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Clocks Change March 10th and the Pittsburgh Randonneurs are Riding in March

The clocks changing are one measure of the start of the rising season season. Another is that the Pittsburgh Randonneurs are have posted these rides for March:

Randonneuring is recreational ultra-distance riding. Learn more about the Pittsburgh Randonneurs (an activity of our club) HERE.

Save the Date for the Ride if Silence

Save the date on the third Wednesday in May at 17 PM to take part in the International Ride of Silence. As a club, this year we ride in memory of Dave Bialosky, a long-time club member and volunteer. He died riding Bon Ton Roule as a result of a head on collision with a truck that turned into him on July 25, 2023 in Penn Yang, New York. A newspaper account is HERE. Dave’s obituary is HERE. 

Ride Group Updates

  • Kris Moser reports the Cecil Tuesday night rides will resume in late April.

Other Club Updates

  • No club members have expressed interest (yet) in leading a club jersey buy for 2024.
  • President Jim got one expression of interest in a there-and-back overnight trips from the new Armstrong Trail Trailhead in Schenley (near Freeport) to Brookville. President Jim is waiting for the that section of the trail opens in April before he plans more.

We Almost have a New Club Logo

The board was close to finalizing the new club logo when President Jim initiated an unintentional but productive club survey. To see the comment submitted and where we are in the process, review HERE.

Back to a Google Calendar for our Ride Calendar in 2024

Our ride leaders cheered us to go back to a Google Calendar for our ride calendar in 2024. That makes it easier for our ride leaders to directly edit the calendars HERE. You will find the ride calendar on the website under Calendars. Kris Moser of the Cecil ride group agreed to lead the effort for 2024. Here is the cast of characters helping Kris:

  • Robin Woods – Robin provided a post format which is shared HERE.  She will also likely cross-post some WomenWork (W@W) rides
  • Dan Blumenfeld – The Pittsburgh Randonneurs calendar shows up as a separate Google calendar HERE on on website. They are also on the Pittsburgh Randonneurs’ website THERE.
  • Paul McKeown is a contact for Team Decaf.  Their plan is post a single announcement on the calendar that replicates.  It will direct people how to get on the Team Decaf distribution list.  And/or Robin may assist in migrating weekly info over.
  • Laura @ Sweetwater Bikes – She likely will post Sweetwater shop rides directly.
  • Jim Logan –He likely post the few club events we have, like the Rough Diamond Century.

The Club Picnic and the Rough Diamond Century Cohabitate in 2024

For the Rough Diamond Century, President Jim had a revelation that if the connection on the Allegheny River side is difficult (without the connector that is coming), and the connection on  Mon side is difficult (without the connector that is coming), maybe we should stage the event out of Saltsburg again and just use the good parts between the Allegheny and the Mon (and some of the Westmoreland Trail if needed):  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/45279826.

Dave Lusher is working to find us a suitable shelter or such on Saturday August 10 in Saltsburg. Along with the Rough Diamond route, there is the Westmoreland Trail leaving Saltsburg. And since few of us ride near the Kiski Valley, this is a great location for the club picnic. The club will provide a picnic lunch. For people on the Rough Diamond Century, this will be the mid-point meal. For those out on shorter rides, this will be a post-ride gathering. For the end of the Rough Diamond Century, Saltsburg has multiple restaurant options.

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