Touring - May 2018
Written by Steve Pequinot
Goodbye April. Our golden opening season tour should have been named our Colden Tour. It was 33 degrees at the start of the 50th season opening tour on April 8. That was our coldest opening season tour in the past ten years. I am sure the old guns recall a colder start, but for me that was more than my limit. The frigid conditions could not keep 35 brave members away who were layered up and ready to ride. The next weekend was not any better. It was the first time in ten seasons we had to cancel both weekend tours due to rain. Like many, my April outside riding mileage was at an all-time low. Hopefully, better cycling weather is upon us as we ride into May.
May will bring us the start of our full accompaniment of weekday tours. The Monday Meandering & Musings Ride begins at 10:00 AM at various starting locations. This is a women only ride. The Skills Tour will begin Tuesday, May 1, at Jefferson Middle School and the Girls Ride Out is returning on Thursdays starting a Roanoke Park. Girls Ride Out is a women only event. Starting in May members have a choice of two tours every day Monday through Thursday. These tours offer different starting locations and various distance and pace options. For locations, times, distance & pace options check the 3rvs.com website or Quick Release Weeknight Touring Section.
National Bike Challenge
After winning the 2015 and 2016 National Championship in the Extra Large Division and finishing 4th in the open division in 2017, sadly Team 3RVS will not be competing in the 2018 challenge. The National Bike Challenge has changed its format by eliminating all large teams over ten members. I would like to thank all of the club members who supported our teams over the past three years. You put our club and city in the national spotlight. Never forget, you are champions.
We are planning to have the annual 3RVS September Touring Challenge again this season. Details about that challenge will be available in August.
The 7th Annual Fort4Fitness Spring Cycle is the official 3RVS tour for Saturday, May 19. This is a fee-based event. The tour will begin at 9:00 AM. For more information about the Spring Cycle go to: www.fort4fitness.org/spring-cycle. 3RVS is pleased to be a working partner with Fort4Fitness Spring Cycle.