From The President 09Apr21

During last month’s bulletin from the president (nwcc.bike/from-the-president/), I indicated that the Board was working hard to bring in-person group cycling events back to our calendar.

Since then, we have regrettably had to postpone the Katy Flatlands Century ride as we could not comply with all the COVID regulations not unreasonably required by the establishment we use for our start/finish location. Nor do we wish to put our volunteers, all of whom make the ride a success, in a position in which they may have to deal with people not following COVID regulations required by the location.

We have just completed our Zwift Tuesday night racing series run by our race team director, but we will still have a virtual alternative in the form of Zoom training rides, free for all NWCC members, 6.30 pm Mondays to Thursdays. Email bikemdedicine@comcast.net for details.

However, we have added some in-person NWCC-sponsored rides to our calendar, at long last!  We’re on a gradual ramp-up to what we hope will be a huge in-person event this fall. Think of this as a phased approach, taking into account the requirements various venues have been imposing.

So here’s a list:

Junior training by our very own NWCC member, Carl Jones, is starting at the Alkek Velodrome. Here’s a link: https://www.alkekvelodrome/trainingsignup

There will be a group mountain bike ride at Double Lake Recreation Area in Coldspring, TX, at 10 am Sunday April 18th. This is a members only ride, although a member can bring one guest. Log in to nwcc.bike and then Events/Members-only Events for details. Please do “buy a ticket” so that we know the number of riders coming – the ticket is free!

We are running the Race Across America (RAAM) qualifying event, Texas Ultra Spirit, in Fayetteville, TX, on May 7th and 8th. Fees range from $60 to $155 depending upon distance and group size. A 30% discount will be offered to NWCC members. See more at http://texasultraspirit.com/  and at https://www.bikereg.com/49484 and at https://ridewithgps.com/routes/19166425  We will need about thirty volunteers for this event and club member help is very much needed to make it a success. This event is basically a race against the clock, a personal time trial, and it’s fun. Have a look!

The Board has agreed to donate $100 to the charity running the SB250 ride for every member who signs up for this event to a maximum of $1000. This will give each NWCC rider a boost in the fundraising required to ride. This is a two day ride from McAllen, TX, to San Antonio on June 26th and 27th. Many of our club riders have completed this event and have raved about it in the past. It’s a challenge but the finish is heartwarming, by all accounts. See more at https://suzannahsmiles.org

NWCC intends to hold a second series of Bear Creek Crits for 2021 in September, and we’re working on that at the moment. The Crits, this time hosted by SWCC, start on April 21.

We had a breakthrough with one of our school districts just this week and it appears that we may very well be able to run a replacement event for the Bluebonnet Express (BBX) and the Katy Flatlands Century (KFC) on a Sunday in either September or October. We’re working hard to put the ride on, and we’ll have to come up with a name for it. Waller Flatlands Express (WFX) perhaps?

We’re really hoping that we can have a holiday party this year too, and we have the date, December 5th, pencilled in with a location. All we need from them is confirmation that we can hold the party! Fingers crossed.

Finally, there is a good number of club members riding the one day only MS 150 event this year. This ride has often maxed out at 13000 riders for its normal two days, but this year there are less than 4000 riders. I’ll be there for my 24th MS ride and will be on the lookout for club members to encourage. There are two starts, one from Waller and one from Katy, and I have friends starting at both. If you see two ladies in a three wheel tandem, the pilot is a new club member, and the stoker has MS, so give them a cheer. My personal challenge is to help another new club member complete her first century. MS 150s are always fun – apart from the ones with the gale force headwind – so we’re looking forward to it.

Let’s hope for more progress towards group rides soon!

Stay safe, everyone!

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