The ice storm that hit the first weekend of December definitely put a damper on PBA’s annual “Build a Bike …Get a Buzz” event at the Maucieri warehouse. The icy roads leading to the warehouse in East Plano (not to mention the warehouse parking lot) were treacherous. My hubby and I slipped numerous times that morning as we unloaded cases of beer into the warehouse…yet we didn’t break a single bottle! As the morning dragged on, we found out that not all of the bikes we had ordered had arrived at Academy due to stalled semis strewn along the highways. When it was discovered that even the PBA trailer was entombed in ice, and unable to pick up the few bikes that had actually arrived at the store, the Board decided that as far as the bike build goes…maybe we should just call it a wrap. Unfortunately, that was the only weekend that the warehouse was available to host the bike build, so the Bike Build immediately turned into the “Bike Buy”. Academy offered to build the bikes for the club when they all arrived in the store after the “thaw”, and we took them up on their offer. Rick and I reluctantly loaded all the cases of beer back into the truck and slipped and slid all the way home where we drowned our sorrows in the cases….and believe me, we had lots to drown in. Guess what all my friends are now getting for Christmas?
The bike build at the Children’s Advocacy Center the following day ran into the same issues, being that their bike order was frozen somewhere along the highways, and was cancelled as well. Many thanks to all the members that were able to come out the following week to both the Children’s Advocacy Center and Academy and help Andrew and Alex “fine tune” the already built bikes, and make sure they were in proper working order before the bike giveaway.
On Friday December 20th, thirty four kiddos from the Boys and Girls Club of Collin County received brand new bikes at the Douglas Center in East Plano, courtesy of the PBA Club! Many thanks go to the Texas Medical Association for the donation of helmets to go along with the bikes. This was the first year that I had the privilege of actually seeing the kids receive their bikes. It is something that I wish every member could see. To see the joy on the kid’s faces when they get their bikes is sheer greatness.
One little kindergartner in particular, came up to me as I was trying to sneak out early, and asked me to watch his bike while he went to claim a donated wrapped gift. He handed me his bike and said, “I’ll be right back!” He ran towards the swarm of kids receiving wrapped presents, and just before he disappeared into the crowd, he stopped and turned around and yelled at me, “Don’t let anyone get it! Okay?” He looked me over one last time…I’m assuming to make sure that I could be trusted. I was just about to tell him that I had recently gotten a new bike myself and he was good as gold as far as his selection in “chief bike watcher”. But I guess he was satisfied in his choice, because before I could say anything, he immediately vanished into the sea of flailing arms and wrapped presents. I waited and waited holding that “kick-stand-less” bike for what seemed like an eternity. I started making grocery lists in my head, and even planned the family dinner menu to occupy the time. I started to get a little nervous, that “ol’ chemo brain” would forget what the little boy looked like, and accidentally give his bike away to the wrong kid. He finally emerged from the crowd with a huge grin, holding his new found prize, announcing, “Looky what I got!” I oohed an ahhed, and then told him that I needed to get home to make dinner, and quickly made my escape before I was asked to hold something else. I took one last look at the gym filled with happy kids riding their bikes around, and as I walked away, the kindergartner said to me, “Thanks for the bike, Lady!”
On behalf of the PBA Board, I want to thank again all the members that donated their time and money to make sure this yearly event happened. Thanks go to all the folks that came to the Children’s Advocacy Center and Academy to help “fine tune” the built bikes after “the great thaw”, all the bike studs that hauled the bikes back and forth to where they needed to be, all the members that donated money to make this possible, and the Texas Medical Association for donating the helmets to go along with the bicycles. You all have given the kiddos much happiness! Another reason why I love this club so much…
On Wednesday night October 23rd, PBA members gathered at Mexigo’s for the Ride Leader Appreciation Happy Hour. It was a great club turn out to honor all the Ride Leaders that make our rides possible. As a thank you for all their hard work and dedication, the club gave each Ride Leader a complimentary year membership to the club. At the end of the evening, the raffle prize of the Go Pro headlight camera went to Mark Brooke. Steve Standifer made the announcement that he was stepping down from his position as Ride Leader Coordinator, and that Brad Chaney would be taking his place for the interim. Thank you Steve, Brad, and all the Ride Leaders for all their help and hard work!
The pictures below are of President Andrew Hoodwin, and Ride Leader Coordinator Steve Standifer, with the 2013 PBA Ride Leaders…
Bikes and Bagels ~ Kraig Jakobsen and John Dugas (Mike Rooney, Derek Nugent, Wai Lee not pictured)
Caffeine Cruise ~ Mike Emmons, Alex DuLaney, and Warren Casteel
Novice ~ Norma Gonzales (Renee Jordan, Patrick Lacaille, and Tricia Elliot not pictured)
Step Up ~ Jerry Klein and Andrew Hoodwin ( Cindy Hunt and Mike Boyle not pictured)
B2 ~ Jerry Hubbard (Stephen Bacica not pictured)
Wednesday Night Rides ~ Paul Hurd
Tweeners ~ Richard Young and Randy Solomon
DB Rec ~ (also known as the troublemakers) Ricardo Amell, David Morgan and Richard Huang (Mark Brooke and Shahab not pictured)
DB Lite~ Tim Elliott (David Chamberlin and Gary Croll not pictured)
DB 2 ~ Brad Chaney and Chris Minisquero (Marty Kent not pictured)
DB1 ~ Steve Standifer (Brian Terrell and Cyrus Clark not pictured)
Fast Forty ~ Greg Thurmond
OAS ~ Alan Hasty and Glen Rudolph ( David Appleby not pictured)
Also many thanks to OAS Lite Ride Leaders: George Markus, Jimmy Stanton and Eric Smernoff and Tempo Ride Leader: Max Bisso who were not there for pictures.
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Da Man Steve Standifer passing the baton to the NEW Da Man, Brad Chaney.
Are you new to cycling or do you want to take your cycling to a higher level by training year-round? It’s real easy preparing to cycle in the Texas summer when it’s about 140 degrees out; wear as little as possible and guard against heatstroke.
When the temperatures start to drop, dressing becomes a little more complicated unless you have someone following you in a car with different sets of clothing depending on how you’re feeling. Beginning your ride with the proper clothing for your entire ride can get tricky. Don’t prepare correctly and it can turn out to be a long, uncomfortable ride.
Forecast: The obvious first step is to pay attention to the weather forecast and prepare accordingly. If there is a chance of rain, do you have something to keep you dry? If you know the weather could get down to 38 degrees, will you be warm enough? How about a cold, north wind? That will make a difference too. Look at the forecast and lay out your clothing options the night before; I promise it will be worth the time spent to save a little misery on your ride.
Jersey: You can wear any type of shirt you want, but if you’re going to cycling in cold weather, you need a jersey that has back pockets to hold and stash extra clothing. Cycling-specific jerseys will give you up to three back pockets; you’ll use all of them.
They also come in different weights; light for summer and heavier for winter. You can choose between; sleeveless, short sleeve and long sleeve. If you’re only buying one, get a short-sleeve and layer up.
Layers: I’ll sometimes have up to five layers over my torso and arms, probably two on my legs depending on how cold it will be and how warm and comfortable I want to remain. Start out with the layers and then, as you warm up, you’ll want to peel some of them off. That’s one of the reasons you need the pockets. The most popular layers are; moisture-wicking undergarment (think Under Armour), jersey, light-weight sweat shirt, arm warmers, wind breaker and winter cycling jacket. You want to be comfortable when you start. As you get into the ride and warm up, you’ll start removing one or more of the layers, but you have to have some where to store them. Thus the need for pockets.
Jackets: My favorite jacket is a wind-breaker that I have had for years. It has kept me warm in a wide range of temperatures and it’s so light weight you don’t even know it’s there. However, it doesn’t protect against rain. I bought a rain jacket (collapses into a small bag) after freezing my butt off during a rain storm in Colorado. I was shivering for hours, which was not fun. Got to wear it for the first time recently and it worked great! A must if you’re going to ride in questionable weather. If it’s just going to be cold, then the windbreaker is all you’ll need. You can also get cycling jackets that are just thicker than most, thus providing warmth. I prefer the windbreaker aspect and then just layer underneath. Regardless, make sure you get one that you can carry in your jersey if you get too warm.
Accessories: We’re not talking about purses or bento bags… This is about arm and leg warmers, helmet liners, shoe covers, etc. The sky is the limit here. If your feet continue to get cold even though you put heavier (wool) socks on, then buy some covers to go over them and don’t remove them until March. (I even used duct tape to cover up the vents on the front of the shoes. It worked and we all know that man’s best friend is duct tape.)
There are many arm and leg warmers available; just buy what you need. Light, heavier; whatever you want. They fold up and can be stored easily in your pockets. They can come in handy, especially in “marginal” weather.
Warm your head by wearing something under your helmet. Your helmet doesn’t offer any insulation for your noggin. By the way, you lose 60% of your heat through the top of your head. Protect it with a simple cotton or wool cap. You will be much more comfortable. You can also get a helmet cover; never used one, but some riders like them.
Fingers and toes seem to suffer the most. Buying good gloves is a worthwhile investment. Some of them are rated by the temperature range they will keep your fingers comfortable in. Don’t be shocked by the price of the gloves; keeping your digits attached to your body is kind of important. You can also wear glove liners, giving you as second layer.
Some of you are thinking that this is all crazy and we go to way too much trouble just to ride. There are two other options. One, spend the entire winter inside on a trainer or two, don’t ride. Neither option is acceptable once you “have the cycling bug”. You’ll see what I mean…
For Colorado resident Tejay Van Garderen the third time was certainly the charm at the USA Pro Cycling Challenge. Held August 19th – 25th the Race showcased various mountain towns and cities of Colorado. Having been the runner up the first 2 years of the event, Van Garderen (BMC) gained momentum in the middle stages, which included a record setting Stage 5 Time Trial summit finish in Vail. The new time trial record of 25:01 was even more significant as Van Garderen had to overcome a 25:04 performance from Andrew Talansky of Garmin-Sharp, as the last rider of the day. Tommy Danielson also of Garmin-Sharp finished 3rd at 26:03.
Peter Sagan, the popular sprinter from Slovokia of Cannondale Team Racing, continued his winning season. Sagan won Stages 1 (Aspen/Snowmass), Stage 3 (Breckenridge to Steamboat Springs), Stage 6 (Loveland to Fort Collins) and the 75 mile (9.3 per) 8 lap Circuit Race on the final day in downtown Denver.
Jerseys awarded on the final day of racing in Denver, were as follows:
Overall Winner/ Smashburger Yellow Leaders Jersey – Tejay Van Garderen -BMC Racing (USA)
2nd Overall Mathias Frank – BMC Racing (SUI)
3rd Overall Tommy Danielson – Garmin-Sharp (USA)
Nissan KOM Polka Dot Jersey – Matt Cooke – Jamis- Hagens Berman (USA)
Cliff Bar Sprint Leaders Green Jersey – Peter Sagan- Cannondale (SLO)
Colorado State University Best Young Rider Jersey-
Lachlan David Morton – Garmin Sharp (AUS)
First Bank Most Courageous Rider Jersey – Ben King –
Radio Shack Leopard Trek (USA)
Once again the race, which whisked its way from Aspen to Denver, attracted over a million fans this year. Adding to this year’s excitement, there were two former Tour De France winners racing for their teams. 2010 winner Andy Schleck, Radio Shack Leopard Trek and 2013 winner Chris Froome, Sky Pro Racing. Despite reports to the contrary, race CEO, Shawn Hunter, guaranteed the race would return next year in 2014. Hunter also explained that the strength of the race is having starts/finishes in the same towns, so this will continue in future years. Racing fans in Colorado and from all over the world enjoyed extensive television coverage of this year’s race on NBC, and the NBC Sports Network.
Here is a link to a video that will tell you more about all of the Enlyten products . By using the PBA Promo Code when ordering the Enlyten strips online, you will receive a discount on your purchase, and Plano Bicycling Association receives a 20% donation on each purchase. Additionally, as a kick-off for our partnership with Enlyten, through August 30th you will receive ONE FREE cassette of the Enlyten strips for every three cassettes you purchase (there are twelve strips in a cassette).