Touring - September 2017

Written by Steve Pequinot

We have a wonderful month of touring planned for you including three separate challenges. September is the fifth and final month of the National Bike Challenge. At press time Team 3RVS sits in 5th place nationally and first in the state of Indiana. The team has 129 members who have tallied over 328,500 points through the first 110 days. Kathy Boling remains the top female rider in the state, also team members Jeff Kenny, John Rodino and Steve Pequignot are three of the top six riders in Indiana. Thank you to all of the members of Team 3RVS for all of the miles you have ridden. You have put our club in the national spotlight for the third consecutive year.

September Touring Challenge

Get ready for our 4th Annual September Touring Challenge. How many kilometers can you ride in September? We have selected the best month of the year to ride a bike in Indiana for our challenge. Our Three Rivers Velo Sport September Touring Challenge will once again be powered by Strava. Awards will be presented at our annual End of Season Party to club members who join this club challenge and log their cycling distance on Strava. Awards will be presented to 3RVS members who bicycle 500, 750, 1000, or 1610 kilometers during September 2017.

Your distance for any bicycling event, either a club tour, race, off road, or riding by yourself will be accepted as long as the ride is uploaded to Strava via a smart phone Strava app, Garmin device, or compatible equipment. Stationary trainer miles are not acceptable for this challenge. No manual entries will be accepted unless your recording device fails during your ride, in which case you may enter your lost miles as a manual entry along with the portion of the ride that was recorded offering an explanation for the lost distance in the description box. Your Strava account must be opened to accept 3RVS members to follow you without asking for a request.

To join the 3RVS September Touring Challenge, go to and sign up. If you were a 3RVS member last year and joined the 3RVS September Touring Challenge you are likely already signed up for this year’s challenge provided you are still a 3RVS member. If you are unsure if you are signed up go to your Strava Profile, look under Clubs for the Three Rivers Velo Sport September Touring Challenge logo. If it is on your Profile you are registered. Non-3RVS members may not participate in this challenge and will be removed from the group page on September 1, 2017. Non-members may join 3RVS then sign up for the challenge. Only kilometers ridden after joining 3RVS will be counted in the challenge. In addition to the awards mentioned above, podium awards will be presented to the top 3 female and male finishers.

Once the challenge begins daily kilometer updates will be posted at:

Please do not confuse the Strava group “Three Rivers Velo Sport September Touring Challenge” with our club’s other Strava page “Team 3RVS National Bike Challenge.” Distances recorded on the later site will not be accepted in this challenge; however, if you are signed up for both challenges your mileage will be counted for both. If you do not have a Strava account, you may signup for a free account at Once you are a Strava member and a 3RVS member you can go to to join the September Touring Challenge.

Recording distances must be posted on your Strava page at a minimum of at least once per week, no later than 11:59 PM., each Sunday, except for the last six days of September. The last six days of the month distances must be recorded no later than Saturday, 11:59 PM., September 30, 2017. Questions may be directed via email to: Distance entries will conclude at 11:59 PM., September 30, 2017. Results will be finalized and posted October 1, 2017.

September is Century Month

To kickoff the month of September we are holding a 3-Stage Labor Day weekend tour consisting of 100-mile stages on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. This will be a very demanding 3-day, 3-stage event. Stage 1, Saturday will be a flat tour starting at Kreager Park. Stage 2, Sunday will be a very hilly tour from Huntertown through Angola around Jimmerson Lake and looping back. This tour includes more rolling hills than we are accustom to in our area. It’s not as formable as the Hilly Hundred, however, the 2,125 feet of vertical climb is challenging. Stage 3, Labor Day will be a short circuit, 4-loop tour with all loops returning to the SAG start/finish at the St. Joe Indiana, Church of Christ. All members who ride the full 100 plus mile course in all three centuries will receive a special award at our End of Season Party. There will be shorter distance options in all three tours for members not opting for a 100-mile tour.

On Saturday, September 16, we will be hosting our annual Jersey Ride. This sea of yellow classic has always been a fun time for our members. After a 37 or 51 mile ride you can enjoy the company of other members at Roanoke Park. Club President Patrick Stelte will have the grill fired up awaiting your arrival to ensure you do not go home hungry.

Starting times and locations are available on the club website at in the Weekend Tour Section.

We hope you are able to enjoy all of the touring events the club has planned for you this month.