BEARS Ride is a family-friendly ride that will be taking place on Saturday, August 15, 2015

http://bearsride.org/The BEARS Ride is a family-friendly ride that will be taking place on Saturday, August 15, 2015, and all courses will start and end at Shelbyville Middle School. Participants may start as early as 7:00 a.m. and have the option of riding 12 miles, 31 miles, or 53 miles. Routes are supported by 3 SAG stops as well as SAG drivers in trucks to pick up those rider with equipment issues. There will be a final SAG stop back at the school full of snacks, fruits, and drinks.

This year’s GOAT RIDE is set for Saturday, August 8th – 8:00 a.m. – Brown County State Park Nashville, IN

This year’s GOAT RIDE is set for Saturday, August 8th – 8:00 a.m. – Brown County State Park Nashville, IN

12-24-34-45 Mile Routes

Pre-Registration is only $25 and includes lunch and a cool coffee mug!

The GOAT Ride is the Greatest Of All Time (GOAT!)

http://www.energy2action.com

The GOAT Ride is a scenic, hilly cycling tour through the hills of Brown County! The ride starts at Brown County State Park in Nashville, Indiana. Routes are 12-25-34-45 miles. Cyclists can do 1, 2, 3 or all 4 routes! Riders who complete all four of the routes (116 miles) get their names on next year’s t-shirt. I believe a few of you from this group fall into that category! All the routes are marked and travel through BEAUTIFUL Brown County! Lunch is served to you in the shelter at Brown County State Park! Come join the fun!

VOLUNTEERS: We are always looking for volunteers from the local cycling group to help with the event! If you have interest in helping part of the day or all day on August 8th or Friday evening, August 7th, let me know. We need help with registration in the morning, food preparation in the morning, food serving for lunch, and a few people available to go out on the course if we have a pick up.

FRIDAY PACKET PICK UP & FRIDAY NIGHT RIDE:

We will have packet pick up at the Shelter the Friday afternoon/night before the ride and will be offering a BABY GOAT RIDE, 25-30 mile, marked, warm up route on Friday (no SAG provided on Friday). Mass start for the Friday ride is 5:00 p.m. Packet pick up and event day registration on Saturday will still take place in the morning from 6:30-9:00 a.m. of course!

ICE CREAM:

We have rented a soft serve ice cream machine! YUMMY!!!

HIDDEN GOATS:

There will be Ten 8×10 Goats out on the course – hidden in strange places! Bring in a Goat and collect and a prize or gift certificate from Gray Goat Sports! Sorry if you have to stop in the middle of a big hill or something to get it! We didn’t say it would be EASY!!!

6:30 A.M. START FOR 116 MILERS: We will be starting a group at 6:30 a.m. Saturday of people who want to complete the 116 miles (all 4 routes) and participate in a mass start. This is OPTIONAL – of course you can start later if you wish. The order of the routes for 116 mile riders who wish to participate in the mass start is The Witch (45), The Big Bear (34), The Firecracker (12) and The Baby Bear (25).

Custom T-shirts with the 116 mile names from all 5 years are $20.00 and can be ordered when you pre-register. We will have some t-shirts available at the event but can’t guarantee sizes/availability unless you pre-register!

Hope you can join us for a fun and challenging day of cycling!

More info and register at http://www.energy2action.com

Energy2Action, LLC

gretchen@energy2action.com

energy2action.com

Gretchen Morgan

Shelbyville, IN 46176

Cell – 317-604-8002

Hope Ride This Saturday, September 20, 2014 8am – www.hoperide.org

Hi Cyclists!

We are meeting in Hope at 8:00 a.m. this Saturday for The Hope Ride.

We meet in FRONT of the school on the SOUTH end of the school.  The distances offered are 12, 25, 50, 75, and 100.  You can still register on line at hoperide.org. Cost is $35.

If you register, please say you are on the team “Shelbyvelo” as the ride makes a donation to our local food pantry depending on how many riders we have registered.  I think you can sign up in person the day of the event also.

I’m not sure what distances or pace the people in our group will ride but we usually meet up for a group picture and then everyone just takes off at whatever pace or distance they are planning.

Hope to see you there!

Gretchen Morgan
Email:  gretchen@in-sightrealty.com

BEARS Ride (Bike Eat & Read Some). Saturday, October 11, at 8:00 a.m. in Shelbyville

Cycling Friends,

Kick off the Fall Cycling Season with one of Indiana’s most scenic Autumn Tours! It’s the BEARS Ride (Bike Eat And Read Some).

Saturday, October 11, at 8:00 a.m. in Shelbyville, “The City of Progress!” All proceeds go to Classroom Grants for the students of Shelbyville Middle School.

Tour highlights include the historic St. Paul Tavern, the Waldron Restaurant (Go Mohawks!), Lewis Creek Baptist Church and cemetery, two covered bridges in Rush County – Forsythe Mill Bridge built in 1888 and the Moscow Covered Bridge built in 1886/rebuilt in 2010 after being destroyed by a tornado, Amish Homesteads, and beautiful downtown St. Omer.

Ride begins and ends at Shelbyville Middle School. Enjoy full SAG Support, overloaded Rest Stops, lightly traveled roads, and friendly folks.

Brought to you by your friends at Hope Ride, The Girlfriend Ride, and The Honeysuckle Hundred!

By the way, Bears Ride Free!  However, all humans must pay.

Use discount code GOBEARS for Big Savings at http://www.bearsride.org

thebearsride@gmail.com

shelbyvelo Cycling Update: September 2-5, 2014

Hi Cyclists!

Roy and I have returned from South Dakota/Colorado and had a great time.  Sounds like we missed a hot week in Indiana!  Since we have been gone, I don’t have much news to report. We will continue with the weekly ride schedule through September. There are some good organized rides coming up that I have listed below.  Since the season is winding down this will be my last newsletter!  Boo-Hoo!  I know for some of you that brings a BIG SIGH OF RELIEF! haha!  Thanks to everyone for your participation in the group rides this summer!! As usual it’s been a blast and lots of fun!!

WEEKLY RIDES SCHEDULE:

  • MONDAY: 
    • 5:30 P.M.  Coulston Elementary School – 26 MILES – UNMARKED
  • TUESDAY: 
    • 5:00 P.M. Shelbyville High School (North Parking Lot) 34 Mile Hill route – marked
  • THURSDAY: 
    • 5:30 P.M.   Shelbyville High School (North Parking Lot) unmarked – route t/b/a
  • FRIDAY: 
    • 5:30 P.M.   Shelbyville High School (North Parking Lot) – Marked – 20 Miles flat and fast

JERSEYS:  Shelbyvelo jerseys/jackets are in Bloomington now (from Columbia) and I should have them in hand later this week. So for those of you that purchased a jersey and/or jacket – I will email when I have them and we can make arrangements to get them to you!!

SPOKES OF HOPE:  Sunday, September 7th.  31, 62 and 100 mile routes. Ride starts in Zionsville and is a cancer fundraiser.  http://www.spokesofhope.com

GRAN FONDO IN CARMEL ON SEPTEMBER 14TH:  This is a neat event in Carmel on September 14th!  http://www.rollfastfondo.com.  They are offering 25,60 and 100 mile routes.  These rides are chip timed so – although they don’t seem to be strongly selling the race aspect of the event – it would be a good test of your progress over the summer!!  It looks like last year was their first year for the event.  They offer SAG stops and a meal after the ride. This would be a fun day to get a group together to do one of the routes! Roy and I are registered along with a few others from Shelbyville and our friend, Heidi, from Ohio.

HOPE RIDE:  Saturday, September 20th – Shelbyvelo will once again be forming a team and Marsha is the captain!  When you register for the ride if you list “Shelbyvelo” as your team we can win $$ for our local Salvation Army!  http://www.hoperide.org

OTHER STUFF TO DO:
Check http://www.cibaride.org for weekend rides and other Indiana Cycling news!

There is a good website – http://www.brinin.org that lists rides all over the mid-west by month.

Gretchen Morgan
Email:  gretchen@in-sightrealty.com

shelbyvelo Cycling Update: August 18-22, 2014

Hi Cyclists! We had some cool weather last week but it looks like summer has returned! We had nice size groups at the training rides last week! The weekly training rides will continue through the month of September. There are several organized rides in August and September (listed below).

Kelsey and Chris were married on August 16th! Congratulations to them! They will share a lifetime of adventures! Roy and I are headed out to South Dakota and Colorado for vacation. I’ve been informed that the rides and Friday night party can and will continue without us!! The nerve! Surely, this can’t be true? The Marietta Fish Fry is this Friday night! That is one of my favorite anti-climactic events ever so I hope you can make that after the ride!!
It’s tradition!

Happy Tailwinds!!

WEEKLY RIDE SCHEDULE:

  • MONDAY:
    • 5:30 P.M. Coulston Elementary School – 26 MILES – UNMARKED
  • TUESDAY:
    • 5:00 P.M. Shelbyville High School (North Parking Lot) 34 Mile Hill route – marked
  • THURSDAY:
    • 5:30 P.M. Shelbyville High School (North Parking Lot) unmarked – route t/b/a
  • FRIDAY:
    • 5:30 P.M. Shelbyville High School (North Parking Lot) – Marked – 20 Miles flat and fast

JERSEYS: Shelbyvelo jerseys have been ordered and should arrive soon! We did have to order a few extras to make the minimum so I will have a few available after they arrive if you have interest.

TREE CITY ROLLING TOUR: Saturday, August 23rd. 13, 30 and 62 mile routes. This is a nice event in Greensburg, Indiana, that benefits the YMCA. http://www.treecityrollingtour.com

LION PRIDE RIDE: Saturday, August 30th. Franklin, Indiana. 10, 30 and 62 mile courses. Benefits the Lions Club. http://www.lionprideride.com

SPOKES OF HOPE: Sunday, September 7th. 31, 62 and 100 mile routes. Ride starts in Zionsville and is a cancer fundraiser. http://www.spokesofhope.com

GRAN FONDO IN CARMEL ON SEPTEMBER 14TH: This is a neat event in Carmel on September 14th! http://www.rollfastfondo.com. They are offering 25,60 and 100 mile routes. These rides are chip timed so – although they don’t seem to be strongly selling the race aspect of the event – it would be a good test of your progress over the summer!! It looks like last year was their first year for the event. They offer SAG stops and a meal after the ride. This would be a fun day to get a group together to do one of the routes! Roy and I are registered along with a few others from Shelbyville and our friend, Heidi, from Ohio.

HOPE RIDE: Saturday, September 20th – Shelbyvelo will once again be forming a team and Marsha is the captain! When you register for the ride if you list “Shelbyvelo” as your team we can win $$ for our local Salvation Army! http://www.hoperide.org
GENERAL INFORMATION:
Weekend rides are announced as they come up – sometimes we have maps – most times not. So if you plan to join in on a weekend ride and have not been to one of our rides you should email me for details regarding pace and route. Lots of folks start out with our group and then turn back early or do their own thing. If you are interested in a weekend ride you may want to let me know or check in with me via text or email unless you are normally in contact with me. We would recommend you get used to the group by attending the Tuesday and/or Friday night rides before attempting one of the longer weekend trips.

We keep attendance at the Tuesday, Thursday and Friday Night rides – winners receive prizes in October! I’ll send the weekly newsletter out on Mondays via email but you can also get the cycling news and attendance standings on the weekly rides on our website anytime: http://www.energy2action.com
OTHER STUFF TO DO:

Gretchen Morgan
Email: gretchen@in-sightrealty.com

http://www.energy2action.com

shelbyvelo Cycling Update: August 11-15, 2014

Hi Cyclists!

What a great weekend!  The Goat Ride in Nashville hosted record attendance and we had 63 people who finished all 4 routes!  Thanks to everyone who attended and a SPECIAL THANKS to our dear friends….(Ummmm…..we ARE still friends, right???)….that helped all day – Julie (voted Goat Maiden 2014 after overcoming a rough start with some early route marking mess ups!!), Elaine, Bill, Craig, Greg, Phil, Valarie, Scott, Stephen, Cherri and the Singing Ladies! Obviously, the whole production is a huge undertaking and takes many people working prior to event day and then ALL day on Saturday.  Stephen loaned us his trailer and it was FULL coming and going!  When we were loading up Bill even asked “Do you have everyone that does the ride bring something and LEAVE it here or WHAT?” – lol.  There is just SO MUCH STUFF!  What a great day and so nice to see everyone.  We marvel at your athleticism and your determination!!  The first riders in started at 6:30 a.m. and were done at 12:55 p.m.!!  Then throughout the day we watched riders coming in having completed their goal -sorta sweaty and dirty but with a big smile on their faces!  If you’ve done the ride you know that NONE of the routes are EASY – it is challenging but very beautiful and unusual!!  We had 63 people finish all four routes this year including one tandem and a recumbent.  I’ll have names of 116 milers and photos posted later this week!!

Training rides continue this week as listed below!!  The day time rides on Tuesday and Thursday have been discontinued since school started last week.  There are some events listed below in August and September that sound fun! Kelsey and Chris’ wedding is next Saturday, August 16th!

One quick funny story – My daughter and her husband live in Boulder, Colorado, and the Boulder Ironman was there last weekend.  The 18 mile marker on the run was located right beside their apartment on the running trail so they were standing there watching. There were some port-a-pots there for the athletes and suddenly a guy burst out of one and looked at them and said “What’s going on here?”.  They said, “You’re in the Ironman.  Go that way!”.  He just solemnly nodded and took off running.   lol.

WEEKLY RIDE SCHEDULE:

  • MONDAY:
    • 5:30 P.M.  Coulston Elementary School – 26 MILES – UNMARKED
  • TUESDAY:
    • 5:00 P.M. Shelbyville High School (North Parking Lot) 34 Mile Hill route – marked
  • THURSDAY:
    • 5:30 P.M.   Shelbyville High School (North Parking Lot) unmarked – route t/b/a
  • FRIDAY:
    • 5:30 P.M.   Shelbyville High School (North Parking Lot) – Marked – 20 Miles flat and fast

 

JERSEYS:   Shelbyvelo jerseys have been ordered and should arrive soon!  We did have to order a few extras to make the minimum so I will have a few available after they arrive if you have interest.

TREE CITY ROLLING TOUR:  Saturday, August 23rd.  13, 30 and 62 mile routes.  This is a nice event in Greensburg, Indiana, that benefits the YMCA.  http://www.treecityrollingtour.com

LION PRIDE RIDE:  Saturday, August 30th.  Franklin, Indiana.  10, 30 and 62 mile courses.  Benefits the Lions Club.  http://www.lionprideride.com

GRAN FONDO IN CARMEL ON SEPTEMBER 14TH:  This is a neat event in Carmel on September 14th!  http://www.rollfastfondo.com.  They are offering 25,60 and 100 mile routes.  These rides are chip timed so – although they don’t seem to be strongly selling the race aspect of the event – it would be a good test of your progress over the summer!!  It looks like last year was their first year for the event.  They offer SAG stops and a meal after the ride. This would be a fun day to get a group together to do one of the routes! Roy and I are registered along with a few others from Shelbyville and our friend, Heidi, from Ohio.

HOPE RIDE:  Saturday, September 20th – Shelbyvelo will once again be forming a team and Marsha is the captain!  When you register for the ride if you list “Shelbyvelo” as your team we can win $$ for our local Salvation Army!  http://www.hoperide.org

GENERAL INFORMATION:
Weekend rides are announced as they come up – sometimes we have maps –  most times not.  So if you plan to join in on a weekend ride and have not been to one of our rides you should email me for details regarding pace and route.  Lots of folks start out with our group and then turn back early or do their own thing. If you are interested in a weekend ride you may want to let me know or check in with me via text or email unless you are normally in contact with me.  We would recommend you get used to the group by attending the Tuesday and/or Friday night rides before attempting one of the longer weekend trips.

We keep attendance at the Tuesday, Thursday and Friday Night rides – winners receive prizes in October!  I’ll send the weekly newsletter out on Mondays via email but you can also get the cycling news and attendance standings on the weekly rides on our website anytime:  http://www.energy2action.com

OTHER STUFF TO DO:
Check http://www.cibaride.org for weekend rides and other Indiana Cycling news!

There is a good website – http://www.brinin.org that lists rides all over the mid-west by month.

Gretchen Morgan
Email:  gretchen@in-sightrealty.com

http://www.energy2action.com

shelbyvelo Cycling Update: August 4-8, 2014

Hi Cyclists!

Good training rides through the week last week!  The weekend was beautiful!  We had 8 riders on Sunday and it was just a PERFECT day.  No wind, warm – We ended up going through a small town called “Rugby” that none of us had been to before.  We were somewhere around Hope.  Ended with 50 miles.  Several people competed in the Mass Avenue Crit on Saturday.  Valarie, Ryan, Freddie and Stephen that I know of….and I think all fared well. The State Time Trial was in Kokomo on Sunday.  At the 40K time trial it is the ultimate goal to come in under 1 hour (or 25 mph average).  Stephen had a PR of 56:30.   Jay fell short of 1 hour by less than a minute!  Since that is the only time trial he does per year he has to live with that now for 364 days.  lol.   He just has the HARRIEST LEGS and he read somewhere that shaving your legs (HIS especially!) can really truly make a difference in your speed/watts spent in a time trial.  So he shaved his legs for this TT – and wow – I mean, I had been waiting for that day for SO LONG!  The hair on his legs was so LONG it would like GET ON YOU during a ride if you got within a foot of his legs.  It blew in the breeze.  Now it haunts me.  You just can’t help but wonder what happened to all that hair after it was…..off him?  Is it down the drain somewhere or in a trash bag?  WHAT?  It was a LIKE A LOT OF HAIR!  Where is it now?  I don’t ever want to see that hair again.

Routes are marked for The Goat Ride this weekend!  Julie and I were back in Brown County on Wednesday and all went well.  ZERO mistakes this time!!  I finally figured out I shouldn’t EVER say “left” “right” or “south” or anything like that. I just need to point with my hand and say “THAT WAY” and everything was good!  But there were other issues.  Brown County is….ummmmm……RURAL…..let’s say.  Like the sales of “No Trespassing” signs in Brown County is higher per capita than anywhere in the country.  Every person in Brown County owns at least two “No Trespassing” signs.  And, unfortunately, Julie and I aren’t able to fully abide or follow the “No Trespassing” suggestion while duly carrying out and performing our duties as Goat Ride Route Markers.  One thing – people down there drive like MANIACS and the roads are curvy and hilly.

The typical driver is airborne at least twice on their daily drive home from work – geesh – we’ve often thought how IRONIC it’s gonna be someday when we are run over by a beat up black Ford pick up truck with no muffler and a “Get ‘Er Done” bumper sticker while we’re in the process of writing “CAUTION” and “SLOW” on the road.  I mean wouldn’t that just FIGURE?  Like if all we wrote before the accident was “C-A-U-T” and then there’s nothing.  lol.  Anyway, to avoid some of the traffic drama and possible death we sometimes have to venture into areas, driveways, woods, etc. that have the “No Trespassing” suggestion posted.  It’s just part of the job.  We were in a driveway off Lanham Ridge Road on Wednesday.  We get back in the Jeep to leave and we notice a sign that says “Get In.  Shut Up.  And Hold On.”.  Okay.  Now, in the proper context I can see how that sign could maybe be SOMEWHAT appropriate.  OK?  But it was posted on a SHED.  Like a WOOD SHED?!?!?!  We didn’t like that.  Lol.  We looked at each other –  first alarmed and then disgusted!  We made the exact same “YUK” face.  Some guy in a sleeveless wife beater t-shirt was waving to us through a busted up screen door in the house.  It was just creepy and gross.  We’re not going in.  We’re not shutting up and we’re DEFINITELY NOT HOLDING ON to anything….or anyone…or WHATEVER.  Ewww….  Oh my gosh.

Come join us for The Goat Ride this weekend! We have a Friday thing going on this year!  Packet pick up is at the shelter from 3:00-7:00 p.m. Friday.   We are doing a group ride at 4:00 p.m. on Friday – it is a 25 miler, marked route that goes south of the park. Then HOPEFULLY dinner after 7:00 at Big Woods Brewery (or somewhere).  Saturday will be fun!  We are doing a mass start at 6:30 a.m. for those who want to do the 116 miles and participate in the mass start – but other people can register anywhere from 6:30-9:00 a.m. and do whatever route (s) they wish. Good lunch planned and the soft serve ice cream machine!  Fun!!  If you haven’t registered yet you can do so on Friday from 3:00-7:00 p.m. or Saturday 6:30-9:00 a.m.

JERSEYS:   Shelbyvelo jerseys have been ordered and should arrive in 4-6 weeks.  We did have to order a few extras to make the minimum so I will have a few available after they arrive if you have interest.

THE GOAT RIDE:  Saturday, August 9th, Brown County State Park, Nashville, Indiana.  Our own GOAT RIDE!!  The Greatest of All Time!   We offer 4 routes – 12, 25, 34 and 45 miles.  Riders can do one, two, three or all four routes!  Those who complete all four routes (116 miles) get their names on next year’s t-shirt!  This ride is in it’s 5th year and has really grown.  Lots of fun!
We have a soft serve ice cream machine rented!  That’s going to be fun!   Also, we are hiding 10 8 x 10 Goats out on the course for riders to pick up along the course to bring in for prizes!  We are doing a mass start at 6:30 a.m. this year for riders who want to try and complete all 4 routes and wish to start together.  Also – a 25 mile Friday night ride and packet up pick up the night before!   More info and registration at:  http://www.energy2action.com

Check out this year’s Goat Jersey! SO COOL!  http://www.energy2action.com/GoatJersey.jpg

TREE CITY ROLLING TOUR:  Saturday, August 23rd.  13, 30 and 62 mile routes.  This is a nice event in Greensburg, Indiana, that benefits the YMCA.  http://www.treecityrollingtour.com

LION PRIDE RIDE:  Saturday, August 30th.  Franklin, Indiana.  10, 30 and 62 mile courses.  Benefits the Lions Club.  http://www.lionprideride.com

GRAN FONDO IN CARMEL ON SEPTEMBER 14TH:  This is a neat event in Carmel on September 14th!  http://www.rollfastfondo.com.  They are offering 25,60 and 100 mile routes.  These rides are chip timed so – although they don’t seem to be strongly selling the race aspect of the event – it would be a good test of your progress over the summer!!  It looks like last year was their first year for the event.  They offer SAG stops and a meal after the ride. This would be a fun day to get a group together to do one of the routes! Roy and I are registered along with a few others from Shelbyville and our friend, Heidi, from Ohio.

HOPE RIDE:  Saturday, September 20th – Shelbyvelo will once again be forming a team and Marsha is the captain!  When you register for the ride if you list “Shelbyvelo” as your team we can win $$ for our local Salvation Army!  http://www.hoperide.org

WEEKLY RIDE SCHEDULE:

  • MONDAY:
    • 5:30 P.M.  Coulston Elementary School – 26 MILES – UNMARKED
  • TUESDAY:
    • 1:00 P.M. Circle in Shelbyville – unmarked – route t/b/a
    • 5:00 P.M. Shelbyville High School (North Parking Lot) 34 Mile Hill route – marked
  • THURSDAY:
    • 10:30 A.M. Circle in Shelbyville – unmarked – route t/b/a
    • 5:30 P.M.   Shelbyville High School (North Parking Lot) unmarked – route t/b/a
  • FRIDAY:
    • 5:30 P.M.   Shelbyville High School (North Parking Lot) – Marked – 20 Miles flat and fast

GENERAL INFORMATION:
Weekend rides are announced as they come up – sometimes we have maps –  most times not.  So if you plan to join in on a weekend ride and have not been to one of our rides you should email me for details regarding pace and route.  Lots of folks start out with our group and then turn back early or do their own thing. If you are interested in a weekend ride you may want to let me know or check in with me via text or email unless you are normally in contact with me.  We would recommend you get used to the group by attending the Tuesday and/or Friday night rides before attempting one of the longer weekend trips.

We keep attendance at the Tuesday, Thursday and Friday Night rides – winners receive prizes in October!  I’ll send the weekly newsletter out on Mondays via email but you can also get the cycling news and attendance standings on the weekly rides on our website anytime:  http://www.energy2action.com

OTHER STUFF TO DO:

 

Gretchen Morgan

Email:  gretchen@in-sightrealty.com

http://www.energy2action.com

shelbyvelo Cycling Update: July 28-August 1, 2014

Hi Cyclists!

More cool weather and nice riding conditions!  I can’t keep up with everyone’s races and accomplishments – I know, hard to believe!  If I miss you, you should be talking to me more!!  Anyway, our new friend from Rainstorm, Heidi Marshall (I call her Heidi Ho and that seems to be going over ok for now. lol), won her age group in the Ohio State Time Trial on Sunday.  Our little Kelsey pulled out a 1st place age group place and was only 10 minutes off third overall in the Route 66 Half Iron Man on Saturday in Illinois!  She said it was a tough day somewhat with white caps on the swim and some wind on the bike.

We had well attended training rides last week.  Tuesday was a good group for hill night. Roy and I rode the tandem. Sorry about the constant bickering.  It takes about 10 hours ride time on the tandem before he can beat me down and make me give up hope on having any say or opinion about anything.  lol.  I’m so glad I write the newsletter! hahahaha!   Thursday we had a BIG group – probably our biggest group all summer.  We did the North route.  Some of us turned off early but I hear the front group was working pretty hard!  Friday – Stephen Strayer from Carmel and two of his friends, Brian and John, came down to ride (and deliver a trailer we are borrowing for The Goat Ride – thanks so much!).  Their attendance to the ride livened things up and set a new Strava average for the course from the top runners – 25.7 mph!  Later as I was emailing with Stephen he said next time he thought the group should go for a 27 mph average….I told Roy…..Response:  “WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED TO 26???”.  Lol.  I’m not sure at what age Roy and I started to try and figure out how to do LESS rather than MORE???  You’ll all be there someday, you KIDS!

Julie and I started marking routes for The Goat Ride last Wednesday in Brown County! I’m pretty sure I’m going to be taking APPLICATIONS for a new route marking partner SOON!  I mean – SERIOUSLY – how can she mess up that many times?  Then she desperately tries to tell me she does it on purpose cause she thinks it makes it more fun?  I’m going to see how she does this week but her job is on the line, I’m telling you.  I mean when you have to buy as much black paint as you do yellow paint there is a PROBLEM!

The Sled is in the hospital.  He developed some blood clots in his legs that traveled up and settled in both lungs.  He’s ok – on a blood thinner and when his blood gets thinned down enough (hopefully today or tomorrow?) he will go home and hopefully the clots will work themselves out in the next 6 months.  He will be able to work, etc. but I’m sure no strenuous exercise…..Roy and I went to see him Saturday night.  He seems fine but a little cranky.  lol. He was saying bad words.  Phil knows a nurse at the hospital who is very attractive and persuaded her to go into the The Sled hospital room last Friday and say a sponge bath had been ordered!  This nearly worsened his condition I hear!! haha!

JERSEYS:   Shelbyvelo jerseys have been ordered and should arrive in 4-6 weeks.  We did have to order a few extras to make the minimum so I will have a few available after they arrive if you have interest.

THE GOAT RIDE:  Saturday, August 9th, Brown County State Park, Nashville, Indiana.  Our own GOAT RIDE!!  The Greatest of All Time!   We offer 4 routes – 12, 25, 34 and 45 miles.  Riders can do one, two, three or all four routes!  Those who complete all four routes (116 miles) get their names on next year’s t-shirt!  This ride is in it’s 5th year and has really grown.  Lots of fun!
We have a soft serve ice cream machine rented!  That’s going to be fun!   Also, we are hiding 10 8 x 10 Goats out on the course for riders to pick up along the course to bring in for prizes!  We are doing a mass start at 6:30 a.m. this year for riders who want to try and complete all 4 routes and wish to start together.  Also – a 25 mile Friday night ride and packet up pick up the night before!   More info and registration at:  http://www.energy2action.com
Check out this year’s Goat Jersey! SO COOL!  http://www.energy2action.com/GoatJersey.jpg

TREE CITY ROLLING TOUR:  Saturday, August 23rd.  13, 30 and 62 mile routes.  This is a nice event in Greensburg, Indiana, that benefits the YMCA.  http://www.treecityrollingtour.com

LION PRIDE RIDE:  Saturday, August 30th.  Franklin, Indiana.  10, 30 and 62 mile courses.  Benefits the Lions Club.  http://www.lionprideride.com

GRAN FONDO IN CARMEL ON SEPTEMBER 14TH:  This is a neat event in Carmel on September 14th!  http://www.rollfastfondo.com.  They are offering 25,60 and 100 mile routes.  These rides are chip timed so – although they don’t seem to be strongly selling the race aspect of the event – it would be a good test of your progress over the summer!!  It looks like last year was their first year for the event.  They offer SAG stops and a meal after the ride. This would be a fun day to get a group together to do one of the routes! Roy and I are registered along with a few others from Shelbyville and our friend, Heidi, from Ohio.

HOPE RIDE:  Saturday, September 20th – Shelbyvelo will once again be forming a team and Marsha is the captain!  When you register for the ride if you list “Shelbyvelo” as your team we can win $$ for our local Salvation Army!  http://www.hoperide.org

WEEKLY RIDE SCHEDULE:

  • MONDAY:
    • 5:30 P.M.  Coulston Elementary School – 26 MILES – UNMARKED
  • TUESDAY:
    • 1:00 P.M. Circle in Shelbyville – unmarked – route t/b/a
    • 5:00 P.M. Shelbyville High School (North Parking Lot) 34 Mile Hill route – marked
  • THURSDAY:
    • 10:30 A.M. Circle in Shelbyville – unmarked – route t/b/a
    • 5:30 P.M.   Shelbyville High School (North Parking Lot) unmarked – route t/b/a
  • FRIDAY:
    • 5:30 P.M.   Shelbyville High School (North Parking Lot) – Marked – 20 Miles flat and fast

GENERAL INFORMATION:
Weekend rides are announced as they come up – sometimes we have maps –  most times not.  So if you plan to join in on a weekend ride and have not been to one of our rides you should email me for details regarding pace and route.  Lots of folks start out with our group and then turn back early or do their own thing. If you are interested in a weekend ride you may want to let me know or check in with me via text or email unless you are normally in contact with me.  We would recommend you get used to the group by attending the Tuesday and/or Friday night rides before attempting one of the longer weekend trips.

We keep attendance at the Tuesday, Thursday and Friday Night rides – winners receive prizes in October!  I’ll send the weekly newsletter out on Mondays via email but you can also get the cycling news and attendance standings on the weekly rides on our website anytime:  http://www.energy2action.com

OTHER STUFF TO DO:
Check http://www.cibaride.org for weekend rides and other Indiana Cycling news!

There is a good website – http://www.brinin.org that lists rides all over the mid-west by month.

Gretchen Morgan
Email:  gretchen@in-sightrealty.com

http://www.energy2action.com