site to do Century set up. At one point Don innocently volunteered to give us space in their basement to store all of the equipment we use to run the Centuries.    He ended up storing, cleaning, maintaining the CRW Century inventory for many years wrestling all of it up and down and out of the old style bulkhead twice a season.  Thank goodness for Jan as well as she made sure the water jugs were washed and sterilized after each event.  I also looked forward to their spring ride party that they generpously provided to the club.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March Looking Back

Eli Post

Ten years back we published an article about those members who had logged over 100,000 miles, and called it the 100,00 Mile Club”. More recently we published the current list of members who logged their yearly mileage for at least five years, and are happy to report that the eight members of the 100,000 Mile Club are still riding strong. I must add a personal note here. I’ve written many articles for WheelPeople, but the 100,000 Mile Club solicited the most compelling comments. Many were taken and motivated by this impressive list of accomplishments, and those riders should know they have influenced the lives of others. Click photo to view full article on 100,000 Mile Club

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March Picture of the Month

Eli Post
I have three bikes. Doesn't everyone! In any case they are precious to me so I got a guard dog to protect them from thieves. You may question the value of my guard dog, but it has been 100% effective.There has been no attempt to steal my bike, and the dog has given me peace of mind. Some breeds make excellent Guard Dogs. Mine has a natural instinct to protect and is loyal, fearless, strong and watchful. He intuitively knows when to protect me from a dangerous situation. And he doesn't eat much.