We meet at REI in Southside works nominally at 10:45 AM, with the ride leaving at 11 AM. Please arrive early. REI is providing hot chocolate again. Exact route and distance depends on weather conditions. A baseline route is here: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/6623296 – From Southside works we ride to the Western End Bridge, then through the North Shore area to the 16th Street Bridge. Then along Penn. This year we will stay on Penn to the end of the bike lane and cut through Market Square. and then back to the Southside. Roads will likely be safer than trails in icy conditions, but we will play it by ear. Helmets required to ride and all riders please sign in for insurance purposes when you arrive. WPW club members and friends, Hofbräuhaus was great for lunch last year ad hoc, so let’s do that again.. Ride organizer – Jim Logan
Two rides, a 40 mile and a 60 mile will be marked, each with a rest stop in Brush Creek park. The ride is free to WPW members; you can join as a member that day for $20. We are having a picnic lunch from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM. The ride and picnic are free to members. The date is Saturday, August 9 and registration will be open at 6:30 am. The 60 mile ride starts nominally at 7 AM and the 40 mile ride at 8 AM. Pace yourself to ride at the picnic on time. A SAG will be available. The start of the ride, registration and the picnic will be at Miller Grove, North Park which is across from the skating rink on Pearce Mill Road. Contact Al at email@example.com for questions or concerns.
60 mile: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/5176677
40 mile: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/5175045
Would you like to help us? We are looking for ride marshals to help PASA with their Bike Fresh rides on Sunday June 1st. We have 2 courses: a 25 and a 50 mile that need ride leaders, ride marshals and SAG drivers. The rides start and end at North Park skating rink and feature a lunch provided by Whole Foods and beverages provided by North Country Brewing. All WPW volunteers get a free lunch and beverage. Please contact Lance Kennelty, firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help us out.
Due to weather this event has been cancelled.
Western PA Wheelmen/Country Roads Cyclists Joint Spring Ride on Mt. Davis
Please join us for our WPW Spring Kick-Off ride on Mt. Davis.
50 mile up and over Mt. Davis summit to Meyersdale and then back to Confluence. Join us for breakfast at Sisters at 9AM the ride begins at 10AM with a lunch break in Meyersdale. 2 crossings of the Summit, 5000′ of climb total over 50 miles: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/553471
Not feeling the love? Take the GAP back to Confluence from Meyersdale for more miles less climb and no shame.
Here’s a helpful link on climbing: http://wpwbikeclub.org/?page_id=377
Icycle Bicycle is today. Let’s gather at REI at Southside Works starting at 10:30 AM. Ride departs at 11 AM. Hot beverages graciously provided by REI. For a longer ride we will use the baseline route – East Carson St to the West End Bridge, exit at the North Shore and go to the 31st St Bridge, then up Grant and return either the Jail Trail or across the Smithfield St Bridge to East Carson. For those looking for a shorter ride, riding to Station Square and back is an option. Helmets required to ride and all riders please sign in for insurance purposes when you arrive. WPW club members and friends, let’s gather at Hofbräuhaus. Ride organizer – Jim Logan – email@example.com – 412-580-8575. Let’s keep everyone riding legal and safe – please help and help riders to stay in groups.
Thanks to Jason McCullough, Chris Helbling, and Jason Korey for coming out to clean up. Joe, who lives on Canton and came out to work with us is in the forefront of the picture.
Jason reports what he learned from Joe:
“Here are some history I learned about Canton today. This was from the guy who lives in the top house on the cobblestone part of Canton Ave. The red one. His name is ‘Joe’, and he came out & helped us to clean:
1) The house he lives in was built in 1903 by his father, and Joe is one of 10 kids.
2) There was no street there then. There was just a ‘boardwalk’, by which I assume Joe meant wooden steps. Not sure. At this time, there was a ravine where Canton is now.
3) The neighborhood was called ‘Liberty Project’ and not Beechview at that time.
4) The boardwalk fell into disrepair – and the mayor at the time – Pete Flaherty – came out to look at it. He said he would put in cement steps. Then he walked away – turned around and said ‘how about a street – I think you need a street, too.’ That was the birth of Canton Ave. Joe didn’t know what year that was, but it was Pete Flaherty and Joe mentioned that Caliguiri was council president at the time. So that would be somewhere close to 1977.
5) Once Canton was made, Joe dug out the hillside for his driveway. He still parks there now.
Joe has previously asked that Canton Ave be repaired (he drives it), but was told that no one in the city knows how to repair such a street anymore.”
2013-Nov-10 DD Training Ride, Ride Leader Jim Logan (Born to Climb)
Jim Logan’s Dirty Dozen Training series will feature a full run of all 13 climbs on Sunday, November 17th at 8AM (Golden Triangle Bike Rental off 2nd ave.)
All the climbs will be attempted in a final “dry run” before the actual event after Thanksgiving, Saturday November 30th
For detailed info on the Dirty Dozen Event, please see Danny Chew’s website: http://www.dannychew.com/dd.html
Mt. Davis – Saturday October 12th
We had about 15 riders for our Fall Edition of Mt. Davis. 5 WPW riders left at 9AM apparently (decided not to join our group for some reason or another) and the rest of us left at 10AM after breakfast at Sisters Cafe. We were joined by 2 members from Country Roads Cyclists from Morgantown WV for our usual WPW – CRC joint ride to Meyersdale and back. Fog/Mist/Rain and IFR conditions greeted us at the summit. Lunch in Meyersdale at the Sheetz and then back over the hill with some rain on the way back from the top. It was a good day to ride Mt. Davis!
Thanks to Ken Cushey for leading Hills are your Friends, now a club classic, yesterday. And for Shinji Kawauchi for sharing his photos on Facebook.
The picnic will be at Miller Grove in North Park from 1-3PM Please plan your 73 or 38 mile ride accordingly. SAG Service is available until 1PM. Everyone should be off the courses by 1PM. We would suggest that if you want a longer ride than 73 mile route offered to please consider the 200K on Saturday. Please contact Jim Logan if you are interested in the 200K event at firstname.lastname@example.org