May-June 2003 Newsletter
From the President
by Earl Jones
Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due
It may seem early to be writing about the
Old Kentucky Home Tour, which, after
all, won’t happen until September 6 and 7.
But the tour has become so large and
requires so much advance work that success
can be assured only if planning is
well underway by March.
There are four big reasons why we can
expect this year’s tour to be at least as
good as we’ve all come to expect: Tour
Director Kathy Schmitt, Baptist East/Milestone
Fitness Center, Buffalo Trace Distillers and
Scheller’s Fitness and Cycling.
Kathy has lined up a great committee;
most of them repeat members. Heading
up this ride isn’t an easy assignment. I
often wonder what motivates a person to
take on the responsibility, especially these
days when the tour has become so central
to the club’s mission and riders’ expectations
of have risen so high. OKHT revenue supports
many LBC activities, helps grow membership
and reinforces our advocacy programs by placing
so many riders on the backroads of the
Commonwealth. If you’ve never worked on the
ride (or haven’t done so recently) do it this
year. You’ll be surprised how much fun you’ll
The other three big reasons to celebrate —
Baptist East/Milestone Wellness Center,
Buffalo Trace Distillers and Scheller’s Fitness
and Cycling — are beginning to seem like really
good old friends. They’ve been principal
sponsors since Jane Tyler began the OKHT
sponsorship program in 2000. Every LBC member
should get to know these sponsors and check out
their products and services.
Baptist East/Milestone Wellness Center will be
the starting point for several Sunday afternoon
rides throughout the season. Don't forget to
bring your bathing suits because they’re opening
the pool to LBC members after the rides. Check
the ride schedule for the dates. Milestone is
also hosting the Bike Handling series for new and
returning riders. The sessions will be held near
the Center on Mondays at 6:30 p.m. in May, June,
July and August. Milestone is putting the sessions
on the Center's activity calendar so we’re
expecting larger participation this year.
Buffalo Trace has brought new spirit to the
tour. The post-ride bourbon tasting at Spalding
Hall in Bardstown has become a signature event.
(Just as some riders ride to eat, some OKHT
riders . . .) Bardstown is, after all, the
bourbon capital of the world! So what better
place to try one. And this year we’ll get to
visit Buffalo Trace at their place because Tim
Chilton, VP Touring, is putting a ride to the
Frankfort distillery on the schedule this summer.
As for Scheller’s, they’ve enabled OKHT to
reach one of the LBC’s key objectives: sharing the
benefits of the tour with a cycling-relevant
charity. Over the last three years, Scheller’s
support of the ride, by donating a high-end bicycle
for raffle, has meant more than $10,000 in donations
to the Kentucky Brain Injury Association of Kentucky.
And Scheller’s roving SAG and day-of-ride technical
support, led by Ian Graham and Tom Armstrong, has
been very important for rider safety and the tour’s
I hope everyone who has ridden the tour in past
years and everyone who’s considered doing the tour
does it this year and joins us for the party in
Bardstown. And support our three big sponsors and
all the others who help make the ride possible.
Before I close I wanted to mention a ride that
promises to become one of the highlights of each
season. Last June, Lee Squires, the Superintendent of
Cave Hill Cemetery, invited the club to tour the
facility. Despite the threatening weather more than
125 cyclists participated.
We’ve been invited back this year. But, to help
manage the crowd and ensure a respectful atmosphere,
this year’s ride will be by invitation only to
volunteers who made a significant contribution to the
club in 2002. If you’re in that group, i.e., if you
received a mug or an award last year, we'll be in
touch. If you have any questions about this,call me.
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