Here it is - another issue of our Newsletter. This issue covers June through
August - our summer season. Thanks to all who contributed ride reports and
any other articles. If I didn't include your article, it will probably
appear in a future issue. Meanwhile, ride coordinators, please
send me your signed releases whether or not you write a report.
Our next Newsletter will cover our fall (perhaps I should say autumn) activities: September through November. The due date for ride reports and articles will be immediately after the last scheduled ride, but sooner is better. The winter issue will probably be a pot-pourri of contributions: vacation activities; winter activities; specials; whatever the mail contains (hint, hint).
A hearty welcome to all new members and a message to all members: "Happy cycling!" Perhaps I should add, "Happy eating." Our potlucks are the greatest! This newsletter may or may not arrive before the next one.       THE EDITOR [Marion, not me - web ed.]
Minutes of the Meeting of June 14, 1997
at the Fitz-Gibbon's house
Sixteen FHFers attended the delicious potluck dinner and meeting. President Jack Fitz-Gibbon called the meeting to order at 7:50 p.m.
Treasurer's Report: Al Shane reported that the club had $[ ] in the treasury.
Biking Brochures: Marion announced that, as usual, she had received a number of brochures about bicycle rides and tours, and she laid them out for any interested person to take.
Century Rides: The Connecticut Valley Century (COVAC), a 100-mile bike ride sponsored by our club, will be on Sunday, September 7. People who are willing to be volunteer workers on the 7th (registration, refreshments, etc.) will ride the weekend before that, probably on Sunday of Labor Day weekend. Volunteer workers will be rewarded with a hot tub and potluck dinner at the Vinsky's.
The Tri-State Seacoast Century sponsored by the Granite State Wheelmen will be on September 20. Most FHFers stay at the Hampton Beach [ ], and this year the Cyclonauts plan to stay there too, so Sally warned us to make our reservations early in order to be sure to get a room.
Rides Schedule: Sally got out her calendar and opened the floor for volunteers to lead rides. Without even twisting any arms, she managed to fill-up the calendar from July to September 20.
The Don Maynard Memorial Ride: 44 People rode on June 8, donating $212 for the Greenfield Bikes for Kids program. It was a perfect biking day, sunny and nice. It was reported that some of the cyclists raced the train (the Vermonter) to the crossing. Larry Selsky, a former FHFer, showed-up for the ride.
Mountain Bike Races: Barbara Rich talked about the Thursday night mountain bike races at Nonotuck park in Easthampton. It is a ten-week series. They start at 6 p.m. at it costs $6 to enter. There is a staggered start, and racers may do 1 to 4 laps. The last one will be on August 28.
Next Meeting: The next meeting will be on Saturday, September 13th, at Pat & Mike Vinsky's house.
Julie Miles, Secretary
June 8 - THE DON MAYNARD MEMORIAL GUILFORD CONNECTION - The weather
was beautiful for this popular ride designed by equally popular fellow
cyclist Don Maynard, now deceased but still very much alive in our
memories. Don's parents and siblings were there to see us off, as they have
been since the first memorial ride. There were 44 riders and $200 was
collected in Don's memory (including one $50 bill) to be donated to the
Kids on Bikes fund. And so Don lives on! I think he would be pleased.
June 15 - WIBRAHAM EXPRESS - Twenty riders enjoyed an absolutely
beautiful late Spring day for this 38+ mile journey from Wilbraham through
Monson to Wales and back. Temperatures remained in the middle 70's, with
low humidity and little wind - perfect weather for this hilly (Joe Pitchko's
term, so you know it must be true) ride through eastern Hampden County.
June 29 - HILL AND DALE - Twenty-five riders started from the Hadley Village Barn Shops on a beautiful sunny and warm day. This was a multi-club ride with the Cyclonauts Bicycle Club. Our 50-mile ride passed through Northampton, Whately, Conway, Shelburne, Greenfield, Sunderland and Hadley. After a regroup in Conway, we had 19 riders????. We then continued to Bardwell's Ferry and passed by Bill Cosby's house but no one was home to offer refreshments. Maybe next time. The scenery was great and the final descent was a breeze. From all reports, everyone enjoyed the ride and this scenic route.
July 12 - CONWAY CONNECTION - It all began very dark, then as the sun
rose, a beautiful day appeared for one of the Freewheelers' hill-town
classics. 15 people showed-up for a Saturday morning of cycling. As the
group took-off, Rob Young, a new member this year, caught us to make it an
Marthe & David Young
July 20 - SHOW AND GO ICE CREAM RIDE - Although the title and
description emphasized our ice cream, only three of the sixteen riders
ate ice cream at Atkins Farms Country Market. None had ice cream at our
previous stop in South Hadley. So much for ice cream rides! It seems our
taste has changed or we've all become nutrition-conscious.
Aug. 3 - RING AROUND BELCHERTOWN - Joyce and Fred's first anniversary ride on their Bianchi's assembled in front of Belchertown's new "Love Bagel, Love Bread" store. There riders met Proprietor, Dr. Robert Roberts (reportedly, an Australian neurosurgeon) who, for his second life, dispenses free heart-shaped bagels Sundays, 7 to 11 am. The ride was advertised in a Worcester paper and drew a first-timer with us, Pat Bock, from Hardwick (albeit a B-town HS graduate). "Up and Down" our B-town west of Worcester started down Bay Road, wound round local lakes, climbed Gulf Rd. past Knight's Dam, paused after two hours and climbed for snacks at the Quabbin Tower looking down, and North, up Boston's Reservoir. The afternoon [we] descended Dam Goodenough and out the Quabbin, rolled-off Rt. 9, meandered 'round the State hatchery under canopied backroads past country farms and homes. All 19 riders ended coasting down Main St., filing into the CVS parking lot after 40+ miles. No rider was seen to take ice cream from Hawley's or Mickey D's [?]; instead, all stood and schmoozed while replacing liquids with chilled power drinks standing between CVS and an empty B-town storefront. The tandem that is Pat and Mike Vinskey gave the ride an 8 on a 10-point scale, Julie Miles rhapsodized over the "awesome" and speedy downhills, and "rabbits" Joe Pitchko and Brian Geddes acknowledged, "Nice ride", as they mounted-up to ride home to Easthampton. Thanks y'all.
Fred and Joyce
Aug. 10 - ROWE ROUNDABOUT - It was a hot and humid day as 17 riders
made this 38 mile circular journey from Charlemont, up through Rowe into
southern Vermont and back again. John Fitzpatrick and Brian Geddes led the
charge UP Zoar Road into Whitingham, where all members of the group rejoined
for lunch at the base of the Brigham Young monument. Water was definitely
in great demand as the heat factor rose throughout the early afternoon.
Aug. 24 - COMMON TO COMMON - This was a first time ride for the club
but judging from the after-the-ride comments it won't be the last. Al has
come up with another winner. He designed the ride and we invited Jerry
Weinstein to ride it with us. Jerry liked it so much he led an unscheduled
ride with a few club members on it. They liked it. [hey Mikey] We scheduled
it and now it's official.
It's a great ride. We had a great group. The weather was perfect. What more can one ask?
August 31 - SHOW & GO - Six riders showed-up: Brian; Roger; Kirti; Julie; Bill Schafer; and Jon Marcil. All agreed on a ride through Whately and Deerfield, with a lunch stop in Old Deerfield. Without cue sheets, there was at least one ambiguous turn and 3 riders went one way and 3 riders went another, but a good ride was had by all.