July Announcements


  • WPW jerseys and vests: With the newly designed logo, we have been working with Primal to create new club jerseys and vests.  These can be ordered online from now until July 13, 2017 at midnight MST at which point the online store closes.  Here are the details:
    • Each member will pay for their garments at the time of ordering. Mens-cut or womens-cut jerseys are $70 and vests are $66.
    • These are custom jerseys and take time for Primal to produce.  
    • The club will get a bulk delivery just prior to Fall Rally in early September.  
    • This single bulk delivery option saves each member and the club a $10 per item shipping charge as shipping is free for this single bulk delivery method.
    • If you have led (or plan to lead) 5+ rides this year, please contact me about special ordering instructions as a ride leader appreciation.
    To place an order, please follow the link below to create an account or login if you already have an account with Primal Custom Pro.
    Create an account at Primal Custom Pro

    You must place your order before the store closes. Your team store will close on: (@ midnight 7/13). If you have any questions please contact Primal customer service at 800-275-6953 or one of the WPW Board members.

  • Mt Davis ride rescheduled
  • Save the date (Sun Aug 13): Rough Diamond Century (mixed surface) and 25-mile trail ride 
  • June summary: Thirty-one cyclists of all ages, including several children, enjoyed a beautiful summer day on the Squirrel Hill Sunday bike ride with the Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee.  Other June highlights include the Spring Rally and WPW members traveling to Bike Virginia and the Garrett County Gran Fondo.
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June Announcements

The Spring Picnic and Bike ride took place last weekend on a picture-perfect day.  We are planning a similar event for the Fall Picnic on September 9 that will include road routes and trail options.
Some of you may know Danny Chew, there is a fundraiser for him on Saturday June 17.
The WPW Board has finalized the logo and jersey designs.  We are working towards kit items to offer and online ordering information will be announced soon with a deadline to order by early July so that we can have orders delivered by the Fall Rally.
WPW members enjoyed a bike ride to West Virginia led by Chuck.  The views were absolutely amazing.  And as promised, the roads had almost no traffic and there were plenty of hills!  To get a sense of what we got to experience, check out the video summary.
In addition to our regular weekly rides on the WPW calendar, please take note of the rides listed below.  Want to see a certain kind of ride on the calendar?  Drop me an email and we can try to coordinate it.
Best regards,
Squirrel Hill Sunday Bicycle Ride (D/E level 3 miles)

Date:Sunday, June 18, 2017
Meeting Place:  Corner of Beacon Street and Murray Avenue
Meeting Time:8:00 AM

Ride-Time:8:30-9:30 AM

Western PA Wheelmen, in cooperation with the Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition’s Bicycle-Pedestrian Committee, announces a Squirrel Hill Sunday Bicycle Ride:  A leisurely roll through the neighborhood, for everyone!
Note:  The Squirrel HIll Farmers Market, in the public parking lot between Beacon and Bartlett Streets very near the start and finish of the ride, will be operating from 9:00 AM-1:00 PM on June 18.  Riders are encouraged to take advantage of this exciting market after the ride.
Oil Region Cycling Classic 
Date: June 16-18, 2017
10+ WPW members are driving up to Franklin PA for the Bike/Blues,BBQ Festival. It is 130 miles over 3 days. One day involves a kayak paddle and bike ride, and one day is a train ride and bike ride.
Garrett County Gran Fondo (B to C depending on route / 1 / 25-125 options)
Date:  June 24, 2017
Several WPW members are driving down to McHenry, MD for this non-WPW event.  We’re staying in suite-style dorm rooms on Friday night.  There are two rooms available; if you’re interested let me know.  The rental rate for the dorm room including tax is $71.50.

Mt. Davis Ride (B to C / 1 / 54, with other options)
Date:  Saturday July 1

Meeting Place:  Confluence Town Square (corner of Hugart and Logan Pl)
Meeting Time:  9:00 AM for optional breakfast at Sister’s Cafe

Ride-Time:  10:00 AM 
Description:  Ride to the highest elevation in Pennsylvania twice!  This route is a 54-mile road ride out and back to Meyersdale via the Mt. Davis summit (twice).  There are also the options of riding the Great Allegheny Passage back to Confluence if once up Mt. Davis is enough for you or starting right on the GAP and avoiding Mt. Davis altogether!
Carpool Info:  Consider sharing a ride with another WPW member.  You can coordinate on the facebook page.

WPW 2017 Updates and Call for Volunteers

I hope you all got to enjoy the 60 degree day we had on Thursday!  It got me looking forward to the 2017 cycling season.

First looking back on the 2016 season, I would like to thank the 2016 leadership team for their great work organizing WPW traditions, but also making strides moving the club forward with the establishment of a Ride with GPS account, updated webpage, expanding the number of rides all around the region, and taking steps to a new club logo and jersey design. In particular I would like to individually thank and recognize the following club members:
  • Steph Burch for leading the Dirty Dozen Training rides and providing invaluable advice for climbing those hills
  • Bob Vano, who served as a Ride Captain in 2016 and helped to organize the very successful Fall and Spring Rallies
  • Jim Logan who has organized the Icicle Bicycle and Ride of Silence for many years.
It is the volunteers like these that make the club what is.  We have several volunteer opportunities and vacancies this year and you can help!  
Our first WPW Board Business Meeting of the year will take place on Tues Jan 31 at 7:30pm at Claddaugh Irish Pub, 407 Cinema Dr, Pittsburgh, PA 15203 (with an optional dinner and/or drink starting at 6:30.  Find the menu and pricing here.) The agenda includes:
  •     Treasurer and membership report
  •     2016 Rider Milage and Survey report
  •     Icicle Bicycle recap
  •     Volunteer vacancies and opportunities
  •     Jersey and new logo update
  •     BikePGH report
  •     Fall and Spring Rally planning
  •     Car-pooling to out of town rides (e.g. Pedal the Lakes, Mon Valley Century, etc.)
  •     Other 2017 season planning
All members are welcome to attend the board meeting  (and pre-meeting gathering).  If you cannot make the board meeting and are interested in volunteering, please email us.
Finally, I would like to introduce to you the other 2017 WPW Officers and Board:
Vice President:  Sarah Quesen
Treasurer: Bryan Schmersal
Secretary: De’Anna Caligiuri
Board Members:

  • Al Gaburri
  • Dave Bialoksky
  • Dave Lampe (Pittsburgh Randonneurs)
  • Dave Kasperek
  • Kim Brumbaugh (Membership)
  • Jim Logan
  • Mikhail Evstiounin
We welcome any comments or suggestions as well as your volunteer time to improve the club.
Best regards,
Monica VanDieren
WPW President

WPW 2017

Happy New Year!

We continued our tradition of starting the new year with Icicle Bicycle beginning at REI in Southside Works.  Over 100 riders braved the cold and Steelers’ fans for a ride around town, and several met up at Claddaugh after the ride for socializing, food, and beer.

January 1st also marked the start of the new slate of officers and board members.  We are excited to build on the traditions of the club.  Please follow the link below to report your milage for 2016 and answer a few questions about the club and how we can better serve the needs of the community.

WPW in 2017

Happy New Year!

Keeping with tradition, we kicked off the new year with Icicle Bicycle starting near the REI in Southside Works on January 1.  Nearly 100 cyclists braved the cold and the Steelers’ Fans for a 20+ mile ride around the city.  Several cyclists met afterwards at Claddaugh for some socializing, food, and beer.

Beginning January 1 the newly elected officers and board took over.  We are excited to build on the traditions of the club.  Please follow the link below to report your milage for 2016 and answer a few questions about the club and how we can better serve the needs of the community.

WPW 2016 Mileage and Survey

We’ll be holding our first board meeting of the year soon and would love to take your input into consideration while planning out events for the year. Stay tuned.


2016 WPW Ride Season Begins

Welcome all WPW Members,

I am looking forward to riding with you this season.  Because of our mild winter riding has already started.  I see new rides being posted on our calendar daily.  This is terrific!
In the coming days please look for a message from me with an invitation to join our new RideWithGPS Club page.  RideWithGPS Club is a new member-only benefit to help us organize, schedule, and lead rides.
To show appreciation for the hard work and dedication of scheduling and leading rides the club would like to extend a free 2017 membership to any current member for leading 5 or more rides this season.  Rides must be scheduled using our WPW calendar and all the rules for leading rides must be followed including timeliness, courtesy to new riders, safety, following all rules of the road, and using our sign-in sheet with a club insurance liability waiver.
We recognize that people choose to join a club based on the types of rides that fit their schedules, needs, and abilities.  If you don’t find the exact ride you are looking for please consider becoming a ride leader.  Our volunteer efforts have increased this year but we need your help to run our club.  Please consider volunteering your time to help us help you become the rider you would like to be.
There has been a renewed interest in our club and its relationship to our community.  Please look for a email message from me in the next few days asking you to participate in a poll about the club.  We will use this data to help guide the club in the future by finding out what our members opinions are.
Have a great season and I look forward to seeing everyone out there!

Icycle Bicycle 2016

Meet at South Side Works near REI nominally at 10:45 AM, with the ride leaving at 11 AM.

Please arrive early.

Exact route and distance depends on weather conditions.

A baseline route is here: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/6623296 .
From South Side Works ride to the Western End Bridge, then through the North Shore area to the 16th Street Bridge. Then along Penn.

Others are welcome to lead longer variations – up the Allegheny – Down the Ohio – Up Mount Washington – whatever suits you and you are willing to lead.

This year we will stay on Penn to the end of the bike lane and cut through Market Square. and then back to the South Side.

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. An event of the Western Pennsylvania Wheelmen (WPW). All are welcome. Even you. Really.

Icycle Bicycle is now a WPW club tradition spanning decades.

Friends and WPW club members, Hofbräuhaus was good for lunch last year ad hoc, so let’s do that again.



WPW Fall Rally – Come ride with us – September 27th

Sunday, September 27th, 2015 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 Sunday, September 27th 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 aagaburri52@gmail.com for questions or concerns.  *New optional 50 mile route
40 mile route: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/5175045
*50 mile route: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/9514767
60 mile route: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/5176677