Announcements

5BBC members, welcome to 2017.  One thing I hope to accomplish as President of the Club is to periodically communicate directly with the membership getting your feedback and ideas and sharing information about Club activity, issues facing the Club and ways to get more folks involved and make the Club better for all involved.  The last item is particularly important, as one of the agenda items we, as the Board, want to focus on in 2017 is succession planning - how do we get more members involved in the Club, be it in an administrative capacity, a volunteer capacity, as Board or Council members, or as leaders listing more Ride options of all kinds for the benefit of all. The Club doesn't run itself and we need you and your skills to make us an even better Club. I will return to this topic over the next few months, but in the interim, please feel free to contact me at president@5bbc.org with your thoughts, questions, suggestions and especially to offer your skills and assistance.

Speaking of stepping up to help the Club, I wanted to let you know of a transition at the Board level.  Due to a number of personal matters, unfortunately, effective January 15th, Elizabeth Peters has had to step down as Treasurer of the Club. Eliz, who was the recipient of the golden spoke award in 2015, has been an amazing Board member and Treasurer who has made significant contribution to streamlining and upgrading the Club's processes and by so doing making it easier for future treasurers to perform their functions.  She also was extremely diligent in participating in all aspects related to the governance of the Club. Her presence and counsel, will be missed, but we are lucky because she will continue to contribute to the Club as a leader and in other administrative capacities.  

But as Eliz has had to step back, we are extremely fortunate that two very talented individuals, Patricia Chew and Lon Weisen, have stepped forward and been appointed by the Board to fill out Eliz's term as Treasurer.  Patricia is a great example of someone who is fairly new to the Club being willing to share her intelligence, skills, talents and wonderful outlook and personality. She is a graduate of the recent leadership class, a dynamo and a quick learner. Lon, who has ridden with us the last few years, is a CPA and auditor and quickly stepped up to volunteer when he heard Eliz would need to step back. His deliberate thoughtful counsel will be a great addition to the Board.  We are very appreciative that these two talented individuals will serve as co-Treasurer. 

Thank you all for your support of the Club. Please be sure to take a minute and renew your membership. For those who ride all winter, we look forward to seeing you on the rides. For those who hibernate, the spring riding season isn't that far away and Howard Hall, our co- Rides Coordinator, is busy setting up the Spring Training Series. To our wonderful leaders, we thank you, it is hard to be a Bike Club without bike rides, and we ask all of you to consider listing more rides of all kinds from happy face to quick spin, from urban tours, to suburban adventures, from themed rides (and of course great food locations) to classic destinations or new explorations.  We look forward to all the rides.

Bill Mastro
 

CALLING ALL MEMBERS. The 5BBC Members' Meeting will be taking place on July 30, 2016 and all members are invited to attend. The meeting is at Sofrito Restaurant, 679 Riverside Drive [inside Riverbank State Park.] The meeting is from 3-5.  Come learn more about the club.  Mingle with your fellow members.  And enjoy some stunning views of the GWB.  Various 5BBC rides will be terminating at this location.   JOIN US.

 

Do you enjoy interacting with people, exploring and creating new bike routes, promoting bicycling? Want to see more of a certain type of ride? And, do you want a great way to give back to the Club and the bicycling community? Then becoming a 5BBC Bike Leader is for you. Look in Member Info then Leadership Training or follow this link https://www.5bbc.org/leadership-training for all the details.

Classes and rides start in September, the weekend trip is Oct. 14-16, 2016

 

Ask your NYC Council Member to support Resolution 1072-2016. Co-sponsored by Transportation Chair Ydanis Rodriguez and CM Costa Constantinides,1072-2016 calls upon the Port Authority to widen the GWB paths as part of the upcoming recabling. And if they already support the resolution, thank them!

Share this with your mailing list and on your social media!

– To find your local Council Member, click here.

– For the text of 1072-2016, click here.

– For more info on widening the GWB, click here.

 

Overall this winter was a huge improvement over winter 2015.  But it was still winter and many of us cut back the extent of our riding.  But fear not, spring is coming and so is the 5BBC Spring Training Series.  Starting the first weekend in March, we will be listing a diverse offering of fun rides to help put the winter doldrums behind us and get us in shape for the season.  This year in addition to old favorites, we will be offering some new training rides to new locations.

The spring training series is the perfect vehicle to help train for a century (regular or metric), other events, the Five Borough Bicycle Tour or just to participate in great rides with fun groups.  We will have various mileage and speed options - be sure to only join a ride appropriate for your level.  Additionally, we will still offer our other rides (can anyone say Empanada Ride), some of which can double as training rides for shorter events like the 5BBT.  Ride listings should be appearing shortly.  Check back regularly for updates and new listings as the calendar will keep expanding with new offerings.  Encourage your favorite leaders to list a training ride. And please ride safely at all times. If you have any questions, or suggestions email daytrips@5bbc.org.

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Overall this winter was a huge improvement over winter 2015.  But it was still winter and many of us cut back the extent of our riding.  But fear not, spring is coming and so is the 5BBC Spring Training Series.  Starting the first weekend in March, we will be listing a diverse offering of fun rides to help put the winter doldrums behind us and get us in shape for the season.  This year in addition to old favorites, we will be offering some new training rides to new locations.

The spring training series is the perfect vehicle to help train for a century (regular or metric), other events, the Five Borough Bicycle Tour or just to participate in great rides with fun groups.  We will have various mileage and speed options - be sure to only join a ride appropriate for your level.  Additionally, we will still offer our other rides (can anyone say Empanada Ride), some of which can double as training rides for shorter events like the 5BBT.  Ride listings should be appearing shortly.  Check back regularly for updates and new listings as the calendar will keep expanding with new offerings.  Encourage your favorite leaders to list a training ride. And please ride safely at all times. If you have any questions, or suggestions email daytrips@5bbc.org.

Cycling Spots SOLD OUT!

But we have several Non-cycling Companion spots still available and are keeping a wait list.

The 5BBC is pleased to be offering a Montreal Weekend Trip again in 2016. While it is sold out, if you are interested in being on the wait list, last year we had a few cancellations due to medical reasons and while the club policy is no refunds, we do refund if we have people to take someone's place on a wait list. 

Timed to participate in the local Tour La Nuit (Friday June 3rd) and Tour de L'ile (Sunday June 5th, similar to NYC's Five Borough Bike Tour giving various options in terms of length of ride - details to follow as available). The trip is priced at $429.

The ride is being led by same leaders as last year - Sharon Behnke, Allan Friedman and David Meltzer. There will also lead an optional ride Saturday led by Allan who is a native of Montreal - showing you his home town.

Since the trip has sold out, as it did last year, we will be adding a few bonuses like the opportunity to sample Montreal's many unique food delicacies.

Read all about it...We hope to see you on this year's ride! 

Dear 5BBC,

As the Membership Coordinator, I am interested in what you would like the Club to offer.  Obviously, we all want to continue having great rides, but what else would you like?  More Happy Face Rides or Advanced Moderate Rides?  More socials?  Bike Repair or Skills Courses?  This is YOUR club and I would love to hear from as many members as possible.  Please log onto the FORUM and give me your thoughts.  To go to the FORUM, simply log onto the web page as a club member, click the COMMUNITY link and then scroll down to the MEMBERS FORUM.

We are also planning a Spring Kickoff Meeting for all members to celebrate the coming of the 2016 Spring Cycling Season.  Still in the planning stages, but more will be revealed in the near future.

MEL

 

Join us for our first social of 2016 @ Inform Fitness, 201 E. 56th Street, #2

January 20th 2016

7P.M.- 9P.M.

http://informfitness.com

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0ca4DoWh8A

We had a great turn out last year so we thought we would do it again.

Learn about a strength program and exercise that is done in just 20 minutes a week.

Learn about the Power of 10!

Learn about nutrition to help us exercise and build strength.

Adam Zuckerman is the owner and developer of this unique program, come meet him. He will show you what Ed and Liz do to keep in shape.

Light refreshments will be served.

The following persons were elected to the respective Board positions named below, for the 2016 term:

Shawn Carney – President

Andrea Casertano – Vice President

Bill Mastro – Day Trips

Ed Sobin – Leadership Training

David Meltzer and Mark Guralnick, jointly – Membership

Andrea Mercado – Secretary.

Elizabeth Peters -- Treasurer

A great Thanksgiving to all.  Remember , on that day overeating is a sacred and patriotic duty.:) See you all at the Holiday party.  Until then, if not before, on the road,

Andrea  Mercado,

Secretary.

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