|May 8 - Club meeting Minutes - Steve Gerard
Meeting Minutes 4/27/2016
Vote results on 3 main proposals listed before and below.
Treasury balance as of 4/1/2016 $6,718.34
Club will purchase insurance
Discussion about club rides, ideas to make them safer and more fun.
Some discussion about some pulls being too long, toward the end of the ride as less people want to go toward the front, longer pulls more appropriate.
More single file riding in traffic areas
Riders coming off the front need to move to the back of the pack faster and not wonder over toward or over the middle of the road.
Discussion about more people correcting bad judgements/mistakes or dangerous riding to be corrected by more people. Steve objected as already people without the correct knowledge/skills giving poor advice, possibility leading to more dangerous situations. No resolution.
Keep noise down in parking lot at school
No urinating at schoolCaution about changing at school
Ok so these are not the minutes, they’ll be coming shortly, just a quick summary of the major points.
Item #1 - Time
Item #2 - Location
Item #3 – A/B Split
Another ride issue after last Sunday’s A ride was too many riders of different ability levels, so we may add an A- ride after the park if the need arises. Also if dropped from the ride we may not wait until the next turn or safe area. Just keep riding straight and if we know your off the back we’ll wait.
Hope everyone is ok with the results, no way we could have pleased everyone (hell I wanted a summer 7am ride) but we expect more meetings in the future so come and voice your opinion and vote.
Thanks Doug and everyone that took their time out to be there (even on & the day after their birthdays).
Now let all have a fun and safe summer of riding together.Steve G.
|April 28 - Club meeting - Doug Mitchell||
Thanks Steve for the use of your meeting room.
We have obtained club/ride insurance through the League of American Bicyclists.
I will try to have the sign in and release forms with me this weekend.
Some of the rides have been a bit sloppy lately with too many riders taking chances by riding across the yellow line into the oncoming lane.
Some people on the ride are strong and fit but lack the skills of the more experienced riders these people must shown how to ride a pace line properly and be safe in a group situation.
If you notice a rider in the group who is erratic or unsteady then let them know for their safety and yours. No matter who they are.
Remember it is singlefile at all times unless traffic conditions allow and then no more than two abreast.
Please let me know if you need any club clothing, if we meet the minimum order we can get you what you want.
Please remember that the weekly Wednesday and Friday rides are NOT ABC rides they are independant pick up rides.
On Sundays wear your club jersey !
|Mar. 16 - Road Safety! - Doug||Last Wednesday a cyclist was killed in Howell township hit from behind by a hit and run driver. It was reported in the local news. He was riding on roads that we all have ridden at some time or another. I myself was out riding on the same day in the same area. This was a tragedy, we are all so vulnerable, there is no protection from this kind of thing happening. Please be careful which roads you use and wear bright colored clothing when on the bike. It is good sense to use a rear light when out on your own one that is bright enough for other road users to see from a distance. Be safe out on the road. Doug Mitchell.|
|Feb. 27 - Preaching to the Choir - Doug||
Just a few words regarding the last Sunday ride.
Our group were observed riding two and three abreast on the road in Freehold as we were approaching the rest stop at Tigue Park. This caused a back up of traffic, a following car called the police and we were given a lecture by a police officer as we were leaving the park.
We should have been aware of the traffic behind us at that time, no one called for a single file it seems so we were in fact blocking the road.
We must all be aware that we are sharing the road with others many of whom have no idea how to deal with cyclists on the same road.
Please stay as far as possible to the right of the roadway as is safe. The roadway is defined by the white line on the right it does not include the shoulder. So as close to the white line please.
The state of the roads after all the bad weather and snow plow and freeze damage is atrocious.
To avoid the potholes and debris in the road requires us to be more aware than ever and by riding single file allows us to deal with the problems a lot easier
Remember, if you are the front rider you are responsible for all those behind you and if you are the last rider you have a responsibility also to call out any traffic behind.
Be safe out there !
Cheers. Doug Mitchell
|Feb. 25 - Doug||It has been a long cold winter and many of us are way behind in our road riding.
Last week was a break from the cold and Sunday saw a group of 21 riders leave from Allenwood. It was a reunion of sorts.
The previous week was the pizza party which was a success, 25 members showed up more would have been there but for the cold weather and troubles on the road, for the first time we asked that each member at the party to contribute $10. toward the cost of the evening no one objected to that and all it cost the club was $50. gratuity.
The club will no longer be promoting the Colts Neck race but we need to stay active in the community in some way.
The Colts Neck Lions Club are promoting a charity bike ride on June 21st. and I have volunteered to help plan some of the route, Chuck Allison has also been planning the longer route and has come up with some terrific suggestions for a more challenging ride. The Lions club will need a little help on the day, nothing too taxing, if you think you may like to give a hand please let me know I volunteered to be a mechanic or marshal whatever they need.
I would like to call a general club meeting soon to discuss our plans for the coming season.
One event we can connect with will be at the Wall Stadium Track where we can maybe contribute to one of the evening track meets by sponsoring the whole event.
Please let me know your feelings on all the above so that we can move ahead through the coming season.
If you think I have missed someone on this list let me know please.
Stay Calm and Carry On !
Cheers. Doug Mitchell.
|May 6 - Thank you! - Doug||Although our race entrants numbers were down on other years this years Tour of Colts Neck was a success. The credit goes to all those who came out on Sunday and those who also helped in the planning and set up in the days weeks and months before hand. Thanks to John Schwebel for his hard work in publicizing the event all over NJ and for maintaining the website with up to date news and results throughout the season. The mainstay of road race safety is the number of marshals we can put on the course. Eddie Mack did a terrific job in organizing the marshaling crew again. Every corner was well taken care of by among others, Alex Binder,Egon Glass,Frank Terranova, Jurgen Roedel, Mark McCall, Bob and Don Carlin, Rich and Andrew Celin, Ira Schwartz, Justin Ying, Andrew Brennan,Terrie and Bryan Katz, Jim Lukowiak and a few cops from around the county who were a big help. The Start and assembly area was taken care of with great skill and tact by John Hunt with a little help from myself and Rich Ferreri. Sandy Mack, Eddies wife was responsible for the sandwiches which she made herself and the sodas. Great job Sandy. Terrie Katz our treasurer had double duty , as well as marshaling and supplying us with bananas, water and granola bars she also took care of any financial duties on Sunday. Paul Casale was a great help with pre race set up even with his crowded work schedule, it is a pity he could not be there on Sunday to enjoy the race. Steve Gerard as always came through with help on Saturday and Sunday as well as racing and taking 6th place in the Master 55+ event despite raging hay fever. His helper Noah Swanson also took a great 3rd place in the junior event, way to go boys ! The two lead cars this year were driven by Anne Salzano and Sheila Wall, Anne in her own vehicle showing the way and Sheila in a nice new Mustang GT convertible from George Wall Ford in Tinton Falls, Thanks to them, all a touch of class. As always George MacCary was our lead moto official who was there to keep everyone safe on the road with help from Alex Meyer the other moto official, two of the best ! Bob Yellen has taken many great pictures of the race as always and they can be seen on the club website, thanks Bob ! This year our registration, timing and results service was given out to Bikeguy sports service run by Tom Mains who is also NJBA president. The service was a little costly but it was so efficient,fast and convenient for us, it took so much work off of our shoulders. The officials were as always wonderful and so understanding, we were in good hands all day long. This is my last year as race director, we will be looking around for a new organizer for next year. The ABC may not be involved at all from now on. However the Town of Colts Neck loves the race and want to see it continue. We have had a great relationship with Colts Neck Recreation Committee all these 17 years. The Thompson Park people are also supporters of the race and want to see it thrive. If anyone has any ideas for the future of the race please let me know and I will pass them along to Mr Hennessy of the Rec. Committee. Every thing that helped make the race a success was down to team work, no one is more important than anyone else in this situation. The racers thank you the town thanks you and I thank you most of all. Cheers. Doug Mitchell.|
|April 20- Benefit Ride -Steve||
Anyone interested in a Benefit ride for Parkinson’s Disease.
Sunday June 9, out od Edison.
I have registration forms if anyone needs/wants one
|April 22- Sunday Ride time change - Doug|| Hi All,
The Sunday ride will start at 8AM as of the first week in May ! Please be aware that the first Sunday is the day of the Colts Neck race and most members will be at the race. As always we are looking to our members for help with the race. Corner Marshals are one of our most important needs. If you can spare a day to help us out we will be most grateful. If you can help let Eddie Mack or myself know and we will find a place for you on the day.
Our small but elite racing team are riding very well this year, Steve Gerard, Steve Schwartz and Noah Swanson are all flying !
We have 2 new members Justin Ying and Dan Casais who wish to get into racing at some point. They are both novice riders but are doing very well on the Sunday rides. Great to have them both on the team.
Cheers and be safe on the road. Doug.
|April 20- Racing Results -Steve||
Today’s ABC results from the Long Beach Island TT
Noah Swanson continued his fine riding today, finishing second in the 13 mile time trial, while Steve Schwartz show what he is capable of when he get a little rest the night before finishing a high seventh against a strong field.
Fine riding for both guys on a windy day, glad I wasn’t there.
|April 20- Training/Recovery Article -Steve||
I once overheard the great Joe Saling answer this question about how he trained; his answer was “I rest hard”!
The following article I came across explains it well.
Time off from cycling can be a good thing. One critical training principle is that of overload and recovery. For a system to grow stronger, it must be stressed and then allowed time to rebuild. This is the reason for recovery periods between hard efforts during interval workouts. From there, the principle expands to include rest days during hard training weeks, a recovery week within a month of training and, finally, a several-week-long hiatus after a season.
But what about recovery on a grander scale? The concept of a grand recovery period has implications for all athletes. Amateur racers and recreational cyclists frequently participate in events for several years and then turn to other pursuits and interests. Maybe you were a Cat 3 or an avid century rider five years ago, but your bike has been collecting dust or you've resigned yourself to just a weekend spin to stay moderately fit. It's not too late for a comeback.
Regardless of where you are in the process, there's one aspect of training that trips up cyclists more than any other: recovery rides. The concept is ridiculously simple: Take a very easy spin on your bike. To be honest, there's little scientific evidence that recovery rides are any more beneficial—physiologically—than sitting on your couch. The same can be said for massage, but athletes and coaches swear by both as ways to enhance between-workout recovery. Both help athletes feel fresher and looser for their next hard training session. And there's a clear psychological benefit to that.
Though it sounds simple, many athletes ruin their training by going too hard. To be effective, your easy ride must do no harm. Only by spinning at a very low intensity will you reap the psychological benefits.
Off the Gas Pedal
|April 14- Racing Results -Steve||
ABC newest racing member “boy wonder” Noan Swanson start his third ever race Saturday and his first ever time trial at the Readington TT, armed with a borrowed bike and very little practice he won by over a minute. He was the fastest junior, even over the older juniors.
Noah is not one to sit on his laurels, he raced in the Rahway Criterium today, bridged to the two man breakaway. After some cat and mouse and the field caught them, but he still managed to finished 3rd. Quite a good weekend, congratulation are in order to Noah “Boy wonder”.
In other racing news fast Steve Schwartz finished a fine 6th in his division at the Time Trial, nice going Steve.
|April 8, April 15- Club Race Meeting -Doug
||Club Race Meeting is set for 7:00 p.m., Tuesday April 16 at the Colts Neck Recreation Center.
Just a reminder. We have a pre Colts Neck race meeting Tuesday at 7pm at Colts Neck rec building Heyers Mill Rd. Colts Neck.
Topic will be race day help and marshals. We should have a representative from Colts Neck Rec, and Fire Police.
We have been offered help from the local Boy Scouts who could be a plus on race day.
The race registration job has been handed to a race service who will be taking care of race day registration, results filing and finish line camera. So we will not be needed in any of those jobs.
If you can help out as a race marshal or with other duties please let me , Eddi Mack or John Hunt know so that we can assign you a position.
See you soon. Doug Mitchell.
|April 6 - Race Results- Doug||Just a quick note ................Congratulations to Noah Swanson our 15 year old junior. At the Saturday Cherry Blossom Cat. 4-5 race in Newark Noah placed 18th out of a field of 61 racers. Noah was the only teenager in the race and was ahead of many more experienced riders. Well done lad !! Steve Gerard placed 9th in the 55+ race at the same event, well done Steve !! Things are looking good for our racers this spring. Be safe. Doug.|
|April 4 - Club Race Meeting etc.- Doug||
The Colts Neck race is just around the corner. We have most of the race day details in place. I want to call a general race meeting for the week after next, on either the 15th-16th or 17th of April. if you want to attend but cannot make one of these dates let me know and I will set up the day that is convenient. The police representative Frank Rizzuto will be there and give us his input, Frank was a huge help last year in coordinating the fire police and other township agencies. One of the most important topics to discuss will be, as always, the race marshal situation. We hope that we can count on our loyal members to turn out on race day as they always do. If you plan on working as a marshal on race day but will not attend the meeting please inform me or Eddie Mack know. It is thanks to all you wonderful people that we are able to put together such a good event. Next year will see some big changes on the race. More at the meeting. Thanks. Doug Mitchell.
|March 31 - Membership et. al. - Steve
Hello All, Happy Easter,
As you may have heard I have taken over membership duties from Anne Salzano. We all owe a great big thanks to Anne for her years of hard work on all things club related. Anne has certainly help made us a better club. So thank you Anne, now get on your bike and ride a time trial.
Now that spring is here, the days are getting longer, warmer and the annual Colts Neck race is right around the corner, it’s time to send in your club membership (if you haven’t done so yet). It’s still the best value around, with one of the most consistent weekly club ride in the state. We’re talking about starting up a “C” again for those of you that haven’t ridden in a while. Let us know if your interest in a “C” ride.
Take care and see you on the road.
|March 21 - Club Meeting - Doug||Hi All,
I have secured the Colts Neck Rec.meeting room for a club meeting next Tuesday 26th March at 7pm. This is a general meet with the Colts neck race top of the agenda. Also any other matters you may want to discuss. Hope to see you there. Cheers. Doug Mitchell.
|March 15 - Membership etc. - Doug||Hi Everyone,
It's that time of the year again, I mean time to re up your ABC membership. This reminder is a little late this year as I was supposed to find a new membership person to take care of this but did not get there. If any one would like to volunteer for the position just let me know it is an easy job, just have to keep the list current ! The warm weather is fast approaching, not fast enough you may say but keep the faith we will soon be sweating with the oldies ! Even in this cold spell we have seen good numbers out on a Sunday ride. The average age of ABC membership is closer to the age of retirement than it is to the age of college graduation. We could use some new young riders in the club. Our latest recruit is 15 year old Noah Swanson from Wall who only started riding last year. Noah is being mentored by Steve Gerard and is a quick learner, he rode 72 miles last Sunday and finished with the A bunch, a great result for such a novice. We have so much experience between us we should be passing that experience on to the younger generation such as Noah. The Colts Neck race is on again for May 5th and as always we will be looking for marshals and race day help. The registration, finish line camera and results service this year will be taken care of by Tom Mains and his partners who are officers in the NJBA and have a great deal of race experience. We will not need any ABC people to help with any registration duties, another load off of the club. A general club meeting will be held later in the month, probably in Colts Neck. The last week in March is a holiday week for most so let me know the days you may not be able to attend. Thanks for reading. Cheers. Doug.
|January 16 - Colts Neck 2013 etc. - Doug||Hi Everyone,
Happy New Year ! I have been a bit out of touch recently and need to catch up with the club. It was so good to see such a large group out last Sunday 18 or 20 riders I think. Steve Gerard has been doing a splendid job of keeping the rides together and will be doing so from now on, thanks Steve !!! The Colts Neck Recreation Department and the Monmouth County Park System are eager to have the Tour of Colts Neck take place again this year. The race can only happen if the membership of ABC pulls together as they always have. I need to know soon weather the club is behind the race and can be counted on to help run the event as always. Some of you have been seriously affected by the storm and have other things on your mind these days so cannot expect you to take on any more work. Please let me know your thoughts and ideas on the race. We are approaching pizza party time, I am aware that the old venue is a bit cramped and some people have suggested another place so let us know your alternative we are all happy to see some changes. Several of our club members are facing challenging health problems of one kind or another these days, spare a thought for them and a prayer too. Do not forget to tune in to the Oprah and Lance show on Thursday evening should be interesting, they will likely swap cup cake recipes and discuss weight loss, what else do they have in common ? Sorry I digress. Any way hope to see you all soon. Cheers. Doug.
|Nov. 10 - Storm Damage & Help - Doug||I hope all of you are safe. Many of us suffered loss or damage to some degree. Sheila Wall suggested that we pass a message around to see if any one of this group needs help. I know of a few people in the club who have major damage to their homes. Please pass the word around,we have a lot of different talent in this little club of ours so do not be shy to reach out. Thanks Sheila. Good luck everyone. Doug Mitchell.|
|Oct. 9 - Sunday 10/14 Pine Barrens Ride - Anne||
ABC Pine Barrens Ride. 50 plus miles, not a hammer fest. Sunday October 14 , starting at 9:00 AM from the Foodtown shopping center, Whiting, NJ (Rt 530 and Cherry St). 50 + miles with a stop in Tabernacle at Nixon's Store. (Coffee, muffins, etc.)
Map of Whiting, New Jersey by MapQuest Zoom in on map and click and drag to navigate..
Take Rt 70 west past Lakehurst about 4 miles to traffic light and turn left on to Manchester Blvd. Go to second light and turn right on Rt 530 (Lacey Rd) and make an immediate left into shopping center parking lot. Park near the back of the lot.
|Oct. 5 - Track Riding - Anne||I had a great time Andrew.....very nice of you, Sam, and everyone, to allow us the track time......loved the tandem ride . The turnout of racers made it all the more enjoyable for us. You put a lot of time and effort into this event and made it fun for all. Thank you!!!|
|Oct. 5 - Track Riding - Andrew||I would like to thank everyone who came out to watch the races last
night! Your support of the Garden State Velodrome means alot to me, Sam,
and the other racers. We had several new racers from out of town. The
competition was good, the weather held out, and I think they all had a
good time. I hope you did too.
|Oct. 1 - ABC Update and Some News - Doug||Again well said Steve. When we find that we are riding a pace line in to a side wind then the front rider needs to be aware that those behind are trying to shelter behind the wheel in front. If the wind is coming from the left then the leader should be out a little further from the edge to give following riders room to shelter on the wheel to his/her right. Get it ? As Steve says, use common sense we cannot hog the whole road. This all comes back to the rule that we are all responsible for those other riders behind. Last Sunday was a good example of responsible riding it seems a lot of people have taken note of the latest e mails. Cheers. Doug.|
|Sep. 29 - More on Safe Riding - Steve Gerard||
Great points, but let’s not confuse practice “riding the white line” with doing so in the pack (do it alone). A observation I’ve seen is where the lead riders position themselves in relationship to the edge of the road. Something all lead rider should be aware of, hugging the edge of the road might be a fine location for the 1 or 2 in the front, but not be for everyone behind (especially with the wind coming from mostly left side). That doesn’t mean ride out in the middle of the road either, just some common sense in the front about what’s going on behind. A couple of feet either way can make a big difference to the riders in the back half of the pack. It’s like driving a car with a trailer, anyone that’s ever done it for any length of time will know what I mean.
27 - More on Safe Riding - Rick Zimmerman
I agree... Riding the white line (the one on the right) is a skill worth mastering. If you need any help... follow Don or Bob Carlin.
But straight line or not, it's incumbent upon whomever is up front to look far enough down the road to guide the rest of the pack around problems gradually, rather than pointing and veering suddenly.
27 - More on Safe Riding - Don Carlin||Really good points, Steve. One in particular I would like to point out is basic pace line riding, which means you ride directly behind the rider in front of you, not to the left. This only works when following an experienced rider who can ride a straight line on or near the white line ( that's the one on the right). Back in the day, we were told to practice riding on the line (dry weather only). If you couldn't, you were not pedaling correctly. Try it!|
27 - More on Safe Riding - Mike Rubino
||Good post Steve , I think I have learned alot from you folks. One thing I do when riding with ABC is follow the Carlins when I can . I figure that theres bold riders and old riders , but not many bold old riders.So when in doubt I look to Bob and Don. I think the bigger crowds this year have lead to some confusion on the rides. Theres also seems to be abit more race mentality where we dont need it. More than once I have heard Steve say, lets slow it dwon abit so all can stay together . I dont see the harm in this .If Stve can do it , then we all can.|
26 - Safe Riding & my 2 cents- Steve Gerard
Great email Doug, but I would like to add my 2 cents if you don’t mind in reference to safe riding.
When I started riding with ABC in 1982, I was very fortunate to have some senior members help me to learn the basics. Seems like not a lot of that going on these day, partly because many new riders aren’t interested in learning, some are very strong so figure they know all there is to know and won't or don't listen to someone who may be less strong but may have much knowledge to share (strong and or riding a long time doesn’t automatically mean you know what your doing). I believe much of what is needed to learn can be obtained by just watching, thinking and using common sense. But if you don't know just ask someone who’s been around, don't just make it up. Trust me we have a lot of very old .......... I mean very experienced knowledgeable riders in the club that have been doing this for a long time, if you ask, I’m sure they will help. Hell we have Doug and Bob Carlin, they must have 1/2 million miles between them from group rides, races and training, they done it all and seen it all. There are others, don’t let them retire without extracting that knowledge.
Hand signals: I was taught a few basic hand signals, now I see hand gestures that I have no idea what they mean. It really very simple, if you see something in the road point right at it (don't wave your hand or do something else you've made up). If it's bad also yell it out, while pointing directly at it. There are others I won't go into now.
Being aware: As Doug mentioned it’s important knowing what’s around you and I know we’re a very social club (which is great). Many people need to look at the rider next to them when talking, don’t, it’s most important to watch in front of you, look passed the rider directly in front of you, not the wheel right in front. Everyone behind you is depending on and trusting you. Every mistake up front get amplified the farther back it goes. That’s why good racers like to ride closer to the front in a race, most accidents happen middle back.
Passing cars: A pet peeve of mine, when pulling up to a red light with cars waiting to cross. Stop behind the cars, don't ride pass them only to have them pass you back in the next 100 feet. Makes no sense, is more dangerous and it pisses the drivers off.
We all makes mistakes now and then, just don’t get offended if critiqued. Un-checked mistakes and being nonchalant is very contagious and dangerous. Personally I thing the ABC ride is one of the best rides everything considered, I’ve ridden many other, but prefer ABC even with faults. I have yet to ride with other groups or races without someone doing something stupid at times.
Thanks for listening
PS: I think it’s a great idea to make the donation and the gift. I would be happy to chip in. Feel better Ed.
|Sep. 24 - ABC Update and Some News - Doug||Hello all,
A few words on recent goings on. First a reminder that the Sunday ride start time will go to 9AM on the first Sunday in October which is the 7th.
The annual Pine Barrens ride will take place on October 14th starting at 9AM from the Foodtown parking lot in Whiting which is off Rt 70 in Ocean county. Egon Glass will let us know the exact location .
Last Friday on the Reservoir ride there was a nasty accident in which Ed Lyons suffered some injuries. The incident occurred on Rt 571 near Roosevelt. A piece of wood caught in his front fork and sent him over the bars and he landed very hard. Chuck Allison also fell but was only bruised. Ed was in hospital with injuries to his collar bone, vertebrae,sternum and a concussion. He was fortunate that a Good Samaritan stopped to help, a young lady driving past saw Ed lying in the road and without hesitation stopped to offer assistance. Her name is Kelly Mitchell ( No relation ) she lives in Roosevelt. Kelly was a great help to Ed and would not leave until he was on his way to hospital in the ambulance. She kept Ed's bike at her house until Don Carlin came to bring it back for him. We think it is a good idea to thank Kelly in some way, the club will send her a token of our appreciation for her kindness. We also would like to send a donation to the Roosevelt First Aid Squad in Ms Mitchell's name. If you have any comment o make on this subject please let me know
The accident on Friday brings up the issue of identification carried by a rider when out on the road. The consensus is that we should wear some form of I D such as a bracelet or dog tag type of identification. This is something we should all consider very seriously. It seems the scrap of paper with your home phone number is not good enough any more.
The racing scene in NJ has been enhanced by the participation of our crack racing team members as always. Leading the way has been Steve Gerard who placed 7th overall in the Garden state cup for 55+ racers, all this on his limited race program. He of course won the 55+ Race at Colts Neck but placed well in the other races he rode in. Steve raced at the Velodrome in PA where he did very well and is currently enjoying a good year at the Wall Stadium velodrome. Rich Bradley has done really well in the master 65+ events he rode to bring home medals in the NJ state Road Race and the ITT. He also raced in the NJ senior Olympic events.
Congratulations also to Andrea Brennan who is the winner of the Garden State Cup for senior women, she does not race for ABC however we consider her one of our own !
Sheila Wall rode her first century ride this year when she and several other ABC people finished the Princeton Century on August 4th. Sheila is in her first year of serious riding and we must consider her for Rookie of The Year !!
George MacCary rode his motor cycle all around the USA this summer and the last we heard was he was living in a grass hut on beach in Mexico.
We are going to order new clothing for the next year, let me know what you will need so we can include any special items in the order. Also any ideas on design change let us know we already have some good suggestions.
On the subject of safe riding I feel I must say something on the matter. Generally our rides are safe and trouble free. With so many new riders this year it can be problem keeping things together. last Sunday was a prime example of how things can get out of hand. It was obvious then that riding in to a head wind was a problem for a number of folks.
Keep a steady pace into a head wind, do not fight the wind you will always lose !
Stay as far to the right at ALL times !
Do NOT make sudden moves in the group it only takes a touch of wheels to cause an accident.
Practice looking over your shoulder to see what is behind you, a very basic move but one that a lot of people forget !
Do NOT focus on the wheel directly in front but keep your head up a look ahead and anticipate what the other riders ahead may do next, be aware at ALL times.
Also when starting off after a red light or stop sign that many people just took off without checking to see that we all made it through safely. Any time we move off after a stop we must all be aware of the whole group getting back together, do not rely on someone else to check for you. We are all responsible for each others safety on the road. If you find you are the lead riders it is your responsibility to call out any hazards coming up such as pot holes, fallen branches, water puddles or dead squirrels !
The use of Tri bikes is more common these days but they are not suited to group rides, please use a road bike !
One last note ; when we leave the store in Clarksburg on Sundays we are often spread out instead f moving off in one group please be ready to leave when the word is given.
Keep safe, be safe. Cheers. Doug Mitchell.
|Sep. 24 - Track Riding - Andrew/Anne||Hey Everybody, Check out Andrew's
e-mail below and mark your calendar for Thursday October 4th.
This is a generous invitation and a great opportunity to try some track riding. Or if you prefer not to ride, just come out and cheer for your teammates . Should be a fun night.
First race off at 6 p.m. Additional information can be found at the bikereg link below.
Check with Andrew if you have any questions. Thanks, Anne
Anne & Doug-
Thursday, October 4 will be one of the last race nights at Garden State Velodrome. We're hoping to go out on a high note and bring out some more people (both racers and spectators). The night's schedule is listed on BikeReg (see link below). Steve and I have even pooled a little money to provide a prize list in a few of the categories. https://www.bikereg.com/Net/17433
I know a few club members have expressed
interest in giving the track a try, but don't have a track bike, and
are a little apprehensive. Keeping this in mind, I added a
Masters 55+ field for road bikes. Events in this field include an
Unknown Distance, a 9 Lap Win and Out, and a 10 Lap Scratch. I
also dropped the price for this field by $5. With racing
concluding under the lights, I'm hoping it will be a fun night to give
this a try while watching some exciting races in other fields.
Admission is FREE for spectators.
There is grandstand seating available but most people prefer to come down to the infield.
Bring a chair if you want to sit in the infield.
Food and drink: The concession stands will not be open. Feel free to bring your own food and drink.
Parking is in the "PITS" parking lot.
If people want to coordinate a tailgate party, I will allow one vehicle down to the infield to transport peoples chairs, food, beer, table.....
10 - Grand Fondo - Steve Gerard
If anyone is interested about the grand fondo Dan, Alex and I rode yesterday here are the details.
The event was extremely well organized, plenty of free parking and very well marshaled. Image having free parking for 2000+ cars (about 1800 riders, workers, venders) all within ¼ mile of the start and festivities.
The route we choose was much hillier then I was expecting. I knew it was going to be steep in sections (which it was) but a couple of long climbs of 2+ miles. To give you an idea of how steep, I was barely able to keep it in my big ring……. I soon realized racing 20 mile long flat master races was not the right way to train.
We finished around 3:00, rode our bikes into the parking garage and quickly realized we didn’t know where we had parked. So we rode another 20 miles or so riding around this parking garage looking for my car. Then they feed us, but we decided not to waiting around for another hour or so for post ride award ceremonies even though we weren’t tired at all. We both need to go practice our sprints for the track.
I recommend this for anyone looking to do something different, it’s a little expensive, but the earlier you sign up, the cheaper the cost. Also if you sign up as a team (2 or more) you get a 20% discount.
Thanks for reading
Actually I think it took me 3 hours to get up the 2nd timed climb. Luckily my descending skills allowed me to gain back most of that time since we were at warp factor 5 or 6.
It was by far and away the best organized event I have been to. Steve was great company, the weather was perfect and the course was challenging, but scenic. Not a bad day.
|Aug 26 - Membership/Racing News - Anne||Welcome a few new members: Rick Zimmerman,
Kevin Gerrity, and Giuseppe Lamarca. Rick and Kevin are very new
to the club I believe, Giuseppe is not a new face in the crowd.
Welcome to the Atlantic Bicycle Club. Our membership list is
Our usual racing group has been doing well. Rich Bradley won the bronze at the Masters Road Race in July. Rich also won a medal at the Florida championship race this year. Rich will have to give you the details for that one.
Andrea Brennan won a gold medal at the Masters Road Race. Also won a gold medal at the Senior Road Race the following week. In her spare time Andrea has been racing at T-Town where she manages to bring home the gold or silver medal after a weekend of track racing. This girl is working hard.
The Tour de Fair Haven was a few weeks ago. Steve Gerard rode a strong race as did Andrea in their category. Darin Bedle stole the show finishing 5th in a field of 77 riders in the 35+ race. Not only that but shortly after that he entered the pro 1-2 race, a field of 90 riders, and stayed with the field to the end. Good day of racing...you all looked great.
Last week was the Masters Criterium Race. Rich Bradley and Steve Gerard were the Team ABC racers....tough course, good racing from both as always. Today was the NJ Senior Criterium Race. Andrea signed up but I don't see any results posted yet. Darin raced also.....finished in the top half of a field of mostly Cat 1 racers.
Congratulations and hats off to you all.
|May 9 - Colts Neck Women's 1/2/3 breakaway sprint 2012 - Anne||
Cheers to our Andrea for an amazing finish at Colts Neck. A short video below taken by a teammate as Andrea sprinted to the finish to take second place against National Champ Kim Geist. The two riders formed an early break from the pack and as Andrea put it "I had so much fun racing the course in a breakaway with the motor and lead car beeping and hearing all the ABCers cheer me on.....it does not get much better than that."http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYdSFQqlIc4
Andrea said she did not get to thank everyone personally but wants to say "thanks" to all.
Congratulations Andrea.....neck and neck with a National Champ....WOW!!! A very exciting day for you to say the least. And a very proud day for ABC having you as part of our club. Thank you!!
|May 8- ABC Winner - Anne||
Check out the attached picture of Steve Gerard crossing the finish line and winning the 55+ race at Colts Neck this Sunday. Way to go Stevie....we are all so happy and VERY proud of you. Great job....a well deserved win. Congratulations!!!
|April 29- Time Change & Race Info - Anne||
Just a reminder that the Sunday ride moves to an 8 a.m. start beginning in May.
There will not be a ride next Sunday May 6th since that is the Tour of Colts Neck. This is the one day a year when all members are encouraged to roll up your sleeves and support your club. You are all needed whether it be for marshalling, registration, back up support for marshals, or just being there for different jobs.
The event will be run the same as last year with start/finish on Long Bridge and registration set up at the park entrance on Long Bridge. Parking will be directed into the Park grounds. Since some races will be starting as the previous race is on their last lap the importance of coordination with the marshals cannot be stressed enough.
Doug is providing a packet for the marshals with a course map, names, locations, and phone numbers of marshals . I must have cell numbers for all those that are marshalling........ need them ASAP to get this in place.
Eddie Mack,732-609-6800, is the marshal coordinator this year. Doug Mitchell and Eddie Mack will provide all necessary instructions for timing and calls to be made ahead.
We will have the usual road crew....George MacCary and Alex Meyer as moto refs, Bob Varca and Paul Casale in cars. John Hunt and Doug Mitchell will be directing traffic in and out of the park. Others are needed there.
Please please give me your cell numbers as soon as you can.
|March 2- Group Photo March 11 - Anne||
We would like to get our ABC members together for a group picture on Sunday March 11th at 9 a.m. just before the start of the ride. As far back as some of us can remember we have never had a group photo.... it would be a nice thing to have and to look back on a few years from now. Bob Yellen has offered to do the picture taking for us. Rain date is March 18th.
Some of us remember riding with Marshall and Susan Whitfield, excellent riders and racers with us in the very early days of ABC. They have stayed in touch since their move to Colorado and always ask about the club and what's going on in the riding scene. A handful of us even visit them from time to time. Marshall is in poor health these days I'm sorry to say and we thought a picture of the old (and new) group might put a smile on his face.
Let's all make a special effort to be there in our club jerseys and a cheerful smile. If possible it would be great if those from "ABC past" could dig out their old jerseys for the occasion. I might have one or two oldies that could be borrowed. All you early days ABC folks......you know Marshall will get a kick out of seeing all of us so try to make it.
Steve Gerard is taking a trip to Colorado in early April....one of his stops will be a visit to the Whitfields and of course give them the photo.
Others will be invited; Tom & Bud Ayers, Peter O'Mara, Donnie Clapp. Can we think of anyone else from the past that might be available for the picture???? Let me know.
|February 20 - Doug||Thanks to everyone who attended the Monday pizza and ale jollification. It was great to see old and new friends and catch up on each others lives and plan another good year of riding. We can look forward to a busy spring time with the Colts Neck race ahead of us. Special thanks to Joyce Allison for bringing cup cakes for dessert, if you left early and missed them, too bad. See you all soon. Cheers. Doug Mitchell.|
|January 26 - Club meeting|| Thanks
to all who attended our January 25th club meeting. As you
all probably know by now we the ABC are the sole promoters of the Colts
Neck race. We thank Tom Ayers for all the hard work he did for
the race last year and for his contribution to the future of the
event. There will be a few changes to the race program this
year. There will not be a tandem race or races for the sub junior
10 to 14 year old classes. Safety of competitors and the
public is as important this year as always. We will need
help more than ever in marshaling the races this year, we will again
have the Colts Neck Fire Police in conjunction to our own people.
We have a date for the Annual Pizza Party it is Monday February 20 (NEW DATE) 6pm at The Brothers in Red Bank.
If you have need of club clothing such as bibs, jerseys, wind breaker, socks or long sleeve jersey please let us know asap. We would like to place an order before the spring rush. All suggestions will be given sincere consideration. A new design too !
The Jersey Shore Touring Society have contacted us and suggested a joint ride with ABC. We think this will be good thing for cycling in our area. There will not be a large group ride to start if ever as that would be too difficult to handle. Instead there will be trial joint ride from Dorbrook Park a few weeks before the Colts Neck race, Bryan Katz will arrange the details and let the rest of us know in good time.
Also a spring Pine Barrens ride is planned likely in mid May. The last two PB rides were a big hit, new roads and new coffee stops !
People always ask what we are doing to attract new blood into the club. My stock answer is that it is very difficult to attract young people in to cycling because of start up costs and the safety factor, Mom and Dad are loath to see their kids out on the roads with the traffic, they would rather see them at a Little League field where they can be easily supervised. Cycling has become the sport of the older generation I think. We are always open to new members, of any age. I would love to hear your thoughts on this subject, let me know.
Thanks for listening, keep in touch. Cheers. Mitchell.
|January 3 - Club meeting January 25th.||
Hi All, I have arranged to have a club meeting at the Colts
Neck Recreation meeting room. Date is Jan. 25th (NEW DATE) at 7 PM. All
club members are invited, bring along your ideas and comments.
Topics to be discussed include the Colts Neck race, a combined ride
with JSTS, a clothing order, our budget and any other items you
wish to bring up.
Last Sunday saw 19 riders out on the first ride of the new year, all but 2 were club members. We rode 60 miles in nice weather at a steady pace and everyone enjoyed the day. What a great way to start the new season. Cheers. Doug Mitchell.
30 - 2011 NEWS AND INFORMATION
FROM THE DESK OF DOUG MITCHELL
It has been a while since the last newsletter.....a LONG while!
As the year comes to a close I would like to say thanks to all of you who have supported the club through the year.
Our best wishes go out to Mike Rush, Chuck Allison, and Andrew Brennan for a speedy recovery from their recent medical problems. And of course we wish a positive recovery to Bob Carlin on his last shoulder procedure.
At present the club has in excess of 50 members. This number goes up and down each year and always has. We are in good financial shape thanks to membership fees and the income that we receive from our race promotion. Our club treasurer Terrie Katz keeps a keen eye on our check book, thanks Terrie! Anne keeps the membership list up to date at all times...if you need an address or e-mail added let her know.
The backbone of the ABC is as always our Sunday ride. This year has seen excellent attendance on Sundays with up to 30 riders on some days. I would like to thank those who have led the rides in my absence, or even when I am there, such as Steve Gerard, Dan Kiningham, Alex Binder, and Bob Varca, all who do a great job in keeping the ride in order.
The Pine Barrens ride was very well attended this fall and the new route was a winner. We also held another ride in the pines, a mid week event led by Pat Canale. Pat took us on a new and interesting ride out to Mount Holly area and a great bakery/cafe stop, we will go back I know!!
On the professional scene some epic rides have taken place this year....I think we all know who they are. I would like to point out a few epic rides done by ABC members. Steve Schwartz broke the one hour barrier for a 40k time trial, kudos Steve great job. Terrie Katz is riding around on two new knees, I call that epic. Kudos to Rich Bradley, Jerry Grace, and Carl Demola for their fine finish in State races this year. Steve Gerard has been burning up the track. He rode Scratch Nationals at T-Town finishing a very handsome ninth place. Great performance Steve despite your injury. One other top ride that needs mentioning is that done by Alex Binder at the Masters Road Race in South Jersey. Seems that Alex took along two left cycling shoes on the day of the race, he was not about to go home so instead had some one tape his right sneaker clad foot to the pedal and rode and finished the 65 mile race.....that's epic!!
Not all the tough rides are at the races, spare a thought for those members who come out week after week and ride themselves to the limit of their ability, often just hanging on all day and happy to get back with the group or just finishing the ride at all. We all deserve a pat on the back!
In 2012 the ABC will be the sole promoter of the Colts Neck Race. This year Tom Ayers was a large part of the race organization and did a terrific job bringing his own touch to the race with new ideas as well. Thanks Tom and all the 3D members who were there. A very special thanks to OUR members who supported Tom. As always ABC folks came through with hard work and a special sense of pride. The 2012 race is on the calendar for May 6th. I know we can all count on each other for another successful event.
Terrie Katz has offered to seek a new venue for the pizza party since some folks have requested a change. If anyone has suggestions where we should go let us know. Make it soon.....pizza party time is just around the corner.
I will organize a general club meeting in January probably at the same location and will let you know when as soon as I hear back from Colts Neck.
Thanks for reading this and thanks again for all your support. We need your feedback on all club issues so feel free to give us your thoughts and opinions.
A Happy Healthy New Year to you all!!! Cheers, Doug Mitchell
|Dec. 26 and Jan. 2 Rides - Doug||
|December 10 - COLTS NECK 2012 Race Planning - Doug||
FROM THE DESK OF DOUG MITCHELL
Thanks to all of you who attended the recent meeting. It was decided to keep the race with ABC. Doug Mitchell and Eddie Mack along with the core group of ABC people will be working together to run the race as we have in the past. We thank Tom Ayers for his invaluable help with the 2011 race. Tom was the main man this year and introduced some exciting new features. We will take some of his ideas and hope to incorporate them for next year. I have spoken with Tom and he understands how ABC feels about our race and said he is most grateful for all the help and support we gave him at this year's event.
Any comments and suggestions are always welcome. Feel free to let us know your thoughts regarding our decision. Cheers, Doug
|October 16 - Pine Barrens Ride
||Now that Juergen has gone home
it is time for the ABC Pine Barrens ride. This Sunday 9 am
from the Whiting shopping center. Pat Canale will lead the ride
and arrange for fresh donuts and coffee at the rest stop in Tabernacle,
wherever that is ! - Doug
|Sep 29 - SUNDAY RIDE TIME CHANGE - Anne||
EFFECTIVE THIS SUNDAY OCTOBER 2nd THE ABC SUNDAY RIDE TIME CHANGES TO 9 A.M. THE RIDE START TIME GOES BACK TO 8 O'CLOCK IN MAY. HAPPY RIDING!
|May 2 - Thanks - Doug
To all of our loyal ABC people who showed up to help at the race yesterday. THANK YOU!!! Once again you were terrific, I cannot thank you all enough. This year we had some very positive changes including a new start/finish area, change in registration location, and of course a change in race promoter. First we have Tom Ayers to thank as the new guy doing the heavy lifting, he needs a big hand for a job well done.
I know some people had some misgivings with all the changes but their fears were unfounded as the race day went well with few problems. It is always good to see the old faces show up year after year. I cannot thank you all as individuals but this is a team sport anyway so take comfort in the knowledge that you are appreciated by me, by the racers, by the residents of Colts Neck and by the sport that we help to promote and progress. It was great working with the 3D team folks who were doing a great job keeping proceedings moving along so well all day.
We were blessed with perfect weather this year and a large rider turnout making Colts Neck one of the most popular races in New Jersey.
I am so lucky to be a part of such a great group of people, thank you all again.
|April 24 - Sunday Ride Time Change - Anne||
Effective in May the ABC Sunday ride will begin at 8 a.m. from the Allenwood School. The ride will return to 9 a.m. in October.
Next Sunday, May 1st, is the Tour of Colts Neck Bicycle Race and we are hoping all members will be at the race on that day to offer support as needed. Remember marshals are needed even if you can only give a few hours of your time. Thanks, Anne
|April 12 - COLTS NECK 2011 - Doug||
Our annual Colts Neck race is rapidly approaching and as always we need our trusty volunteers. Several months ago I announced a change in the running of the race, asking a long time friend Tom Ayers to assume overall race responsibility. The race this year will be presented by 3D Racing Team AND Atlantic Bicycle Club, a joint effort. Tom has continued with our ideas for changes and added some fresh ideas of his own.
Registration and parking will be located at the side entrance to Thompson Park just south of the cemetery. This will be convenient to the action and a much nicer location for spectators to view the races. Negotiations for these changes began over a year ago, our thanks to Monmouth County Parks System who are fully supportive of the event.
Finish line is now approximately 200 meters north of the park entrance (toward the cemetery). Each race start will line up in the park and as each previous race finishes the racers will start from the park entrance.
Several of the races will be points races to add to the interest of the events and prize money has been doubled this year. Field limits are higher with a 35 plus event being added also. The schedule has been compressed with more than one race on the course at a time.
Check out www.tourofcoltsneck.com
For more than 15 years the ABC has made the Tour of Colts Neck a classic thanks to the support of our wonderful members. This years race promises to be the best yet, but will require more people to help it running smoothly. Tom will have a cadre of 3D helpers on the day but we will need our experienced marshals to provide the steady hand at the helm.
I am asking all who can make it there on May 1st to come out and help us continue this annual classic.
|January 26 - ABC PIZZA PARTY - Anne||Hi Everybody,
Our Annual Club Pizza (and BEER) Party will be this coming Monday January 31 between 6 & 6:30. As always it will be at The Brother's Restaurant on Front Street in Red Bank. A nice time of year to get out and meet up with your cycling friends that have been sort of snowbound lately. So far the weather looks OK for that day.
Our new club windbreaker jackets are in and I hear they are really sharp. New jerseys are here too. Doug will have them at the party so get your order in and bring your checkbook.
Membership application is attached. If you have not already renewed for the year please complete the application and mail it with your check to:
ATLANTIC BICYCLE CLUB
PO BOX 330
ALLENWOOD, NJ 08720
Will also have forms at the party.
Hope to see you all there.
|October 30 - Egon's Pine Barrens Ride - Anne||
ABC Pine Barrens Ride, Sunday Nov. 7, starting at 9:00 AM from the Foodtown shopping center, Whiting, NJ (Rt 530 and Cherry St). You'll have an extra hour, standard time starts that day. 50 + miles with a stop in Tabernacle at Nixon's Store. (Coffee, muffins, etc.).
Map of Whiting, New Jersey by MapQuest Zoom in on map and click and drag to navigate.
Take Rt 70 west past Lakehurst about 4 miles to traffic light and turn left on to Manchester Blvd. Go to second light and turn right on Rt 530 (Lacey Rd) and make an immediate left into shopping center parking lot. Park near the back of the lot.
|September 28 - ABC NEWS, NOTES, & SUNDAY TIME CHANGE - Anne||
FROM THE DESK OF DOUG MITCHELL
New club officers are still needed, all who are interested in volunteering please call Doug Mitchell any time, he will set aside a few days for interviews soon.
Some new folks have joined up with us in the past few months: Jerry
|August 3 -State Team Time Trial - Doug||While we are congratulating our terrific ABC couple let me say ,well done to the team time trial racers at last Sundays state TTT champs. Bob Vale put a team together to represent the club consisting of himself Frank Terranova, Bill Hitzel and Doug ( The Anchor ) Mitchell. Mitchell dropped at the 5 mile mark and left the rest of the team to come home in fifth place in the 55+ division. Bill Hitzel is the father of Andrea Brennan, she was also racing Sunday and was part of the team that broke the womens course record, what a girl !! Maybe some of you ABC hot shots can gain inspiration from Bill and Andrea and try a time trial or even a road race in the future, just for fun ! Also big thanks to Anne Salzano and George McCary who both worked as marshals at last Sundays race. Remember we are not just Sunday riders there is a lot going on out there. Mitchell.|
|August 3 - Andrew & Andrea - Anne||
Congratulations to Andrew and Andrea for their Bronze Medal finish at the
|June 11 - Colts Neck
Classic - Doug
I am writing to you today concerning The Colts Neck Classic. After 15 years
|May 16 - MY LAST YEAR - Anne||
|June 20 - The Brennans - Doug||
The Blazing Biking Brennan's !
|June 4 -State TT - Doug||Last Sunday May 31. Saw a great turn out from the club
for the NJ State Time Trial Championships. Top of our
list for congratulations must go to Andrea
and Andrew Brennan who won the Tandem class with a terrific time
of 56min 36 sec. for the 40 K. race. They were over 2 min.
clear of the next tandem. They have been working so hard over the
last months and all the hard work has paid off for them. Andrew Celin was 3rd in the 17-18
group junior mens class, with a great time of 30min.30sec. for the 20
K. A great result for Andy who has been busy with school and
other priorities to deal with these days. Rich Bradley won the mens 70 plus
age group. Bob Vale did
very well with 1Hr. 8Min. 40Sec. in 11th in the 55 plus mens class 40K.
Frank Terranova at his
first attempt at a TT finished with a time of 1Hr. 7Min. 24Sec. in the
55 plus also. One of the best performances of the morning was
that of Steve Schwartz who
rode the 50 plus event and recorded a time of 1Hr. 1Min. 54Sec. a
great time from someone who is quite new to TT racing. Sorry to
say that Eddie Mack crashed
when he hit a rock at around the 22 mile mark, poor Ed ended up with
broken ribs and some road rash, we hope to see Eddie back on the road
soon, hope you did not tear up the new skin suit Ed ! Good work
everyone !! Thanks. Doug
|May 9 - COLTS NECK THANKS- Egon||
I second that, Doug. A special thanks to all the marshals for enduring that day in the rain. Maybe we can procure about 6 shelters equipped with hot chocolate and coffee dispensers. Thanks, Anne, for organizing the marshals while I wasn't available. And thank you Doug for pulling it off again.
|May 9 - COLTS NECK THANKS - Doug||
FROM THE DESK OF DOUG MITCHELL
Thank you all for a great day at the races.
Once again the ABC pulls off another excellent day of racing in Colts Neck. My sincere thanks to all of you who came to help make the day a success. To all those who stood a corner or intersection in the rain, the club is in your debt. Lesley Geddis who had never met any of us before stood out there and manned her corner so well mostly by herself....thanks so much. Chris Barnett worked all day long at start/finish area, even though he now rides for another club he was happy to give us a hand, many thanks Chris. Paul Casale and Steve Gerard worked so hard all day I could not have survived without them. To all the corner marshals a big thanks for keeping all the racers safe, Chuck Allison, John Hunt, Patrick McMillan, Bob Carlin, Rich Celin, Don Carlin, Jim Geddis, Mark McCall, Eddie Mack, Tim McCurry, Ricky Moore, Steve Schwartz, Ira Schwartz, John Schwebel, Bob Vale, Frank Terranova....GREAT JOB ALL OF YOU!! Egon Glass as always come through, he kept the marshals informed and most important delivered the pizza (with a lot of help from Andrew and Andrea). Terrie and Brian Katz were brilliant at start/finish all day and never stopped smiling. Thanks too to the registration workers who helped it go so smoothly. Lynn Dennan, Sandy Mack, Joyce Allison, Rich Ferreri, and of course our old dear friend Mike Haddad the faithful volunteer. (note from Anne...thanks Paul for setting up registration with the overhead that kept us dry all day). A special thanks to Joyce Allison for the "coffee" run and of course picking up the pizzas. John Schwebel must have spent all Sunday night putting the results in order and sending them off. Not to mention the time spent posting the race photos to our web site plus all the other odd jobs I gave him, all without a complaint from him. And thanks to our very own professional photographer Bob Yellen for yet another year of great race photos. Bob Varca drove the lead car for every race as did Paul Casale. Bob is more used to a race car these days however he appreciates what it takes to race a bike in the rain. Last but not least we must thank George MacCary our faithful moto man who spent a whole day on the motorcycle going round in circles in the rain, all the time keeping an eye on the safety of the racers and never missed a beat, kudos George! If I have missed anyone I apologize, my mind is still waterlogged. Thanks again everyone. Doug Mitchell.
P.S. For the second year in a row I have lost a new staple gun!! (note from Anne....get over it Mitchell)
|April 28 - ABC Rides - Anne||
Beginning in May the ABC Sunday rides will be starting at 8 a.m. from the Allenwood School. There will not be a ride this Sunday as all members are expected to be at the Colts Neck Race.
Also in May the Wednesday rides will be moving to Patriot's Park in Jackson, leaving at 9 a.m.
The Friday rides remain the same....Manasquan Reservoir 9 a.m.
|April 24 - COLTS NECK PRE RACE MEETING THIS MONDAY 7:30||
We have scheduled a pre-race meeting to be held Monday April 27 at 7:30 P.M. at the Colts Neck Rec Building on Heyers Mill Road (behind the Colts Neck Inn).
We need to discuss the changes/improvements being made for this year's event. This will be a team operation in order to keep the races moving in a more timely manner than prior years. Please try to attend....we need your input and ideas as experienced marshals....also need to keep everybody informed.
On race day Bob Varca and Paul Casale will be on the road in their cars, and of course George MacCary on the motorcycle, along with another motor ref. We do not have all corners covered as yet.
I'm still waiting to hear back from some of you per my e-mail below. Also need your cell phone numbers for the list.
See you Monday night!
|April 20 -Tour of Colts Neck Race Sunday May 3rd||
Ok Folks....listen up. We need to improve operations this year to effectively ensure a timely start for all races. The first race MUST go off at 8 a.m. and the following races immediately after each finish. The start/finish lines will be in the same general area as in the past however they will be separate from each other in order for the riders to be lined up and ready to go for the next race.
As always marshalling is at the top of the list of importance. We need to have marshals in their designated positions, ready and set up, by 7:45. We would like to have marshals cover their same locations as in past years since you all know the routine for those particular corners. At that time George will roll through the course without the need for stopping and report back to the Chief Referee who can then start the race on time.
So far we have Ira Schwartz and Bob Vale at turn 4. That's the last turn on the race course and a 3 person corner with the short steep hill. A third experienced person is needed there. We have John Hunt and Chuck Allison at their usual hilltop location where they alert the marshals at turn 3 to riders coming through and to block traffic for road closure. Can someone tell me who was at turn 3 last year???? Bob Carlin and company will be at turn 1 as always. Not sure who is typically at turn 2...another spot where at least 3 people are needed. Who has worked that location before?????
Club newcomers....we are all needed at Colts Neck on race day! You can be placed at locations to assist, learn the procedure, and fill in to replace others when needed. We are all needed that day. Bring a chair, food and drinks, and your cell phone.
Registration opens at 7 a.m. and we would like you all to be there at that time to help out with any last minute details. Some of us will be there at 6 a.m.
Egon Glass, our usual marshal coordinator, is tied up with family obligations right now and will not be available until race day. At that time Egon wants everyone at their corners by 7:30 so that he can fine tune and ensure that everyone knows their routine and/or make any necessary changes. This way everyone will be ready for George's last minute check at 7:45.
A cell phone list is attached...please check it out and let me know of any changes, additions, or deletions. New members....please provide me with your cell phone number. I will have copies of the list on race day or e-mail prior to that.
The CN police and the neighbors would like to have their roads opened up to traffic as early as possible. We have had complaints from riders about the races not starting on time. The more efficient we are with timing this year the earlier we can finish up the day and everybody will be happy.
Please get back to me by the end of this week at the latest and let me know whether or not you are available and what locations if any you have marshaled in the past. If marshaling is not your thing there will always be a job for you.
Any questions or suggestions? We will keep everybody in the loop of changes and updates.
|January 7- ABC MEMBERSHIP DUES and PIZZA PARTY INFO||
Membership application is attached for 2009 club dues. (Word or HTML version is at: http://www.atlanticbicycleclub.org/membership.htm ) The club no longer offers free membership to those members 65 and over. All else remains the same. Please send your check and completed application to me at the address at the top.
Also....The Annual ABC Pizza Party is coming up. Same place as always.....The Brother's Restaurant, West Front Street, Red Bank. Wednesday January 21st. 6 p.m. or whenever you can get there. Hope all can make it.....a nice chance to meet and welcome some new folks that have joined us this year.
See you there, Thanks, Anne
|November 17 - WEDNESDAY RIDE - Anne||
Now that there's a chill
in the air, the leaves are off the
trees, and some roadies are moving to the woods, starting this
Wednesday we will be moving the ride from Patriot's Park to the Manasquan
Reservoir for the winter months. We will move back to Patriot's in the
|October 17: Update from Anne||Hi Everybody, Just a
few ride notes and reminders:
1) Andrew and Andrea Brennan's Virginia Ride is the weekend of the 25th & the 26th. For more information a copy of the invitation is attached.
2) Egon Glass is running his annual Piney Ride on Sunday November 2nd. Mark your calendars...this is always a fun ride with some different roads, mostly flat, and sometimes some different people from Egon's neck of the woods. Egon's directions "The Pine Barrens ride, 50+ miles, will be Nov. 2nd. I hope it's not too cold then. Start at 9:00 AM at the Super Foodtown lot in Whiting at the corner of Lacey Rd.(Rt. 530) and Cherry St. Rt 70 west about 4 miles past Lakehurst, turn left on Manchester Blvd, go to 2nd light, turn right on Lacey Rd. (Rt 530) and turn left into Foodtown shopping center. "
Map of Whiting, NJ by MapQuest
3) The Sunday rides have been very well attended these days and we try to keep things going smooth but cannot always do that without always do that without everyone's cooperation. Remember to stop and wait at intersections so that we can regroup when necessary. When the groups are large and diversified the ride leader will call an A & B split at a stop street and it's important that we are all together to hear what's going on.
4) For those that can ride on weekdays we still have the Wednesday ride at Patriot's Park in Jackson and will be there for another month or so. I'll keep you posted on any location changes. And there is always the Friday ride leaving from the Manasquan Reservoir at 9 a.m. These are fun and friendly rides and all are welcome .
5) And last but not least we finally have CLUB SOCKS! Yes, thanks to Doug and his designing talents, we have red, white, and blue socks to match the club jerseys. See Doug for a pair at the give away price of $5.00.
Be sure to check our club website for ride information and updates:
See you on the ride.Thanks, Anne
|October 10: ride update||The 9:00 am Wednesday ride is back at Patriots Park until
further notice. [From the grapevine]
The 9:00 am Saturday ride is suspendend until next spring. [From Bob Carlin]
|September 18: Ride Changes for Fall and Winter - Doug||As of Sunday Oct. 5th. Sunday rides starts at 9AM. for the
Friday ride from Manasquan Reservoir leaves at 9AM. as usual.
As of Wed. Oct. 1st. Wednesday rides start from Manasquan Reservoir at 9AM.
Patriots Park rides start again in the spring.
See you on the ride.
|September 3: Summer Track
Race Results from Andrew Brennan
(Send your race results to the webmaster!)
|Here are my results including the New York State
Championships which went well.
6/14 Valley Preffered Cycling Center (T-town)-Masters 6km Points Race 4th
6/21 Valley Preffered Cycling Center (T-town)-Category 4 3Km Win & Out 4th
7/19 Valley Preffered Cycling Center (T-town)-Category 4 5Km Scratch 5th
Category 4 6Km Win & Out 4th
Category 4 5km Tempo 3rd
Category 4 1KM Scratch 3rd
Category 4 Omnium 4th7/26 Valley Preffered Cycling Center (T-town) Masters Cup-30+ 10Km Scratch 10th
30+ 12 Km Points 9th
B Feature 2Km Handicap 3rd
8/2 Valley Preffered Cycling Center (T-town)-Masters/Category 4 Combined
Unknown Distance 4th
10Km Points Race 4th
8/9 Valley Preffered Cycling Center (T-town)-Category 4 4Km Scratch 4th
2Category 4 20 Lap Points Race 5th
Category 4 Elimination 3rd
Category 4 Omnium 4th
8/16-8/17 Masters & Elite Regional/State Championship (New Jersey State Track Championships)
35-39 1000 meter 3rd
35-39 3000 meter 2nd
35-39 Flying 200 3rd for NJ (7th for Regional Championship)
35-39 Match Sprints 3rd for NJ (5th for Regional Championship)
35-39 Points Race 2nd for NJ (6th? for Regional Championship)
8/23-8/24 New York State Track Championships Kissena Velodrome
30-49 Points Race 2nd
30-49 Scratch 3rd
30-49 Keirin 4th
|May 12: Colts Neck Thank You - Doug||
FROM THE DESK OF DOUG MITCHELL:
|May 2: Colts Neck Race, etc. - Anne||
So far so good.....Bike Reg closed with 226 last night. That's somewhat less than last year but we anticipate some to register on race day. We are opening registration at 7 a.m. First race off at 8 a.m.
Plan on being there as early as you can....some of us will be there by 6. Remember we're counting on you.
Other club notes....
Starting this month the Sunday rides will start at 8 a.m. for the summer months. The Wednesday rides will move back to Patriots Park in Jackson, 9 o'clock. The Friday ride remains the same, 9 o'clock at the Manasquan Reservoir. The Saturday ride is still 9 o'clock at Allenwood.
Attached is updated contact list. I will have copies with me on Sunday.
See you Sunday morning at Colts Neck.
|Apr. 19: Colts Neck Race, Sunday May 4 - Anne||
PRE-RACE MEETING, MONDAY APRIL 28TH AT 7:30 P.M. COLTS NECK REC CENTER ON HEYERS MILL ROAD.
We will be discussing/organizing marshal locations, when & where to hold back traffic, any road closures, etc etc. So far it doesn't look like we will be having any police support so we're it.
For those helping with registration this will be a good time to go over the set up and the details of each station.
I'm attaching the cell phone listing.....*******please give me any updates or additions to last year's list.
See you at the meeting.....we need your feedback and suggestions to make this another safe and successful event......beer afterwards :)
|Apr. 9: Colts Neck Race, Sunday May 4 - Anne||
It's just around the corner........ As always we will have two motorcycles on the course, George MacCary and John Balaban. Paul Casale and Bob Varca will also be on the course in their cars as race leaders and road marshals and whatever required. George will be coordinating this. Hopefully we will have all the corner marshals we had last year. Please contact Egon Glass and let him know you're coming.
Once again we would like to have a cell phone listing for everybody. I'm attaching last year's list. Please check it out and let me know of any additions or changes to the list. Do not update the list.....just e-mail me the information and I'll get the updated list out to everyone before race day.
Anyone interested in helping at registration? It's a lovely job.....300+ bike riders nagging and jumping the line to get their numbers and whining the whole time. It starts at the crack of dawn so there might be a chill in the air.....and maybe a lovely cool breeze so you don't get overheated. And the pay is the best....at the end of the day your president will smack you on the back and say "good job...thanks everyone"! Anyone that I haven't already threatened, beaten, and bribed, and would like to help out please let me know ASAP. Oh...and some nice gentleman always brings us coffee and donuts too:)
Remember.....we are all needed on race day.....please try to be there. I'll keep you posted on any updates to the information.
|Help is always needed for our club's annual May race: Tour of Colts Neck, Sunday, May 4,2008. On the day of the race and also for pre-race organizing. Anyone who may have something to offer can help even if it's just making phone calls, getting photo copies, attending organizing meetings and so on. Contact Doug Mitchell.|
|Mar. 12: CLUB MEETING - Anne||
THERE WILL BE A CLUB MEETING ON WEDNESDAY MARCH 12 AT 7:30 P.M. HELD AT THE COLTS NECK REC CENTER, HYERS MILL ROAD JUST BEHIND THE COLTS NECK INN.
WE WILL BE DISCUSSING AND PLANNING THE COLTS NECK RACE. LAST YEAR'S RACE WAS VERY SUCCESSFUL.....AND BIG! ALL THOSE THAT PUT THEIR HARD EFFORT INTO THE RACE SHOULD ATTEND THE MEETING TO PROVIDE US WITH ANY IDEAS AND/OR SUGGESTIONS FOR A SMOOTH AND EFFICIENT RACE DAY.
ANOTHER TOPIC WILL BE CLUB FINANCES. A FEW MEMBERS HAVE COME UP WITH SOME CHANGES THAT THEY WOULD LIKE TO SEE IN OUR MEMBERSHIP. I'D LIKE TO OPEN THIS UP TO CLUB MEMBERS TO GET YOUR FEEDBACK AND POSSIBLY A VOTE.
HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE,
|Jan. 24: ABC PIZZA PARTY - Anne||
YEP.....IT'S HAPPENING....WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 6th. AT 6 P.M. SAME PLACE AS ALWAYS: BROTHERS RESTAURANT, FRONT STREET, RED BANK.
For those that have not renewed their membership yet I will have application forms with me....bring your checkbook!
Looking forward to seeing you all there. Mark your calendars!!!
|Dec 5: 2008 ABC Team sponsorship - Doug Mitchell||
I am contacting you to inform you that the club is looking to upgrade our racing profile next season with an emphasis on junior riders. We are looking for new young riders of all ages from 11 years up with a view to promoting cycling as sport for young people. With this in mind the club will need extra sponsors to help carry the load. We will also need help in recruiting the new members, I am asking all ABC members to be on the lookout for any kid who may want to get into cycling as a sport, there are future racers all over our area we just need to identify them and encourage them. We will organize rides for any youngster who needs help. Coaching is free, we give every kid a uniform to get them started and pay most of their race fees. To date ABC has used club funds to run the junior program. Your club dues and the small profit from our Colts Neck race promotion has been our primary source of club funding. If we expand our junior program we will need sponsors to help young people get in to bike racing. If you know of or hear of any person or business who may be interested in team sponsorship please let them know of our club program. Our junior team from this season will all be back so we have a good nucleus to build upon. Any feedback will be encouraged, all suggestions will be taken note of and all help will be appreciated.
|Nov 23: News - Doug Mitchell||
Alex Baldi has recently joined the club and we are happy to have him as a racing member. You may remember Alex; 88 lbs and spins at 250 RPM, anyway whilst skiing last week Alex crashed and broke his wrist so he is out of action for a bit. We wish him speedy recovery.
The new winter jackets are now in and are available in most sizes so get one before they all go. Cost is $90. for regular members and $60. for juniors.
As you see a number of members are riding or is that Hiding in the woods these days so don't expect to see too many out on the road !!! Now is a good time to line up a good orthopedic Dr !!!
If anyone is interested we can put a week night roller/trainer session together we have a hall available in Howell.
Weekday rides continue; Wednesday from Patriots Park in Jackson and Friday from the Manasquan Rerservoir both 9AM.
See you all soon. Doug Mitchell.
|September 28 Rides & Notes - Anne Salzano||
Just a few updates on our rides. A SPOKES FOR HOPE bike ride is Saturday October 13th. Information and attachments [see Webpage]. The ride starts and finishes at Seven Presidents Park with lunch served after the ride. It would be nice to have an ABC showing. Maybe some of you Saturday regulars could get this organized and moving.
On Sunday Oct 7th Egon is once again running a Pine Barrens Ride. Remember those rides....60 miles, fast and flat. This is an all are welcome ABC ride. Directions to Whiting parking are attached. Any questions call Egon
Thomas, our youngest member and his dad Chris completed the Hillier Than Thou 100 miler last weekend with Thomas being the youngest finisher. Good Job Thomas!!
This Sunday is the last of the 8 a.m. start until the Spring. Starting October 7th with Egon's Pine Barrens Ride start time is once again 9 o'clock.
See you on the ride,
Directions to parking in Whiting for Pine Barrens Ride:
RT 70 west to RT 539/530, turn left on 539/530 by the Super WaWa, at the light go straight on RT 530 to the left of the new shopping center, in less than 1/2 mile turn right into small shopping center just after Cherry St. and before the next light. Park near back of lot.
Zoom in on map.
|May 12: Colts Neck Race - Doug Mitchell||
Photos from May 6 Tour of Colts Neck are now on the ABC website.
ABC wants to thank all of the participants in the Colts Neck road race for making the day a success. We were able to keep to our schedule for the day, we were off the roads in good time and we had zero complaints from residents on the course. Once again we apologise to any one who did not receive a placing due to the technical problems. Thank you all for picking up your litter and behaving so well. See you again next year. Doug Mitchell.
|May 8: Thanks Race Volunteers - Egon||
A big" Thank You" to all the marshalls for keeping the races safe. Bob C., Darin, Candy, Brian and Terrie, Jim J., April and kids, Steve, John, Chuck, Bob V., Mary Ellen, Frank, Bob V., Nick, Tito, Joyce, Mike, Rich, Dorian, Rick and last, but definitely not least, Doug M. We had enough volunteers so that some could also race, some could perform other race duties and some were available to obtain and distribute FOOD to the crew. Of course, thanks to the race committee for running a great event.
Hopefully, I didn't overlook anyone.
Thanks again, Egon
|April 30: June 10 ride to the Philadelphia bike race - Bryan Katz||Leaving from Michael J. Tighe Park in Freehold Township at 7:30am. It's a fairly flat 50 mile ride straight to Philadelphia over the Ben Franklin bridge. Once there we'll wander around the race course a bit (Manyunk Wall, Lemon Hill, etc). Need to know who's planning to ride so we can figure out the shuttle drive home. Contact Bryan Katz|
|April 27 Racing News - John Smertneck||
Just saw the latest updates to the site and here are the spring races I've been in additional to what's shown. All but Battenkill-Roubaix were field finishes, however outside the prizes and not quite on any posted results page.
Tour De Lamb 3/31 - Cat 3/4
Pinecone Circuit 4/1 - Cat 3/4
Battenkill-Roubaix 4/14 - Cat 4 (results here: http://www.bikereg.com/Results/2007/04/14-Battenkill.asp) Tough race, 96 of 125 finished. Really favors the guys who can train on those climbs on a regular basis.
Rahway Criterium 4/22 - Cat 4
I was pleased to get field finishes racing up in the 3/4 events rather than 4/5. At Rahway's crit I had a couple of good attacks but got pulled back in and the big sprinters took over. Darin and Brian were also at Rahway along with Andrew, Geraldo and me. Darin also did Pinecone. I see that Andrew got his Cat 4 upgrade, hopefully Geraldo soon and we'll be able to make some noise in the Cat 4 races. Also, linked through my site is video from Sandy Hook of Geraldo and Andrew. Next up of course is Colts Neck, see you there.
|April 24 Racing News - Andrew Celin||On Saturday, for CherryBlossom, our 15-16
group beat all the 17-18 year olds with about a minute gap in
at the start and 30 secs at the end. I had gotten dropped on the last
lap but caught up w/ about 150m left and I was off the front. But the
sprint group of 4 quickly caught up and I got 5th. Geraldo finished
pretty well I believe, I know he finished with the pack but I don't
On Sunday, we had a good race. Geraldo and I got to ride in the same race this time. After the first few laps, Daniel Sullivan, teammate of Greg, flatted so that was pure luck. The pack kept surging and Geraldo and I got dropped after two more laps BUT we caught up. We pulled all the way back to the pack from a 20 sec gap. We finally got there with 3 laps to go, about 3.5 miles. My water bottle had popped out of my cage about 4 laps in so I hadn't had any water since then except a squirt from Geraldo. There were about 8 people in the pack so Geraldo and I tried to work our way to the front. 2 to go. The pack surged again. I thought Geraldo held on but he didnt and I didnt realize it until he was gone. The final lap, the sprint starts, everyone takes off, but theres a gap between five of us and the rest of the pack. Three guys are really sprinting, Fillip, Greg, and another 18 yr old. Ricky from Colivita is a bike length in front w/ 50m to go so I put on the gas for 4th place by two feet
I've upgraded to cat 4 by the way. and there are two pictures from Sunday, one when Geraldo and I are catching up and one right before the sprint.
|April 9 News - Tour of Colts Neck - Anne||
WELL, BELIEVE IT OR NOT THIS IS THE 10th YEAR FOR OUR COLTS NECK BICYCLE
|March 14, 16 News - Doug Mitchell||Club
Meeting Friday March 23 7:30 pm Colts Nec Rec
ABC MEETING FOR FRIDAY 16TH IS CANCELLED DUE TO BAD WEATHER AND ROAD CONDITIONS. TRY AGAIN FOR NEXT FRIDAY.
Just a reminder that we will be holding one of our "tri monthly" ? club meetings at the Colts Neck Rec. building on Hyers Mill Rd Colts Neck in back of the Colts Neck Inn. Rt. 520 and Rt 34. If you have not re-upped for 07 you can do it Friday. We have two new junior riders this year and we would like to give them the best support we can. We welcome Geraldo Rivera and Andrew Celin to the club. They have already attended the junior racing clinic up in Sussex this month and are on track to do really well in the races this season. We will be looking for help with the Colts Neck race again as always, I know our members will step forward again with their usual enthusiasm. See you Friday ? Mitchell.
|September 27 News & Notes - Doug Mitchell - Anne Salzano||FROM THE DESK OF DOUG MITCHELL
Things are quiet now that the racing season is almost over. ABC has had a successful year at the races. Our juniors Greg Battista and Brian Burdick were very successful on the road. They rode junior and senior events and were able to do well in each division. Greg is Garden State Cup Junior Champion. Greg and Brian are now Cat. 3 and should go even further next year. Greg has one more year as a junior and Brian is a senior as of Jan 1st. He will also be going to college next year. Matt Aniski our junior from Long Beach Island raced as much as he was able and gave a brave account of himself at the state crit when he rode to make up the team numbers with very little training in his legs. John Smertnick has been riding well all season, racing a lot of events and getting some useful lessons on training and tactics, it's not easy being the only team member in your race. John has also shot some very good video of races and does a great job of that too. Bob Carlin, Eddie Mack, and Rich Bradley have been doing very well in masters races all over the place. Carlin is in with a chance of becoming MCRA age group champ again subject to final points tally. Steve Gerard has done very well at the velodrome and was part of the bronze medal team in the state track champs when he rode with Doug Maimone and Mike Haddad in the team sprint. Darin Bedle has burst onto the racing scene this year winning one event and finishing up well in every race he rode . We expect even more from him next season. For a full account of club results look up the club website. www.atlanticbicycleclub.org. The Sunday rides have been well attended and we see more new faces all the time. We are happy to welcome back some of those who have been absent for a while including Rich Ferreri, Ricky Moore, Carl Demola, Tim Mccurry and others. From now until next May all Sunday rides start at 9AM. Doug Mitchell.
NOTES FROM ANNE
This Sunday, October 1st, is the RETT RIDE. Rhett Syndrome is a neurological disorder among very young children. Last year I did the 50 mile ride by myself.....this year I'd like some company. The ride is supported by our club and a couple of us are doing it this year. The donation is high and I'm not asking any of you to contribute, just come out with your ABC jerseys and ride as a group. We'll be leaving from Brookdale Community College at 8 a.m. Not sure which parking lot but the college grounds will be well marked. Check out the website for more information. http://www.rettsyndrome.org/content.asp?contentid=1001
Hope to see many of you there. Thanks!
|September 3: Race report - Doug Mitchell||Some racing updates; Greg Battista; 1st in juniors Somerville [Saturday 9/3] also 2nd in Cat. 3, Brian Burdick 3rd. junior, 4th Cat. 4. John Smertnick, 7th Cat 4. Good lads !!!!|
|September 1: Race report - John Smertneck||
Here's the racing report for the last part of the summer:
I did the second and third Lakewood training races but didn't make the results page, good efforts and good training. Greg and Darin both had top finishes in the 3/4/5 races.
I visited my parents in Williamsport, PA and raced the Wollet criterium. Not a good finish but at least the folks got to see what a real race is like; they enjoyed the color and speed of the event. Results posted here:
After that it was the Shore Classic in Lakewood where Darin got 5th and I was 18th, so far I didn't see any results posted for that.
The day before the State Crit I went to Burlington and was in the field for the finish in the Cat 3/4 race, on a challenging technical course with a lot of rough pavement and tight turns. No results posted so far. It was a good tune-up for states, which seemed a much slower pace than the day before. I had a couple of attacks, one with two laps remaining that opened a gap but I was caught and finished in the field. Afterwards I had some good coaching from Darin (3rd place Cat 4) who noticed I was spinning too much in low gear, and to work on the weight training to make an attack work next season.
Next races are Saturday and Monday, not sure of how the weather will cooperate. Then most likely finish the year with Phillipsburg the 9th.
That's the race report from here!
|August 21 News: State Track Championships||
I thought you might be interested in letting your members know of an ABC success. See below.
- Best regards, Michael Haddad
On Sunday, August 20th club members Steve Gerard, Doug Maimone and former ABC member Michael Haddad teamed up at the NJ State Track Championships to earn bronze medals in the 3-man team sprint event.PICTURE
There were 10 teams competing in this event and the ABC boys raced against many more-experienced track riders that race category 2 and pro events at the Trexlertown Velodrome, as well as many top junior riders.
|August 7 News: Team Time Trial||The pictures I forwarded (See home page for PICTURES link) are the team time trial this Sunday. Bradley, Mack, Nicora and Farbman made up the 55+ team and were 3rd in class. The junior team is Greg Battista, Brian Burdick, ABC and Jeff Johnson from the Brielle team. These guys WON the junior race with a 58 minute time for 25 miles with only 3 riders, great stuff !! These kids are doing great !! This year is Burdicks last as junior and will be going to college next year, Battista is good for another year as a junior Jeff too. Matt Aniski from Long Beach Island is on the team but has not raced much this year so far we hope to see him in upcoming races. ... Thanks. Doug.|
|August 1 News: Asbury Park Press Article||CLICK HERE|
|July 27 News & Notes:||
FROM THE DESK OF DOUG MITCHELL:
Here are results of last Saturday's Team Challenge in Cadwalder Park in Trenton. http://www.mambokingsracing.com/events/2006-tc-results.html As you see our boys performed really great. Last year we were second, this year we won. Jeff Johnson, a member of Brielle racing team , is also good friends with Greg and Brian and has no other juniors in his team so he made up the team with our guys. On Sunday they all raced in the Park Ridge Classic Criterium and all placed in the top ten . These kids are doing great, we must continue to give them all the support we can. John Smertneck was a bunch finisher in Park Ridge which is a very demanding course. Last week at the Lakewood Blue Claws Crit Greg WON the junior race and Jeff was second with Brian in 6th. Greg also had a strong field finish in the Cat 3 race at Blue Claws AFTER winning the junior race. Daren Bedle is making a showing at some races this year. He had a great field finish at the Blue Claws Race and a strong ride at the Lakewood Training Race last Thursday night. Hope we see more of you at the races Daren. Bob Carlin was out at US nationals in PA. He was 6th in the TT and Tito was 7th. Bob grabbed 5th in the Crit. We're not sure yet how Bob finished in the RR....he said something about being first but we think he may have been snoozing. GOOD JOB GUYS!
Notes from Anne:
The Asbury Park Press photographer made an appearance at the Allenwood School for last Sunday's ride. Check out this Sunday's Press for pictures of all of us hanging around the parking lot, and maybe some pics of us on the road. Rich Clayton made a special appearance for the occasion. See if you can pick him out.....he's the one without the ABC jersey.
The JDRF Team Time Trial takes place Sunday August 6th. Bill Borghard, the promoter, is not calling on us for marshals this year. ABC has a couple of teams signed up to race so take a ride out there that Sunday and give them your support.
YSG Racing is running two more evening training races at Lakewood Blue Claws, Tuesday August 1st and Thursday August 10th. This is a great spectator course. Although they are training races, places and prizes are awarded. Last week ABC had a turnout of about 10 racing members. Here is the link if you'd like to see some of our team members and other local teams in action. http://www.teamysg.com/lakewood1.html
Remember to check out the ABC website http://www.atlanticbicycleclub.org/ for racing and club news. John Schwebel does a great job keeping the website up to date with events and race results. John is recovering from a crash a few weeks back and we hope to see him on the road again soon.
See you on the rides!
|June 25: State Road Race Championship report from: Smertneck, Mitchell||2006 New Jersey State Road
Race Championships, Bridgeton, NJ, Saturday, June
Here's an update on this weekend's race: It was Greg Battista, Brian Burdick, and me representing in the Cat 4 race. I had been sick the first half of the week, so initially wasn't sure about how I would perform. Westwood came in with big numbers, and to nobody's surprise they got 2 in a breakaway through the first lap, and the rest of them stopped working. Greg moved up to the front and went across, so Brian and I didn't do any more work on the front. Several others made it across too, from most of the teams and I think the breakaway was 12 strong at one point, it ended up passing the Cat 3 field. Greg got 6th in his final Cat 4 race before upgrading, Brian and I came through a few minutes later in the main bunch. Overall a very successful day.- John Smertneck
Seems like you guys had your act together on Saturday. Good going John, trying to race after being sick is a job to handle. Spoke to Greg today and he really rode well, as you said he got across to the break and they got it together to stay away and it came down to a bunch sprint. Gregs good buddie Jeff Johnson who rides for the Brielle team was in the break also and came away with a great win, not bad for a pair of 17 year olds. Greg is soon to be Cat. 3 so we will be looking for some big results sooner or later. Brian Burdick has been training again after a bit of sickness so look out for him later this season. Rob Viscomi is starting Rutgers this fall so we will be seeing even less of him, but he intends to keep riding and racing with the college team if possible. Matt Aniski is a new junior member and he lives on Long Beach Island as soon as he gets his license he can get to come ride with us as LBI is no place to ride, so we look forward to seeing Matt on the rides soon. Good luck to all our racing members. - Doug Mitchell
|June 19 Email:||
[From John Smertneck responding to inquiry about his racing results from the webmaster:] I raced the Corner House Grand Prix in Princeton back on June 3rd. They finally did post results of that on the USA Cycling results page. Although I did finish the race, I'm listed as a DNF. Quite a lot of other finishers were listed as so too, since the field got split up and I think they only placed the main bunch.
I've also been up at the training series a couple of weeks at S. Mtn. Reservation in Orange. [See: http://www.montclairbikery.com/page/page/1886167.htm ] Did well in those races, but no results posted. This Saturday is the state road race for me in Bridgeton.
|June 5 News: Colts Neck Bike Lanes||
Thank you for asking me to help with your proposal. I and my friends also ride the roads of Colts Neck and would also like to feel safe when we ride. I think that bike lanes are very helpful. They are very cheap for the local authorities to install. I will forward your message to my clubmates in the Atlantic Bicycle Club, I am sure we can be of assistance.
Sincerely. Doug Mitchell.
----- Original Message
Sent: Monday, June 05, 2006 2:08 PM
Dear Mr. Mitchell
We are students from Colts Neck School District and our goal is to propose a grant. We decided to do something for the community. You may be asking, “Why does this concern me?” Well, our grant is along the lines of a bike lane on our roads. We decided that it is a need for people to have the right to go biking with out the fear of being run over. We personally go biking very often in our town and we often find that we come inches away from being hit by speeding cars. Being that you help with the Tour of Colts Neck we figured that you would be the first person to go to.
If you are willing to help us, or know anyone else who is willing to help, please let us know. If you do not think this is a need then can you please give us some other ideas. Thank you very much for your time.
Nick Deckmejian, Bill Kallas, and Mike Heyer.Cedar Drive Middle School
|May 30 News: June 11 Freehold-Philly Ride.||From Bryan Katz: We'll be riding again from this year from
Freehold to Philly to watch the ProTour race. We'll leave around
7am from Liberty Oak Park in Freehold. It's a 50 mile ride
following Route 537 just about the whole way. Mostly flat
with the biggest hill being the Ben Franklin bridge. After
getting to the race we'll bike along the race route - visiting the
Manyunk Wall for a couple laps, Lemon Hill, and back to the finish line
for the final laps. I'll figure out the arrangements for return
ride - so please let me know if you want to ride.
|May 15 News: Thanks for Tour of Colts Neck Help||
On behalf of the club I would like to thank all of the people who came out to help at the Colts Neck races on May 7th. Without all the generous support of club members, families and friends we could not put on such a great day at the races. The registration went very well indeed thanks to Anne's great organization and the brilliant help she got from Lynn Dennan, Frank Terranova , Sandy Mack and Rich Ferreri. Those of you who martialled the corners deserve special recognition for a difficult job as you spent a long hot day keeping the corners safe for all the racers, I do not know all those who helped and do not want to leave out anyone so thank you all so much. This was the ninth consecutive Colts Neck race we have promoted. The weather was perfect, the racing was exciting, and a great time was had by everyone. Check out the club website for race pictures and full results. The pictures are by Bob Yellen ace photographer. Thank you all again. ABC is the best. Doug Mitchell.
|May 9 News: After Tour of Colts Neck||
The Atlantic Bicycle Club, The Colts Neck Recreation Committee and the residents of Colts Neck want to thank all those who participated in Sundays events. The day went very well, the weather was perfect and we had a large turnout. Thanks to all the helpers and officials without whom we would have no race, they all made the day go so smoothly. Congratulations to all the winners and well done to all those who raced. We welcome suggestions and criticism on our event, any ideas you may think of to improve proceedings are welcome.
A set of keys was found at registration, if any one wants them we have them. A dark blue fleece jacket was left behind also. A cell phone was reported missing if found call Joel Storm. A yellow Pearl Izumi windbreaker/jacket was lost contact Don Clapp if found. Thanks. Doug Mitchell.
Message for all junior participants at Colts Neck. The results posted do not reflect age groups. The age graded results will be up later this week, so wait a few days for final tally. Doug Mitchell.
|May 3 News:||Hi Folks,
Just a few reminders and updates: Beginning in May the ABC Sunday ride will move to 8 a.m. The Sunday "B" ride and the Saturday "B" ride will also move to 8 o'clock.
Since the Tour of Colts Neck is this Sunday we hope (expect) to see all club members at Colts Neck helping out with the race. Registration opens at 7:15. If you have volunteered to work registration for the early morning
rush please be there by 7 a.m. to help set up and know the procedure. The Cat 5's go off at 8 o'clock and are typically our largest field....we need registration to be as efficient as possible.
As you all know Egon Glass is coordinating the marshals; time, place, buddy system, lunch choice, whatever.
The new clothing order is in and will be available at the race on Sunday as well as the rides. Remember what you have ordered and keep in mind that we have spent a good deal of our club funds to honor your requests, please be considerate and timely with pick up and payment.
The Tour of Colts Neck is our main source of income, let's make it a successful day.
See you Sunday! - Anne Salzano
|April 26 News: SATURDAY Rides||Doug Maimone will be leading the SATURDAY rides leaving from
the Allenwood School at 9 a.m. This is a friendly, low key, "B" ride
lasting approximately 2 - 2 1/2 hours. All are welcome. All rules of
the road apply.
For additonal information or questions contact Doug - Anne Salzano
|February 23 News: Club Meeting Friday March 3||We will be holding a general club
meeting on Friday March 3rd at 7:30 pm. at Colts
Neck Recreation building on Heyers Mill Rd. behind Colts Neck
Inn. We will be discussing Colts Neck race May
7th and the need for help in running other races this
year. Colts Neck has added a sub junior race this year for 10 to
13 year olds. We want to encourage members to try and
become a USCF level 3 coach which is the basic coaching
level; all it requires is to obtain the coaching manual from USCF, read
it and return the test question sheet, score over 70% and
you are a coach, simple. The club will pay the fees for the
manual and test if you pass. We also want to encourage young
people to take up cycling as a sport; if members know of any kids
who fit the profile, let them know we can help them become
involved. Tuesday evening spin is going strong, anyone want join
us, come on down, bring rollers or a trainer. We have room for at
least 120 bikes so you won't feel confined !! The club
has developed a relationship with Eurocyclesports bike
shop in Allenwood these days and they have been very supportive,
with the juniors in particular. Both Frank and Greg are
ready with help or advice plus they have arranged to supply racing
frames at a great price for club members,so whether you are in
need of a nice frame or just a cup of coffee why not drop by
and see them. A new club clothing order is on the way, we will
try to fit everyone, some extra small sizes too for those young kids we
expect to see some time. Carlin, Mitchell, Bradley and
Farbman are all spending some time in Florida in March so expect to see
some wrinkled tan lines this spring. Remember that the Nationals
are in PA. this year, not far to drive, well worth the effort to see
how you stack up against the rest of the country; all you need is a
racing license and a bike !! We know how cold it is this time of
year but we must be thinking of riding the road as much as we can,
easier said than done but there are some good group rides around to
join up with.
|February 12 News: Spin Sessions||The Tues. spin at Coastal Learning Center is canceled for this week as it is Valentines day and the roads will probably still be icey. Tell your friends that the sessions have been great up to now and the more people who attend the better it gets. - Doug Mitchell.|
|February 12 News: Saturday Road Ride||There is a Saturday ride leaving from the Allenwood School at 9 a.m. This is a B ride lasting approximately 2 - 2 1/2 hours. This is a low key friendly ride and all are welcome. All rules of the road apply.|
|January 23 News: Spin Sessions||Doug has begun the ABC Tuesday Night Spinning sessions
again. Meet at
6:30 at the gym at the Coastal Learning Center - 38 Arnold Boulevard in
Click here for a google map of the location.
There is no longer a formally requested fee for each session, but donations of $5 are suggested. These donations will go to support the growing ABC Youth Racing program.
|January 23 News: Ride for Autism|| The 2006 Ride for Autism is scheduled for on
important feature of our ride is that we do not require additional
pledges or contributions beyond the flat registration fee of $30.
Information about this year's ride is at www.ride4autism.org.
Thank you for you consideration, and we hope to see you this year!
Club "B" Ride
ABC Members and Other Interested Cyclists
Something new is being added to the weekly Sunday ABC ride schedule. A separate “B” ride will be established, leaving 15 minutes before the regular club ride for those interested in a less taxing, shorter group ride. The people we hope to attract to this ride are:
Tell your friends or bring your friends. There is almost nothing as enjoyable as riding a bicycle with a group of friends. Any questions or comments, call Bob Carlin
|January 2 News: Spin Sessions||The weekly spin sessions will start up again this Tuesday 3rd Jan. 6.30 pm at The Ocean Learning Center Gym on Arnold Blvd. in Howell off of Allenwood-Lakewood Rd. Bring your own trainer or rollers for a group workout. Non members welcome. - Doug Mitchell.|
|November 14 Meeting Notes:||Attendees: I counted 15 people, including all of the
Yes, Doug Mitchell was there. Of course he was there. And
his usual stack of obscure cycling magazines that various people poured
over during lulls in the meeting. Not that there were any
Especially considering the noisy Aerobics class prancing around on the
COLTS NECK RACE: Endless congratulations and thank-yous to all for a well-run race that is one of the most popular in the region. Doug and George waxed poetic about all of the people that came out to lend a hand. We returned to profit in 2005 after barely breaking even in 2004. We had a couple of First Aid incidents, but nothing terminal.
OTHER RACES WE MAY SPONSOR (the only two races that would be on the calendar in Ocean County).
WEB SITE: Katz whined about how hard it is to keep the web site current. But we continue to get huindreds of hits on our web pages a month. (Yes. This info is available. Look on the lower left corner of our web page, and you'll see something about a hit counter. Click on that, and you can see the available data). The photos we posted on Webshots have had about 16000 hits since the race. Incredible. Anyway, about Katz's whining, John Schwebel heroically stepped in to offer a hand.
|Mail: May 4 (from Egon):||
I want to thank all the people who swept and put out signs and marshalled the Colts Neck course on that rainy Sunday. It couldn't be done without you.Thanks to Ira, Nat, Mitch and Lou; to Bill B., Tito, Steve S. and Jim B.; to Bob, John S. and Gene; to John H., Chuck and Rich B.; to Rich C., Tim, Paul, Steve G., and to Brian and Rich F. It was great to have so much help and it certainly made me feel more relaxed. I apologize if I have overlooked anyone.
|April 19 News:|| May 1 Tour of Colts Neck:
Results: The only result I was able to find on the web so far. This was on a rainy windy day at Sandy Hook, and we had a couple of brave people show up to compete: http://www.bikereg.com/News/Results05/20050402SandyHookTT.asp. I know that others have raced already this season including a couple rambling travelers heroically sitting in on local races in sunny warm Orlando last month.
|April 13 News:||From the honorable Doug Mitchell. In preparation for
the May 1 Race:
See you soon I hope. Doug.
|February 26 Email from John Smertneck|| ABC was represented in the first race of the season in NJ
today at the Branchbrook Tour de Lion. The conditions were good,
only one icy patch that was coned off. I had a solid field finish
(total of 36 in the Cat 5 race), but not in good enough position at the
end to sprint for the prizes. My big move was at the end of lap 5
of 6, I went to the front to see if I could get away, but no luck so I
disappeared into the pack. Afterwards I got some thanks for the
It was pretty cold so I left before all the races so I don't know if we had anybody in the later events. See you for tomorrow's ride.
|February 24 ABC News|| Tour of Colts Neck is May
1. Make sure to mark that on your calendar and plan to be
there. And bring a friend. Race Marshalls
needed. Fresh Air! Friendly local
motorists! And most important - Free Water!!! The
race flyer can be downloaded from our web site: http://www.atlanticbicycleclub.org.
Doug reports that we were on the border of not breaking even last year,
so we're forced to raise our fees for most races .... except
Jr and Cat 5. But we've also upped the prize list for races
... a lot higher for the women's races.
News from the hon. D.Mitchell who has once again buggered off to warmer climates:
|January 19 midwinter news||The attached is from hizzoner Doug Mitchell:
We need more shorts and jerseys, we will also be ordering a new supply of socks soon. A lot depends on available funds.So remember, " You don't stop cycling because you get old; You get old because you stop cycling."
|November 15 ABC News|| The latest scoop on spinning - not
fully committed yet - is that we hope to have our first session on
Tuesday 11/23 at 7pm. After that the sessions should move to
Wednesdays. That is Wednesday 12/1 at 7pm then 12/8, 12/15,
etc. This is *not* confirmed. Doug has some things to check
before finalizing. Stay tuned.
The location will be the gym at the Coastal Learning Center in 38 Arnold Boulevard in Howell:
http://www.coastallearningcenter.com/howell.html. There will be a $5 fee for each session, and Doug is slotting the money to support the youth team that's forming up.
If I did this right, you can click HERE to see a map. If not, the directions Doug gave us on Sunday were pretty easy. Leave the Allenwood School as we normally do. Take an arbitrary left turn and then several other lefts and rights and you'll be right there. If you're worried about whether this will work, just stay on Doug's wheel and eventually you'll get there.
|November 8 ABC News|| The below note is from the our
esteemed D.Mitchell.... (You can tell it's from him because
the first sentence is written in British.)
" ABC are planning a weekly indoor training session for the winter period. We are currently negotiating for an indoor facility and hope to hold a weekly evening training get together for club members starting later this month. The sessions will be run by Eddie Mack and Doug Mitchell. You will need a static trainer and your bike, we go through some well known workouts to keep you fit and help develop power and speed. A donation of $5.00 will be all you pay. All those interested please call Eddie or Doug as places are limited." Right now Tuesday or Wednesday seems best. But we are still working on it."
Interested riders should contact Doug firstname.lastname@example.org
|October 11 ABC News|| Thursday 10/14 at Maria's in Manasquan.
ALso ... NJBA Banquet 11/21 - details below in an email I received from Doug Mitchell
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Thursday, October 07, 2004 10:16 PM
Subject: Club Meeting Oct 14th.The next club meeting will be on Oct. 14th 7.30 pm at Marias in Manasquan. We will be discussing the junior team as we now have 4 juniors who will be riding and racing with us. Doug.
The annual NJBA dinner is on Nov. 21st at The Willows in Green Brook NJ. Time. 6PM. The guest speaker is Frankie Andreau of OLN and TDF fame. He is also a good buddie of a certain cyclist from Texas ! The club is paying for any club racer or club officer, their partners will pay the ticket price of $25. We have reserved a table for 10 and 2 spaces are still available on the table, other tickets may still be available. Interested ? Call me or Cindy Donnelly for more info.
|September 28 Race Results from John Smertneck|| >From: john smertneck
>To: bkatz; dwmitchell
>Sent: Tuesday, August 10, 2004 12:11 AM
>Subject: summer race results
My notable performances so far this summer were:
USBHOF 4th of July race - 8th place (Cat 5)Dave Wollet Criterium - 3rd place (Cat 5) - small field though, only 11 riders. The local newspaper also published an article about the race I crashed. A reporter came over and interviewed me afterwards, it's always interesting to talk to some guy who's bleeding. Here's the link: http://www.sungazette.com/articles.asp?articleID=10674
Additionally, I had the 11th quickest bike split at the Flat Pancake Duathlon, for 16th overal
Next up I'm going to Albany, NY to visit friends and race the Capital Region Road Race on the 21st. Then for sure the State Crit Championship and possibly USBHOF Labor Day and Rutherford. I will keep you posted!
|September 24 Ken Drake Results||
Here are some old old results that I overlooked. Ken Drake had sent me a note way back in June, and I never forwarded. I know he has raced since then ... and I just asked him for an update. But in the mean time, here's what he sent me back then:
> May 23 - Evesham Crit - Cat 1-2-3 - 10th place
> May 28th - Manville Crit - Cat 3/4 - field finish
> May 29th - Super Saturday - Cat 3 - 2nd place
> May 30th - Bound Brook - Cat 3 - field finish
> June 6 - Branchbrook Crit - Cat 3 - 2nd place
> June 12th - Hermes Crit - Cat 3 - 4th place
> June 20th- Asbury Park Crit - Cat 3 - 11th
I asked Ken about the good results - because I had wondered how he deals with being on his own in the Cat races. I thought Cat 3 had at least some level of team tactics. Here was his response. Many of you probably already know this - but it's some interesting thoughts for us posers and the newbies:
|September 24 ABC News|| Reminder, Sunday rides move to 9am in October.
Race results from Doug M (who else would consistently spell "tire" wrong):
I've updated our home page with results I found online. The above results Doug mentions aren't there yet.
I added a counter to our web page, by the way. I've found that we have an average of 8 hits per day on our web site. Kinda cool. Interested in the stats? Look here: http://www.free-hit-counters.com/template.php?a=njkatz. I know that a bunch of stuff on the site needs fixing. Just haven't had the time. Any volunteers?
|August 25 News|| We seem to be having a busy summer for
Since I only got one complaint about all this email, I decided to
forward more. This time with photos to really stuff your
inbox. First is a note from Rich Bradley about the July 12
race. Also attached is a surprise note from Michael Haddad
showcasing the re-emergence of Doug Maimone as an award-winning track
racer. The state crit championship is this Sunday, and Doug said
he expects that we'll have a large team representing us there with
hopes of a good showing. Best of luck to all
|Tito Nationals Report||Hi all,
Bob, I hope you are feeling better.
Here's some more information on the crash. At bell lap on the up hill before the second right turn, I made a move on the outside to get into the turn up front. There was no one in front of me and I had clear shot to the turn, but on the inside riders collided or touched wheels. One rider on his way down hit me, taking me down and Bob was behind me hit me while I was on the ground and went over me. A bad crash for all, three of us including Bob who could not get up. The medical help was there immediately to take care us. Eventually, I was able to get up with help of the first aide guy. I saw Bob still on the ground about 10 feet from me being looked over by another first aide guy and I went over to see how he was doing. Unfortunately for Bob he had to be taken to the hospital. As for me no broken bones this time....just lots of bruises and less skin (I probably left about 1/2 pound of my skin on the road. Not a good way to loose weight). Plus, my favorite skin suit got shredded behind repair. It is unfortunate for both of us we probably booth would have placed.
YEP! I MISSED THE TIME TRIAL STARTING TIME. HOW? I HAD TO FIGHT ABOUT A DOZEN RIDERS TRYING TO GET THEIR TIME OFF THE BOARD THE NIGHT BEFORE. I WROTE DOWN 12:30:30 INSTEAD OF 12:23:30. WHEN I GOT TO THE STARTING LINE, I THOUGHT I HAD ABOUT 4 MINUTES LEFT. BOY, WAS I SURPRISED WHEN I LEARNED THAT THEY HAD ALREADY CALLED MY NAME. YOU CAN LAUGH, IT IS FUNNY. SE LA VIE.
|August 16 Nationals before the crash||Bob Carlin and Tito Bastianelli traveled to Utah last week
for the USCF National Masters
The road race profile was impressive, and now I understand why Tito was training in the
mountains of Italy all spring:
http://www.parkcitycyclingfest.com/pdf/maps/course_AB_profiles.pdf. He scored 7th in his
age group yesterday. Well done. Road race results are here:
The time trial was earlier in the week - Thursday - and Carlin earned 5th while Tito was
9th. Results can be found here:
http://www.usacycling.org/results/index.php?year=2004&id=1489&info_id=2973. I once asked
Bob which he likes better - Time Trials or crits. He said Crits, definitely, would be his
first choice. Next would be poking himself in the eye with a sharp stick. And then time
trials. Given that - this makes his result that much more impressive.
I updated several other results on our web site. http://www.atlanticbicycleclub.org . I
haven't had time to post the photos from the TT yet. Stay tuned.
I've heard that some of you aren't ecstatic about getting these emails. Just let me know,
and I can take your name off the dist'n list. Any suggestions for changing/improving would
be welcomed. Just file club feedback form x-5193. Remember to use blue ink on the first 6
pages. (Any color pen will be ok for the 2nd half of the form.) And send it to the
honorable Doug Mitchell. COD. Oh ... and be sure to let Doug know about anything else
that's bothering you.
Congrats again to Bob & Tito.
|August 8 Thanks for helping with TTT||
>From: "Bill Borghard"
>Sent: Saturday, August 07, 2004 10:45 PM
> You are probably sleeping right now resting for your
> glorious 45+ win. I just wanted to thank you for all
> the marshall help from ABC just in case I miss you
> tomorrow. ABC has been a real savior! Nothing like
> trying to marshall a 25 mile loop.
> Hope you have (had) a good time at the race.
> Thanks again,
|August 1 call for TTT Help||From the erstwhile honorable Doug Mitchell:
The Team Time Trial on Sunday 8th August needs volunteer marshals. The organizer Bill Borghard was a great help at our Colts Neck race and we would like to help him with his event. The race headquarters is at Frogbridge facility in Clarksburg. You will receive a T shirt and water bottle from Bill and the ABC will give you free membership for 2005 if you can help.NJBA championship event http://www.geocities.com/wborghard/ttt.html
All proceeds benefiting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
|July 16 TdF News||
Was going over the pictures I took while in France, and I
discovered what appeared to be an
So far I have two explanations for how an ABC jersey ended up in the Fassa Bortolo team time trial:From the inestimatable Doug Mitchell:
This is the way it happened. Hincapie was handing out business cards before the start of the stage, because he never knows if this bike racing lark will amount to anything, Kim says he is interested, George says " I just happen to have a sample right here. Only one left, it is from a top masters team in NJ", Kim says, "Cool I think I will wear it for the TTT, then I will look like Rich Bradley". Nuff said !!
From the usually honorable Rich Bradley (host of the Belgian "Church and Museum Tour Company"):
That's me! They dropped a guy and I filled in without
them realizing it.
> Was going over the pictures I took while in France, and I
discovered what appeared to be an
|June 21 abc results|| Look at our web site for race results I was able to find on
the web. http://www.atlanticbicycleclub.org
A couple of noteworthy results:
NJ Masters RR (6/22)Somebody forwarded me an article by folks at http://roadbikerider.com/ that could help your training. Their 6/10 news article identified the four major cycling food groups and a cyclists diet for them:
Round: nuts, donuts, bagels
|May 4 Thanks||
Still having web site problems. But I drove down to Manasquan last night and worked with them to at least get our results up. Stay tuned for photos. Bob Y took some really excellent shots this year.
Here is a forwarded message from the honorable Doug Mitchell (who is a distant relation to the somewhat-honorable Doug Mitchell that you know as our club president):
Every person who showed up to help last Sunday at the Tour of Colts Neck was a link in the chain which made the day a success.Doug forgot to mention that we tried our damndest to get Holmdel Township to patch the road. We spoke with them several times last week. While they did do a lot of work, they never quite got it all done, even though we were re-assured that everything was in control. But ... nope. Didn't happen. So he went over there on Saturday, and he put down patching for the worst spots.
|April 28 ABC News||
Tour of Colts Neck is Sunday May 2. Be there by 6:30 if you want to marshall. 7am at the latest. Doug and I cooperated on getting Holmdel to patch longbridge road. It wasn't not done yet (Wednesday morning), but they claim it'll be done by thursday. Stay tuned. Our race was listed in the latest velo news. Just a one liner along with Doug's phone number. ("For a good time, call"). Not sure what the impact will be.
From Doug on April 17: As you all probably know by now May 2nd is the date of our Tour of Colts Neck bike race. We have not seen much of each other lately, mostly because of the weather. Hopefully we will recognize our fellow club members when we get together next time and I can tell you all about my 6 weeks in Florida riding in the warm sunny weather :)....or not. On a serious note, we need all the help we can get on May 2nd. As always we will need people to work registration, marshal at corners and intersections, drivers for following vehicle and wheel vehicle, (Cat 3 race only), a gofer and any other good people we can convince that race helper is the next best thing to winning The Tour of NJ. Let Doug Mitchell or any club officer know if you will be available on race day.
My Message to club on March 4: The allenwood ride on Sunday moves to 8am in May (beginning May 9).
|March 4 ABC News||
The Allenwood ride moves to 9am this Sunday, and it stays at 9am through April. We switch to 9am in May.
Last Sunday some folks were whining about that late winter start time - ten a.m. for December through February. So whaddya' think? If you'd like to see it changed to 9am (so we'd start at 9 from October-April and 8 from May-September) ... pass the word to Doug. Hmmm... I'm wondering if everyone's allowed to have a vote on this. Maybe it should just be that hardcore group of about 10 folks who show up in winter. Or should it also include those cycling wimps who hibernate until the temperature climbs above 32. Hey - if you have an opinion on this, why don't you also let Doug know. And while you're at it, if you think that the sizes on the new duds are wacky, pass the word to Doug. I'd like to encourage improved communication to our executive leader. So if you have any other complaints, make sure to call or write him. Hate the cold weather? Call Doug. Too many pot-holes? Send him an email. Taxes too high, call Doug for a sympathetic ear. Some of you may think that I'm asking you to bombard him with calls and email just because I'm jealous that he's spending half of the winter soaking up sunshine down in the warmer climates. Not true. How un-kind of you to think that.
Since we'll be involved with two races this year - The Tour of Colts Neck and the new Keyport race - some folks think we should invest in a communications device - walkie talkies or whatever. It would just make running the events a bit easier. Thoughts?
Rides and Calendar:
- Tour of Colts Neck is Sunday, May 2. Please reserve the time to help. We need all spare hands.
- Carlin is leading a 1pm Wednesday ride out of Lucent in Holmdel. Winter Spinning.
- Central Jersey Bike Club has their Farmlands tour out of brookdale on Saturday May 1.
|January 31 ABC News|| Come out of hibernation and see your sweethearts at
the Feb 11 Pizza Party. 7PM at Brothers' Pizza restaurant in
Red bank. We're going to be joined by the FPS crowd
too. Doug will have the new clothing available that evening.
He hopes to recover enough of our costs ... to "sell
enough to pay the bill".
Tour of Colts Neck is Sunday, May 2. Club members must either show up and marshal, or they will be humiliated with friendly verbal abuse from club officers. (Not really, but it sure is fun tom think about those ossifers ganging up on folks. Especially late in the evening at the Pizza party after a few kegs.)
Planning for the racing season? Here's the NJBA schedule:
And here's some info on other races in the northeast:
Web Surfer's Corner
Those of you anxious to hog down tons of pizza, don't fret. Gain s much weight as you want, but ride a lighter bike! Yep. No lipo for you. No need to diet. Forget that training. Here's a bike that's probably half the weight of yours:
And if that doesn't work, you can splurge on some dehydrated water: