LYRMC THIS SATURDAY!!!
Breakfast, SAG food and lunch have been ordered – first 100 riders will get a free BBQ lunch. This Saturday, May 14th is our club’s only yearly event that helps to raise funds for “Bikes for Kids” at Christmastime. Our club is dedicated to providing bike shop quality bikes for underprivileged kids at Christmas thru WXII and Fox8. All our proceeds from membership fees to this one event go toward this mission. Please come out and support us! We have SAG support for 3 routes (24 miles, 42 and 62); the links follow:
You can register online at Active.com or go to our website www.piedmontflyers.com!
If you wish to join us in bringing smiles to kids in the Triad this Christmas but cannot come to our LYRMC this Saturday, you may mail your check made payable to the Piedmont Flyers Bicycle Club to: Piedmont Flyers Bicycle Club, P.O. Box 5032, Winston Salem, NC 27113. If you can come – THANK YOU!!! Be sure to thank our volunteers who are volunteering their time to pull off this event and therefore, who are not able to ride Sat.
WRITE UP FROM PAUL ARMFIELD
RAW – Rides Around Wilkes
Like all residents of the Piedmont region of North Carolina, cyclists in this area are fortunate to live so close to the mountains and the coast. When one wants a change of terrain and/or scenery for riding, it's just a short car trip away. Such was the case on the first Saturday in May when a few friends and I decided to make the hour-long drive up to Wilkesboro for RAW – Rides Around Wilkes, organized by the Brushy Mountain Cyclists Club. I like riding out of Lewisville as much as anyone, but we decided to “think outside The Square (box)” and head for the hills.
It was an unseasonably cool (high 40s) morning, so there was much debate in the parking lot at the start as to how to dress for our trek. Arm warmers and leg/knee warmers were the clothing of choice, as we knew the temperature would approach 70 by the time we were done. The rides start at a YMCA Express and the folks there were kind enough to let us use their facilities before (and after) we set out.
RAW offers 25, 40 and 65 mile routes and we opted for the latter. $30 buys your entry for any of the above. The overall elevation gain for our ride was advertised at around 4,000 feet, including two challenging climbs. The first, Windy Gap Road, begins at about mile 12 and is enough to get you out of the saddle, elevate your heart rate and make you want to peel those arm warmers off. The latter, Brushy Mountain Road, is much longer and more robust, covering roughly miles 50-56 and rising about 1,000 feet. All of that hard work is rewarded by sweeping views off to your left and a really fun descent back into town.
Rest stops were somewhat lacking (water, cheap cookies and bananas) and there wasn't a port-a-john on the route, much to the consternation of the lone female in our group. Another minor quibble was a poorly marked turn at the very end, leading you onto a greenway. Those small negatives, however, were offset by a passable lunch of Subway sandwiches and showers at the YMCA.
So, next year if you're wanting to get some early-season hill training in (3 Mountain Madness is in early June!), head on up to Wilkesboro for RAW. You'll be glad you did.
NEWS FROM LOUIS NEWTON
Ken's ride and eat event is Sunday, May 15th. Meet at Flint Hill Vineyards/New Century Kitchen at 10:00 ready to ride. Bring a clothing change to wear for the meal at 12:00ish when the 34 mile ride ends back at the start. To take part, go by Ken's Bike Shop and pay $10 club dues and sign the club waiver.
My new web site address is: http://web.me.com/louis.newton/forsythbike also, I have a forsythbike presence on Facebook. Just use FB's search feature for forsythbike.
NEWS FROM MATTHEW BURCZYK
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Bicycling In Greensboro, Inc. (BIG) Hosts 5th Annual Ride of Silence on May 18, 2011
Greensboro, NC May 1, 2011 – Bicycling In Greensboro (BIG) will host the fifth annual Greensboro Ride of Silence, in memory of bicyclists who have been killed or injured during the past year while riding on public roadways in the Greensboro area. The Ride of Silence will begin and end in the parking lot of Wrangler / VF Corporation, located at 400 North Elm Street in downtown Greensboro. Sign-in begins at 6pm, followed by safety instructions and brief remarks from invited speakers. The assembled riders will depart promptly at 7pm, on a silent, slow-paced ride around the City. At a maximum speed of 12 mph, the riders will travel approximately 8.5 miles before returning to the start point.
The Ride of Silence is intended to have a solemn atmosphere to mourn bicyclists who have lost their lives, such as David Sherman of Summerfield, who was killed in October, 2009. Red armbands will be provided for riders who have been injured in a crash; black armbands will be given to all other riders, in memory of bicyclists who have been killed. The Ride of Silence is free of charge, and bicyclists of every skill level and age are encouraged to ride – no one will be left behind. No Ride of Silence has been scheduled in Winston-Salem this year, so the Greensboro event will be the only Ride of Silence in the Triad metro area.
The Ride of Silence was organized in Dallas, TX in 2003 after endurance cyclist Larry Schwartz was struck and killed by the mirror of a passing bus, on an empty road. Each year, on the third Wednesday of May, the Ride of Silence draws hundreds of thousands of riders in cities around the world. The Ride’s purpose is to raise awareness of bicycle safety, and the importance of all road users sharing the road safely. The League of American Bicyclists has designated May as National Bike Month, and the Ride of Silence is one of the most important events during the month.
BIG’s mission is to help transform the greater Greensboro area into a more bicycle-friendly community through advocacy, alliances, education, events, and service. For more information, including a full listing of Bike Month events, please visit: www.bikegso.org