Ride Captain’s Corner June 2015

SPECIAL RIDES JUNE – JULY

Check the Ride Schedule and join your favorite group ride in June and July!
SATURDAY, JUNE 27th
Bike, Yoga and Belly Dancing Ride

Betsy Longendorfer and Lorraine Henderson will lead aride from the Ridgegwood Y (112 Oak Street, Ridgewood, NJ) , followed by a free yoga class and an intro to belly dancing. Research shows that yoga stretching improves flexibility and helps cycling performance. Belly dancing may also give you an edge for some techniques for turning at high speed, or just allow you to discover your inner Shakira.

THURSDAY, JULY 2nd
Friendship Ride to visit L’Hermione

Alain Chahine will lead a ride from Fort Lee to the South Street Seaport in Manhattan to visit an exact replica of the French vessel that took part in the Revolutionary War. The ride will include a visit to Governor’s Island and the recently reopened High Bridge, the oldest span in NYC that connects Harlem and the Bronx.

SATURDAY, JULY 4th
Independence Day Parade Ride

One of the annual classic BTCNJ rides. Check the schedule for additional information.

SATURDAY, JULY 11th
Bastille Day Ride 2015
Our official French A/B* Leader Eric Schmidt will lead a truly Blue Blanc Rouge ride to the traditional street fair in Piermont. The ride includes a stop at Didier’s the French bakery in Nyack.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!
For the 2015 RAMAPO RALLY we will need a number of experienced Ride Leaders to marshal the longer distance routes (50, 60, 100, and 125 miles) and lead organized groups on the shorter distances (12 and 25 miles).

If you are not going to be able to help with any of the tasks on the day of the Rally, and you plan to register and ride an event route, and you are willing to collaborate with your fellow riders, please send an e-mail to [email protected] to volunteer as a ride leader or marshall. In the next months we will announce the special point awards and prizes for riding volunteers.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS FOR RIDE LEADERS

►Cut off time for posting rides.
We strongly encourage Ride Leaders to post their rides at least 36 hours in advance of the start time. Many members have set their alerts for rides in their favorite categories, and if you post a ride the night before, they do not have a chance to check and sign for your ride.

►Ride Descriptions.
New members are joining the club every month, and one of the most frequently asked questions is about pace and difficulty of the rides. When posting a ride, Ride Leaders should try to provide as much information as possible about the expected average speed and total climbing of the route. Including cue sheets and/or links to GPS based maps gives members the information to choose a ride that suits his or her level of skills and pace.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS FOR ALL MEMBERS
►Emergency contact information.
All members: it is important that you update your contact information on the website. The Ride Leader needs at least a contact number to call in case of any type of emergency.

►Sign up for rides.
All members: please sign up in advance for the rides you plan on participating in. It makes it easier for the Ride Leaders to organize the start of the ride, and also it provides them with clearly readable information about the participants on the ride. There is no penalty for signing up and not showing on the day of the ride.

–Andres Tiribocchi, Rides Captain