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.
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.