Three Rivers Velo Sport Team Repeats as National Bike Challenge Winners
Written by Amy Copeland - November 2016
With a rocky start in the month of May finishing up in 6th place overall and 2nd place just 1373 points behind the Mind Brain Social Club in the Extra Large team category, the team continued to build in numbers and momentum and never looked back. By the end of June the team had taken the overall lead for the extra large team and held it for the remainder of the challenge, which ended September 30th, finishing 77,506 points ahead of the 2nd place MBSC team. The 99 member 3RVS team also finished in 4th place overall nationally against the top three teams each having 273 to 443 members.
The team point leader for the year was Steve Pequignot with a total of 14,414 points followed by Jeff Kenny with 10,846. Both gentlemen earned the coveted double diamond status for being over 10,000 points. Jody Thomas rounded out the top 3 for the gentlemen with a diamond level showing of 9,062 points. The top three ladies were Amy Copeland with 6982 points, Denise Snider with 6,119 points and Jennifer Altherr with 6,046 points all earning the diamond level.
Silca Bike Pumps - Still The Best
Written by Ralph Goshorn and others
Ralph writes, "I have been using SILCA frame and floor bicycling pumps and other items for 33 years. I’m still buying SILCA stuff because not only do they work forever (I know this sounds like an advertisement) but they are just cool!"
"Silca was started around 1917 in Italy and the family sold the company to Joshua Poertner who has brought it to Indianapolis. I am thrilled with stuff! Its all high-end and I like to reward others and myself by buying items for gifts, some get used, others displayed as collector items."
Chicago Rail and Ride
Written by Jennifer Bryant Altherr - October 2016
Yesterday four friends and I took the train to Chicago and back using Amtrak's walk on bike service. The recently renovated train station at Waterloo is comfortable with a lounge, TV and restrooms.
ODRAM- One Day Ride Across Michigan
Written by Mona Will - September 2016
If you look at the map for this ride, it starts very near Lake Michigan in Montague and ends on the western most shores of Lake Huron at Bay City. From what little I know of the history of the ride, it started out as a completely unsupported ride. This means no planned sag stops or roving support vehicles to make sure any cyclists that are experiencing any major mechanical issues or physical issues are taken care. In the first years, this was the kind of ride that a handful of cyclists who had carefully planned the route earlier in the season would meet up early one morning, with snacks and tubes in the back of their jersey’s, and ride across the state, stopping in small towns enroute to replenish water supplies, food supplies, take bathroom breaks and work their way from one Great Lakes shoreline to another. Most likely hoping for the traditional west to east winds that would help push them to their destination. As with most exciting rides, word spread from one cyclist to another and the handful turned into a group large enough to need volunteers to handle cyclists and logistics.
written by Amy Copeland - August 2016
After yesterdays RAIN ride I could not be more proud to be a member of 3RVS and see how well its riders and jersey is respected around the state.
It started in the parking lot before we even started riding. A gentlemen saw our jerseys in the lot and said, "Hey, you are that group that won the NBC challenge last year for the state of Indiana, how is this year going?".
He was part of the Team Cure Chasers who took 2nd in the state last year. He did not ride yesterday but was in a SAG vehicle that parked at several places along the route. When we would ride by and he saw the jerseys he called us out rang the cow bell and cheered on Three Rivers Velo sport for a good ride.
Riding To and Through Good Communities
By Mona Will - July 2016
From May through October, Three Rivers Velo Sport (3RVS) cycling club leads weekly weekend group rides (tours) through Northwest Ohio and Northeast Indiana. The organized rides start at a variety of locations in Allen County. Supported by maps and a ride leader, the routes travel to some of our favorite places to stop so the riders can catch their breath, regroup, and replenish fluids. A common expectation is to plan stops for special road snacks and treats. For example, Antwerp has a roadside root beer stand, Monroeville has the Whippy Dip. In Woodburn, the Marathon has the best air conditioned gas station to cool off on a hot day and the Hicksville Marathon stocks chocolate milk in the cooler, an essential cyclist’s recovery drink.
2016 3RVS Overnighter
Written by James Reilly
On Saturday morning, June 4th, our group was greeted with slightly cool temperatures. As I looked upward from the parking lot at Homestead High School, gray clouds hung overhead, with small pockets of blue sky far off in the west. This weather was actually perfect for biking, we told ourselves. There was no need for sunscreen and the cool temps would help keep the riders cool.
The 2016 Horsey Hundred
By Jim Haley
My wife Nancy participated in the Horsey Hundred in Georgetown Kentucky this year. News media said there were close to 3000 riders. It looked like it.
3rvs.com Turns Twenty
Written by Michael Heyes - April 2016
This year is the 20 year anniversary of the Three Rivers Velo Sport website. And for all but a 2-year hiatus I’ve been the webmaster for all of them.
I remember making the announcement at the monthly bike meeting at the former YWCA on Wells Street. No one seemed that excited about it. After all, why do we need a website? How many bike clubs have websites? Good question. At the time, our website was only the third bike website in Indiana. The IBC had a website, created and maintained by Father Kern Trembath at University of Notre Dame. I think the Bloomington Bike Club had one also, and maybe CIBA though I’m not sure about them.
The Perfect Chilly Weather for the 21st Chili Ride
written by Mona Will - January 2016
At 11A on January 1st, the first volunteers of the day had arrived at Psi Ote Barn to begin the set up for “the chilly”. Susan Hunt, Cheryl Matthews, Keith LeFort and myself started unloading vehicles that were packed full of supplies that is used annually. It was about 1130A when the first participants of the ride showed up. It was Mike and Carol who were new members signing up that day. They were sporting all the necessary clothes for a winter weather ride. Phil had begun setting up the public address system so that those inside and outside the barn would be able to hear his upcoming announcements. By about 1215P there was a steady stream of cyclists walking in and out of the barn. The excitement of the ride was evident by the rising volume of voices. The registration desk had brisk business between handing out the route map, the detour cue sheet and asking people to sign the waiver form. Chili was arriving by the crockpots and being tagged for the chili cook off that would take place while the riders were out on the route.