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From the President
The New OKHT Ride
May-June 2000 Newsletter

From the President

by Earl Jones


If the postings on the kycyclist listserve are any indication, there're few dull moments in the Club. April began with a spirited discussion of the announced Louisville Bicycle Club-Bluegrass Bicycle Club "merger" to be headquartered in Waddy. And if the new Louisville-Lexington Consolidated Organization of Cyclists in Kentucky wasn't enough, some correspondents proposed expansion into northern and then southern Kentucky. What better testimonial to LBC vitality. [Ed.: The said proposed merger was set forth on the morning of April 1st.]

Of course, everything isn't perfect in this brave new cycling world. We still need new ride captains. You don't really have to be a Yellow Jersey winner—the award given to the Club member who has racked up the most Club miles during the year-to lead a ride. In fact, most of our best ride captains aren't even contenders. So check out the LBC web site or contact VP of Touring Jim McDonald to get information.

And speaking of mileage, now that most everyone has spoken, here's where the Executive Committee came down: we believe that the more rides on the schedule the better if they're open to all members and promote Club camaraderie. Rides that expand the schedule are encouraged. But if they don't attract support and if they become the source of contention, we don't think they justify the liability risks. The Touring and Executive Committees will review all rides against these criteria.

This abbreviated newsletter format is an experiment. Let us have your reaction.

Here are some of the highlights of the enclosed ride schedule:

Tuesday evenings in Cherokee Park - regularly scheduled rides from Cherokee Park return in May and will continue through the rest of the season. Rides start from Hogan's Fountain at 6:30. Just think Tuesdays—no need to check the ride schedule!

May 27 Bike Swap on the Great Lawn - Come to shop, stay to bike 12, 30 or 45 miles on the RiverWalk, Cherokee Park or the Emerald Necklace Tour of Louisville's Olmsted Parks.

May 15-19 is National Bike-to-Work Week. Let's commute to work at least one day.

June 25 Art & Architecture Bike Tour, led by cycling archivist Tom Owen. A tour for the body and the mind.

June 10 City Bike Routes Tour, led by Louisville Public Works Director, Bill Herron.

May 13 is the season's first century ride—100 miles! The Honest Abe to Hodgenville and back.

May 3 & June 21, Tours de Gil. Highland Cycles' gift to area cyclists. Hot dogs but no red stuff!

May 8 Bike Handling classes and every Monday in May and June. St. Matthews Elementary School parking lot on Browns Ln. Learn the fundamentals or step up in class. Or start your new fitness regimen. And check out the Turtle Rides for a relaxing, slow and easy pace.

Remember: no one gets left behind on an LBC ride! See you on the road.


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