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BBC Outreach At Westminster

Gary Flax, Mary Ryan, and Pat Lapensee promoting BBC

Gary Flax, Mary Ryan, and Pat Lapensee promoting BBC

BBC launched our 2020 outreach effort at the Stop, Swap, and Save event in Westminster on Sunday Feb 9.  Offering a free colorful bike key chain (which has our club name and web site imprinted) to those who stopped by our table, our group of volunteers informed our booth visitors about our weekly rides and special events.  We invited new bikers and those getting back into biking to attend our free Instructional Series and we informed those who might want to try biking with us that it isn't necessary to be a member to ride with us.  We handed out printed material to promote our multi-day events, including the Kent County Spring Fling coming up during Memorial Day Weekend..

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Water Over the Falls

 

2019:  Water Over the Falls For our summer vacation “Plan B” kicked in when Evie’s knee worsened. So we packed up the van and drove to the Niagara region of Ontario. It’s a beautiful bike-friendly area. We enjoyed staying at universities (Brock U in St. Catherine’s & Niagara U in Welland) and riding every day. Cycling past Niagara Falls, you feel the magic of its thunderous roar into the Niagara River. Cycling beside the mighty ships on the Welland Canal—watching them rise and fall in the many locks—never gets old. This bike path follows the historic canal between Lakes Erie and Ontario. Revisiting Niagara-on-the-Lake—a UNESCO World Heritage Site--with its wonderful theatre, vineyards, and lake views was a joy. We had 2 plus weeks cycling in this terrific region. We’ll be back!

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2020 Bike Maryland Symposium

BBC is partnering with Bike Maryland to present the 2020 Bike Maryland Symposium on Wed February 19, 2020.

At the Bike Maryland Symposium you can network with like-minded Maryland cyclists and advocates and your Maryland legislator to discuss Maryland cycling issues that matter to you.

Agenda on Bike Maryland web page.   Registration - free.  For more info and to register.

BBC Selects New President Pat Lapensee

 

The Executive Board of the Baltimore Bicycling Club voted Pat Lapensee in as president of the BBC for 2020 at their bi-monthly executive board meeting, Thursday, January 9. Pat has been a member of the BBC since 1991.  He was instrumental in planning the 50th Anniversary Celebration Rides & Party in June 2018, even smoking pounds of salmon for the event.

Pat is an avid cyclist, having ridden in Spain, France, Italy and Canada as well the U.S. from North Carolina to New York. You can often find Pat enjoying rides in the BBC’s 13-15 MPH ride category. Or in his bike downtime, Pat likes to hit the links or try new recipes in his gourmet kitchen -- two of his other favorite hobbies. When not indulging in his hobbies, Pat is a software engineer for Raytheon.

Pat lives in Sykesville with his wife Denise Huson who is also an experienced cyclist and long-time BBC member and their schnauzer Klinger.

 

Annual Dinner

The BBC Election dinner and awards celebration was held on November 16th, 2019 at Oregon Ridge Lodge.  Dinner, desert and socializing was enjoyed by all.

Ed Cahill, past president presided over the evening.

The following board was voted in for 2020.

Vice President: Gloria Epstein

Treasurer: John Isaacs

Secretary: Ellen Hochman

Members at Large: Gary Brandon, Rich Burns, Peter Crosby, Marg Draper-Harris

Past President: Ed Cahill                

Many outstanding volunteers and ride leaders were recognized.The BBC would not be successful without its strong volunteers.

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2019 Instructional Ride Series

The 2019 Instructional Series successfully concluded with the hope of launching the biking future for approximately 30 individuals who each participated in up to seven group rides. The participants learned about bike handling skills, how to do minor road repairs, as well as about equipment and clothing.  Participants could choose between a short, medium, or a longer route at each group ride.  Early on, the short/medium/long rides were about 10/16/20  miles long.  Later in the series, the rides were extended to about 18/25/35 miles.  Ride locations started on the NCR and B&A/BWI trails then shifted to the roads near Greenspring Station, Jacksonville, and Sparrows Point/Ft. Howard.

Read more: 2019 Instructional Ride Series

BBC riders highlighted in "Carroll County Times" article 1/2/20

Riding into 2020: 29th annual Mount Airy Bicycles ride

 .....“The weather is extremely variable. Last year it was raining and I didn’t come out. A few years ago it was pretty darn cold,” said Ed Cahill, of Ellicott City, who was preparing to take his vintage red Mercian bike on the road. “This year it’s actually pretty nice.”  It was Cahill’s third time participating in the Mount Airy Bicycles annual, “I’ve ridden every day this year“ ride, but it was the 29th anniversary of the event, which draws new and experienced cyclists out for their first ride of the new year.

BBC riders at this event included:  Ed Cahill, Jane and John Cole, John Eckard, Steve Feldman, Mike Harris, Denise Huson, Rob Keiser, Pat Lapansee, Pat and George Macnabb, Becky and Jim Matsakis, Mary and Barry Menne, Renee Rees, Carol Russell, Alice Smith, Stacy Spivak, and Darren Waugh... and perhaps others.

Photos (P. Grout): Denise Huson of Sykesville checks her 30-mile route and Pat Lapensee is starting out from the parking lot.

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