The Pedaler October 2020: A monthly publication of the Lancaster Bike Club

In This Issue

Reinvention of Covered Bridge Ride, Lead From the Back, Highway Cleanup, New Members, Down Under Tour - Part 2, Club Rides Updates, September Ride Photos Match-Up, Covered Bridge Ride Donations, Nominations Committee, Bike Shop List

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Due to the pandemic which requires social distancing, no club-hosted social events are being planned for the remainder of this year, even the plans for our annual Holiday Party. Into next year, the club hopes to hold its annual meeting in person.

"Cranksgiving", sponsored by Lititz Bikeworks is scheduled for Saturday, October 24, from 9 AM – 4:30 PM. For registration, see https://www.lititzbikeworks.com/event/cranksgiving/cranksgiving-2019/

Plans to “reinvent” the club’s Lancaster Covered Bridge Ride” are in progress since the onset of COVID 19 and the resulting social distancing requirements.

Since the cancellation of this year’s LCBC scheduled for this past August, event director, Will Stone, opted to step out of his role and the committee. Will’s leadership and service to organize and manage the event resulted in raising significant funds to enhance the LBC grant program; he has been thanked publicly by president, Dave Stauffer.

A new planning committee of an initial five chairpersons will meet weekly in October to launch the first stages. First, the group will review individual feedback from the chairs as provided on a survey created by club president, Dave Stauffer. The survey invited recommendations for constructing and organizing the 2021 event.

In the second meeting, the group will read and review the CDC event recommendations and complete the USA cycling assessment tool.

As the committee progresses in its work, more specifics will be shared with club members.

Lead From the Back:

"Ramblings from the Prez..."

by Dave Stauffer

What an awesome year of riding. Since the current social distancing requirements has kept many people at home and off the roads, we bike riders have had to contend with the least amount of traffic in many years, and we have also enjoyed some great weather.

Since I, too, am working from home, I see many mid-day Strava posts and realize that many people have more flexibility to schedule extra rides in a week.

That means when others have asked me, “When is the best time to ride?”, I can answer, “Whenever it fits your schedule.” Now is when to take advantage of extra opportunities to ride, because eventually your time will again be competing with too many other “things to do.” I follow my own advice, and I have never regretted a ride once I am out on the bike.

Our ride coordinators have been busy scheduling rides and coordinating leaders, and we are once again posting a full schedule. We added back the Challenging rides in September, and we will soon add the Tuesday, Thursday training rides to the schedule, as well as a Hill Climb ride in October.

Exciting, too, is that three new weekly rides are open to club members. Allen Pawlikowsky has scheduled Monday Night Bike Hikes; Rick Zook has scheduled Coffee Tuesdays; Richard Connor and Cathleen Anderson are hosting Friday Breakfast rides. These new additions mean that LBC is now hosting rides every day of the week!

We continue to use the contactless ride waiver executed through our mandatory member sign-up and Meetup RSVP, and we continue to offer free membership and membership renewals.

Though LBC has not had any reported positive COVID tests from within the club, I must reiterate what I have stated in the past but continue to emphasize:

We each need to be responsible for our own COVID risk assessment and tolerance. The COVID virus is still with us. We all have contact with potential positive cases. We all know college or school students or those in the education system who are currently trying to manage a new school year around the threat of new cases. We all know people who work in the medical field who cannot afford to contract the virus and take it to work with them. Employers are continuing to manage employee protection from the virus by allowing people to work from home and and/or implementing mandatory screening policies. At this point, we can be tempted to let down our guard, but I ask you to be vigilant in guarding against the possibility of spreading the virus among riders.

All the club’s funding for this year has been carried over from the success of the prior Covered Bridge Rides. We are now in the process of planning for next year’s Covered Bridge Event and determining how to do so safely.

Keep watch for opportunities to volunteer and give back to the club, whether as ride leaders/sweeps, board positions, Covered Bridge planning, etc…

Let’s have a great October.

See you on the road.

Dave Stauffer-President

Members of Lancaster Bike Club resumed the club's commitment to our "Adopt a Highway" by cleaning our designated portion along Columbia Avenue in early September. The bi-annual event had been on hold because of COVID spread and social distancing requirements.

In a prior Pedaler issue, Part 1 of Dave Stauffer's account of his participation in the "Santos Tour Down Under" was featured. To follow is Part 2 , the last of a two-part article. During this six-day venture, he rode in a group hosted by Ride International through a region of South Australia while following the route also traveled by the riders in the "Pro Santos Down Under ".

Day Four

Day Five

To the left is Fabian Cancellara and above is Caleb Ewan. Both were featured speakers at the Legends Dinner, a special event held the evening prior to the final day of the tour.

Day Six

To the left is the finish line of the "Pro Santos Tour Down Under" and above is the Santos pace car.

September Club Rides:

Can You Identify The Ride?

The photos below depict riders from the various scheduled club rides throughout different days in September. The names of the rides are posted below the photos; can you match the photo to the ride title? Answers will be posted in Google Groups at the end of the month.

Fun Ride Pedal to Preserve, September 20; Amish Ice Cream Ride, September 10; Coffee Tuesday Landis Valley Farm Museum to New Holland, September 8; C and D Canal Ride, September 12; Mt. Gretna Ride, September 12; LC Bareville Jaunt, September 7; Ice Cream Topped with Lititz, September 2; Monday Night Bike Hike, September 12; WERT Trail Ride, September 12

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