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June Club Meeting Minutes
The June club meeting was held at the shelter across from Apple Pie Ridge, courtesy of Ed Duncan. The evening meal was provided by Ed Duncan and Robert Golighlty. They prepared homemade Chicken Salad and Ham sandwiches and sides. Brownies Provided by Susan Walker and family. There was a short ride prior to the meeting and was a success with about 12 riders including the Perry's.

The meeting was well attended as well as those who could not ride came to the 7:00pm dinner and meeting. - Shawn Carrico gave an update on area mountain biking via Brian Straightoff. See breakout below.

Robert Golightly updated the club on the status of the Wednesday night Orchard View Elementary School evening ride (6:30PM start). With later start time and staggered pushoff, it seems to be going well and has good attendance. - Robert Golightly also updated the club on the monthly Ride to Lunch rides. These have been successful and fun so far.

The VA General Assembly passed a minimum 3ft law passing law in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The law went into effect July 1st 2014. - There was discussion regarding bike safety in the area and how to report incidents to authorities. Look for more thorough details in the August newsletter.

Tramadol in the Peloton
With the Tour rapidly approaching there is all the usual chatter about who will win and who is likely doping. Tramadol hit the headlines recently as being a drug abused within the pro peloton. Tramadol is an opiate-like drug that provides pain relief by acting on the opiate receptors. It's addictive and has a long history of being abused by opiate addicts. Since it's not structurally the same as the true opioids (Oxycodone, Hydrocodone), it's not as tightly regulated and therefore easier to get for addicts and others. I cannot imagine that it's a game changer, like EPO, when used in aerobic events but it may give a cyclist an edge on a mountain stage by allowing him/her to push a little further into the hurt locker. Team Sky has been accused recently of using Tramadol and has responded with claims that it was only minimal use for injury-related pain. Anyway, if they are using it you can bet they're not alone. WADA hasn't yet banned Tramadol, but with doctors in 17 teams asking them to ban it, it shouldn't be long.

- Dave Albecker

MTB LoCo Ride Report (from Brian Straightiff)
This was Brian's report to the WW Google Group on 25 May 2014. This in response to an invitation posted by club member Luke Minter.

"Rustic" and that is a perfect description. Gorgeous creeks run through this property. It's good climbing with some decent rock gardens in there. I didn't get up to the ridge where the riding promised to be highly technical. There is a skills park with some nice features. The MTB LoCo crew do not mandate membership to ride there. The property owners do require a waiver be filled out which can be placed in the drop box at the trail head. There are also copies of the waiver there. The perimeter trail was described as a rectangle that surrounds the majority of the property and is blazed white. It is 8-10 miles. There are some trails which are off limits due to retreats. Check the map at the trail head. MTB LoCo will have trail improvement events posted to their website ( Wheelmen could support the trail building sessions or join the MTB LoCo crew or both or none. Like I said, they are welcoming to anyone who signs the waiver and wants to ride, but I'm sure they would appreciate the help and their dues support what they do out there and at the other properties that they help maintain. I'm paraphrasing but I was told that other bike advocacy groups are welcome to ride. I had a blast. There were 9 of us including 3 fat tires. Fun group. Good time.

Sherando Park Mountain Bike Trail Building Work Sessions to continue Wed nights through May
Frederick County Parks and Recreation welcomes all trail-building enthusiasts to join in the construction of Mountain Bike Trails at Sherando Park, Wednesday evenings in May. Hand tools and instruction are provided; volunteers need to complete a volunteer form available on-site and should bring work gloves, water and a snack. Gloves, pants and sturdy shoes are recommended.

“We made some headway on the new trail segments in April and are excited to think about opening Section E soon”, said Cory Smith, Sherando Park Manager. “If we're going to get our largest section, Section F, open before summer we're going to need strong turn-out of volunteers at our Wed night sessions. The result of completing E & F will be to just 3 about double our trail network and create a loop that works for riders. I think we can get it done if everyone pitches in. Building trail is as much work as you want to make it, and a great social experience.”

Work will run from 5pm to dusk, volunteers are encouraged to show up anytime during that period. Recommended parking is on park property along Warrior Drive north of the Wrights Run Creek crossing. Please park well off Warrior Drive. Work area is easily identifiable from the paved multi-use path heading north from Wrights Run. For questions please feel free to contact: Cory Smith, Sherando Park Manager at 868-0970 or Jon Turkel, Park and Stewardship Planner at 722-8300.

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