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Tour de Fox and Club Picnic

Join other LWA members in joining the Tour de Fox Ride for better Parkinson's treatments.  Most of you know members of the club who suffer from this horrible disiease and this is a great way to show our support.  The "ride" is the same day as our picnic but you don't have to come to the picnic to join.  Just go to the LWA site: https://give.michaeljfox.org/team/514494 .  

And remember to put the club picnic on your calendar.  It's Saturday, Aug 26th with multiple rides scheduled and great food afterward.  See you there.  Sign up on Meetup:  https://www.meetup.com/lehigh-wheelmen-association/events/294150884/

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Bicycles wanted.

LWA members and cycling friends,

September marks the start-up of fall classes at Community Bike Works, and bikes are always needed.  If you have an unused childs or adult bicycle in any condition and are willing to donate it, please contact Jack Helffrich at 484-347-3541 to arrange for pick-up or delivery.  

Alternatively, you can deliver to:  Community Bike Works  235 N. Madison St.  Allentown PA 18102

More info about CBW and the work they do at: communitybikeworks.org

Thanks.  Jack Helffrich

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Document Review - Lehigh Valley Cycling Club

Attention All Members,

As you know, the Club is proceeding with implementing a change of our club name to become the "Lehigh Valley Cycling Club".

Next step in the process is for a vote to be taken at the next Club Meeting (August 23rd, 2023) for both the Resolution and associated updates to the Constitution/By-Laws.  So you can make an informed decision, please review the updated documents, which can be found at the following links:

Resolution https://docs.google.com/document/d/1UYAiHP0_CaaxqJFpBbFzW3S82dGsso4E/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=102010930647203069731&rtpof=true&sd=true

Constitution/By-Law Updatehttps://docs.google.com/document/d/1h6Puopms6SLhCXEO39YvLn-bjhlT0Pj3/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=102010930647203069731&rtpof=true&sd=true

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Donut Derby Raffle

Hello Club members! There is still time to donate raffle prizes for our 2023 Donut Derby 🍩🍩🍩, which is just one month away!  Gift baskets, cycling related goods, or anything else is welcome.  We're not picky. 

Please contact Kath Crampton at 484-357-0261 or kath.crampton@gmail.com  if you'd like to supply something or have any questions. If you have already offered, now is the time to get your items to me.

Thank you,

Kathy Crampton, DD Raffle Chairperson

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July and August Club Meetings

I have set up two club business meetings to formally accept the resolution to change the name of the club to Lehigh Valley Cycling Club and accept the subsequent changes in the bylaws.  At the July meeting, the

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Tour de Fox

In conjuction with our LWA Picnic on August 26th, Wheelmen members will be participating in our first Michael J. Fox Foundation's Virtual Tour de Fox Ride to raise funds for better Parkinson's treatments.  Any of the posted

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Club Picnic 2023

Hello LWA  members and interested cyclists.

The annual LWA Club Picnic is scheduled for Saturday August 26.  This year the location is Upper Saucon  Township Community Park. The event is posted on the LWA Meetup page.  This event is for club members and their guests. (Not a member? To join the club click here: https://lehighwheelmen.org/index.php/join

As always there will be various routes available for all levels and interests (including a family friendly ride on the Saucon Rail Trail) followed by social time and of course plenty of food and beverages (drinking and/or possession of alcoholic beverages is prohibited by park rules).

The club needs some members to help with pre-picnic and day of tasks, and to serve as ride leaders.  Several positions are especially important to make this event happen.  These include buying food, transporting the boxes of serving staples to and from the velodrome barn, serving as grill master and cleaning up after the event.  

Here is a link to a SignUp Genius where you can volunteer to help out. Please tak a look and consider volunteering. (Thanks to Jack for setting this up.)

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Trunk Mount Bike Rack

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Free to LWA member.  Yakima two-bike rack for trunk mounting.

Text Jack at 484-347-3541 to arrange for pick-up. 

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Adopt-a-Highway : Part 2

"THANK YOU" to the following members of the Lehigh Valley Cycling Club who took part in this month's

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For Sale: Cervelo T4 Track Bike

Beautiful track bike for sale!  This is a Cervelo T4, size 51 cm track bike.  It has a 155mm Rotor Crankset.

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Lehigh Valley Cycling Club

The members have spoken and the new name for the club will be Lehigh Valley Cycling Club (LVCC).   The final tally was 57 to 34 in favor of cycling over bicycle in the name.  I was very happy to see so many club members voting and caring about the future of the club.

The name will not be official until the end of the year but we will start advertising the change to the public.  If people ask why the change, consider the following in your response:  After 70 years, it is time to give the club a bit of a facelift.  "Wheelman" is a very old (1800s) name for a bicyclist, but it is not really used today.  We want to project that we are a friendly, social club where people with a mutual interest in cycling can have the opportunity to ride together.  We aim to service the Lehigh Valley and all forms of cycling.  

It's good to see the number and different levels of rides in the club giving opportunity to everyone to get out and ride.  Hope everyone is enjoying the good weather and getting out there.  

Another note:  There will be no club meetings over the summer since most would rather be out riding and we have the Grill and Chills to get together.  The board will be meeting and if there are any concerns people have, send a general email to the club or to me directly at president@lehighwheelmen.org.

Carl

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Donut Derby Volunteers Needed

LVCC members,

Planning is under way for this year's edition of the LWA Donut Derby, scheduled for Labor Day, September 2, 2024.  Chuck Canfield and his team have been meeting regularly to organize this activity, but they need the assistance of the entire club on the day of the event.  This is always a fun activity for the volunteers as well as the participants, so please sign up now to help.  Volunteer some of your time by joining one of the activities listed in the link below. Thanks in advance for your support.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E4EA4A72FABF85-2023

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Lehigh Wheelmen Association (LWA) name change

LWA Members,

We are changing the name of our organization.  As unanimously approved at the May 2023 monthly membership meeting, there are two options:

LEHIGH VALLEY BICYCLE CLUB or LEHIGH VALLEY CYCLING CLUB

Each current member of the Lehigh Wheelmen Association (NOT just a member on Meetup) is encouraged to vote once for one of the options.  The link for voting, which ends at midnight on Friday, June 16, is listed below.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E4EA4A72FABF85-lwaname

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Update: Donut Derby Raffle Prizes

Hello Members!

Donut Derby 2023 Raffle Prize UPDATE! The Derby is now 3 months away!

As Raffle Chairperson, I am still on the hunt for raffle prizes. Last year we were fortunate with many great donations --  cycling items, gift cards, members crafted goods, wine, and more -- and some of those favorites will be available once again.

** I am now looking for new prize ideas. Perhaps your workplace might donate. Or your business, family, or club might create a gift bag or basket**.

If you have something to donate for this year's Donut Derby Raffle, please e-mail me at kath.crampton@gmail.com or call or text 484-357-0261.

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BikePA 2023 - Lewisburg, PA

You are invited!

For our annual extended weekend outing this year, we will be cycling in Pennsylvania.  Our location will be Lewisburg, PA, home of Bucknell University on the west branch of the Susquehanna River. Lewisburg is a less than two hour, 120 mile drive from the Lehigh Valley via routes I-476 (PA Turnpike) and I-80.

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LWA Adopt-a-Highway

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Thanks to LWA members Dave Drummer, Donalee Frary, Raine Fussner Donna Knight, Clyde Odom and Carl Zvanut who joined me for the club's first time participation in PennDOT's Adopt-a-Highway program.  We divided into two teams and spent two hours on Thursday morning picking up litter and trash along a two mile section of Cetronia Rd.  Despite the competitive nature of most club members, we did NOT weigh the trash to determine which team collected the most.  There was, however, some discussion about which team deserved the "A Team' designation.  PennDOT will be erecting a sign in recognition of our continuing efforts to keep this roadway clean.  Watch for an announcement on Meetup for the Fall event.  Jack Helffrich

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Updates and Reminders

Just some reminders on two upcoming events for next week:

Our May Meeting on Wednesday, May 24th will be hosted by Fitness Central (https://www.fitnesscentralinc.com/).  Come on out and see what they have to offer, talk to the mechanics and more.  As an extra bonus, Earl Ostrander is coming over to continue the First Aid and CPR discussion we had last month.  A short business meeting/club update will follow.  Please sign up on Meetup so the store knows how many to expect (https://www.meetup.com/lehigh-wheelmen-association/events/sdlbbtyfchbgc/).  

Also, on May 27 club member and pastor Larry Pickens will again host us at Ziegels Church for the annual Blessing of the Bikes (https://www.meetup.com/lehigh-wheelmen-association/events/293546873/).  Looking for ride leaders to post rides from the church following the brief blessings by Larry.  A great way start Memorial Day weekend.  If we don't see enough people signing up by Tuesday, we'll cancel the event.  

Ride safe.

Carl

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For Sale: Cannondale Synapse 51 cm

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2017 Cannondale Synapse, Shimano 105, 51cm
Lightly used for 2 years, then stored.  Paid $2400 new. Will sell for $850. 

suchomelamy4@gmail.com

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May Meeting at Fitness Central

Our May Meeting on Wendesday, May24th will be hosted by Fitness Central (https://www.fitnesscentralinc.com/).  Come on out and see what they have to offer, talk to the mechanics and more.  As an extra bonus, Earl Ostrander is coming over to continue the First Aid and CPR discussion we had last month.  A short business meeting/club update will follow.  Please sign up on Meetup so the store knows how many to expect (https://www.meetup.com/lehigh-wheelmen-association/events/sdlbbtyfchbgc/).  

Also, on May 27 club member and pastor Larry Pickens will again host us at Ziegels Church for the annual Blessing of the Bikes (https://www.meetup.com/lehigh-wheelmen-association/events/293546873/).  Looking for ride leaders to post rides from the church following the brief blessings by Larry.  A great way start Memorial Day weekend.

Carl

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Ever Dream of Trying, Riding or Racing a Track Bike?...LWA Members, it's time!!!

Ok, so you like to ride, but don't see yourself as a "track star" or maybe you do?

LWA Members, VPCC have riding options for you!

Try, Ride, Race the Track new for 2023 is thereimagination of VPCC tried and true Try the Track program. Why mess with greatness? Well, it’s time to step it up a notch to fully expand the program to include more learning, more riding, and more racing.VPCC new program is increased to six hours of track cycling education, which will promote safer riding for our structured training sessions and safer racing for our racing sessions. Participants can choose 1, 2, or 3 sessions, but each session will serve as a prerequisite for the subsequent session. Participants must be 9 years old and up.

TRY THE TRACK

Are you new to the track? You haven’t taken a spin around VPCC concrete crater yet? Well this is your opportunity. All you need is a moderate sense of balance and your own helmet. That’s all it takes. It’s just like riding a bike. 😉 

You'll start off with the basics and answer all of your questions about our velodrome and velodrome riding and racing. Soon you’ll be riding one of our track bikes at your own pace on a smooth and flat surface. As you build confidence, you can ride on our track surface where you will feel how easy and exhilarating it is to ride on the banking. No worries about slipping off like a slippery wooden track, our concrete is sticky and many riders have demonstrated that they can come to a full stop even on the steepest part of the track. Don’t worry, we won’t try that skill until a later session. 

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Our 2024 Flagship Events

 Eastern Shore Weekend

May 3-5, rides each day.  

 

Donut Derby

 Labor Day, September 2nd, 2024

Registration opens in May!

 

 

 

LVCC Apparel

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The LVCC clothing store is now open, until June 2nd.   Team store link:   Lehigh Valley Cycling Club Team Store