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Club news

March Club Meeting
The March club meeting was held at El Centro restaurant on March 10th, 2015. Minutes kindly provided by Secretary, Charmaine Shaw.

7th Annual Shenandoah Valley Heritage Ride to support the Boys and Girls Club of Northern Shenandoah Valley. Heather Foreman of Boys and Girls club spoke about the event in June. Please contact Mike Perry about sponsoring a rider, bikes, and practice rides this spring. (There will be about 8 rider/bike already sponsored by Ed Duncan. ) Heather states website for enrollment should be easier to use this year. Buffalo Wild Wings and ice cream at end of ride for riders. There should be local police support for major intersections.

  • Robert Golightly gave update on Maine trip. There are two spots available. Contact him for more information at:
  • Brian Straightiff, with approval of club members present, is moving forward with club jerseys for 2015. More info to follow soon.
  • Members discussed the length of time that ghost bike should stay in place. Tentatively to remain up through March then taken down.
  • Needed - team captains for MS 150 and practice rides.

2015 Membership Renewal

If you didn’t receive this newsletter via e-mail, it may be because you haven’t renewed for the new year. Dues are on a calendar year basis. Please fill out the form available at the WW website for membership renewal in 2015. Membership fees for all club members are $15, whether submitting as an individual or as a family. (Please note any e-mail or physical mailing address changes.)

7th Annual Shenandoah Valley Heritage Ride

7th Annual Shenandoah Valley Heritage Ride to support the Boys and Girls Club of Northern Shenandoah Valley will be held on Sunday, June 7th. The ride will be through the historic countryside of the Shenandoah Valley. Our ride begins in Winchester and rolls through Frederick County where you will be surrounded by Civil War history at every turn. This is a self-paced ride for everyone from the recreational to the serious cyclist.

Distance: There will be ride routes from 10, 30, 50, or 70 miles.
Where: All Routes will start and finish at Valley Health Wellness & Fitness Center, 401 Campus Blvd., Winchester, VA 22601.
When: June 7, 2015. Start time is 9:00AM for the 30, 50, & 70 mile rides. Start time is 9:15AM for the 10 mile ride.
What else: We need sponsors for the Boys and Girls Club kids to buy the cost is $160.00 for a $339.00 Trek 820 mountain bike. Blue Ridge Bicycles will pay the wholesale balance (actual cost is $199.00 including a small discount from Trek). We already have three sponsors! Many thanks go to Ed Duncan for being the first to offer a sponsorship. “ Good things are happening again!,” says Mike Perry. Please note that partial donations to this sponsorship effort are really appreciated. Please make checks payable to BGNSV or we can receive cash at a club meeting or at Blue Ridge Bicycles. Mike Perry is overseeing the sponsorship effort and he can be contacted at or 540-877-1795. Any help is great! We’re trying to get this done ASAP!

The CIRC Report

If you’re interested enough to read all 228 pages, here it is. If not, here are a few of the findings that I got from this article in The Inner Ring, and this article in VeloNews: First off, the experts are all over the place on the level of doping in today’s peloton with estimates from 20% to 90%. What they agree on is the days of game-changing EPO boosts are over. Today, rather than team-orchestrated doping, it’s thought that individual riders are going it alone with unethical physicians that they hire personally. It’s thought that today’s doping is more about micro-dosing EPO, small bags of blood being transfused, and pills like Tramadol, all of which can give a performance advantage although not a huge one. It was also mentioned that Lance Armstrong, Alberto Contador, and other stars were given special treatment by a UCI that felt almost powerless to stop the flood of doping in the peloton. The CIRC recommendations are to continue with and bolster the biological passport, start night-time testing, use the best labs and best science, strengthen the therapeutic use exemption policy, and use a criminologist to assist the process. Most agree that doping continues but today’s peloton is much cleaner than that of the EPO era.

- Dave Albecker

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