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Location: Bass Pro Shops Sportsman’s Park, 2500 East Kearney Street, Springfield (at the corporate headquarters not the Springfield store location
|100 mile Century Ride - 7:30 am||70 mile Advanced Ride - 7:30 am|
|41 mile Intermediate Ride - 9:30 am||23 mile Beginner Ride - 9:30 am|
Lots more detail on the TdB site here. (Registration, packet pickup, entry fees, Rider Essentials & Rest Stops, etc.)
|Map (.pdf)||.gpx file||Cue sheet (.xls) - 100 mile|
|Cue sheet (.xls) - 70 mile||Cue sheet (.xls) - 41 mile||Cue sheet - (.xls) 23 mile|
Wow - it’s really a formal editorial - the first in a very long time.
Well, the Bike MS ride is over and to many folks this marks the end of the riding season. Well, some people think so, and if you ask your local bike shop they’ll probably tell you that business really wanes after the Bike MS ride. Sure, it’s one of those immovable milestones that forces you to train. You know it is coming and there’s nothing you can do but get ready. Of course it really isn't the end of the season - far from it. Spoiled by the fantastic July weather, we’ve been suffering a bit lately with heat and humidity. The coming of fall is a big relief and makes for great riding weather AND there’s still two big local rides - Springbike’s Fall Metric and the Tour de Bass. Before you know it, the Holiday Season will be upon us complete with parties and an official launching of 2015 by the Springbike New Year’s day Ride. Well, maybe... You should all know that none of these rides just happens. It takes a coordinated effort of planning and follow-through. And it all starts with a dedicated group of volunteers headed by the Springbike Board of Directors. The Board is guided by a President whose biggest job is to keep the Club moving forward. Fall also means that it's time to find replacements for some of our officers - not all by any means. Our Vice-President Bill Alter (and others) are staying on, and Bill, along with the other board members will make it easier than you might think for a new President. Our current President Tony Miller has been at it now for two years and he has earned a well-deserved break. (I can attest as one of several other two-term Presidents.) In addition to Bill, Steve Raper and Patrick Tasset have agreed to continue as Secretary and Treasurer, respectively. While not Officers, the Board also includes several other key positions. We also need to find replacements for Brandon Freeman who has served as Chair of the Membership Committee and Gary Ledford who is stepping back from some of his responsibilities as Ride Chairman. He will continue to help out on marking routes, but needs someone to take over other aspects of this job. Bruce Gravlin also would like to step back from serving as the editor of The Tube – the Springbike electronic newsletter. These folks have done great work in their positions and have committed to assisting the new folks who volunteer to take on these roles. Our By-laws require a Nominating Committee to nominate four officers; President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer, at the November meeting (which isn't far away.) Once elected the President with the concurrence of the other officers will appoint the Membership Chair and Ride Coordinator and Tube editor so will be looking for volunteers to serve in these roles. We have a large membership of over 400 and none of us knows everybody. What I am asking you today is to step up on your own, or at least help us find some new officers for 2014. Yes, there is some work and time involved - but the rewards of a successful and safe riding 2015 will be the result. So let’s get going – the CLUB NEEDS YOU. If you are interested in learning more about these positions, contact the incumbents via their links on the Springbike web site. Sincerely, Dave Christiano
(Thanks to Bill A. for the input and editing)
On October 13 at the Springfield Brewing Company. Details coming...
Perhaps you know we've had a growing Facebook presence for a while. Just look for Springbikeclub. Although we also have a Twitter account, it hasn't had very much activity. So... perhaps a little promotion is in order. How about a few pertinent Twitter hashtags.
Want to alert Springbike members of a dog to watch out for? Lets use the hashtag #sb_dog - and if you want to alert Springbike members of a road closing, bad pavement, detour, etc. Lets use the hashtag #sb_road
Let's see if it catches on...
Based upon the membership survey that was recently conducted in which the biggest reason given for joining was the major rides (New Year’s, Superbowl, St Pat’s, Chili, Dogwood, Queen City and Fall Metric), as well as the number of riders that have been participating, the Board of Directors for Springbike is making some changes for the upcoming year regarding these 3 major rides: Chili Ride, Dogwood and Fall Metric. These changes include:
No manned Rest Stops. The survey results indicated a majority wanted these rides to be Show & Go rides, like the New Year’s Day, Superbowl and St. Pat’s Rides, which do not have manned rest stops. Since most rest stop locations were at Convenience Stores on these three rides, just remember to pack some money if you want a Gatorade and/or a snack.
Likewise, Mechanical and Roving SAG have been eliminated. We will continue to have an Emergency SAG driver who will be stationed at one of the old rest stops making it relatively easy to go and pick up any cyclist who, for whatever reason, decides he/she cannot finish the ride and needs to be returned to the start. Keep in mind that with only one such driver, you may have to wait a little while until he/she can get to you, but it beats having to call your spouse to come and get you. We will no longer have Sunshine and A&B Cycles at the start and along the routes.
We have changed the cost for the rides. We have lowered the cost of the Chili ride to $5 (from $10). We will continue to have the chili lunch afterwards, but are trying to make it more of a contest with 1st Prize being $50, 2nd being $25 and 3rd being $15. Stick around afterwards and sample all of the chili while visiting with your fellow cyclists at the start of a new season. The Dogwood is now a member’s only ride and is FREE. The cookout afterwards will still happen, enjoy it if you want. The Fall Metric has been member’s only and it too is now FREE and includes the cookout afterward. Some members wanted to drop the meals all together and be free, while others wanted to keep them. This hopefully is the best of both.
None of these changes affect the Queen City which will continue to be a fully supported ride with manned rest stops and SAG drivers as well as the mechanical SAG provided by the bike shops. We are exploring ways to try and make the Queen City a much larger ride, but it won’t happen overnight or without your support.
Another change, well actually addition this year, which should help address some of the comments made in the survey regarding beginner riders, is that Sunshine Bike Shop will be hosting a Third Thursday Ride each month, obviously on the 3rd Thursday of the month. Anyone is welcome, but it is designed for new, beginner riders. It will leave from Sunshine Bike Shop after they close at 6 PM and will follow Springfield Bike Routes down to the Galloway Trail and then out to the old iron bridge. For the return trip, they can just reverse it, or as they become more accustomed to riding on the road, they can follow Springfield Bike routes up Brunswick, Gasconade and Ingram Mill. Roundtrip is 12.5 miles. A&B Cycles is considering a similar ride perhaps starting from the South Creek Trailhead at National and Sunset where they can have their SAG van. In both cases, someone new to cycling can be sure air is in the tires and if needed, someone can show them how to change a tube when it becomes necessary.
Family oriented rides will have an opportunity this year as well. One of our members is willing to lead a Tuesday night north Family Ride once a month, the 2nd Tuesday of the month. Tuesday Night North leaves from Pleasant View School at FR 171 and AA and goes to Strafford and back. He already does a shortened version of that, leading his grandchildren and has offered to have other families join him, whether you are pulling a trailer, a tag-a-long or have kids riding their own bikes. This ride will be 6-8 miles long and will start in May. Afterwards, the kids can play a little on the playground equipment at the school.
Speaking of beginner rides, we always need volunteers willing to take a little more time from their ride to ride with new riders/new members (who may be new to the area). If you regularly ride one of the weeknight rides, would you be willing to be a ride leader? All that it takes is 4 people for each night taking turns, one week a month and we can be sure that any new rider can learn the route, maybe pick up a few tips and have a great experience riding around the Queen City. You can volunteer on the website under the volunteer tab.
We’ve had a web page for route planning with maps for a long time (hidden under
the Special Interest Tab above), but Ozark Greenways has put up a new web site, LetsGoSmart.org that really does have great up-to-date information.
The following Springbike jerseys are available: Male 2-Large; 5-Medium; 2-Small Female 3-Medium; 1-Small They are available for purchase ($40 each). Contact Bill Alter, , cell 861-3822. We may place an order for jerseys in the fall. If you are interested in ordering one, please contact Bill. (Prices may be higher).
Go to our Rides Archives Page. . here you’ll find the maps, cue sheets, and .gpx files. We can’t say that the road markings are all still there but you will have the cue sheets and maps.