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November-December 2004 Newsletter

Thanks from the 27th OKHT

by OKHT Committee


Close to 1,300 cyclists! Another record breaking year! The OKHT continues to grow and people like you keep coming back because it’s a great event! And it’s a great event because of people like you.

How can we say thank you enough to the over 200 volunteers and to the sponsors that make this event what it is ... one of the top-rated rides in America? Here's how.

Thank you!

Thanks to our wonderful supporting sponsors: Scheller's Fitness and Cycling, Buffalo Trace Distillery, Baptist East/Milestone Fitness Center, and Swope Dealer Network.

Scheller’s provided a weekend full of maintenance and roving SAG support. In addition, they provided a wonderful bike for the raffle for the Brain Injury Association of Kentucky (BIAK). Thanks for everything!

Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey provided a nice respite from the day with the bourbon tasting. As always, it was very enjoyable.Thank you!

Baptist East/Milestone Fitness Center provided us with a meeting place for our Safety Video premier as well as a stretching and wind-down yoga class at the finish of the ride on Saturday. Thank you!

Swope Dealer Network underwrote the new Safety Video for the OKHT. Well done and thank you!

Thanks to the Safety Video Initiative team (Andy Rawls, Chris Hammon, Brooke Willis, Lewis Miller, Joe Ward, Steve Sarson, and A.B. Sandefur) for creating a world-class video — it was informative and fun at the same time. Thanks also to all of you who viewed the safety video. I hope it was 8 minutes and 56 seconds of time well-spent. It must have been because we only had one accident the entire OKHT weekend. That really says something about our cyclists and the video.

Thanks to all the people who came to participate from as far away as West Virginia, Wisconsin, Virginia, Texas, Tennessee, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Ohio, California, Florida, Alabama, North Carolina, New York, Nebraska, Missouri, Michigan, Maryland, Maine, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, and from all over the state of Kentucky!

We had plenty of cookies because folks like you baked them and brought them. Thank you!

Thanks to all the talented folks who submitted a design for our jersey this year. Congratulations to Sara Ferebee for the winning design and for her work on the brochure, logo, Web site, poster and newsletter.

Thanks to our new dinner caterer: the Bistro 535 Catering of Shelbyville, Ky. It was lovely.

Thanks to St. Michael's Church in Fairfield,Ky., for the use of their pavilion for our Saturday picnic lunch. Bless you.

Thanks to the Louisville School of Massage for the massages waiting for us.

Thanks to Breadworks for providing great bread for the SAG stops.

We had plenty of pizza this year compliments of Tony Boombozz. Thank you!

Thanks to Doll’s Market for the fruit. We had plenty!

Thanks to the LBC’s own Brad Thompson and National Distribution & Contracting out of Nashville,Tenn., for donating the hand sanitizers for the SAG stops.

Thanks to the Louisville Metro Police and Anchorage Police for their support. Also, thanks to Captain Mike Schmitt of the Fern Creek Firehouse and Mike Dooley of the Mount Washington Volunteer Fire Department for the use of their facilities and grounds.

Thanks to the Anchorage City Council for their help and guidance. Also, to the cities of Fairfield and Bloomfield for their hospitality.

Thank you to Mr. John Jordan, Sr., of Jordan Services and Mr. Bodine of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church for the use of their property for SAG stops. Also,the nice people of Woodlawn Beech Fork United Methodist Church set up a SAG stop of their own for folks to enjoy the shade and get a cool drink. And thanks to Mike & Mardy Smith for the use of their property for the cookie stop. Thanks!

Thanks to two state parks: E.P."Tom" Sawyer State Park for the use of their facilities for the weekend and Lincoln Homestead for the use of the cabin for the SAG stop.

Thanks to Bootleg Barbecue for lunch. They sure can handle the crowds!

Thanks to the Bardstown/Nelson County Tourist and Convention Commission for their contribution to our event. Also, thanks to Xaviers and the Oscar Getz Whiskey Museum for providing our box lunches and an appropriate setting for a bourbon tasting.

Thanks to Heine Brothers for the coffee at registration and for the bagels from Nancy’s Bagel Grounds.

Thanks to the Louisville Bicycle Club’s own Walter Lay and the Velo All-Stars for the excellent entertainment in Bardstown. Walter and his band played in exchange for a donation to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Thanks also to our other entertainers: The Piano Peddler, “Uncle” Mike Carr and his banjo picking friend from Rabbit Hash,Ky., John Gonzalez and his duo called “Stranger 'n Fiction,” and Molly McCormack and her hammered dulcimer.

And a BIG THANKS to all the people on the OKHT committee who work all year to make this a wonderful event.

Mark your calendars for next year. The dates are September 10th and 11th, 2005.

Now, here is how you can help us improve on the OKHT. We cannot continue to offer a top-notch cycling event without help from members of this cycling community. We are looking for committed individuals who can join the OKHT Executive Committee. We are in desperate need of an individual (or a team) to spearhead the SAG stop coordination (shopping, distribution, etc). Also, Karen Jaworski is retiring from the Volunteer Coordinator post and we need to find a replacement for her. Again, this can be headed by one person or a small team. Please contact us at info@okht.org to help.

Please give us your feedback on how to raise the bar for excellence for next year's event. Go to www.OKHT.org to respond.

Thank you!
OKHT Executive Committee


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