January-February 2005 Newsletter
From the President
by Earl Jones
Going to Extremes
2004 was a year of extremes. Extreme
miles and an extremely large number of
rides. Extremely happy club members and
extremely Mad Dogs. Extremely bad
attacks on cyclists and extremely good
club publicity. An extremely entertaining
safety video for the extremely larger number
of OKHT participants.
Twenty-three ride captains led 10 or more
rides; AB Sandefur was way out front with
41. A record 47 riders became members of the
Century Club, i.e. they rode at least five
centuries this season; fifteen rode more
than 20, led by Mike Pitt at 36!
Almost everything was bigger and usually
better. So it wasnít a surprise that the
2004 awards banquet followed the pattern:
150 LBC members and friends, the largest
number ever, met at Captainís Quarters
restaurant on Upper River Road for the
annual meeting to elect officers, recognize
the achievements of individual cyclists and
honor our volunteers. If weíd had more room,
175 would have attended.
It was a wonderful evening even though the
quarters were tight. The eveningís top award,
LBC Volunteer of the Year, went to two members.
Kathy Schmitt, tour director for the Old
Kentucky Home Tour for 2002, 2003 and 2004,
was recognized for the great job she has done
to grow the event. In 2004, 1400 riders
participated. This was the largest number ever.
And the Swope Group Auto Dealers became a major
sponsor, joining long-term sponsors Baptist
East/Milestone Fitness Center, Buffalo Trace
Distillery and Schellerís Fitness and Cycling.
Tim Chilton, VP Touring, also received the
top award. The 2004 statistics (see sidebar) are
the best evidence of Timís dedication and
imagination in creating one of the best ride
schedules in the U.S. Some 59 riders participated
in the Tour de Mad Dog challenge with 22
completing it, sparking the 2004 season and
getting new riders involved in the club.
Winners of the volunteer awards for the club
programs were: Cheryl Brawner, Advocacy; Sara
Ferebee, Communications; AB Sandefur, Education;
Mike Pitt, Touring; Old Kentucky Home Tour, Lewis
Miller; and David Schmidt and Cary Shields,
Racing. Jon Wheat was selected as Ride Captain
of the Year.
Fifty-seven club members were awarded the
traditional LBC mug. These volunteers are the
heart of the club. They volunteer day-in and
day-out to support our programs (see complete
These volunteers and 100 others were given
new LBC socks for their work on the Old Kentucky
The following racers were recognized for
superior individual achievement: Duffy Schneiter
and Rich MacInnes, most-improved road racers;
Maureen Kunz, MTB racer of the year; and Tracy
Huber and Aaron Werner, road racers of the year.
The touring program recognized Jay Palmer,
first to achieve 75,000 lifetime miles; Dave
Runge, who reached 50,000; and Tim Chilton, Rick
Croslin and Joe Proctor, who reached the
Tracy Barnes, Mike Kamenish and Jon Wheat were
named most improved riders. The masters touring
champions were Vicky Dobbs and Carl Davis, and
the overall touring champions were Susan Howell,
with a record-setting 10,273 miles in the season,
and Jim Tretter, whose new retirement allowed him
to record 8,793 miles, which would have been the
record any other year.
Finally, taking care of the principal business
activity of the annual meeting, the assembled
members re-elected the Executive Committee. We
appreciate the vote of confidence and that you
support the direction the club has been taking.
2004 was an extremely good year. I look forward
to seeing everyone in 2005, which I'll start off
on the bike at the New Year's Day Polar Bear Ride.
We'll also have our annual bike swap and a
membership meeting, too. I hope to see you there.
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