November-December 2001 Newsletter
Old Kentucky Home Tour
by Jane Tyer and
Setting a New Standard
We heard it said that the move to Spalding Hall
in Bardstown was the best thing to happen to
the OKHT since the Cookie Stop! What a splendid
way for riders to end their day, cycling up Xavier
Lane under the trees. Massage, carriage rides,
beer garden, bourbon tasting, ride photographs,
dinner, raffle, Dr. Hemiolaís blues band, the
lawn and trees, friends ó what more could you
want? We have Bill Warner and Mike Pitt to thank
for all their many efforts in coordinating this
new venue. Itís a hit!
Nearly 1000 paid participants and volunteers (many,
many thanks to Pam Thaler, our volunteer
coordinator!) came together for two very memorable
days of music, food, fun, oh, and cycling through
the incredibly beautiful Kentucky backroads. We had
out-of-state riders from Illinois, Indiana,
Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio,
Pennsylvania, South Dakota, and Tennessee. Our
affiliation with Active.com and on-line registration
helped boost our out-of-state numbers. A tip of our
helmets to those who made this yearís ride a
reality, including, of course, our Supporting
Sponsors: Buffalo Trace Distillers, also sponsor of
the extremely popular bourbon tasting, Schellerís
Fitness and Cycling, who provided roving support
and the Trek road bike for the Brain Injury
Association raffle, Dr. Gary Griffin and St.
Matthews Dental Care Group, and our newest sponsor,
Milestone/Baptist East Wellness Center who have
really jumped into the cycling and spinning scene.
Once again this year, the Old Kentucky Home Tour
and the Louisville Bicycle Club designated a
portion of the proceeds from the tour and
donated $3000 to the Brain Injury Association of
Kentucky. Generous riders also donated over $500
with their registrations. This was supplemented
by another $1200 in proceeds from the bike raffle.
Then last yearís bike winner and re-gifter, Dr.
Gary Griffin, pulled LBC Pres. Earl Jonesí name
out as the raffle winner. Gary had set the
precedent in 2000, so Earl most graciously gave
back the bike for a second drawing and matched
the proceeds. Another incredible moment of
generosity! (Would you have kept the bike?)
Nearly one-quarter of the riders completed
surveys, and the results were overwhelmingly
positive on the overall event and sags, although
there were a number of very helpful suggestions
made as well. Opinions were divided on the new
century route, and everybody complained about
that relentless headwind on Saturday (though
nobody complained at all about the tailwind on
Sunday. Why is that?).
This ride could not be possible without the
year-long efforts of our committee. Thanks to
Joe Argabrite (Tom Sawyer), Billie Beachy
(packets), Cheryl Brawner, Susan Engh
(Sag Facilities), Ellen Hall (Merchandise),
Bob Horner (Sag Food), Earl Jones,
Lynn Luking (Merchandise), Marilyn Motsch
(Graphic Design & Publicity), Ellen Mueller
(Advance Registration), Mike Pitt (Bardstown),
Bill Sanders (Bardstown), Pam Thaler (Volunteers),
Jim Tretter (da money! And Day-of-Ride
Registration). Itís been a pleasure and a
delight to work with you, and your efforts for
the LBC and the OKHT are greatly appreciated.
To all the OKHT participants: come back next year
and bring your friends! To all the volunteers:
recruit another volunteer, work one day and ride
one day! To all the OKHT sponsors: THANKS!
Committees now forming for the 2002 Old Kentucky
Home Bicycle Tour. E-mail email@example.com to
volunteer. Donít miss out on all the fun.
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