Touring - April 2018

Written by Steve Pequinot

Three Rivers Velo Sport’s 50th season kicks off in just a few days. I am pleased to return for my tenth season as your touring director. Our opening tour will start at Woodlan High School using route WLN-3, which offers some of the smoothest and flattest cycling roads in the area. Be ready to ride by 11:45 AM. 3RVS Officers and ride leaders will be introduced, followed by a pre-tour briefing, and then we will roll out at noon. There will be four pace group options. A group 20+ MPH; B group 18/19 MPH; C group 16/17 MPH; D group 14/15 MPH. Distance options will be 20, 41, and 51 miles. Group ride leaders will determine the distance for each group. This season’s weekend ride leaders are: D group, Robin Mitchell and Mona Will; C group, Mona Will and Tom Yoder; B group Johnny Grabowski and Cindi Souers; A group Patrick Stelte and Steve Pequignot.

3RVS is pleased to be a sponsor in-kind for the fifth annual Ride RMHC. This is a charity cycling tour that benefits the Ronald McDonald House of Northeast Indiana, located on the campus of Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne. The tour is Sunday, April 29, at 1:00 PM. The tour starts at Kreager Park, 6400 North River Rd. in Fort Wayne. The tour will be SAG supported with distance options of 25/45/68 miles and will also feature a ten mile family fun Greenway ride. Ride RMHC is the club’s official tour on Sunday, April 29. For complete details and online registration visit:

Our weeknight tours will be starting in April and May.

Mondays will be the Morning Meandering and Musings Ride for ladies only, E group pace. In the evening the Spokesmen Bike Shop Ride will start at the bike shop in Roanoke, B and C group pace.

Tuesday evening we will have our popular Kreager Park Tour at a D and E group pace. Also the Skills Tour will start the season at a B pace and as the season progresses the pace will increase to an A pace.

Wednesday evening, the high octane Saturn Ride is back at an A group pace. Also, we are starting the new Rogue Ride for C group riders.

Thursday is the Girls Ride Out at Roanoke Park, for ladies only at a D pace. On the east side of town will feature the new Jefferson A Ride.

Our only Friday ride is the monthly City Tour held the first Friday of each month all year. This ride features a leisurely E group pace and offers a post ride social event.

For details of each ride check the Schedules/Weekday Rides page on this website by clicking on this link.

In addition to the club’s website and 3RVS Facebook Page, we will be using our Twitter feed @ride3rvs to tweet our followers regarding upcoming tours, changes, cancelations, and live tour updates. If you have a Twitter account and wish to receive such tweets just add @ride3rvs to your Following list.

We still use Life360 during our tours. This app worked well last year and we will be using it again this season. Life360 can be used on a computer or a smart phone and is available for iPhone and Android. This app will allow 3RVS members to join and track other 3RVS riders during our tours. This app may be useful for riders who are late for a ride. It gives families the ability to follow a rider during a ride via GPS. The app has the ability to locate a dropped rider, or a rider stopped due to a mechanical situation. We have created a Circle named Ride 3RVS. A circle is a name for any group of friends, family, teams, clubs, etc., who wish to track and/or be tracked by others in the circle. Tracking can be turned on and off at any time by any member, so when you want privacy you get it.

If you wish to join just go to your App Store, download the free Life360 App, and then follow the instructions in the email.

With the app you may also create your own personal circles with your family and friends if you wish. You may have as many circles as you wish. You can have one circle turned on and others off as you choose.

Below is more information about the app.

Life360 is the world's leading realtime, location-sharing app, and is the best way to coordinate with family and friends, (groups are called Circles). Get automatic notifications when your family comes and goes from home, work and school, and when they complete drives or a ride.

Use Life360’s Family & Friend Locator to:

* View the realtime location of friends or family members on a private map
* Receive realtime alerts when friends or family arrive or leave home, work, and school
* Share photos and text messages with our secure, private chat
* See past location history for your Circle
* See information after each drive to improve driving safety
* Protect your family while they’re driving with our Crash Detection service
* Track a lost or stolen phone

Use GPS to find Friends and Family

Life360’s Family & Friend Locator uses state-of-the-art GPS location data to report the realtime whereabouts of your friends and family. Simply install Life360 on everyone’s phone. Once registered, each member appears as a unique icon on the map so you’ll always know where your family members are.

No need to send text messages asking “When will you be home?” The Life360 Family & Friend Locator tells you! Create geofence zones around your home, work, school, or anywhere you visit regularly. Whenever someone in your Circle arrives or leaves those locations, you’ll get a notification.

The Life360 App is available for free at the iPhone App Store and at the Andriod Store. For computer use go to 3RVS members who wish to try the Ride 3RVS Circle using the Life360 app may send a message to me  using this form. After you install the Life360 app we will send you a code to log into the Ride 3RVS Circle.

I look forward to seeing you on the road.