Written by Steve Pequignot
Touring May 2013 - The club’s 45th touring season got off to a good start April 7. It was 53 degrees at the noon start and warmed up 10 degrees by the time the tour ended. There were about 55 riders in four pace groups. Patrick Stelte led the first group. Steve Souers led the second group. Kathy Boling led group three and I had the pleasure of leading the last group.
Just like last year, the first half of the ride was the hard part as riders did their best to stay tucked in a slip-stream to avoid the 15/20 mph wind out of the west. We were blessed with a nice tailwind for the last half of the ride. In the past six seasons this was the fifth opening day tour that we have enjoyed warm temperatures and dry roads. I would like to thank all of the club members who attended our season opening Welcome Ride and the ride leaders who kept the pace steady among the various groups. You made the ride a success.
With the season under way, most of our weekly tours are up and riding. Four of our daily tours began in April. The Saturn Ride, led by club president Patrick Stelte, is held Wednesday evenings. The Girls Ride Out, led by Kathy Boling, is held Thursday evenings starting at St. Patrick’s Church in Arcola. The Tuesday and Thursday evening Carroll rides, led by Hugh Smith, starts from the north parking lot by the traffic light at Carroll High School. All of our weekly tours start at 6:00 PM.
The popular Silver Tours at Kreager Park will kick off its fifth season on Tuesday, April 30. Chuck Bash is back as the ride leader on Tuesday nights for the 13/15 MPH pace group. Distance will be 20 to 25 miles. The popularity of this ride has seen a more diverse group of riders, so this season a second ride will take place on Wednesday evenings. The second ride will be led by Kathi Heyes and the pace will by 10/13 MPH. The distance will be up to 20 miles. Both tours begin at Kreager Park, which is located on North River Road in northeast Fort Wayne. Both tours begin at 6:00 PM.
Heading into May we have our annual May Madness to look forward to this month. The May Madness Tour will be Sunday, May 19. This will be a SAG/fee- based tour again this year. May Madness starts at Roanoke Elementary School in Roanoke. Complete details along with online registration are available on the club website at 3rvs.com. The Second Annual Fort4Fitness Spring Cycle will be held Saturday, May 25. This is a fee-based event. The tour will begin an hour earlier this year at 9:00 AM. Distance options are 17/32/43 miles. There is also a racing criterium which will begin in the early afternoon. All of these events will start and finish in downtown Fort Wayne. The Spring Cycle Tour will offer SAG stops, with police traffic control at major intersections along the route. We expect 2,000 riders for this event. There will be a number of vendors downtown at the start/finish line. For more information about the Spring Cycle go to: www.fort4fitness.org/spring-cycle.asp. 3RVS is pleased to be a working partner with the Fort4Fitness Spring Cycle.
Finally, if you are looking for something to do with that hot date the second Friday in May, you can let it all hang out at the Courteous Mass tour at Lawton Park beginning at 6:30 PM.
I look forward to seeing you on the road soon.