2019 Chilly Challenge Volunteer Request
Written by Mona Will - December 2018
As I’m looking out the window, I see a flock of Canadian geese flying over the tree tops, trees with only a handful of leaves left on some branches and green grass littered with brown leaves. Barely anyone has passed by on their bikes, walking, or running. It’s Thanksgiving Day, it’s cold outside, and I’m realizing how quickly January 1st is going to be here.
The “Chilly” has been a traditional ride for 3RVS members and others for many years. It’s the first day of a new year and a perfect excuse/reason to get the bike out and go for a ride. We offer a few routes to choose from and one stops by the river to watch the Polar Bears jump in. (Crazy people if you ask me.) Your first miles of the new year are always memorable. In years past we have had teeth chattering, cold to the bone weather, and we’ve also had mild, just a medium weight jersey was enough weather. One thing that remains the same no matter the weather is the camaraderie of fellow cyclists sitting down, eating the delicious chili and food, and sipping on gourmet hot chocolate that Joe Bartels is now known for, after the ride.
It’s the delicious chili and food that we always need volunteers to bring to the ride. I have found that we need at least 10 crockpots or instant pots to feed the burgeoning number of people that show up from year to year. We also need people to bring plates of brownies, cookies, cheesy bread, veggies and whatever else is yummy. We need volunteers to help with either set up, tear down, kitchen duties or registering riders. Set up takes about 4 people, same for tear down, and 2 for registering the riders. Each duty is less than an hour tops.
There’s a saying “it takes a village to raise a child.” I’d change that to “It takes a village of volunteers to keep the Chilly ride operating.”
Please private message me on Facebook or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your offer of food or volunteering. We can’t do this successfully without you, you, and you.
2019 Chilly Challenge Bicycle Tour
January 1st 2019 - Mass Start 1:00 PM
Sponsored by The Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department
Start location: Psi Ote Pavilion in North Side Park, 705 East State Blvd. (at Parnell Ave.), Fort Wayne, Indiana
Join in on the Winter Woolies ride!
Written by Mona Will - November 2018
The “Winter Woolies” ride will begin December 1st and will be offered twice a month on Saturdays through mid to late March. The rides will leave at 10A from different starting points each time. The rides will typically be 8-15 miles round trip and at a leisurely pace. There will be a mid-ride beverage/snack break or on a rare occasion, the beverage/snack will be at the end of the ride. This ride is open to men, women, and children when accompanied by an adult.
Northwest Indiana Destination Ride
Hosts: Jennifer Altherr & Sue Zuber
Tour Guide: Kym Byers
Awesome thing: Calumet Crank Club of Northwest Indiana plans to join us!
When: Saturday, September 8, 2018
Back By Popular Demand - Indianapolis Monon and Culture Trail Destination Ride
By Jennifer Altherr and Amy Copeland
When: Saturday, August 25, 2018 at 7:45 am