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JUNE — 2019 

by Bob Bernstein
I am sad to report that a recent Club ride was marred when riders were harassed and forced off the road purposely by a motor vehicle driver. At the time this is written, one cyclist is still in critical condition. We hope for a full recovery. Please see Anne Hyman’s article for more information.

I am writing most of this on Bike-to-Work Day. This is the first time in many years, pouring rain dates excluded, that I have not participated. Working from home has its advantages and at least I looked at my bike today! There are several Club members who routinely use their bicycle to commute to work and others who do so at least today. I would like to recognize and thank the Club volunteers who may have given up the opportunity to ride today in order to help market the Club and Back Roads Century at the rest stops. Thank you. Without volunteers like yourselves, our Club would not be able to function.

Early bird price ends June 15; second price break ends July 31

By Margaret McBride & Dalis Davidson, Co-Chairs

Register early for the PPTC Back Roads Century Sept. 22, with rides from 25 to 100 miles out of
Shepherdstown, WV, through the lower Shenandoah Valley. All routes start and finish at Shepherd
University’s historic Popodicon Mansion. Four rest stops provide food, drink and mechanical support.
Rides end at Popodicon with a catered meal, music and more. More information, including registration
is at The event is capped at 2,000.

Check out the new BRC jersey design for 2019 in Sport and Race Cuts!

We need volunteers both before and during the event! Volunteers whoprovide a minimum of 4 hours of support will receive a $25 rebate after the event. We can't put on the Back Roads Century without volunteers. Thank you! The century is the main fundraiser for PPTC. In addition, grants and donations go to local Shepherdstown organizations.

With rides and events on Saturday and Sunday, come for the day or stay for the weekend. Two free
group rides on 9/21 feature the Antietam National Battlefield, just across the Shenandoah River,
and end at the Antietam Creek Vineyard. These rides are capped at 200. Registration required.

Discounted hotel rooms are blocked until mid-Aug. More info is at along with other lodging recommendations.
We’re bringing back the coveted summer weekend trip to the Shenandoah Valley! Join us in July for a weekend of rolling hills, sightseeing on pedal and foot, and excellent company. We’re introducing a revamped weekend with an exciting, comfortable new venue in Woodstock, which features a mix of old favorite points of interest and new sightseeing opportunities. Cycling AND hiking routes will take riders and explorers through the New Market Battlefield, close to the George Washington National Forest, and through the rolling and verdant hills of quiet Northwest Virginia.

(to the tune of “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” by Gordon Lightfoot)

The legend lives on from the first Pedalers on down
Of the spring cycling weekend we call “Lewes”
Not “Loose” or “Louies”, but Lew-is.. it is
Otherwise, the locals give you a frown.
With a group of seventy-four, hosts Lorraine and Cindy wanted more
Because the Beacon Motel was still filling
And everyone knew that more than just a few
Would brave the April winds unfurling.

The weekend is the pride of the Potomac Pedalers Cycling Club rides.
The welcome letters says there have been as many as twenty-two, other say as many as thirty.
Whatever the count, one thing is true,
The alumni like to drink and get flirty.

The weather on Friday took a turn for the worse when the skies opened up at two o’clock.
The rain came down canceling Fred’s and Barry’s rides,
Navigating the downpour would have rendered us focked.
At four the sun began to shine, we took that as a good sign
Until the winds of April came slashin’
When Saturday morning arrived, they predicted gale force
Should we delay, leave later and still risk crashin’?

Barry Taylor’s ride left for Oak Orchard as scheduled and

Cindy Marisch’s ride left for Prime Hook on time.
The winds were unrelenting but seemed easier than finding words to make this poem rhyme.

Some riders baled, others persevered, some ditched their bikes and opted for yoga with Lorraine
She might have given guidance on pranayama as she gave her asana that took away the pain
Either way, everyone was ready for the BYOB cocktail reception
As it was time to relax and celebrate with other cycling friends
Who shared their year, month, and days of cycling adventures without exception.

When suppertime came, the cyclists headed downtown for dinner at the Blue Sea café.
The cook came out and greeted the line, feeling confident the food was just fine.
At seven pm, the sternos went out under the empty trays along the once plentiful buffet.

Does anyone know what could be more appealing than a scenic Sunday ride to Rehoboth beach?
The day dawned sunny and calm, at least 35 cyclists signed up to ride,
And it sure beats sitting in a pew listening to someone preach.
Along azalea-lined streets bordered by tall pines, Fred was out front a leadin’,
Out via the Junction and Breakwater Trail, back by Gordon’s Pond, and a new trail that ends at the

The legend lives on of the cycling event we Pedalers call the Lewes weekend.
The wind may slow us down and the rain may weaken
But nothing will stop us from drinkin’ and eatin’!
The nationwide celebration of the bicycle made a special stop in the DMV for Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 17th and BikeDC on Saturday, May 18th! Volunteers from PPTC helped out at key rest stops for Bike to Work Day, and also at the finish line festival for BikeDC. It was great to see everyone rolling, rallying, and representing Potomac Pedalers. Thanks to our many volunteers who helped out that weekend, and special thanks to Bob Manka for his excellent coordinating efforts for this year’s BTWD, and Ed Hazelwood for his spectacular assistance for BTWD and BikeDC! 

Virginia Tech Bike Helmet Ratings find less expensive MIPS helmet as current safest.
A few weeks ago, Virginia Tech released the results of its latest bicycle helmet safety tests the results of which find the $75 Lazer Cyclone MIPS to be the safest of the 64 bike helmets the university tested. The testing result pushes the recently released and more expensive Bontrager WaveCel technology helmets down the list a bit. Virginias Tech uses the STAR evaluation system to conduct its tests.

Full results of the Virginia Tech test can be found here.

By Michael Kranish
Author, “The World’s Fastest Man: The Extraordinary Life of Cyclist Major Taylor, America’s First Black Sports Hero.
One day 18 years ago, I traveled to Pittsburgh to meet a 96-year-old woman named Sydney Taylor. At the time, I was a reporter for the Boston Globe, and I wanted to write a magazine story about her father, Major Taylor. A half century before Jackie Robinson broke the color line in Major League Baseball, Taylor had become the first American-born black world champion in any sport. He was a cyclist at a time when bicycle races were the most popular athletic competitions in America.

2019 Potomac Pedalers Calendar of Events