Dear Fellow Members and Friends,
Tour de Forts ClassicSM planning is on schedule under the direction of Kim Carney our hired Event Director. While the venue, St. Augustine High School, and the route are the same as last year, we are trying some new things. Registration and volunteering are both being conducted through the Race Roster website. Packet pick-up on Saturday afternoon will be at DOS, a coffee and wine bar offering lite fare, about 5 minutes from the high school. Thanks to Brian Reyes we have a new event jersey which will be delivered at packet pickup if you order by March 26th. Sarah Cox has designed a new T-shirt which will be included if you register by April 16th.
Jodi Hohlstein has been busy recruiting volunteers. She has identified captains for the rest stops and is filling in the crews. We need to find two truck drivers and two helpers as well as SAG drivers. There are several positions where you can volunteer but still do the ride. Help us recruit from your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers. Go to the volunteer module to view the various positions and open slots.
As mentioned last month we are making a serious effort to find sponsors to help defray the costs of the ride. We have already identified a couple including Flagler Hospital. We could your help in distributing the sponsorship proposal to businesses and others who might be interested. To recognize a major sponsor on the ride jersey, we need a commitment soon. For recognition on the T-shirt we need to hear by early April.
From time to time we post, generally as Facebook events, meetings that we hope our members attend to promote cycling and safety in our region. The next is the Pedestrian Bicycle Advocacy Workshop on March 29th. Now that Jacksonville has a new Pedestrian/Bicycle Master Plan, the first since 1999, we need to make sure that the recommendations are implemented. If we take a wait and see approach, little or nothing may happen.
Recently Bob Stolz, our Statistician, proposed that we consider a rolling year for Century-A-Month recognition. For various reasons, members may be unable to start in November with the beginning of the ride year but are still interested in completing a century each month. Rather than having them wait till the following November to start, the Board agreed to a rolling, consecutive 12-month period. Details about how we will report the centuries on the stats page on the website and when to recognize completion are still being worked out. But there is no reason to delay. If you want to become a century-a-month club member, begin today. Just report your centuries to Bob within two weeks of completion using the Century Challenge Form. Just indicating 100 miles on a ride sheet won’t get you credit for a century-a-month; you still need to file the form. Centuries don’t have be completed on club-sponsored rides; you can make up your own routes.
Recent we added a new page to the website, Smart Cycling. It can be found under both the Let’s Ride and Advocacy/Safety menu tabs. On the page are links to a series of League of American Bicyclists’ videos on a variety of topics. While some are quite basic, even experienced cyclists can profit by reviewing tips on lane positioning and negotiating intersections. If you know of other videos that would be of interest to our members, please forward the link to me for consideration for inclusion on the page.
Please email me at email@example.com with your thoughts.
Ride smart and ride safe.
Hoping to see you on the road,