September 2013 President’s Message as printed in WheelSpeak Newsletter
Dear members and friends,
As I have stated before, my primary goal in being on our club’s board has been to improve the overall cycling experience of club members. I do this because I am a cycling enthusiast first and everything else within the club competes for second. Like most of you I love to ride my bike and I am proud that I have been able to ride over 2,000 miles for the last three years. This year I also challenged myself to ride a century each month and I have completed 12 of them with two months to go with our cycling year.
For those who may not know this, our cycling year starts on November 1st and ends on October 31st. All riding activity metrics are captured during that period and then celebrated at our Holiday Party that also serves as an awards banquet. That being said, I want to acknowledge one fantastic cycling achievement so far this season. Steve Sargent has already broken the 61 century record set just last year by Troy Kress and Jonathan Tommasetti. At the close of August he has 63 and has another nine weeks to go. Steve is also sitting at over 10,000 miles and may be eyeing the mileage record too. Go Steve go. We are all behind you…way behind you!
Although we will be putting on our ESWR just a few days from now, we have already begun the preparations for hosting what I believe should be the biggest and best Holiday Season Party ever. Last year, the turnout was so good that we overwhelmed the venue, but this year we’re taking over the Hyatt Regency Hotel on December 14th. We will have a banquet room that overlooks the river, so you can party indoors or take a nice romantic stroll along the Riverwalk and come back to party some more. Our event point person for this year’s party is Len Burroughs and I am really looking forward to it. Len received instructions from the board and has negotiated with the Hyatt event staff on the room, food, cash bar and venue set up with a seasonal theme. He has also worked to set aside a block of rooms for those who would like to spend the night on the river. Others will be working on the awards portion to make sure we celebrate our club members for their cycling achievements during our cycling calendar year (as mentioned above). To pull this off, we are expecting to double our investment in this event, but will need to have a great turnout to make it worthwhile. Ticket pricing will be $30 per person and registration can only be done by club members at our website online. Non-members are welcome, but only as guests of club members. We also will have a limit on the number of people who can register, so make sure you do so early.
Finally, I have an appeal to the club, I believe one of the most important volunteer tasks in our club is that of statistician. We have been blessed with people who have been willing to be of direct service to every club member by doing this job. Now our current statistician, Fred Eversole, has asked me to find him a replacement. We have been blessed to have him. I can tell you that anyone who does this job has to enjoy order and recordkeeping. They also have to be willing to spend small amounts of time regularly to stay on top of daily ridesheet receipts from ride leaders. There is also a certain amount of problem solving required to work through handwriting or matching up phone numbers to decipher riders and track points and mileage. I can tell you the statistics page is the most frequented page on our website, so that shows the importance of Fred’s weekly output. In speaking with Fred he mentions having a little bit of HTML knowledge helps with making sure the uploaded data displays correctly on our webpage too. If you are one of those people who have this talent for order, numbers and routine we really need your time and talent.
In the meantime, the weather is starting to cool so we should all get in some time on the bike, between afternoon showers, of course. Have a great time at the 24th Annual ESWR – Amelia Island Edition. Our current projects are tracking at close to 700 riders on the road. There have been a lot of people who have worked hard to make this a fantastic event. Hope you will attend.
See you on the road,