|Vol 34 l No 11 l November 2020 |
The last day of October brought frost on the Halloween pumpkin and the first day of riding in thermal tights. The following day, the first of November, brought the "fall back" to standard time. Next weekend SCU and BCP start our jointly sponsored Sunday hikes in the Wissahickon. The leaves are almost all off the trees leaving the woods bare and bark gray. In a variety of ways, this month marks the start of cold weather riding. For some this means more layers of clothing and frequent warming stops, for others it means a change in venue to hiking or indoor cycling. But whether it's on the road, on the trail or on Zwift, there are plenty of opportunities for members to get together and enjoy each other's company.
By now I hope everyone has had a chance to see our spot on WHYY's You Oughta Know. If not, here is a link to it. I am expecting a renewed interest in club cycling in the Spring as people who discovered cycling this summer look to expand their horizons. Hopefully, this will bring new members for our club. New members bring fresh ideas and enthusiasm to the club. Long time members enjoy sharing their experience and expertise. It's a win-win. If you know someone who has recently taken up biking (or hiking), please invite them to join you on a club outing to get to know us better.
The Annual Elections are coming up. Just as with the general election the key message is Please Vote. Even in uncontested elections, your vote lets your club's leadership know you care about the club's future. Reading the candidates "Biographies" keeps you in touch with the people making decisions for the benefit of the club. This is more important than ever as Covid-19 challenges them to serve the membership in new ways. And voting couldn't be easier with the online voting process.
I cannot write this month's message without expressing sadness over the passing of Pat Rock. She and her husband, Bill, were active members for many years. They were a colorful and energetic couple that brought joy to every ride and event they attended. Bill passed away a couple of years ago and Pat on October 3. They will be missed by me and all the others whose lives they enriched. We can honor them best by getting out and making the most of every moment life has to offer.
Keep warm, keep safe and keep together,
Steve "A Man for All Seasons" Muth
SCU COVID-19 Mitigation Measures
SCU COVID-19 Mitigation Measures
SCU will continue to practice the Mitigation Measures (found here: https://suburbancyclists.org/docs.ashx?id=636920) . The virus is not gone, and we need continued vigilance to prevent a resurgence and a retreat to greater restrictions. Thank you to all members and ride leaders who continue to act responsibly!
SCU Elections - December 3rd
SCU Elections will be held on December 3rd!
We will be offering electronic voting this year. More details to come. Nominee biographies and pictures will be sent out tomorrow, November 2nd.
Who is that Masked Rider?
Thank you to everyone that participated in Who is that Masked Rider! Results are being tallied and winners will be announced this week along with the big reveal of who was behind those masks.
Save the Date for the
2021 Quad County Metric
Save the date for the 2021 Quad County Metric!
The 2021 Quad County Metric is scheduled for Saturday, May 15, 2021.
More details coming soon!
Please join the Quad Committee to help make the 2021 event an exciting celebration of our return to more normal cycling activities and SCU events. Currently, the Committee is working on securing rest stops, reviewing the routes, and discussing any event changes needed to keep the event safe due to COVID-19. There will be many more items to work through in the upcoming months. We need your help! The Committee expects the 2021 Quad to be one of the best cycling events of the season.
If you are interested in joining the Quad Committee this year, or if you have any questions about the Quad, please contact:
SCU Quad County Metric Chair
SCU will once again sponsor the 3rd annual Scooter’s Cranksgiving Bike Ride/Food Drive! This fun bike ride will stop at 2 local grocery stores, where riders will shop for food items to be donated to our local food bank for those in need. Volunteers will collect the items at the store, so you don’t have to carry them with you. After the ride, participants will enjoy a free lunch provided by Xinantecatl Authentic Mexican Restaurant. Bring your bike and a helmet and a mask
When: November 14, 2020. Check-In starts at 8:00 to 8:45 am, the ride will depart promptly at 9:00 AM. Rain Date: November 21st
Where: Souderton Community, Park 440 N Main St., Souderton, PA 18964
Cost: FREE!!!! (Suggested purchase of $20-$25 per store)
New for 2020: All riders will receive a pair of Defeet Woolie Boolie Comp Socks with the Cranksgiving logo!!!! There will also be door prizes selected at the finish!!!!
To register and see more details (including routes), click here: https://www.bikereg.com/scooters-cranksgiving-souderton
SCU Hiking Season
Begins November 8th
WELCOME TO THE SCU/BCP 2020/2021 HIKING SEASON!
This year’s hiking season will begin on Sunday, November 8, 2020 and conclude on Sunday, March 14, 2021. There will be two hike coordinators: Linda Mueller (SCU) and Jim Ruddick (BCP), who will coordinate hike leaders/sweeps. SCU and BCP led hikes will alternate weeks. SCU’s hikes will be posted on the SCU Meet-Up and BCP’s hikes will be listed on the BCP website. Sign-ups will only be allowed on the corresponding hike for that week (SCU Meet-Up or BCP Website – NOT both every week).
Nov 8, Nov 22, Dec 6, Dec 20, Jan 3, Jan 17, Jan 31, Feb 14, Feb 28, Mar 14
Nov 15, Nov 29, Dec 13, Dec 27, Jan 10, Jan 24, Feb 7, Feb 21, Mar 7
- Hikes will always start at 9:30 a.m. on Sundays; start location will be listed on the post; hike length will be 5-7 mi, ending around 12:30 pm; pace ~2.5 mph.
- A max of 10 hikers (plus leader/sweep = 12) per hike leader will be allowed for each hike.
- Two hike leaders/sweeps will be identified for each week, therefore 20 hiker sign-ups will be allowed unless the leaders identify otherwise on their post; (hike leaders/sweeps are in addition to the 20 max hikers).
- Multiple hike leaders can follow the same route, but at a visual distance behind. Or a 2nd hike leader can lead their own route (max 10 hikers).
- During SCU hike weeks, a link to the SCU Meet-Up will be on the BCP website. Only RSVP’s will be accepted on the SCU Meet-Up.
- During BCP hike weeks, a link to the BCP website will be listed on an SCU Meet-Up post. Only RSVP’s will be accepted on the BCP website.
- Linda/Jim will organize the hike leaders and coordinate the posts with hike leaders in coordination with club deadlines.
- There will be waitlist signups on the SCU Meet-Up and will populate the hike attendance if cancellations occur. There is no waitlist process on the BCP website.
- NO RSVP, NO HIKE (do not just show up).Please cancel in advance if you are not coming so waitlisted hikers can participate.
- Anyone with cold, flu-like COVID-19 symptoms CANNOT participate in a hike.
- Anyone exposed to COVID-19 MUST stay away from all SCU/BCP events for 14 days after exposure or until testing negative.
- Anyone on a hike who contracts COVID-19 symptoms within a week of a hike, MUST notify the hike leader, Linda Mueller or Jim Ruddick. Hike participants will be notified of the incident and MUST not attend a hike for 14 days.
- All hikers MUST wear a mask when gathering at the beginning, rest stops and end of the hike OR in close proximity to others on our hike or others hiking in the park. Masks are encouraged during hiking but do not need to be worn if a hiker maintains 6’ from other hikers.
- Per the club COVID-19 requirements, anyone showing up for the hike who has not RSVP’d in accordance with the guidelines WILL NOT be able to hike with the group. Thanks for your cooperation.
HAPPY HIKING AND BE SAFE!
SCU – Linda Mueller, 215-498-6349, email@example.com
BCP – Jim Ruddick, 215-589-0028, firstname.lastname@example.org
League Certified Instructor
Congratulations to SCU member Thomas Mcadams for obtaining the League of American Bicyclists certification as a League Certified Instructor (LCI)!
League Cycling Instructors (LCIs) are ambassadors for better biking through education. After earning certification through a 3-day, League Coach-led seminar, LCIs teach Smart Cycling classes to children as well as adults. Their goal is to help people feel more secure about getting on a bike, to create a mindset that bikes are treated as a vehicle, and to ensure that people on bikes know how to ride safely and legally. For more information on the program, see here: https://www.bikeleague.org/content/become-instructor
A Tribute to Pat Rock
by Jim Howat
Here’s a tribute to our friend Pat Rock
Her love for life, family, and friends was a lock
Her kind heart, her sweet smile
Made being around her all worth while
In October 2020, day number 3
Her life on earth was no longer to be
She loved to go biking, she was on many a ride
She was good company for all of us, cycling side by side
When at a bike club social, we enjoyed her company
She lived life to the fullest, the way it was meant to be
It is with hope and that by God’s Grace
That she is in a better place
Unto us our earthly life must die
But then to be raised up by the King on High
The gift of salvation is something we could not win
Until Jesus went to the cross to take away our sin
His gift is there for you to receive
Confess, Repent, and Believe
By His death, He has opened Heaven’s door
So, we may enter in forevermore
Let us give thanks to The Lord all of our days
It is right to give Him glory, honor, and praise
Let us exalt Him as our God and King
For the gift of life, hymns of praise let us sing
At the age of 84, Pat departed this earthly place
To enter The Lord’s courts, to seek The Lord’s face
She has lived her life, she has chartered her course
She lived it well, with no remorse
We grieve the loss of Pat, that is true
Goodbye Pat, we love you
Regional Events Update
Be sure check Jack Elias' famous Calendar of Regional Events for an updated, chronological list of regional events. Jack is updating the list as information is provided.
The following two virtual events are active until Nov. 30, 2020 and provide cue sheets, GPX files, RideWithGPS app, parking information and food-stop recommendations:
Sept 15 - Nov. 30, 2020, Randonnée Series Lahaska, PA, New Hope, PA, Flemington, NJ, and Skillman, NJ. Self-supported rides on the challenging routes of the Hell of Hunterdon, Fools Classic, Fleche Buffoon, and Bastille Day Randonnée. Ride 30-85 mi; some routes include un-paved sectors. Ride on day(s) and time(s) of your choice, Sept. 15 - Nov. 30. Kermesse Sport
Sept. 15 - Nov. 30, 2020, Tour de Pines, Hammonton, Southampton, Tuckerton and Waretown, NJ. Four self-supported single-day bicycle tours of the scenic New Jersey Pinelands, 22-51 mi on flat terrain. Ride on day(s) and time(s) of your choice, Sept. 15 - Nov. 30. T-shirts will be mailed to participants! Benefits the Pinelands Preservation Alliance.
Mileage Tracker and
Universal Mileage Logs are available
The universal mileage log features include:
- A universal log that is good for any year.
- An automatic summation of mileage and number of rides and
computation of the average ride distance.
- Displays six charts of mileage, number of rides and
The mileage logs can be found in the Documents Library on
the SCU website.
Go to SCU's Documents Library and scroll down to "Ride Documents" and “Mileage
Please give a warm welcome to SCU's newest members
Brad Burpee- Schwenksville, PA
Aurora Janes -
Lisa Lemire - Fort Washington, PA
Sachin Pandey - Lansdale, PA
Ken Sanford - Warrington, PA
Edward J Stevens - Paoli, PA
Signature Event Director
Digital Communications Director
Public Relations Director
Linda A. McGrane
Ride Leader Director
Safety & Legislative Director
Regional Calendar Editor