The Pedaler Newsletter

Season's Greetings!  Are you hoping for some cycling goodies in your stocking later this month?  I know a few members who received new bikes earlier in the year.  They must have been on their best behavior in 2011.  Since I wasn't, I'll settle for some socks and a new pair of sunglasses.

Tomorrow, we have the Bullis County Park ride and Sunday's ride is in Castroville.  Unfortunately, there is rain in the forecast for both days.  Please check our website or Facebook page on the ride's status before leaving for the ride.

2011 Holiday Party
This year's Holiday Party will be held on December 11 from 4 PM to 8 PM at Pericos Mexican Cuisine (1439 East Sonterra Blvd).  During the party, we'll elect members for open board and committee positions and recognize members who have made significant contributions to the club during the year.

Just as last year, we'll have a Fajita Buffet dinner.  It's $10 per person.  You can sink your teeth into perfectly seasonsed beef skirt strips and grilled chicken breasts cooked with bell peppers and onions!   The expected sides, along with tea, are included.  A cash bar is available.

We hope to see many of you there.

2012 Rider Education Series
For 2012, the Wheelmen will offer three Road Riding 101/201 series of classes. The Road Riding 101 class is for new riders or riders who have been off their bike for some time. This class covers basic cycling information (including how to change a flat) plus three rides which take the students up to 30 miles. Road Riding 201 has four rides in the 35 – 50 mile range and prepares students for the longer routes on Wheelmen rides. Course dates are:
Series #1:
·        RR 101 – February 11 through March 3
·        RR 201 – March 24 through April 14
Series #2:
·        RR 101 – May; 5 through June 2
·        RR 201 =- June 23 – July 14
Series #3:
·        RR 101 – September 15 through October 6
·        RR 201 – October 27 through November 17
Former RES students are reminded they can retake the RR 101 or 201 classes within a year of completing the class at no additional charge. The first 101/201 series will be completed in time to join the Wheelmen team for the Tour de Cure on May 19th. For further information or to sign up for one of the classes contact

New Wheelmen Jersey
Are you looking for a nice gift for a cyclist?  How about a new jersey?  The latest Wheelmen jersey has the same great design, but more lightweight material and a reduced price--$55!  Please contact Vicki Smith.

Ride Starters
As you know, SAW rides would not go off as well as they do without members who step up and volunteer to be ride leaders.  If you have considered being a ride leader, now is the ideal time to volunteer.  Don’t be concerned about what’s involved in being a ride leader.  The responsibility is relatively painless and primarily involves showing up early at rides to post the maps, setting out the sign-up sheets, and conducting a pre-ride briefing.  We also offer ride leader training.  If you lead four rides during the year, your annual SAW membership is free!  To join this group of volunteers critical to the success of our club, contact our Ride Committee Chair, Tom Manning via e-mail or phone at 210-496-2351.

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New Members
Member of the Month
BMAC Minutes
SAW Board Minutes

Your Opinion Matters!
We are always looking for feedback on how we can improve the club.  Please feel free to e-mail your suggestions to Tony Beauford.  Do you have a new route that you would like to share?  Please contact Tom Manning.

Be safe on the road and have a great weekend.

Tony Beauford
VP, Membership
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