Message from the CRW President

By: 
Larry Kernan

COVID-19 Crisis “May you live in interesting times” is an apocryphal saying that is simultaneously both a blessing and a curse.  It’s hard to find the silver lining of our ongoing COVID-19 crisis.  In the short-term, we have no choice but to make the necessary sacrifices for the greater good of the community.  Nothing pained me more than to cancel the CRW group riding program, the cornerstone of this club for over 50 years.  Additionally, we have had to postpone the Climb to the Clouds century originally scheduled for May 30th.  We can’t reschedule CTTC at this time, but we’ll be communicating with the 500 people who have signed up already.  We’ll re-open registration when (if) we can run CTTC this year.

Ride Solo I hope that you are getting out and riding solo when the weather complies.  As I am writing this, it is snowing once again.  I am convinced that getting out, getting some fresh air, exercise and “me time” is one of the best things that you can do for yourself.  I am hoping that even under social distancing protocols, stay at home advisories and shelter in place orders, individuals will still be able to cycle.  Stay tuned as this could change as it has in Spain and Italy.  Whatever you do, please ride safely -- you don't want to end up in the Emergency Room at this time, taking critical space and requiring the use of PPEs.

On-line Webinars While we’re not participating in group rides and social events, CRW will set up a number of on-line webinars.  André Wolf is taking the lead on this effort.  If you want to host a webinar on any cycling related topics have an interesting subject that you’d like to see presented, please send us a message.  Because we were forced to postpone our Member Meeting indefinitely, I am planning to set one up online.  Board members will share their plans and thoughts and  will be available to answer your questions and listen to your suggestions.  You’ll receive a mailing as soon as we nail down the details.

Policies Charles River Wheelers is not an organization with a lot of “policies”.  In fact, up until this past weekend, there were only two:

·         - Helmets were mandated for CRW rides.

·         - CRW group rides (not centuries) are limited to CRW members and first-time guests

E-Bikes As you will read in another WheelPeople article, there is now a policy recognizing that e-bikes are not a passing fad and that they’re here to stay.  CRW will allow pedal-assist e-bikes on CRW group rides, but the e-bike owner is responsible for making sure that all laws and regulations are complied with. My thanks for Steve Carlson and his ad-hoc e-bike committee (Bernie Flynn, Bob Wolf, Gregory Trerotola and Erik Simon) for shepherding this effort.

Members Helping Members Finally, I am pleased that we’re inaugurating a new effort called “Members Helping Members” to create a more personal connection within the club. Read Lisa Najavits' article outlining this exciting new program.

Stay Safe and Stay Healthy!