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2015 Kent County Spring Fling
Kent County Spring Fling was held at Washington College in Chestertown, MD. We had bright and sunny weather everyday. Riders had a choice of 30 rides varying from 11 miles to 109 miles. We had 244 participants including several tandem and recumbent riders. Rides went to Rock Hall, C & D Canal, Tuckahoe State Park, and Centreville, but Spring Fling is not just about great rides. Riders love the great food and events such as the Ice Cream Social, Cordial and Dessert Party; Blue Grass music and square dancing; the informal happy hours; plus the chance to take part in the Tea Party Festivities in town. Riders and participants can watch reinactments of the Colonials attacking a British ship and throwing tea overboard as well as a parade and raft race. Select this link for more photos from 2015 Spring Fling. Registration for Kent County Spring Fling 2016 will open on Jan. 1, 2016.
Follow Greg Conderacci's Two-Week Tour
Beginning May 17, 2015, BBC member Greg Conderacci will be riding Elite PACTour, which boasts it’s “the toughest two-week tour in the world.” For riders who’ve always dreamed about riding across the country but never had the time, this coast-to-coast dash takes only 18 days. Greg will be blogging about his preparation for the journey and plans to blog from the ride as well. He will be using the ride to raise money for Our Daily Bread. To find out more, see Greg's article. Greg as plnpGreg will be blogging about my preparation for the ride as well as blogging from the ride. So, for sadistic BBC members who like to watch others suffer, the link will be: blog.goodgroundconsulting.com. will be blogging about my preparation for the ride as well as blogging from the ride. So, for sadistic BBC members who like to watch others suffer, the link will be: blog.goodgroundconsulting.com. will be blogging about my preparation for the ride as well as blogging from the ride. So, for sadistic BBC members who like to watch others suffer, the link will be: blog.goodgroundconsulting.com.
BBC Spring Social
Despite an exceptionally frigid winter, BBC riders are optimistic about upcoming spring and summer cycling events. On March 21, BBC members gathered at the Cockeysville Volunteer Fire Company to socialize and plan for this year's adventures. Read a summary of the Spring Social to learn more.
Spring Break Out
Need some motivation to get out on the road again? Check out Bob Wagner's ride report from his recent ramble out to Mt. Airy. According to Bob, "I think all of us on this ride were happy to get out of the house and stretch out on a long ride in the country and this fit the bill. " Are you ready to launch your own spring break out? Dust off your bike and check out the BBC ride schedule.
This year 129 BBC members came to the Awards/Election Annual Membership Meeting. This event honors our dedicated volunteers who make the BBC the great club it is. As always we had the opportunity to socialize and talk to members whom we hadn't seen for awhile. The ambiance of a cozy fire in a rustic ski lodge, combined with a delicious dinner catered by Bear Bros, added a festive touch to the evening. The bicycle centerpieces, handmade by Jayne Parks Ridgely, dressed up the tables.
The Club recognized our outgoing 2014 Board Members, Event Leaders, and Ride Coordinators. The BBC elected our new Executive Board Members, and President Ed Cahill then introduced them. The event brochure lists the evening's highlights and 2014 Civil War Century volunteers were commended for their efforts.
President Ed Cahill announced the 2014 Award Recipients: Hall of Fame - Bud Lippert; Wayne Rogers Award - Becky Smith; and Barb Park Award - Renee Rees. A delicious dessert capped off the meal, and people enjoyed the evening, as seen in photos from the event. We hope to see you at our early spring Social on March 21 and the BBC's Awards/Election Dinner on Nov 21.
Evolution of the Instructional Ride Series
During the November 15, 2014 BBC End of Season Celebration and Awards Dinner, Gary Brandon shared how the instructional ride series has evolved over the past thirty years. Pictured are BBC members Gordon Peltz (left) and Howard Kaplon (right), leaders of the ride series since 1985. Learn more about the series by reading Gary's speech. Photos taken by John Isaacs.
2014 BBC Ride Leaders