Don, I have to let you know this; you are an inspiration with all the info. you get out on cycling. I love reading about the different events and stuff. Thanks so much from a fellow cyclist determined to get the weight down and off for good.
XTERRA mountain bike race (southeast) will be at Oak Mountain State Park, AL next Saturday, May 19th. Awesome course. Rode out there, yesterday.
Epic Moutain Bike Race at Lake Howard, Sylacauga, AL, May 20th. I'll be helping with that one. It's 62-66 miles out and back. I mountain bike this with regularity ( the single track). I shed about all my weight last year on it, and am back again this year, after injury, re-shedding. (almost sounds like a snake story)
I go between mountain bike and road riding, and so far, this has been a great month for riding and events.
Don't forget everyone NEXT WEEK is National Bike to Work Week and next Friday is Bike to Work Day! (wish our weather was looking better for it!)
"May is National Bike Month in the U.S. Sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists, our leading national advocacy organization, the month provides numerous local and national events in which to participate.
A couple of important ones coming up next week are Bike to Work Week May 14-18 and Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 18. The Bike League has a handy web-based tool to check for specific Bike Month special events near you. Simply click Bike Month Events to search by city, state and ZIP code.
But you don’t have to live in the U.S. to make the most of National Bike Month. Let’s just call May “International Bike Month.” And let’s all do what we can to best promote the sport we love. Here are a few suggestions. Please add your own to our Comments page.
---If you have a friend or neighbor who’s been talking about taking up cycling, be a mentor and show them the ropes.I remember when I started out, a buddy or two taught me the basics or road riding, showed me a couple of local routes that cyclists use on our side of the city, etc. As the popular phrase goes: Pay it forward.
---If you’re a boss, encourage your workers to take part in Bike-to-Work Weeknext week and Bike-to-Work Day on the 18th. Arrange for some special recognition for those employees who roll in on their bike. And work to offer a “clean-up” station in company bathrooms, assuming there’s no shower on the premises. Show your employees that commuting by bike is a real transportation alternative.
---If you’re a worker bee, ride to work, if possible, and encourage your co-workers to join you.Maybe you can serve as a “guide” to make them feel more comfortable on the roads, providing some helpful tips, mapping out safe routes, etc.
---If you work from home, don’t feel left out during bike-to-work week -- sneak out for a morning ride to show support. (No one will know you’re taking a very indirect route to your office!)
---Every time you ride this month, practice your very best cycling etiquette with fellow cyclists and closely follow the rules of the road.Always point out debris, wave to fellow riders, verbally signal passes, and do your level best not to give any driver a reason to think anything other than: “I’m perfectly fine sharing the road with this courteous cyclist.” (Dare to dream!)
---If you like to watch the pros, try to catch some of the great events taking place in May. The Giro d’Italia is already underway; maybe sneak a peek on your computer or mobile device? The Amgen Tour of California starts Sunday and will be shown live on NBC Sports Network (formerly Versus). Be sure to point out the finer points of a breakaway or leadout train to any non-cycling friends watching with you.
---Sign up for an organized ride, and thank the volunteers and the friendly folks who staff the rest stopsfor giving up their time and effort to support your passion. And thank the police officers at every intersection they’ve cleared for your safe crossing.
---With good humor, endure any “spandex, padded butt and loud shirt” jokes at your expense from colleagues or others who may not share your fashion sense. Use the situation as a chance to encourage non-riders to discover the myriad benefits of cycling (including the chance to wear such fetching garb!).
---Join the Bike League, if you’re not already a member. The League works tirelessly to promote cycling and protect our rights on the road. Helping them helps us all.
There are countless other ways to promote cycling. Think of a few of your own, and practice them not just in May, but year-round.
Please share your own cycling promotion tips on the Comments page. Enjoy your ride!"
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