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The Pedaler:  May 2013

 

The Pedaler Newsletter



When I woke up this morning, the temperature was in the low 30s and there was snow on the ground.  This week, I'm in Denver, but I'd rather be back in San Antonio, where I could be getting in a nice bike ride after work.  It's certainly that time of year where many of us will be leaving work and heading out for an enjoyable ride.  Please be careful, hydrate, and persuade a friend or two to join you in a very rewarding activity.  

This weekend, we have a ride scheduled at Bullis County Park on Saturday and the Southside Missions on Sunday.  Please join us for some great riding.


President's Column
We've had some great riding events over the past month or so.  First, the EHCT was a great success for our club. Thanks again to everybody that helped make it a wonderful experience for many of the participants.  I escaped from my EHCT duties and did the Century ride on that Saturday.  What a great ride!  Those little country roads around the Texas Hill Country are US Cycling’s best kept secret.  We also had a great Latte ride in April.  A good group showed up and every rider enjoyed the relaxed pace and some great coffee.  You can expect another invitation to a Latte ride in this calendar year.
 
We'll have our annual picnic on May 11.  Be sure to mark your calendars!  We’ll start the ride at 8:00 AM at Pickrell Park in Schertz and use the normal Cibolo routes. We have a shelter reserved for the picnic.  You can have a delicious BBQ plate for only $5.  Please bring a folding or lawn chair as seating is scarce at the park.  Be sure to invite a new rider, family, and friends to this event.

May is National Bike Month, which provides us with an opportunity to celebrate the unique power of the bicycle and the many reasons we ride.  Creating bicycle-friendly communities has been shown to improve citizens' health and well-being, to boost community spirit, to improve traffic safety, and to reduce pollution and congestion.  Help us celebrate National Bike Month by introducing a new rider to cycling.  

See you on the road!

Jose Rojas


An extra note to the mayor of Bulverde
I have to confess that after reading the article written by Mayor Bill Krawietz, I needed some fresh air.  So, of course, I went out for a ride.  There are a couple of things in his article that caught my attention and caused concern.  However, I'm not a person who spends a great deal of time looking at the negative side of things.  Here are a few positive words that I would Iike to share with the mayor of Bulverde:
 
First, you should embrace cycling and all outdoor activities. It's no secret that our country, our state, and very likely, your city are increasingly burdened by health issues related to obesity.  Exercising outdoors is a great way to combat obesity.  Many cities in our metropolitan area are looking for ways to promote a healthy lifestyle.  San Antonio, Helotes, and La Vernia, to name a few, are building bike lanes and organizing events that cater to activities that promote health and fitness.
 
The roads in Bulverde are narrow?  Well, this provides a great opportunity for you, Mr. Mayor, to make Bulverde a more people-friendly town.  How about cycling lanes?  Cycling lanes attract businesses and visitors.  Cycling lanes can assist in transforming Bulverde into a town that will be visited for reasons other than the Post Office and gas station.
 
I know that cyclists don't fit your typical constituent's profile, Mr Mayor.  But, let me tell you, we are unavoidable.  San Antonio's growth is knocking at Bulverde's doors and you know it.  With every new subdivision, I'm sure more of those "decked out in riding attire" cyclists will be moving near or to Bulverde and you will see more of us.  Take advantage of that situation, Mr. Mayor, by embracing cyclists and becoming the thoughtful leader that your town deserves.

Jose Rojas


EHCT 2013
For those of you who rode in this year’s EHCT, you already know what a great weekend it was.  For those of you who could not make it, you missed out on some super riding, in addition to a wonderful dinner, extraordinary raffle prizes, and just a great time hanging out with so many fellow bicyclists.  One wonderful bonus this year was a display in the registration area of EHCT t-shirts (and some badges from the early years) going back to the mid-1980s.  Talk about memories—that display brought out many!  
 
We had 1,065 riders this year—one of the highest turnouts in several years.  The whole weekend went off with only a few minor glitches and just about everyone we have heard from had nothing but praise.  To give you a few examples: 

“The best ride ever”! 
“Thanks for putting on such a great event.  I’m from New York and rode every day.  Saturday was an amazing day and the century course was absolutely incredible.  The volunteers were amazing.”
“Best marked routes ever.”
“Awesome rides, well-managed rest stops, and super great markings on the road”!
 
We could not have hosted such a great event if not for the outstanding efforts of over 100 volunteers.  The majority of our volunteers are SAW members and most of them gave up riding to help put on a highly appreciated event.  We also were fortunate to have help at several rest stops from the Boy Scout Troop in Kerrville, Interact (a youth organization from Kerrville Tivy H.S.), and the AFROTC from Tivy H.S.   Special thanks, however, go out to all the SAW volunteers, who put in countless hours of meeting, planning, organizing, and then making it all happen on Easter weekend.  

We look forward to hosting the event every 4 years because the Easter Hill County Tour is one of Texas’ premier biking events and we want to keep it that way.  We are fortunate to have a ride like this in our own backyard.  Next year's EHCT is scheduled for April 18-20 and will be hosted by the Houston Bicycle Club.

 
Ride of Silence
On May 15 at 7 PM, the Ride of Silence will begin in North America and roll across the globe.  Cyclists will take to the roads in a silent procession to honor cyclists who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roadways.  Although cyclists have a legal right to share the road with motorists, the motoring public often isn't aware of these rights and sometimes not aware of the cyclists themselves.  San Antonio's ride starts at the Archway at Hemisfair Plaza.

 
Join our Tour de Cure Team
The South Texas Tour de Cure raises money in support of the American Diabetes Association's mission to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.  This year's event will be held on Saturday, May 11, and will feature a one-day ride that starts and ends at Retama Park.  In addition to a 101-miler, this year's TdC will also offer routes of 76, 50, 30, and 18 miles.
Karl Gilbert, a SAW member, will serve as the captain of our team. 

What does it cost to participate?  The registration fee is $25 and the minimum fundraising goal is $200.  The Wheelmen will donate $25 towards the fundraising goal of each of the first 20 riders who join our team.
 
Please join the Wheelmen's team and ride with Karl!  You can contact him via e-mail or phone (210-677-5407).


Support the Reed Lee Fund
Cycling is a wonderful activity that brings many of us great pleasure. For most of us, cycling’s benefits far outweigh its risks. Unfortunately, 2012 brought a dark reminder of the life-altering dangers associated with cycling on the road. Our cycling community experienced multiple cycling-related deaths and at least two accidents that resulted in serious injury.

On November 17, 2012, a San Antonio Wheelmen member, Reed Lee, was involved in an accident that left him paralyzed below the chest, with broken ribs, a punctured lung, and a cracked sternum. Reed’s road to recovery will be challenging and expensive. The San Antonio Wheelmen set up a fund, the Reed Lee Benefit Fund, to help offset some of those expenses. Please find it in your heart to help out another cyclist by going to the Active.com site below and donating to the fund. All proceeds from the fund go to Reed Lee.  Visit http://www.active.com/donate/reedlee to donate.


Renew Your Membership
If you recently received an e-mail about renewing your membership, you can do so on bikereg.com (it supports PayPal) or active.com.  You can also complete the membership application, print it, sign it, and mail it to us.  We need your membership and we're constantly looking for your feedback on how we can improve the club.  Please feel free to e-mail your suggestions to membership@sawheelmen.com


New Wheelmen Jersey
The latest Wheelmen jersey has the same great design, but more lightweight material!  Please contact Vicki Smith.


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Upcoming Events

 

May  4:   Bullis
May  5:   Southside Missions
May 11:  Picnic








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