November-December 1999 Newsletter
They Said It Couldnt Be Done!
by Earl Jones
Reformatted OKHT Saves the Day!
This years Old Kentucky Home Tour, held on September 11,
was not the typical tour. This year we experimented with a
one-day ride format. As some of you know, there was some doubt
that the 1999 tour would even be held. But a group of dedicated
club members who attended the general membership meeting on July
25 were determined not to let OKHT disappear from the scene —
even for a year — and took on the challenge of making it happen.
A one-day ride proved to be the perfect solution.
The strength of the OKHT franchise was demonstrated by the fact
that more than 400 people registered for the ride even though
publicity was minimal. Some even preferred the new format while
others longed for the return of the traditional two-day format.
The tour leaders learned some valuable lessons that will be
applied in next years ride. New leadership has been
selected and planning is already under way for the OKHT
Millennium tour. It promises to be the biggest and best ever,
so hold the dates: September 9-10, 2000.
This years ideal weather meant a lot of day-of-ride
registrations, more than 300. That made things pretty hectic
for Kimble Howard and the group of volunteers who helped with
registration. This was the first year that one-way routes to
Bardstown were supplemented by routes that looped back to the
starting point at Eastern High School in Middletown. Jim
McDonald, VP Touring, led the group that selected and marked the
Of course the SAG stops won high marks from riders. Bob Horner
did another fantastic job selecting and buying the food and
organizing the post-ride wiener roast.
Barbara Berman and her group at SAG #1 in Whitfield were probably
the busiest because riders stopped there going out and returning.
But the honor for imagination has to go to the Clan McDonald — Jim,
Lauren, Tim, Martha and the Caudills — who brought their bagpipes
to SAG #2 and piped the riders up Schoolhouse Hill in Waterford.
Dave Stewart assembled an awesome crew of roving SAGs, who,
because of this years routing, were never out of contact
with riders for very long.
And have you seen the jersey? Another great design by John
Mahorney that celebrated Lance Armstrongs win of the
Tour de France Yellow Jersey and the end of the millennium. It
took a yeomans effort to get the jerseys and T-shirts
printed and delivered in time for the ride. Credit Jerry
Wiley with that feat.
Id like to again thank these tour leaders and everyone
who worked the ride (see list of
volunteers). You came through when it really counted.
Lets all Party Like Its 1999 and celebrate a
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