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October Club Meeting Update

October 12, 2015
Blue Ridge Bicycles Approximately
20 in attendance

When the meeting was called to order, the following items were discussed:

Combined treasurer report: total $4,369

  • This meeting usually has a good turnout. Pizza was ordered and meeting was conducted while waiting for delivery.

  • Diane Walker presented a resolution to be submitted in conjunction with concerned homeowners of the White Post/ Morgan Ford area, concerning the development of the area, construction of new bridge, and increased traffic on narrow roads. (See resolution below.)

  • President Shawn Carrico recused himself from discussion and abstained from voting due to his leadership position with VHS.

  • After discussion it was decided to (Motion by Mike Perry seconded by Susan Walker) send the resolution signed from "members of the Winchester Wheelmen"; as some were opposed to signing individual names because of the complexity of the situation. Briefly, resolution is worded to ask Local Government to look into alternative options for reconstruction of unsafe bridge, preservation of historic land, traffic flow on narrow roads.

  • Current President Shawn Carrico asked for nominations for officers for 2016.

  • Robert Golightly prompted members present to first express interest in a position if they so had one. The following members expressed interest in these positions: o Jason Tressider, President o Ken Tenney, Vice President o Jonathon Hanson, Treasurer (Robert Golighlty also stated he could be treasurer but after discussion he will continue role as Ride Coordinator.) o Patricia Bacuros, Secretary

  • All were officially nominated and voting will be done at Banquet in November...nominations can still be added up to that point.

Morgan’s Ford Resolution

October 12, 2015

We, the Winchester Wheelmen, a membership organization representing 181 individuals, do hereby resolve that the site of Morgan’s Ford on the Shenandoah River in Warren County be preserved for its natural, scenic, and historic properties and its defacto use as a public park.
We resolve that the site of Smoke Town, just south of the river crossing, be preserved for its historic value as the location of a late-18th-century community comprised primarily of freed slaves.

We resolve that the Rockland Rural Historic District, one of the greatest concentrations of conservation easements and pastoral landscapes in the Shenandoah Valley, be preserved and protected.

Because of the concentration of conservation easements on the north side of the existing Morgan’s Ford Bridge, we ask that VDOT’s river crossing be moved to a location better suited to higher traffic volumes. A new bridge at the current site will not solve the long-term problem as the road north of the bridge cannot be easily straightened or widened. The roads north of the bridge are used on an almost daily basis by our membership as a beautiful place with low traffic volume to safely ride bicycles. Higher traffic volumes would greatly increase the risk of motor vehicle versus bicycle fatalities.


The Winchester Wheelmen

AppleCross 2015 Race Volunteers

Jon Hicks post this note to the WW Goolge Group on Monday, 02 Nov 2015:

Thanks to all of you who have volunteered to help at AppleCross, Winchester’s premier cyclocross event! Hosting a 2 day cyclocross event is a big undertaking and we could use a few more hands on deck for Saturday and Sunday, November 21-22. Please let me know if you can offer some assistance.

If you can only show up for a few hours at ONE point during the weekend, please do so on Sunday (11/22) afternoon at around 3:45pm. The last race ends at 4pm and after that comes the task of breaking down the course and packing up the equipment. With the race date being later in the year, that means we will have less than an hour of daylight to get it all done. The more people we have, the quicker it can happen.


Jon Hicks (

Seven Bends State Park

From club member Mark Hoyle: To Shawn and everyone at the Wheelmen meeting last night (14 Sept 2015), thank you for giving me the opportunity to share news about the new state park being built near Woodstock, Va: Seven Bends State Park. I will highlight some of the items from last night for anyone not able to hear me clearly or for those not attending. First of all, please allow me to introduce myself for those who I don't already know. My name is Mark Hoyle, a resident of the Winchester area for over 12 years. I have 2 sons, 12 and 14, who are budding mountain bikers. In fact, the older one helped me and Justin Larsen extensively when we were building many of the now closed trails at 3rd Winchester. I haven't been very involved with the Wheelmen, but with a change in my job situation that frees up some valuable time, I hope to become much more involved in the local biking community.

Now for the new Seven Bends State Park. This park will be 1,066 acres and lies on the western slope of Massanutten mountain, bordering the North Fork of the Shenandoah River. It also borders the Lee district of the GW National Forest which has 189,000 acres. The leadership from Andy Guest, including the individuals who fully support mountain biking and developed the trails there, are over the new park and fully support the mountain biking community. Locally, in Woodstock, a group named Friends of the North Fork of the Shenandoah is also very involved in developing the new park. They are also very supportive of mountain biking in the park and are particularly interested in the tourism this could bring to the town of Woodstock. In addition, the Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition (SVBC) out of Harrisonburg is involved in developing the trail network. It is important to point out that the SVBC has extensive experience in designing and building trails and working seamlessly with both state and federal agencies. They heavily involved IMBA in developing the trail networks on Massanutten's Western slopes outside Harrisonburg and connecting these trails, which are all on private property, to trails in the GW forest. If you ever want to get a sampling of their trails, let me know and we can take a quick trip to Harrisonburg. Finally, one of the key trail designing resources for IMBA lives in Harrisonburg and will be involved in the trail system development. This has the potential to become a very special place!

As of now, only some basic trails are being built. Once the leaves fall, Kyle Lawrence, President of the SVBC, will work with the state park leadership and Concha Mendoza from the Friends of the North Fork organization and IMBA to walk the property in depth, analyze trail building opportunities, and put together a long-term master plan for trails. The ultimate vision for these trails would be to develop a system of trails that climbs the mountainside in different fashions for differing riding styles and abilities. There will be easy, rolling trails by the river, moderate climbs dodging as much of the technical terrain as possible, more difficult technical climbs, fast swoop downhills, technical downhills and everything in between. The trails can cross between the state park and the national forest and will ultimately lead up the Massanutten trail and Woodstock Fire Tower. This will allow the rider to continue on the ridge ago connect with the Harrisonburg trails... truly an epic ride!

With Winchester only being 30 minutes away, roughly the same distance as Harrisonburg, Kyle, of the SVBC, asked me as a member of both bike clubs to reach out to the Winchester mountain biking crowd and gauge interest in participating in the planning, development, and building of the Seven Bends trail network in conjunction with the SVBC and the state park. Please let me know if you would like to participate, maybe we can all meet again and discuss possibilities, go for a ride with the SVBC crowd in Harrisonburg and let you see what is possible, and get a plan in place. In the meantime, showing interest to the state park matters. The link below allows you to sign up as a volunteer for trail building at the new park:{FD581D20-F481-483E-962F-BC8A768476ED} The trick here is that the new park is not yet on the list, so sign up for Andy Guest Shenandoah Park and follow the prompts. There will be a place where you can note that you want to volunteer for trail building at the Seven Bends State Park.

Also, the Friends of the North Fork are working to get the park ready and, as their name implies, are focusing on getting the river corridor ready. There is a river cleanup there October 10 being led by Concha Mendoza ( It would be a great way to get the opportunity to see the new park first hand and to start building some connections with the good people in Woodstock.

I can see, as can the people in Harrisonburg and Woodstock, the area becoming even more of a destination for mountain bikers with the proper development of the new Seven Bends State Park. Done right, it will draw visitors to stay in the Woodstock area hotels, eat in their restaurants and visit the micro-breweries opening there now. Hopefully this will then continue migrating north so that we truly turn the northern Shenandoah Valley into a great mountain biking destination. Please call or email me with any questions or let me know if you want to go for a ride!

Mark Hoyle, 540-247-6999,

AppleCross 2015

Jon Hicks seeking volunteers for AppleCross:
As you may or may not know, the date for Winchester AppleCross has been changed to November 21-22, 2015. YES, that’s two days instead of one! Based on the popularity of our race and the need to add an additional race to the Sportif Cross Cup series, we are expanding to a full weekend of cyclocross in the city.

November 21st will be race #6 of the Sportif Cross Cup series, which is the series that I am the director of. November 22 will again be part of the Super 8 series and will be race #7 of this long running series. We already have groups rates set up at the Hampton Inn beside the park as well as a new title sponsor in Subaru
4 of Winchester. This will surely be the biggest and best AppleCross event to date and we can certainly use your help.

I am planning a work/cleanup day on November 14th and will use the 15th as a rain date or if we need a little more time. Much of what will need done on that day is to clear the area where the course will run of nuts and glass. With the additional day, there will be some changes to the course between days so I expect to use some parts of the park that have never been used to date. These will need a good going over to ensure there is no glass around.

Race weekend will begin on Friday morning when we will be taping off the course and setting up for the weekend. There will be a big need for support on that day as we have LOTS to do in addition to simply running course tape along where the courses will travel.

On both race days (11/21-22), we will need to monitor any course crossings, support registration, repair broken tape along the course and being a runner between registrations of the officials. We’ll also need folks to help with the planned hot apple cider and roaring fire (let’s just hope it’s cool to really enjoy the fire!)

After racing is complete on Saturday (11/21), I will need a handful of people to repair the parts of the course to be used again on Sunday as well as connecting Sunday’s course. We will also use this time to remove the parts of Saturday’s course which will not be used on Sunday. I expect all of this to only take a few hours.

After racing is complete at 4pm on Sunday (11/22), it will be “ALL HANDS ON DECK” as we will need to break down the course and pack up the trailer (or trailers) as soon as possible so the next event can take the trailer to their location. Many of you know how much work there is and how quickly it goes with a large number of people. And, due to the time of year, we will be short on available light after the last race is completed at 4pm.

So this is the “official” call for volunteers. If you are able to assist during any of the times mentioned above, please respond directly to me at with the dates and times you will be available. To refresh your memory, the dates and times needed are below.

Thank you for your support in helping to make Winchester AppleCross the premiere event it has become.

Dates/Times needed:
November 14: 8:00am until finished or 5:00pm
November 15: Raindate for 11/14
November 20: 8:00am until finished
November 21: 7:00am - 5:30pm
November 22: 7:00am - 6:00pm
November 23: Course rehabilitation as needed

Jon Hicks
Sportif Coaching Group

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