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Volunteer Primer – Finger Lakes Cycling Club

Helping Out and Having Fun at the Races

by Glenn Swan

Some of you may wonder what’s involved in volunteering to help at bike races. Here’s a summary of some of the jobs that need to be filled during the Hollenbeck Spring Classic, Cornell Cycling Club races, and other events, such as the State Championships that take place near Ithaca.

Corner Marshalls. The most common position for volunteers is that of “corner marshal.” Since we race on roads that remain open to cars and trucks, it is extremely important to have people located at every intersection to monitor traffic. Racers often act as though they are immortal (or brain dead; take your pick) and assume that, since they are in a race, they can fly around corners as though there’s no traffic. On the other hand, some drivers figure that any cyclist who isn’t on the sidewalk needs to be weeded out as a part of the natural selection process. You can imagine the potential results of a meeting between two humans with such attitudes. That’s where the corner marshal comes in.

The specific, most important role of a corner marshal is to warn racing cyclists of the presence of traffic, and to warn drivers of the imminent arrival of cyclists. A secondary role of corner marshals is to direct cyclists to the proper race-course route at intersections.

Since only an officer of the law can legally stop traffic, the corner marshal can only warn drivers of the bicyclists. This is done with flags, hand gestures, and any other creative communication technique a marshal may invent. If a particularly dangerous situation appears imminent, the corner marshal can use any means to signal the racers to stop. However, successfully conveying such a message to the oxygen-starved, pea-size brains of racers is doubtful. Rest assured, the final responsibility for safely negotiating any situation rests with the riders (and drivers) themselves.

Having Fun. The best way to enjoy being a corner marshal is to come prepared. You may be asked to sit at a corner for three hours in the middle of nowhere, under a hot sun or in freezing rain. This can be a drag. But if you have a chair, an umbrella (rain or shine), some food, and something to read (and perhaps a camera, binoculars, or radio), it can be a lovely way to spend part of a day outdoors. Bringing along a friend or two makes it a lot nicer, too.

At most FLCC events you will be provided with an orange vest, flags, and food and drink. Moreover, you will be reimbursed for any gas expenses involved in getting yourself to and from your station. It shouldn’t cost you money to volunteer your time.

While most riders will be grateful and polite to you for making their race possible, occasionally some riders will be less-than-courteous to corner marshals. If you ever encounter one of those riders, I suggest that you direct them off course, preferably onto a dead-end road with lots of vicious, hungry dogs running loose. At the very least, make a note of their number and let the promoter know of the situation so that the rider can be publicly humiliated after the race.

Support Vehicle Drivers. Another vital job at the races is that of “SVD.” During most road races, and for each category of the race, we provide a lead vehicle to warn oncoming traffic of the approaching bike riders. Lead vehicles also reduce the likelihood that riders will make wrong turns and go off course. The driver of a lead vehicle tries to stay 50 to 200 yards ahead of the first riders at all times. Flashers should always be on, and it’s good to wave at oncoming traffic to indicate that something special is coming at them. On downhills and other fast sections it is best to increase the distance between the car and the riders so that the racers don’t draft the car and won’t crash should the vehicle suddenly have to slow down for a corner, a dog, or some other hazard. Lead vehicles don’t stop, except for real emergencies such as injured riders or armed hijackers.

Followers. If there are enough volunteers we also try to provide “follow vehicles” behind each category of riders. The basic role of a follow vehicle is to provide replacement wheels to riders who get flats, and to help with other repairable problems. The follow vehicle will also stop to help any injured or stranded cyclist.

It takes a bit of judgment to know how far behind the pack to follow, and when to pass groups of slow riders that are dropped from the main bunch, so the role of follow vehicle is usually assigned to people with racing experience. It really helps to have two people in follow vehicles to be aware of all that goes on and to decide where to be at any time.

When stopping to help a rider, you should pull off the road on the right, behind the rider so that you protect her or him from any traffic that might be coming. Also, by being behind the rider, after you fix the problem, the rider won’t have to pull out around your vehicle and possibly get hit by a passing vehicle, and won’t risk hopping back on the bike and sprinting into the back end of your vehicle.

Followers will have a small notepad on which to write the numbers of any people that are aided, particularly if you give them a replacement wheel. That way we can make sure they get back their dead wheel after the race and we can return the spare to whomever it belongs.

In the best of all possible worlds, a rider with a flat tire will receive a replacement wheel so quickly that they can catch up to the pack and resume the race with little handicap due to their misfortune. In reality it usually takes a little while for the follow vehicle to reach the rider in difficulty, and then the communication about what the rider may need is less than perfect. It takes a minute to get out an appropriate wheel, to get it on the bike, and for the rider to get under way. This is one of those stressful times for the cyclist (not to mention the volunteer) and occasionally bad words are spoken. Once again, most cyclists are grateful for your help and will thank you and show their appreciation. However, if cyclists are upset, rude, or ungrateful, I recommend that you let them know that they are being impolite, and suggest to them that they can walk their bike to the finish line. I don’t recommend driving over their bike, even though you may feel like doing so. This is a chance for you to feel the adrenaline that is involved during a bike race. You’ll be amazed at how intense things are even though from a distance it may seem pretty calm.

Prep Work. A basic yet very important pre-race volunteer job is that of course-marking and corner-sweeping. Those duties can be a real drag if you are the promoter and have little or no help, and you have to drive around and sweep and shovel dirt and gravel (and worse) from intersections of roads so far out in the country that, when you look at the locals who pass you by, you wonder if they’re thinking about the movie Deliverance. On the other hand, if you have a few friends who want to do it together, it can be a fun traveling party when you summon an Indy-pit-crew attitude. Four or five people pile out of the car, armed with shovels and brooms, and with the radio playing, and the fur flies! The job gets done in no time, and you share all the latest jokes and stories. If it’s the Hollenbeck course (Virgil), there’s usually some food in the car during the job, and certainly afterward. It can be much more than a job — an adventure if you have enough people.

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There is satisfaction in a job well done, and a bike race put on by volunteers who know their jobs and do them well can be as satisfying for the volunteers as for the racers themselves. Feeling competent about the jobs you perform and seeing the results of that competence in the form of a seamless race and the enjoyment of the participants is cool. If there are enough volunteers, it is fun and nobody gets burned out. And when that happens, it’s easier to make the same race or some other similar event happen in the future, too.

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Tips and Info – Finger Lakes Cycling Club

The members of the club collectively have an incredible trove of wisdom and knowledge about bicycles and bicycling. We post some of this trove in response to recurring questions. If you have unanswered questions or unmet needs, please contact FLCC board members and we’ll try to be helpful.

Another resource in Ithaca is the website of Bike Ithaca — advice on commuting, riding in the cold, community issues to do with cycling, etc.

Other links that look like good tips:

Here are some useful phone numbers and organizations:

607-272-2444 This is the emergency dispatch for Ithaca. Same as dialing 911. Use only for serious emergencies.

607-272-9973 This is the Ithaca City Police Department.

607-277-1718 Call for various street issues.

607-274-6530 Engineering Office. Good place to get questions answered and to make suggestions for road improvements.

607-273-1721 Town of Ithaca. Roads not in the city of Ithaca

607-533-4328 Lansing Highway Superintendent

607-844-8888 option 8 Dryden Highway Department

607-898-3110 Groton Highway Department

607-277-0660 Bolton Point Water Emergencies (will deliver water to stranded cyclists within 30 miles of Ithaca. Ask for Jack Rueckheim.)

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Women’s Wednesday Night Rides – Finger Lakes Cycling Club

This is a collection of maps and routes used by the Women’s Wednesday Night Road Rides. Routes are rated A, B, and C according to speed, distance, and difficulty (climbing). Routes are also labelled with a digit 1-4 for ease of reference, as the group cycles through the rides during the season. A plus sign (+) in the name indicates an extended version of another ride.

  • Group A: Fast speed >15 mph, approximately 28+ miles
  • Group B: Moderate speed 12-15 mph, approximately 20-27 miles
  • Group C:

All the Women’s rides have been moved (May 2016) to the new FLCC Ride with GPS website.  The link to them is: finger-lakes-cycling-club-routes.  After clinking on the link, click “filter,”  then filter by tags such as “Women’s A”. These rides can be sorted further by clicking the heading categories at the top of each column.
See full details on Women’s Road Rides.

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Saturday and Sunday Rides – Finger Lakes Cycling Club

The links to the collection of routes that the club uses as a basis for the Sunday and Saturday rides is: finger-lakes-cycling-club-routes.  After clinking on the link, click “filter,”  then filter by tags. These rides can be sorted further by clicking the heading categories.  As always, though, be alert for changes that may have been made to roads and, if you don’t know the area well, bring along a good road map.  Note: Cell phone coverage is spotty still especially around Speedsville.

 

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Brief Descriptions of the Saturday and Sunday Rides – Finger Lakes Cycling Club

Shindagin Loop –21

The ride winds south through the beautiful White Church Valley to Wilseyville, then turns back north along Prospect Valley to Shindagin Hollow. The road turns gravel for a while, passing through the hollow and ascending to a bit of elevation — from which we get the great descent back down to Brooktondale for the finish. Just 21 miles with about a 1,000′ of climb.  A stop at Brockton’s Market is a must!

East Hill to Yaple — 33

This ride leaves East Hill Plaza (map) toward Slaterville and Carolline, then swings over Yaple to Old 76 for the delightful descent to Brooktondale and the famous Brookton’s Market. The ride concludes with an exhilarating climb over Snyder Hill back to EHP.

Salmon Creek/Indian Fields Loop — 34

This lovely rural ride follows Salmon Creek north from Ludlowville Falls onto Indian Fields Road. It is a fairly flat ride with a very gradual climb on the way out, lovely scenery and vistas and very little automotive traffic. There are no towns or food en route.

Grisamore — 34

The principal food option along this route is Linda’s Diner (Sat. 6AM – 2PM, Sun. 7AM – 2PM) on NY 34 at Locke Rd.

T-Burg to Cayuta Lake Loop — 37

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Speedsville to Greenwood Park – 37

This is a loop of about 40 miles with the park as a destination. The original purpose of this route was as a Day One of a weekend bike tour — Greenwood Park is a lovely place to camp, with swimming as well as the usual showers and campsites. Using this as a ride on its own, you might want to consider which direction to take it in — whether to have the flat miles at the beginning or end. In either case, though, you should plan to stop at the park, a little jewel in the eastern hills.

Groton — 38

Bun Appetite Bakery in Groton for food: Mon: 7:00 am – 2:30 pm, Tue: 6:30 am – 2:30 pm, Wed-Fri: 6:30 am – 6:00 pm, Sat: 6:30 am – 2:30 pm, Sun: 7:00 am – 1:00 pm

Taughannock to Conn Hill — 40

Starting in Trumansburg, this ride passes by the upper part of Robert Treman State Park via Connecticut Hill.  This ride has quite a bit of climbing.  However, there are lots of gorgeous views and beautiful descents to compensate for the work.

King Ferry — 43

Treleaven Winery is the only place for food and drink on this route!

Homer to Otisco Lake – 46

Going around Otisco Lake would be a rather short ride since the lake is actually only about six miles long. However, the ridge to the west of the lake as well as the lake valley is exceptionally beautiful and make for much more of a ride. By beginning in Homer, we are warmed up on the flats before beginning the gentle climb to the head of the lake.

Meet in Homer at the Homer Junior High School, 58 Clinton St., Homer, NY on NY 41 just off NY 281.

There are no stores to buy food or drink on the west side of the lake. On Otisco Valley Rd there is a bar in Amber and a store serving a marina a bit south of that. Best to bring what you need on this ride.

Texas Hollow — 46

This ride features the lovely stretch of pretty good gravel road along Texas Hollow State Forest just north of Odessa. Odessa marks the midpoint, where you can resupply food and water.

Michigan Hill – 49

The birthplace of John D Rockefeller is a quarter mile down Rockefeller Road, which is off Michigan Hill Road.

Brooktondale-Freeville Ramble — 49

Some lesser known roads, with a stop at Brookton’s Market for a snack. The one big climb up Ringwood is rewarded with an exhilarating long downhill to Rt 13. Portion on Rt 13 has wide shoulder and is short. An ice cream stop is an option at Toads2 in Freeville before a meandering return ride through Lansing.

T-burg Ramble — 50

Rambling route through the rolling countryside around Trumansburg, with an ice cream stop at Cayuga Creamery. Yum!

Bikes & Brew — 51

This ride starts and ends at Rogues’ Harbor where one can have a drink and get something to eat.

Taylor Valley – 54

Start from the Friendly’s Restaurant in the shopping center next to Interstate 81, NY 13 exit in Cortland.

Alternatives — From Marathon, an alternative with a bit more climbing is to work over to NY 215 via Muckey Rd. At US 11, go straight ahead on 221 across the bridge and tracks to Tannery St. Take a right for 1.1 mi. up to Highland Rd; take a right for 1.9 miles to Muckey Rd. Go right for 2.4 miles to NY 215. Take a left and resume the above route.

The climbing through Virgil can be avoided by taking US11 all the way to Cortland. This shortens the trip by 5 miles.

Cayuta Lake Plus – 57

This ride includes one very steep, short climb, from Odessa to the ridge of county road 7, Lower Footes Rd. One can easily walk it.

The ride can be shortened at several points:

Turn north at mile 22 (where CR 6 T’s into CR 10 at the cemetery) and return via NY 228 to retrace the outbound route.
Return from Odessa (at mile 24, after lunch) via NY 228, retracing the outbound route.
Turn east on NY 79 (mile 31) and return via NY 227 to Perry City; right on NY 228 to first left; retrace outbound route.

Two Lakes and a BBQ – 60

It’s a very beautiful 60-mile ride through lightly traveled roads near Otisco and Skaneateles Lakes with 3,207 feet of climbing.  Start just north of Bob’s BBQ at 5290 NYS Route 281, Homer, NY.

Lake Como — 63

This ride passes through some beautiful rolling-to-hilly scenery on the way to Lake Como — which is not like the one in Italy! The aptly named Long Hill Rd, after Moravia, gains about 500 feet in a mile or so and then continues more gently.

Take 38 south from Moravia to Locke, to avoid the climb and shorten the route. From Locke there are two options.

Montezuma-Chimney Bluffs SP – 63

Start: Tschache Pool observation point

Parking at start of ride

This is a new ride to get Finger Lakes riders up to the shores of Lake Ontario. The start is just 2.9 miles north of US 20 at the Tschache Pool observation tower, a place where you can watch the huge number of birds inhabiting the Montezuma Wildlife Preserve. There is plenty of room to park and a rest room. The ride takes county roads north to Chimney Bluffs State Park, where you can jump off the end of the lake-eroded pavement to the beach and have a look at the bluffs.

At 1766 feet, this route has about half the climbing of a typical FLCC 60-miler, but that doesn’t necessarily make it an easy ride — the constant little rises and dips can wear you down. Fortunately, there are lots of places to get supplies along the way.

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Ride Starting Points – Finger Lakes Cycling Club

There are several standard starting points for FLCC rides, designed to avoid having to climb out of the city just to start a ride and also to extend our range further into the Finger Lakes Region.

Local rides start either on East Hill or West Hill, but there are also special starts in Lansing, Candor, Watkins Glen, etc. For this reason, be sure to check the map/cue sheet to determine the particular start location.

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Maps – Finger Lakes Cycling Club

In Central New York State, the FLCC and OCC publish maps of their club rides. The FLCC maps (updated May 2016) are old chestnuts. The OCC maps are useful too. The OCC has a huge number of rides, many of them well into the Finger Lakes territory. With any such maps, though, if you’re not familiar at all with the region, please get a good backup map and note cell phone coverage is spotty still in central New York.

The links to the club routes:

FLCC club routes

 

Onondage Cycling Club map page — it’s a huge library of great routes.

 

Cornell University — maps of the campus and a bit of surrounding Ithaca.

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Womens Road Rides – Finger Lakes Cycling Club

Monday 3/14/2016

Hi WRRs! Last night was the annual FLCC meeting. It was very informative and a lot of new initiatives were discussed. It was nice to see some WRR regulars at the meeting.

The Ithaca weather has been great this year. So many warm, sunny days to get in early season miles. Feel free to use the listserve to organize group rides before WRRs start. If it will be your first time on your bike this year, make sure you check the brakes, pump up your tires, and clean and lube your chain! A clean bike is a fast bike.

What are your cycling goals this year? Are you out there just for fun, training for a race or a tour, or for another reason? I hope we get to share all of our cycling stories and aspirations with each other this season.

Do you want to race? To you want to help out at a race? Consider volunteering at or registering for Hollenbeck’s Spring Classic Road Race. The cat4 womens group had so many women last year, including some WRR regulars!  It was awesome to see so many women cyclists competing. There will be pint glasses this year for all volunteers and the top ten finishers in each category. The race is in Virgil NY on May 1st.

I’d like to thank Cynthia for her continued leadership and all that she has done for WRR. I’m leaving her post below as is, since it perfectly summarizes what you need to know about WRR if you are new to the group. We’ll start WRR in mid April if the weather continues to cooperate.  In the meantime, encourage your friends to check out the webpage and find out more info.   I’m looking forward to another great cycling season, and I hope to see you out on the road.

Michelle Cilia

Sunday 4/12/2015

Hey Women Road Cyclists,

Lets Get Ready to Roll for Summer 2015!!

Get those bikes off the trainer, tuned up, find your Helmet, water bottle, flat tire kit and get those cobwebs out of your shoes and plan to join us!

The weekly Wednesday Women’s Road Rides will begin again on Wednesday, May 20, 2015! We’re formally starting later this year but I’m hoping informal rides will be advertised by members of the WRR listserv. If you would like to ride send an invitation via the list serv for level of ride-A, B or C, time to meet and approx distance. This is YOUR listserv!

To join the WRR listserv: go the Flcycling.org website (if you’re reading this you’re in the website) and under “Contents” in the far right column, go to “Club Stuff” then “email subscriptions”. Scroll down until you see the “Women’s Road Ride List”. You have to join yourself. I can’t add anyone. If you think you joined, but are not receiving any emails, please check and/or rejoin.

Please do not plan to use these rides as the first time you’ve been out on your bike cycling this distance! 

Who: Women cyclists:

You must use either clipless pedals or pedal cages (shoes attached to pedals) and   have a bike that is  suited for at least touring with a gear range that can handle the surrounding hills: 10/11-25-28. No 3 or 6 speeds.  Must have experience biking at least 15-20 (hilly) miles. If you’re unsure, please check out and cycle the routes posted under maps. You should be able to cycle at least the C routes comfortably.

These rides are not appropriate for beginners-women new to cycling.

Where: East Hill Plaza Parking lot/far end behind CFCU/TCT Banks/ Burger King

When: Wednesdays.  Leave at 6 pm sharp so arrive 10 min prior

We will break into 3 groups based on ability or desire:

Group A (Fast speed >15 mph)

Group B ( moderate speed 12-15 mph)

Group C (10-12 mph or “I have no idea or care!”)

Groups B and C are “no drop” with the responsibility of sticking together shared among the group! This may mean groups of 2-6 cyclists agreeing to stick together. No one should ride alone! Since I can’t t ride with each level at the same time;), it’s up to the group to determine who will be sweeper and check back or wait in case someone gets dropped! This is a group ride after all!!

I will send out the proposed route/reminder  on Mon or Tues via the WRR listserv so please sign up for the WRR listservon the Fingerlakes Cycling (FLcycling) email list web page. This listserv is also used for  notification of clinics prior to the ride, advertising rides on the weekends or other nights AND for cancelations due to weather!!

I also encourage you to join FLCC . If you plan to be a regular, please support the Fingerlakes Cycling Club-they make these rides possible!!

Remember to wear a helmet , bring water, a spare tube, tire changing lever and pump! (I will have a few clinics prior to our rides to practice changing a tire, review group riding skills, etc.)

Hope to see all of you on your bikes in May!!

If you are not sure if the Wednesday rides are appropriate for you contact me off list via WRR or through this website.

(Note: The Thursday rides are appropriate for those who are unsure of their skills and are new to cycling in a group)

Cynthia Schnedeker

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Family Rides – Finger Lakes Cycling Club

Join us for a ride with your kids and share your love of cycling!   Sign up to the FLCC listserv or check the event postings for updates.

Mondays 4:30pm, East Hill Rec Path (Check back in the Spring of 2013 for the status of this ride):  Meet at 9 Pheasant Lane for an extended ride at 4:30pm or meet at the Pew Trail parking lot at the base of Snyder Hill Rd. at 4:40pm for a shorter ride with less climbing.  We’ll ride the trail along Honness to the East Hill Rec Path out to Game Farm Rd. and back, approx. 8 miles round-trip.  For those starting at 9 Pheasant, we’ll ride through the Eastern Heights neighborhood.  Parent/guardian & helmets are required for all kids.  This route has a steep hill, street crossings and a short distance of on-road riding along Maple Ave.  Parents are responsible for ensuring that their child crosses safely & stays to the right.  This weekly ride will continue until the end of the school year.

Farmer’s Market Rides, Saturdays (Check back in the Spring of 2013 for the status of this ride): Armin and his boys will be leading a weekly ride from their house on the Northside of Ithaca through the Fall Creek neighborhood to the Farmer’s Market via the wonderful newly opened section of the Waterfront Trail. The route takes less-travelled roads through Fall Creek (Yates, Utica, Falls and Tioga streets), then on Lake St. to the start of the Waterfront Trail by the Youth Bureau, which runs along the lakeshore and over the bridges to the golf course. They’ll spend up to an hour at the Farmer’s Market, enjoying snacks and the sights, and then return more or less the same way. Armin’s boys are 8 and 11 years old, and this ride is giving them a good opportunity to learn the rules of the road and discover the pleasures of group rides.  When Phase 2 of the Waterfront Trail gets completed, maybe the ride will be expanded all the way to Cass Park!  Helmets & parental supervision are required.  Contact Armin aheurich@gmail.com or check the listserv for schedule updates.

Day and Time: Saturdays, 10:30 am-12:30 pm throughout the spring and summer, weather permitting
Starting and Ending Location: 114 Monroe St., Ithaca (yellow house with red trim on the corner of First and Monroe Streets). There’s plenty of on-street parking
Distance: 7.6 miles
Route map: http://tinyurl.com/IthacaWaterfrontBiking

List members are welcome to announce their own rides too by sending a message out to the listserv. For example, if you know you are going to ride around Cass Park next Friday afternoon with a 7-year old on her own bike, or even would like to organize an overnight tour to a state park, just send a message over the list to invite others.

Cycling with other families makes it more fun for both the adults and the kids!

FamBike Email List

The email list is used by people interested in family rides to announce or inquire about rides that are being organized. To propose a new ride, ask about an existing one, cancel one because of inclement weather, etc., the email list will reach all those interested in the topic (so, please subscribe if you are interested!). Go to the list’s general info page and follow the instructions for subscribing. (The list is run on the club’s web server and has absolutely no availability for spammers or other illegitimate users of your information.)

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Thursdays – Finger Lakes Cycling Club

Thursday Night “Slow” Rides

5:30 pm, Cayuga Professional Center Medical/Dental Plaza parking lot, West Hill.

This ride was initiated for people who either can’t or don’t want to strive for speed on their bikes, as well as for those who are new to cycling and nervous about their abilities.  So, —

  • if you aren’t sure how well you can manage riding on hills or on roads or in groups;
  • if you are an experienced rider who only wants to go slowly and look around more;
  • if you want to ride without going on roads with lots of traffic;
  • if you want to take your kids out on a ride in a group but don’t want them to be dropped;
  • if you don’t have the “right kind” of bike or the “right kind” of knowledge or skill

— well, then the Thursday night ride is one where you will be accommodated.

There will always be at least one experienced rider present to help with equipment and skills and to offer advice.

The rides will be chosen to fit the group that shows up. In general, they will be 15 to 20 miles long with few (if any) of the big hills. As the year progresses, we will probably get more ambitious, but never beyond the abilities or inclinations of everyone who shows up.

We felt the need for this kind of ride for a long time, and finally Russ Washburn made the commitment to start it. It quickly developed a following and carried into the second year with David Poles taking leadership. People taking part have showed up on road, mountain and hybrid bikes; two tandems made regular appearances; and we even have a recumbent on occasion!

The one firm requirement for participating is that you wear a proper bicycle helmet and have a bicycle. Beyond that, it’s good to carry a water bottle (dehydration is all too  likely on rides unless you keep drinking), and the basic repair kit of tire patches, a pump and a tool or two. Someone will be glad to explain these needs if they aren’t clear.

The gathering place is at the Cayuga Professional Center Medical/Dental Plaza parking lot. That’s on West Hill, just past (north of) the entrance to the hospital on route 96. It’s about 2.5 miles up Cliff Street from the bridge over the inlet.

In the past, I attended quite literally every Thursday, so I could guarantee someone would be present to explain things. Since then I seem to have been diverted for many of the Thursdays, but there is enough of a constant contingent that you probably won’t be without an experienced guide present.

Getting to the start can be very difficult for many folks — it’s at the top of a long hill and the road is a very busy highway. However, there is a TCAT bus that arrives at about the same time as our ride starts.

Time Trials

The longstanding series of time trials has been held every Thursday during the cycling season, but is not an official or unofficial event of the Finger Lakes Cycling Club. The traditional meeting place has been at the Coddington Community Center just south of Updike Rd and Burns Rd on Coddington Rd. Festivities begin at 6:00, but be sure to check with the listserv for last minute adjustments. Lately, other courses for the TT have been used experimentally, so monitor the email for the latest.