Touring - October 2018

Written by Steve Pequinot

Autumn has arrived and we are riding into our last month of the season. Wow! That went by fast. As the season winds down most of our weeknight tours have concluded or will conclude by mid-October. Many 3RVS members will be riding in the Hilly Hundred which is early on October 6 and 7 this year. With so many members away that weekend 3RVS will offer Show & Go Rides instead of our regular weekend tour format.

Presidents' Tour

The Presidents’ Tour will be Sunday the 21st at 11:00 AM., President Patrick Stelte will lead the peloton from Homestead High School to Huntington and back on one of his favorite routes. We are inviting all of the known past 3RVS presidents to join us that day. Even if they can’t ride we would like to introduce the people who led our club in the past. Without their dedication 3RVS would not exist today.

Here is a list of the past presidents that we can verify and plan to invite to the tour: Chuck South, 1981; Dan Arnold, 1983; Bonnie Arnold, 1984; Chuck Bash, 1985-86; Kevin Truelove, 1987; Kath Stakowski, 1988; Kathy Boling, 1990-91; Rob Norwalk, 1992; Don Wagoner, 1993; Mike Heyes, 1995-96; Steve Souers 1997 & 2002-03; Anne Stratton-Ellis, 1998-99; Karen Walker, 2000-01; Ed Messer, 2003-05; Dave Lehman, 2006-09; Patrick Stelte, 2010-18. Please join us for this special tour.

September Tourng Challenge

The fifth annual 3RVS September Touring Challenge powered by Strava got off to a fast start this year as the club held it second three-stage century tour over Labor Day weekend. Eighty-two riders participated in the 3-day tour. Six club members completed all three century stages. Congratulations to Lisa Mabbitt, Marty Smolinski, Luis deVeyra, Mark Geiger, Patrick Stelte and Steve Pequignot for riding all 307 miles of the tour.

At the time of this writing, one week remains in the September Touring Challenge and the race for podium places are close. In the Ladies Division Kymberly Byers leads with 2,207 kilometers; Denise Snyder 1,765 kilometers; and Lisa Mabbitt 1,426 kilometers. In the Men’s Division Mark Linn has 2,112 kilometers; Marty Smolinski 1,771 kilometers and Jim Snyder has 1,765 kilometers.

This year we have 88 members competing in the September Touring Challenge. Awards will be presented at our End-of-Year Party to members who achieve 500, 750, 1,000, or 1,610 kilometers. At press time 88 riders have logged over 53,600 kilometers. Podium awards will be presented at the End of Year Party to the top three women and top three men in the club. Daily updates for the September Touring Challenge are online at The Final results will be posted October 1.

Please note the October weekend tours will start at 11:00 AM.