Tuesday Club Ride Canceled

Events on November 16th, 2009 Comments Off

No OIA ride this week.  Look for the “inaugural” Tues eve ride next week – there will be an email to mailing list and update here … stay tuned!

2009 Horrible Hundred

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ESCC HH 2009 Feature Pic

Pictured L-to-R:  GordonK, DonM, AlonzoC, DougP, MichelleU, RegU and JorgeS.  Also not pictured but riding the hills were TedH & PatrickZ.

Several ESCC Riders headed over to Cleremont for the 2009 Horrible Hundred.  It was a spectacularly pretty day – perfect riding weather – chilly morning transitioning to mild and very low humidity.

ESCC had riders in all categories from 36, 70, to 100 mile events.  Congrats to all who conquered.

Check out the gallery from main web page “About :: Photo Gallery” for pics.

ESCC Members and Guests please post your “tales” of the ride in comments!

Horrible Hundred this Sunday!

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Hello cycling gang,

The ESCC will convoy over to the Horrible Hundred this Sunday.  Meet in the Timber Creek High School parking lot for a 6:00am SHARP departure to Cleremont.

We have a few groups lining up:

  • Patrick Zinnert will Captain a group targeting the 35mile short & fun but up&down route.
  • Michelle and Reg Ullman will be doing a modified version of the 70mile route and invite company.  Total mileage will probably be around 50 or 60 miles.
  • Alonzo Campillo, B1 Group Captain, will take any B cyclists interested in the proper 70 mile route – Zo will keep you together on the route.
  • The ESCC “A” group is planning the full 100miles.

If you would like to join in the convoy and rides, please email Gordon at egkingjr@gmail.com.

To learn more about the event, see http://www.horrible-hundred.com/

October Club Election Results

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East Side Cycling Club Officer Update

The newly-formed Orlando East Side Cycling Club (ESCC) held official officer elections in late October and, combined with several filled volunteer positions, is poised to provide a basis for growth and camaraderie for Orlando east side cycling enthusiasts.

Club Founders Jim Perry and Gordon King were voted into official roles by ESCC members:  Jim will fill the role of President, while Gordon hits the saddle as Ride  Director.

Doug Preble was voted into the post of Secretary, and Andrew Nazareth assumes the financial helm as Club Treasurer.

Several other key volunteer posts were filled by ESCC members offering to dedicate their time and resources to the club.

The ESCC weekly training rides fill out typically four ride groups, depending on turnout.  In order to facilitate the best training experience, group co-captains were solicited and filled as follows:

  • B1 Group Captains (50 mile Sat routes): Alonzo Campillo and Andrew Pett
  • B2 Group Captains (30 mile Sat routes): Reg Ullman and Carlos Barrit
  • C  Group Captains (20 mile Sat routes): Debbie Schandel, Tammy Vincent, and Patrick Zinnert

Group A captains are ad-hoc & the group usually does a fast-paced 50+ miles on Sat mornings.

In order to increase community awareness of cycling, two separate committees were formed at ESCC:

  • YMCA Liaison Committee: Rose Perkins and Chuck Schande
  • Event Committee: Reg Ullman, Bill Vincent, and Doug Preble

The ESCC depends on these volunteers and elected positions to serve cyclists & grow in the East Orlando area!  Thanks to all!

Intracoastal Waterway Century

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ESCC Riders at Cocoa Beach, FL – 2009 Intracoastal Waterway Century, October 25, 2009

Pictured L-to-R: VicM, JohnT, GordonK, DougP, CarlosV (kneeling), JimP, JorgeS, AndrewN, and MeganN.

Flying the brand-new colors of the ESCC Jersey and Shorts kit, several Club Members turned out to battle the flats at this year’s Intracoastal Waterway Century.

The A group laid down a pounding pace, dragging at times 30 additional cyclists in a paceline.  At 80 miles, the group had earned an average pace of 21.6 miles per hour.

But then came the right turn into the North wind!  The last 20 miles was a bit painful, but the group stayed together to turn in a final & very respectable 21.0 mph average speed at the finish.

Kudos to Carlos Vel. and Doug for hanging in with the fast pack on their very first century!

Aero-bar Policy

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Starting immediately, the ESCC will also instate some important safety guidelines for training ride pacelines regarding aero-bar bikes.  Until now, we’ve been a bit lax in the inclusion of aero-bar rigs in pacelines.  It is very typical for us to have a couple such rigs running “zero tolerances” even in the uber fast A group.  Regardless of the skill of the “driver,” aero-bars diminish control and response and are not safe for inclusion forward in pacelines (I drive an aero rig occasionally, and can attest to this personally!).

To put a finer point on the subject, here is an excerpt from Hal Downing’s newletter:

You can’t have been at Lakemont last Saturday and not have known of the horrific crash that occurred in the first group as they sped along SR 434 west of the Greeneway.  An experienced and strong ASV team rider who was directly behind the leader went into a tuck position on a bike with aero bars.  His front wheel touched the back wheel of the lead rider at 33+ mph sending him into the pavement face-first.  Ten to twelve more riders went down; most were able to get up, dust themselves off and continue (some only discovered injuries after getting home).  Unfortunately, the rider directly behind the guy who caused the accident did not fare as well.  He broke four (4) ribs, chipped his scapula, has horrible road rash and, worst of all, sustained a collapsed lung. He was air-lifted to Orlando Regional Medical Center after the Winter Springs Police shut down the highway.

Starting with tomorrow’s ESCC rides, members and guests will not be allowed to participate in a paceline (at ANY group level) if you are down in the aero position on the bike.

There are two exceptions:

1) You may ride in the aero position ONLY if you are the LAST rider in the line, but you must stay off the back of the paceline by at least one bike length to allow adequate reaction time/ hand transfer to brakes.

2) You may ride forward in the paceline ONLY if your aero bars are CLIP-ON type and you have normal control positions of in the drops or on the hoods & you stay on the hoods/in the drops drops ANYTIME you are not the last rider.  In other words maintain normal road bike control points, never get in prone aero position while forward in the line.

So if you have  a “true” TT cockpit configuration (NOT clip-ons but rather integrated brakes on cow-horn outriggers), you MUST stay at the rear of the paceline with a bike length’s offset AT ALL TIMES.  You MAY NOT come forward in a paceline. If there are multiple “true” TT aero bikes in a paceline, you must position yourselves off back of a paceline, with a minimum of one bike-length spacing between yourselves.

We appreciate everyone’s compliance on this matter, and thank you for your continued enthusiasm and participation!

Overtaking Cyclists Safely

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I wanted to take a minute to point out some basic safety guidelines for cycling.

As some of you may know, we had two A riders – Bill and Doug – go down on our Saturday morning ride.  They are ok, but their bikes took some damage. What happened was a simple situation, with far-reaching impacts.

Bill and Doug were out in front of the main A group and were overtaken by a pretty substantial rate – probably 5 to 7 mph or so. The lead overtaking-cyclist passed too closely to Bill causing him to startle, eventually drop his wheel off the road and go down with Doug following behind.

Folks – when you’re overtaking _anyone_, please follow these guidelines:

1) The faster you’re overtaking, the more room you need to give to go around the front cyclists.  5 or more feet would be courteous.

2) Call out your approach.  A nice loud “on your left” when you’re several bike lengths back is always good form.

Let’s all work to increase safe riding on every outing!

Regards,

Gordon