The Pedaler: November 2011

The Pedaler Newsletter

I hope that you had a chance to get on your bike this weekend.  While it might have been too chilly for you during the early morning, both days warmed up and were simply beautiful.  On Saturday, some of us participated in our leaderless ride, the Classic Devil's Backbone.  It started in Gruene.  Of course, there were many cyclists in Gruene this weekend because they are training for next weekend's Tour de Gruene time trial events.   Today, maybe some of you made your way to New Berlin for our 9 AM ride there.  Please let us know what you thought of the location and the route. 

If you haven't had a chance to view ESPN's "The Cycle of Life", please do so.  It tells a great story about love, cycling, tragedy, and making it back to ride again.

Have a happy Halloween!

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.  We hope to see many of you there.  More details to come...

2011 San Antonio Rock 'n' Roll Marathon
This year, the 2011 Rock 'n' Roll San Antonio Marathon and 1/2 Marathon will be adding a cycling tour.  We are in need of 20 volunteers to help at the cycle tour finish-line area.  The volunteers' shift will be on November 13 from 6 AM to 10 AM.  We also need Ride Marshals.  Please contact JD Simpson at if you are interested in being a volunteer or Ride Marshal.

Soldier Ride San Antonio
Wounded Warrior Project's 2011 Soldier Ride, presented by GEICO, arrives in San Antonio around Veteran's Day this year.  Soldier Ride is a cycling event to help wounded warriors restore their physical and emotional well-being. This event also raises awareness for our nation's wounded warriors who battle the physical and psychological damages of war and gives the public a chance to ride alongside and honor these men and women. The Soldier Ride will take place in San Antonio on November 12. We would love to have your support in riding alongside the warriors or spreading the word about the event.  Please register to ride and support this great cause! 

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 with gradual increases in distance. Road Riding 201 has four rides in the 35 – 50 mile range and prepares students for longer distances. 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 19, 2012. For further information or to sign up for one of the classes contact

New Wheelmen 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.

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.

Additional Information
Upcoming Rides
New Members
Member of the Month
BMAC Minutes
SAW Board Minutes

Tony Beauford
VP, Membership  

Upcoming Events


Nov 5:    Tour de Gruene
Nov 5:    Bullis County Park Ride
Nov 5:    Life Time Fitness Gran Fondo
Nov 6:    Castroville Ride

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