Time crunched?

  • Holiday Party donations
  • New Year’s Day VP Ride
  • 2023 Senior Games March 5th
  • Safety Ambassadors

It’s the time of year when we celebrate life, new beginnings and good will to all.  At the club’s holiday party, the attendees contributed over 300 lbs of canned goods, all of which were donated to the Abundant Harvest charity in Spring.  We also collected $225 in cash, which was donated to the Houston Food Bank, with the amount being 100% matched by the company for which one of the Executive Board used to work.  A big thanks to all who attended and all who so generously supported our nominated charities.  It was fun!

Our newly appointed VP Amy Smith has organized her first VP Ride, which rolls at 9.30 on New Year’s Day morning from Senate Avenue Brewing.  Come on out and have fun, perhaps blow some cobwebs away, and have a beer or two on us at the brewery after the ride.  We’ll have various speed groups to suit all cyclists and we’ll have a No Drop group too.  All the details, including the route, are on the website here:   https://nwcc.bike/club-events-calendar/.  Please, if you can, sign up on the link to let us know you’re coming.

The 2023 Texas Senior Games cycling event will take place at Pace Bend Park on Sunday March 5th.  2023 is a non-qualifying year for Nationals, but this is a good opportunity for those who have qualified for the 2023 Pittsburgh Nationals to see how their training is going, and it’s a tester for anyone thinking of having a go at Nationals in 2025.  A lot of us in the club have raced at this event in the past and it’s huge fun.   Some details are on the website at the link above, but if you have interest in racing at the Senior Games, please contact Carl Grasshoff or myself and we’ll point you in the right direction.  If you’re 50 at any time in 2023, you’re legible.

Those who ride at Zube on Saturdays know that we have a “safety briefing” more often than not before we ride. Despite that, we see some pretty scary riding on occasion, primarily from non-members but sometimes from members too.  Steve Freeman, our new Safety Chair, will be attending the League Cycling Instructor class in 2023, but we would love more members to attend a shorter, very focussed course on January 7th afternoon so that we can spread the safety word more efficiently.  We already have some members in mind, but if you’re interested in the course, for which the club will pay, please contact me.  The class requires a little prep before attendance, with details here: https://www.trafficcycling.com/ts101/lci/

That’s enough from me!  Stay safe, enjoy the bike when you can, and I’ll see you out there!