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									The Roadrunner
Bike Week celebrates 24th anniversary
M       ore than a free breakfast is on
        the menu this year during the
days before and after Bike to Work/
                                                                     available at elemen-
                                                                     tary, middle and
                                                                     high school sites and
                                                                                             May–June, 2011
                                                                                             Volume 38–Issue 3

School Day Thursday, May 12, as part                                 at least 15 county      IN THIS ISSUE...
of the 24th Annual Santa Cruz County                                 sites will serve free
Bike Week.                                                           breakfast on Bike to    ■ Club shorts l 2
  Freebies during Bike Week include                                  Work/School Day,           Weather woes
a spin class voucher, which will be                                  May 12.
                                                                       Piet Canin of         ■ Handlebars l 3
distributed all day on Monday, May 9,        Poster by Art Machine
                                                                                                Thank you volunteers!
from The Bike Dojo, located just off the                           Ecology Action says
Cathcart Street Parking Lot, free cof-      “Bike Week is a long-running Santa
                                            Cruz tradition which has played a role           ■ Kids and bikes l 4
fee, juice and more on Tuesday morn-                                                            Bike rodeo, spin class
                                            in the growing, diverse and prominent
ing from the new Staff of Life at 1266
                                            bike culture in our county                       ■ Ride schedules | 6-7
Soquel Avenue, a free popsicle from 5
to 7 p.m. on Wednesday from Penny           Roadrunner wins LAB award
Ice Creamery at 913 Cedar Street and        The Roadrunner has won a national                ■ Meet Jim Langley | 8
a free acai bowl and pastry from 7 a.m.     runner up award from the League
to 10 a.m. Friday from the Samba Rock       of American Bicyclists (LAB).                    Mudslides affect SSF ride
Café at 291 Water Street.                   According to Meghan Cahill, director
                                                                                             The March rains resulting in
  Of all the free breakfast sites on May    of communications for LAB, “Your
                                                                                             mudslides on Eureka Canyon Road
12, Jamba Juice at Pacific Avenue at        samples blew us away in quality and in
                                                                                             have muddied the original route
Water Street takes the cake, or should      content. We appreciate all that you do
                                                                                             plans for organizers of the 22nd
we say, the blender? Jamba Juice will       for your members, your community and
                                                                                             annual Strawberry Fields Forever
offer free smoothies, oatmeal, Verve        the league. Your newsletter is keeping
                                                                                             ride on May 15. While the 25-mile
Coffee, bike maintenance, massages and      Santa Cruz connected to the heart of
                                                                                             and 100-K routes remain the same,
acupuncture. (For a very complete list      bicycling advocacy and education.”
                                                                                             the 100-mile route will go up Old
of free breakfast add ons, as well as all     The other runner up award went
                                                                                                            San Jose Road to the
the sites and schools throughout Santa      to The Seat Post, a newsletter for
                                                                                                            fire station at Burrell
Cruz and San Benito counties, go to         the Toledo Area Bicyclists, (www.
                                                                                                            and then come back   while the
                                                                                                            down to Soquel Village.
breakfast.html.)                            overall winner was StreetBeat and
                                                                                                            From there it will work
    Bike to Work/School Day is spon-        Reclaim, a transportation alternatives
                                                                                                            its way back out to
sored by Ecology Action, and Nick           website for New York City (www.
                                                                                                            the rest stop at Calfee
Mucha, program coordinator, says  
                                                                                             Designs (Monterey Bay Academy)
about 7,000 participants are expected to      According to Kathy and Phil Trissell,
                                                                                             and then follow the 100K route. All
bike or walk to work or school that day.    owners of Sprockets Bike Shop, “Any
                                                                                             rides start at 7 a.m. at Pajaro Valley
In addition, the Santa Cruz Mountain        good local paper is defined by how
                                                                                             High School. Riders may sign up at
Brewery at 402 Ingalls St. will donate      well it serves its audience by providing
$1 for every beer sold to the Bike to       lots of faces, voices and points of view.
                                                                                             application.htm. The event benefits
Work program, starting at noon and          Over the past few years, The Roadrunner
                                                                                             Cyclists for Cultural Exchange.
lasting til 10 p.m. on May 12. The          has certainly excelled in keeping Santa
Bicycle Trip at 1001 Soquel Avenue          Cruz County cyclists abreast of issues           SCCCC Meeting
will host its 21st Annual Bike Fest on      both locally and nationally as well as           7 p.m. Thursday, April 28
Sunday, May 15, featuring the 2Hip          embracing the pure fun of riding. We             Live Oak Senior Center
BMX Stunt Show, food, music and             certainly look forward to our issue and          1 7 7 7 Capit ola Road
prizes.                                     always give away all the copies we get           (Raffle of $25 bike shop gift
   More than 40 free breakfast sites are    well before the next one arrives.”               certificate for current members)
Club Shorts: Foul weather affects members
(Editor’s note: March was a lion this year,                                 Shalom
bringing drenching rains, mudslides and                                     Compost
even a tsunami to the Central Coast. Here                                   Hazel Dell
is how the dreadful weather affected some                                   Road on a
                                                                            bike ride
SCCCC members.)
                                                                            shortly after
                                                                                             The RoadRunneR is the official
                                                                            one of the
“The Harbor office called at 5:30 a.m.                                      heavy rains      newsletter of the Santa Cruz County
on March 11, giving me plenty of time                                       of March.        CyCling Club. It is published bimonth-
to double tie the neighbors’ boats, grab                                                     ly, sent out via email to members
important stuff and move to higher                                                           and is available at local bicycle
ground. It’s interesting how little you         “On April 5, I saw a major mudslide          shops, the Santa Cruz Visitors Bureau
actually need to take when you have to        at the top of Eureka Canyon Road               and local libraries and chambers of
move fast. I watched the boats on my          which was impassable. I tried to               commerce. Submissions (articles,
dock dry out, then the first waves come       get through but it was a large and             photos, and letters) are gladly ac-
in around 8 a.m., and I saw the end tie       dangerous slide. I got in mud well over        cepted. Email is easiest, but we’ll
of my dock break up and one boat sink.        my cycling shoes (by accident), and            entertain all options. Contact us at:
Very fortunately, there was no damage         the bike was mired in one to two feet          Santa Cruz County CyCling Club P.o.
to my boat, though most of you will           of mud. The only saving grace was a            box 8342 Santa Cruz, Ca
have seen videos of the damage near           waterfall a few hundred feet from the           95061-8342
the bridge. It looks like repairs to the      slide which allowed me to clean the            or
harbor will be continuing for most of         brakes enough to descend back down to          the Santa Cruz County CyCling Club is
the summer.”—Ric Eiserling                    Corralitos Market.
                                                                                             a nonprofit organization pursuant
                                                “A cyclist ahead of me apparently
                                                                                             to Section 501(c)3 of the Internal
  “On March 21st, my wife and I were          made it through (I hope) but that
                                                                                             Revenue Service code.
returning home from Tahoe when I              would have meant climbing a 60%
received a call on my cell phone. It was      grade for a few hundred yards and it
                                              wasn’t apparent even then that there
a reverse-911 call, telling me that the
only road to my house was closed, with        was a way through. Anyway, it will be a       President…………………….......David Gill
no reasonable way to get through. The         while before this one is passable.”
                                                                                            Vice President……………........Maura Noel
cause was the now-famous Nelson                                         ‑-Ed Kilduff
Road Slide. Well, a day later it was            Twilight Bicycle Rides are available        Secretary..................................Barbara Dahl
possible to navigate 80 yards of mud to       from 4 to 6 p.m. on May 18, June 15,
                                              July 20, Aug. 10, Sept. 14, Oct.19, Nov.      Treasurer………………….......Tina Ensign
get through. And that was the way it                                               
remained for nearly three weeks, until a      16 and Dec.14. at Mazda Raceway               Membership…………........Steve Johnson
temporary bypass road was opened.             Laguna Seca. The goal is to create a
  Since then, we have had a bike club         safe, fun place to ride for cyclists of       Santa Cruz Mountains Challenge
                                              all ages and skills. Fee is $10. Rides
ride that toured the slide zone, but
                                                                                            Saturday Ride Leader……......Sally Salmon
nothing has been done to clear the            are informal; helmets required. The 
rock slide; the county is waiting for         raceway’s course has an elevation range       Newsletter………………............Grace Voss
                           geologists         from 749 feet to 929 feet and is free of
                             to declare       motorized traffic. Light & Motion will        Race Team Director…….................David Gill
                             it safe to       assist with bike lights.
                                                                                            Social directors…..............Janie Tibbals/ Paula
                             work and           Thank you to both Sprockets and             Barsamian
                             for funds to     The Spokesman bicycle shops for     
                             appear. It       donating $25 gift certificates for raffles    Education.....Lilly Ann Popken/Janet Fogel
                                              at the January and April SCCCC      
                             could be a
                                                                                            Clothing................…...........................Jen Lucia
                             long wait.”      general membership meetings.        
                             –Tony Rall       Members who are current with their            Publicity…………..............................Tony Rall
                                              dues are eligible for the drawing, held
                              (left photo)    every quarterly membership meeting.           Webmaster………..........................Matt White
                                              (Next meeting is July 21.)

2                                                                                                           May–June
                                                                    Thank you volunteers for SC Criterium help

P    utting on a bicycle race is easy. Get-
     ting volunteers, that’s the hard part.
The 43rd annual Santa Cruz Criterium
                                                                                          Leibold put
                                                                                          out the No
                                                                                                           I staffed different corners on the race
                                                                                                           course. Of course, now that I’ve actu-
                                                                                                           ally named everyone, chances are good
was held Sunday, April 17th and I’d like                                                  Parking signs    that I left someone off the list. If so, my
to acknowledge the volunteer efforts                                                      along the race   apologies! You all did a great job, and
of a few SCCCC club members. A                                                            course and       the only question that remains is, who
number of weeks before the event, I,                                                      continued        is going to be the next former SCCCC
my wife Angel, baby Beckham (six                                                          to monitor/      president?—David Gill
months old!), and teammate Jeff Totten                                                    re-post the
handed out race flyers to the residents                                                   signs every      SCMC update includes
in the neighborhood of the criterium
course. (Aside from being part of the
                                                              12 hours until race morning. Two
                                                              days before the race, I, Richard Bedal
                                                                                                           new 125-mile route
city’s permit requirements, the main
reason behind handing out flyers is not
advertisement; the main reason is to
                                                              (another former SCCCC President),
                                                              and Dennis Pedersen placed flyers on
                                                              the windshields of vehicles actually
                                                                                                           The SCMC is returning
                                                                                                                 old route’, with a new twist of
                                                                                                           an additional 250k route (a modified
                                                                                                                                                to ‘the

remind area residents that vehicles left                      on the course. Several hours before          version of the 100 miler.) It includes
on the street on race morning will be                         the race, Richard and Gary McNeil            Black Road and Old Santa Cruz High-
towed.)                                                       refreshed the flyers on the vehicles on      way. Remember, this is the club’s only
  Towing our neighbor’s vehicles is                           the course. Finally it was race morning      fundraiser and we need over 100 volun-
not something I like to see, so I put a                       and my first task? Why, it was to walk       teers to pull it off, especially a few folks
lot of effort into reminding folks that                       the course, see how many cars were           to help with parking at the high school
the annual race was coming up once                            in danger of being towed, and (again)        in the a.m., packing and cleaning up
again. We walked both sides of the                            place flyers on their windshields.           at the end of the day and then a half
street on the race course and left fly-                          Our efforts (somewhat) paid off, in       dozen folks to unload at the storage
ers on doorsteps, under welcome mats,                         that only 10 cars had to be towed. Now       locker on 41st Ave on the day after the
handed them to people in person and                           it was time to actually help put on a        race. Also need a “director-in-training”
even went down each side street that                          race! Thankfully, several SCCCC mem-         to shadow Maura this season as she
was affected by the closure come race                         bers were up to the course marshalling       will not be doing this next year. If you
day. One week before the event, I                             task: Teri Ruegg, Mike Andalora, John        volunteered last year and want to do
sent out an email reminder to an area                         Bono, Jeff Clark (yet another former         your same position, please email either
“Beach Hill Neighbors” email list. Then,                      SCCCC President), Gary McNeil,               that area director or Maura at maura@
72 hours before the event, race pro-                          Leo Jed, James Hrica, Jeff Totten,  Volunteers receive a free
moter (and former SCCCC president)                            Paula Barsamian, Chris Boman and             t-shirt (as shown on website).

 Tuesday riders visit infamous Nelson Road Rock Slide in Scotts Valley

Ride leader Tony Rall, third from left, leads club members to local rock slide disaster which
closed his access road as a result of heavy March rains . (Photos by Karen Nevis)

May–June                                                                                                            3
Fifth graders give rave reviews for bike rodeo at Del Mar School
(Editor’s note: On March 29, Bike Smart!      Dear Kira,
visited Del Mar School in Live Oak for a      Thank U 4 teaching us all about bike
bicycle rodeo for the fifth graders in Mrs.
                                              safety. It was so fun. I really liked the
Robb’s class. SCCCC volunteers Scott
Campbell and Bryan Schaffer helped            teeter totter. Two things I learned were
monitor the obstacle course and teach         shoulder check and hand signals.
correct hand signals, while Kira Ticus of                            Sincerely, Andres
Ecology Action spoke with students before     Dear Kira,
and after their rodeo. The students wrote     Thank you for being here and teaching
Kira the following thank you notes about      us all about bikes. Also for giving us fun
their experience.)                            stuff to do. And I liked your helmets.
                                              Also you guys are great and awesome!
Dear Kira,
                                                                      Sincerely, Oscar
I really liked the bike smart program,
                                              To Kira,
even though it was sort of hard for me.
                                              Thank you for making my bike really
I really enjoyed the tennis ball/railroad
                                              fun and teaching bike safety. Now I use
crossing practice but my favorite thing
                                              my hand signals every time.
was all the support of you and the other
                                                                     Sincrely, Cele          SCCCC members Scott Campbell, left, and Brian Schaef-
volunteers. I’m really glad you decided
                                              Dear Kira,                                     fer help with staging and equipment for bike rodeo.
                   to dedicate your time
                                              Thank you for taking your time and
                   to make the world a                                                       rodeo! It was great!! I loved the teeter
                                              coming to teach bike safety. I learned
                   safer and better place.                                                   totter, and the signals were great! I wish
                                              that the V shape around your ear is
                                              supposed to be right under your ear.           that there was more time though. I am
                       Sincerely, Malia                                                      now dedicated to riding my bike!
                                                                     Sincerely, Alex
                                              Dear Kira,
Kira Ticus
                                              Thank you for setting up the bike smart                             Sincerely, Michael John

Mrs. Crocetti’s students like bicycle advisory at Mission Hill Middle School
E     very weekday starting at 10 a.m.,
      except Thursday, 18 students in
sixth through eighth grade at Mission
                                              and other bike tourists they met while
                                              camping along the way. During the
                                              tour, Crocetti fell in love with bicycling
                                                                                             about the new Bicycle Advisory:
                                                                                               Diana Ogarrio, 14: “I really love it
                                                                                             and it’s good exercise, which is my goal
Hill Middle School in Santa Cruz              and devised the Bicycle Advisory as a          right now.” (Diane has increased her
help their teacher unpack bicycle train-      way to share her passion for the sport         20-minutes of biking mileage from 1.3
ers from a shed donated by the PTA.           with her students. After what she calls        miles to 3 miles.)
Within seconds, they have mounted             a “rough start” (funding for the trainers        Kabir Cooppan-Boyd, 14: “It’s super
their bikes on the trainers and started       and computers from both Cyclists for           fun because you can do it with friends
to “spin” or ride their bikes in place for    Cultural Exchange and the SCCCC                and you don’t have to do the normal
20 minutes, along with their teacher          didn’t coincide with the start of school       advisory.”
Kathleen Crocetti. The outdoor activity       in the fall, and the all-weather awning          Soledad Sosa, 14: “I think I’ve
no longer depends upon good weather,          wasn’t donated until halfway through a         improved; it’s biking, not a class.”
as it takes place under a large all-          rainy semester), the class is, well, rolling     Anaid Acostamarquez, 13: “It’s fun!”
weather awning donated by the Rotary          along. The students enjoy being in a             Samuel Lopez, 14, has ridden 185
Club. Computers mounted on their              non-academic setting with freedom to           miles since mid-December, both in the
bikes tell the students both their speed      talk to their friends while pedaling in        advisory and outside of school. He says,
and total mileage. When the semester          place, and Crocetti, who pedals with           “It’s nice because I like biking.”
ends in June, they will be allowed to         them, says her class has helped many             Casey O’Hara, 13: “It’s good. You get
keep the computers to use for their own       of the students form the habit of riding       exercise and it’s fun to race people.”
bike rides.                                   their bikes outside of school. (Crocetti         Douglas George, 13: “It’s fun. There’s
  The Bicycle Advisory is the brainchild      also rides her bicycle 20 miles back           no work; you just pedal.”
of Crocetti, who rode her bike from           home to Watsonville several days a               Ben Coffey, 13: “It’s good because it’s
the state of Washington last summer to        week.)                                         just biking, not other stuff.”
Santa Cruz in the company of her son            Here are some student comments                 Kai Workman, 14: “It’s pretty fun.”

4                                                                                                    May–June
Texas Hill Country is a (windy) roller coaster of a bicycle tour
T     he geography is large in Texas and its                                                   to know the latest political developments.)
      people friendly. It’s as if Texans feel                                                  TheWWH has been open to tours only
they must compensate in courtesy for the                                                       in the past three years, as Lady Bird lived
fact that their state stretches across most of                                                 there until her passing in 2007. It is a
the southwestern US. And the Texas wind                                                        comfortable home with views of the nearby
blows nonstop.                                                                                 Pedernales River, which flows through the
  Sally Salmon and I experienced East                                                          1,570-acre property. (LBJ loved to drive
Texas on an April bike tour sponsored                                                          his foreign and domestic leaders fast in
by Adventure Cycling called Texas Hill                                                         convertible cars around the ranch, even
Country. Starting and ending in Austin,                                                        fording the river at high speed during a
THC offered a blustery but forest fire-                                                        rainstorm’s aftermath!)
free ride to 50 intrepid bicyclists from                                                         Before heading back to Austin, we
Manhattan to Florida, from Portland,                                                           stopped overnight at Pedernales Falls
OR to Vermont. Our staff, headed by no-                                                        State Park, with its steep descent to
nonsense Kevin McLeod of St. Paul, MN,           Sally Salmon, left, and Grace Voss            the campground on the river. This park
was equally diverse, coming to Austin            Fredericksburg, and his life story is well    memorably features stars at night, which
from Wyoming, Montana, Colorado,                 detailed.) En route to Fredericksburg, we     are large and luminous. The last day’s
Pennsylvania, Illinois and Washington.           stopped at another well-known American’s      ride, as most last days, was anti-climactic,
  The tour began on a 96-degree day from         birthplace, the Lyndon B. Johnson Ranch.      especially approaching the outskirts of
state-of-the-art McKinney Falls State Park       Both LBJ and Ladybird Johnson are buried      Austin. Throughout THC, we traveled a
near Austin, one of three immaculate state       close to where LBJ was born, and the          total of 260 miles and averaged 2,500 feet
park campgrounds we visited during THC.          Western White House is located near an        of elevation gain daily, due to the constant
(Clean tile showers and bathrooms, nature        airstrip with a Lockheed Electra jet parked   hills. On a scale of 1 to 10, I give THC a
trails and spacious tent sites.) Along with      under a canopy. A peaceful white frame and    9+ due to Adventure Cycling’s excellent
the Day One heat came 20 mph headwinds           stone house located beneath a huge oak, the   staff, food service and ability to cover all
and crosswinds during the 60+ miles, but         Western White House is unusual with its       its bases. The bluebonnets, a wildflower for
during the rest of the week the weather          three TV sets sitting side by side, both in   which the area is famous, were low-growing
turned cooler, although afternoons were          the living room and in LBJ’s office. (Each    and sparse this year, due to a dry winter, the
toasty. The tour’s scenic highlight arrived      set was tuned to either ABC, NBC or CBS       only drawback in an otherwise excellent
on Day Two, when we crossed the lovely           news, to satisfy the chief executive’s need   tour.                     —Glide A. Long
Little Blanco River and turned onto bucolic
Little Blanco Road, an unsigned, narrow          Blossom ride attracts SCCCC
county throughway with views of scrub
oaks, wildflowers and low-growing cactus
set against a backdrop of stone fencing. The     E    very March, California’s Central
                                                      Valley is renewed in an explosion
                                                 of colorful fruit trees. Almond, wal-
road turned back and forth many times,
rising and falling with the contours of the      nut, peach and cherry blossom trees
land, offering occasional river views. Even      bloom their pink, pinker, pinkest and
the cattleguards were easy on the backbone.      white blossoms, forming a picturesque
Little Blanco Road was a far cry from some       backdrop for the ‘Kings River Blossom
of the more-traveled roads with imposing
gates of cattle brands and the ubiquitous
Texas Star and/or state flag guarding long
                                                   This annual ride, sponsored by the          Left to right: Karen Nevis, Ed Kilduff, Kathy Morris, Emily
passageways to ranch homes always just out       Lions Club of Reedley, a town located         Holder, Sally Salmon and Frank Pritchard.

of sight.                                        south of Fresno, begins in the valley,        entry fee includes rest stops and a post-
  After three days on the road, we reached       with the snow-covered Sierra Nevada           ride lunch in a picnic area by the river.
touristy Fredericksburg, a German                Mountains forming an impressive                 Ed Kilduff is SCCCC’s unofficial
settlement, one of several in East Texas,        background. Three routes of 25 miles,         sponsor of this ride, encouraging others
its ancestors having arrived overland from       45 miles and 62 miles follow the Kings        to join him each year. The occasion also
the Gulf Coast. Besides the usual art                                                          gives Ed the opportunity to visit with
                                                 River as it snakes through a beautiful
galleries and fancy western wear shops,
                                                 canyon (with practically no car traffic).     his daughters and granddaughters in
Fredericksburg boasts the most complete
museum of WWII naval battles you will            The river flows bountifully, and between      Clovis. Like Ed, daughters Kathy and
ever see, the National Museum of the             the sounds of the river and the views         Coleen are unconditionally loving and
Pacific War. (One of the many heroes             of a picturesque canyon, one has the          friendly, welcoming all as family with
of that war, Chester Nimitz, grew up in          feeling of being in a peaceful world. The     their warm hospitality.—Emily Holder

May–June                                                                                                               5
                                                                               Saturday, May 14
                               Rider Levels                                    Pescadero/Paradise
    A = Novice: you can ride 25-30 miles on a mostly level
    road at a leisurely pace.
    B = Intermediate: you can ride 40-60 miles with some
                                                                               Ride begins from north end of Pescadero at 9 a.m. Meet
    hills at a moderate pace.                                                  at CCC (Jade St/45 Ave) at 8 a.m. to carpool. Please park
    C = Experienced: you can ride 80-100 miles with hills at a                 on street, not in church lot. A/B riders will eat lunch in
    brisk pace if you choose.                                                  Pescadero. C riders will eat lunch at Alice’s Restaurant in
    We wait for riders at all levels, although the C-level rid-                Skylonda. C+ option available. A= 30 miles, B= 43 miles;
    ers are not obligated to wait, particularly when a map/                    C= 60 miles.
    cue sheet is provided. Most Saturday rides begin at the                    Shalom Compost....................................................345-2017
    Capitola Community Center or CCC, which is located at
    the intersection of 45th Avenue and Jade Street. See cal-
                                                                               Saturday, May 21
    endar p. 12 for details on Tuesday ride start. GP=Gateway
    Plaza, NMP=Nisene Marks Park, Aptos. Tuesday ride:                         Cowboy Country/ Hollister
    Meet at 9:45 a.m. for a 10 a.m. start for this social/lei-
    surely paced road ride. 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of month,                     Meet at Ridgemark Golf and Country Club, Hwy 25,
    start at Gateway Plaza (the shopping center on River St.                   Hollister at 9 a.m. Carpool from CCC (Jade St/45 Ave)
    near Hwy 1). Park on the east side of the lot (right below                 at 7:50 a.m. Directions: Hwy 156 E towards Hollister/
    the river levy) - to avoid interfering with customer park-
                                                                               San Juan Bautista. Pass SJB, turn right at next signal on
    ing for the stores. No public water or restrooms available,
    but local restaurants, such as Java Junction, do have                      Union Rd. Turn Right on Hwy 25/Airline Hwy and then
    facilities for their customers. The fifth Tuesday of the                   right again onto South Ridgemark. Park in the parking
    month is a leader’s choice for start location. On the 2nd                  lot on the right before the gate. No available water or
    and 4th Tuesdays, meet at parking lot by the entrance to                   food.
    Nisene Marks Park, Aptos. Distance will vary from 20–40
    miles and will always be an adventure. Destinations
                                                                               Alejandro Pujol..............................................(312)479-2805
    always include a lunch stop. Bring water and snacks.
    Questions? Contact: Tony Rall at 335–4739
                                                                               Saturday, May 28 (Memorial Day Weekend)
    Meet at 10 a.m. in front of the Corralitos Market in                       Decide and Ride. Meet at CCC (Jade St/45th) at 9 a.m.
    Corralitos for a moderately paced road ride of 25–45
    miles. This is a No Leader—Decide and Ride. Bring
    water, snacks. OR, meet at 9 a.m. at Gateway Plaza for                     Saturday, June 4
    alternate Decide and Ride. (New riders please contact
    Jim Denton at for details.)                       San Juan Bautista/Fremont Peak

Saturday, April 30                                                             Start at Kirby Park at 9 a.m. A riders will ride with B/C
Have Mercey (Pacines)                                                          riders to Aromas for coffee. Lunch in San Juan Bautista
                                                                               at Windmill Market. C riders will climb Fremont Peak.
Start in Pacines on Hwy 29 south of Hollister at 9 a.m.                        A = 20 miles; B = 37 miles.
(Car pool from CCC at 8 a.m.) Ride out to Panoche Bar
for lunch. A riders lunch in Pacines. Optional ride after                      Chris Boman ............................................................475-5902
lunch to Mercey Hot Springs. A = 27 miles; B = 5 miles;
C = 67 miles                                                                   Saturday, June 11
Alejandro Pujol..............................................(312) 479-2805    Palo Alto/ Alice’s/ Palo Alto

Saturday, May 7                                                                Meet at 9 a.m. at Page Mill Road/Hwy 280 at Park n
A Ride in the Park (Pebble Beach)                                              Ride. Car pool from CCC (Jade St/45 Ave) at 8 a.m. This
                                                                               route goes out to Portola Valley, up Skyline via Old La
C riders start from Kirby Park on Elkhorn Rd. at 9 a.m.;                       Honda Road, then descends to Hwy 84 before climbing
B riders start from Pizzinis’ Produce Stand (Hwy 1 exit                        back to Skyline for lunch at Alice’s Restaurant. Return
Nashua Rd.) at 10 a.m.; A riders start from Borders in                         via Hwy 84 for B riders; C riders continue north on Sky-
Sand City at 10:30 a.m. Head for the Monterey Coast                            line to Kings Mountain Rd to descend. B= 25 miles;
with lunch stop in Pebble Beach. A = 40 miles; B = 60                          C = 30 miles.
miles; C = 80 miles.
Ric Eiserling............................................475-5397/336-1040     Grace Voss ...............................................................462-4884

6                                                                                                                   May–June
The power of the March rainstorms shows itself in collapsed pavement and mudslides on both Branchiforte Drive and Bonita Drive in Santa
Cruz County. Left photo: left to right are Scott Campbell, Pam Slocum, Jim Wheeler and Harriet Wrye on tandem, Lisa Deverse, Ed Kilduff, un-
identified rider and Leonard Foreman. The repairs to Branchiforte are ongoing. In right photo, Janet Starr rides past one of many mudslides
on Bonita. (Photos by Snap E. Shutter)

Saturday, June 18                                                                Saturday, July 2
Inland Valley Ramble                                                             Over The Hill to Los Gatos

Ride begins at Chitactac Park on Watsonville Rd. near
                                                                                 Meet at the Scotts Valley Park and Ride, behind the
Burchell Rd. at 9 a.m. Carpool from CCC (Jade St/45
                                                                                 Kings Village Shopping Center on Scotts Valley Drive at
Ave) at 8 a.m. Ride Uvas and Coyote Creek Trail. C rid-
                                                                                 8:45 a.m. for a 9 a.m. ride start. Some riders might wish
ers will take the Gilroy Hot Springs Loop. A = 37 miles;
                                                                                 to ride up from town, leaving from CCC at 8 a.m. The
B = 58 miles; C = 70 miles. Lunch in Morgan Hill. Extra
                                                                                 route is from Scotts Valley, over the summit and around
credit options: (1) ride back to Santa Cruz over Mt.
                                                                                 the back of Lexington Resevoir to lunch at the Los Ga-
Madonna; (2) Climb to Henry Coe State Park for in-n-out
                                                                                 tos Park (sandwiches available across the street). Short
                                                                                 section of hardpack dirt below the Lexington Dam. A
                                                                                 route to the summit only and back, about 20mi/1500’;
Alejandro Pujol ..............................................(312)479-2805
                                                                                 B route to Los Gatos about 35mi/2500’; C routes could
Saturday, June 25                                                                include: out and back on Soda Springs and/or Redwood
Corralitos/Aromas                                                                Estates and Zayante/Mt Hermon.
Ride begins in Corralitos at 9 a.m. We will ride to                              Ric Eiserling.....................................................475-5397/336-1040
Aromas, Elkhorn and San Andreas. A = 25 miles; B = 35
miles; C = 53 miles.                                                                                        Bicycle helmets save lives
Mike Andalora.........................................................247-9722

Myrna’s Adventure Rides visit Carmel Valley and Hollister farmlands
Please RSVP Myrna Sherman at hmsherman2@                                                    Lunch at the Wild Goose Café in Carmel Valley by the Friday before each ride. Those people                                  Village.
signed up will receive starting place and time by noon
Saturday, the day before the ride. Cell phone is 831-419-                             •	 June 12th ride into Carmel Valley, this time
1174. Rides are 15-40 miles at an average speed of 10 mph.                               from the Village going further into the valley;
It’s an easy, relaxed pace, not hilly and always interesting.                            approximately 25 miles.
We also eat at interesting places.
                                                                                      •	 July 10th Hollister; a ride though the farmland,
     •	 May 8th ride into Carmel Valley; approximately                                   and vinyards. Very scenic, some hills. Great vistas.
        24 miles. Start at the Crossroads Shopping                                       Approximately 40 miles.
        Center in Carmel. It’s a lovely route.

May–June                                                                                                                                                           7
Local resident Jim Langley is lifelong lover of bicycles
L     ocal bicycle aficionado Jim Langley
      recalls with fondness his first bike,
a red JC Higgins, which he acquired
                                                                                                                an audience with a shorter attention span.
                                                                                                                  For the past 10 years, Langley has been
                                                                                                                content director for, a
at the age of 10 in Brookline, MA. The                                                                          company that provides website solutions for
three-speed bike represented freedom                                                                            bicycle retailers. They provide the hosting,
as it took him back to his old neighbor-                                                                        site management tools, a complete product
hood to visit friends after his family                                                                          catalog, point-of-sale integration, shopping
moved to a nearby town. Today this                                                                              cart and a library with more than 3,000
modest yet voluble 57-year-old owns                                                                             pages of content ranging from Tour de
30 bicycles, including a Penny Farthing                                                                         France reports to technical topics, such as
high wheeler with a 56-inch wheel and                                                                           how to fix a flat tire. SmartEtailing clients
spoon brake (circa l886), which he rode                                                                         pay a monthly fee for their site, ranging
in the Tom Cuthbertson Memorial                               Jim and his collection of bicycle nameplates.     from approximately $50 to $500 depending
Ride and which he enters occasion-                             now an elementary school teacher, earned         upon how many features they’ve chosen
ally in the popular SCCCC-sponsored                            her teaching credential. (The couple has         for their site. Once set up, retailers can
Swanton Time Trial.                                            two grown daughters, Jamie and Sarah.)           quickly and easily update their site, turn
  “Jim lives bikes,” says Sprockets owner                        “Roger was a visionary,” comments              on/off features, add items to their catalog
and good friend Phil Trissell. “Ninety                         Langley of his boss from 30 years ago.           and much more with a few mouse clicks.
percent of what he does is related to bikes.                   “He saw that bicycles were going to take         The ease of use, advanced functionality and
He’s very knowledgable and a great person                      off in popularity. He imported bikes from        high-quality catalog and content has fueled
to ride with as you don’t have to worry                        Europe.”                                         SmartEtailing’s growth and it now provides
about conversation. He rides every day.”                         For Langley, his writing career was about its services to bicycle shops across America
  Sprockets Bike Shop has always been a                        to take off. While working at The Bicycle        and Canada.
big influence on Langley. Formerly known                       Center, he was asked to write technical             When not busy with his online business,
as The Bicycle Center, its original owner,                     articles for California Bicyclist. That job soon Langley may be found attending swap
Roger Sands, hired him as a bike mechanic                      evolved into technical editor for Bicycling      meets or looking on eBay for additions to
in early 1980, just as Langley and his wife                    Magazine, and Langley worked with a staff his collection of 700 bicycle nameplates
Deb were about to ride out of Santa Cruz                       of six out of an office in Soquel to produce     (also known as head badges). These metal
after a trans-Am bicycle trip to seek work                     issues as large as 250 pages. All went well      insignias, some dating back to 1886, reflect
in San Francisco. The couple was newly-                        until one day in l999, when Rodale Press,        his avid interest in antique bikes. Langley
engaged, cold and damp from the January                        forced by its new ownership to downsize,         has been collecting nameplates “for years
weather and out of money. Plus, Langley                        abruptly closed up shop, emerging as a           and years.”
was suffering from poison oak acquired                         much smaller company. Staff members                 “Everybody collects something,” he says
while camping in Big Sur. Instead of                           were let go, although Langley recently has       with a smile. “If you want to start a conver-
exiting Santa Cruz, the couple remained,                       been hired back to write smaller articles,       sation with someone, ask him what he
becoming permanent residents after Deb,                        something he refers to as “chunking” to suit collects.”                        —Grace Voss

Alan Eklof, very far left, gives directions to a group of Saturday riders bound for the winding roads of Fort Ord on a cool ride in early April. (Photo by Snap E. Shutter)

8                                                                                                                                           May–June
French bicycle tourist finds friendly reception
from SCCCC thanks to Warm Showers registry

                                                                                                         Original BMX watercolor is by local artist Joanna Jarvis
                                                                                                         (See more at

                                                                                                         Xterra coming to Wilder
                                                                                                           The Pacific Championship Xterra
                                                                                                           Triathlon takes place at 8:30 a.m.
                                                                                                           Sunday, May 15 at Cowell’s Beach in
                                                                                                           Santa Cruz. The race includes a 1.5K
                                                                                                           swim, 30K mountain bike leg and a
                                                                                                           10K trail run at Wilder Ranch.

                                                                                                            Karen Kefauver, lower left, participated
                                                                                                            in a Ladies Activities Panel at the
Left to right: Pam Slocum, Flo Jay and Scott Campbell, along with Flo’s fully-loaded touring bicycle.
                                                                                                            Sea Otter Classic. Other panelists

                                                                                                            are, lower right, Lorri Lee Lown and,
      plucky 32-year old French woman                        bicycle to promote support for breast
                                                                                                            l to r in back row: Catharine “Kika”
      arrived in Santa Cruz this spring                      cancer, and this is her first trip to the      Pendrel (mountain bike world cup
on her way south through Death Valley                        Western US, and her first self- sup-           leader), Rachael Lambert (Specialized
and Las Vegas, heading to the Grand                          ported bicycle tour.                           Bicycles), Heather Henderson (Trek
Canyon and, eventually, Los Angeles                            Scott installed a new kickstand for          Bicycles), Bina Bilenky (Bilenky Cycle
International Airport. On the way she                        Flo’s bike, which she purchased in San         Works) and Sheila Moon (cyclocross
made friends with SCCCC members                              Francisco to save on shipping costs            racer and clothing designer). The panel
and Warm Showers hosts Scott Camp-                           from France. When she’s not exploring          discussed how to encourage more
                                                                                                            women to participate in bicycling.
bell and Pam Slocum.                                         the US by bike, Flo is an employment
  Scott and Pam hosted Flo Jay for two                       counselor in Montreal, although her
                                                                                                          Thank you March-April ride leaders!
nights, taking her on the Tuesday club                       family lives on a farm in the French
ride to Ben Lomond and then super-                                                                           alan eklof     ChriS boman
                                                             Alps. In a recent email, Flo expressed
                                                                                                             mike andalora Jim denton
vising her bike packing the next day                         her thanks for the SCCCC hospitality,
                                                                                                             ed kilduff     Shalom ComPoSt
for the rest of the trip. Flo and Grace                      saying “Thank you to escort me and to
                                                                                                             tony rall       frank PritChard
Voss rode together out of Santa Cruz,                        connect me. I hope you are all well and
and then the French woman continued                                                                          karen neviS    guido nagel
                                                             I wish you a beautiful day!”
on to Pacific Grove, where she stayed                                                                        riC eiSerling   vita PritChard
                                                               Flo’s website for those wishing to
at Sally Salmon’s home before setting                        support her breast cancer awareness             Jim Wheeler     bart Coddington
out for points south. She is riding her                      cause is                  Paula barSamian helga WienCh
                                                                                                             Janet fogel      lillyann PoPkin

May–June                                                                                                                      9
                      These shops are supporting our bicycle club with discounts on bicycling accessories. Discounts vary by shop, but
                      generally run 10% off the regular price. Ask the sales clerk for club discount.
                               Another Bike Shop                                 The Bike Coop
                               2361 Mission Street                               1156 High Street
                               427-2232                                          457-8281
                               Open 7 days 10 am–6pm                             Monday–Friday 10am–6pm

                           k The Bicycle Trip (new location)                     Bike Station Aptos
                             1001 Soquel Avenue                                  36 Rancho del Mar
                             427-2580                                            688-4169
Local bıcycle shops
                             Monday–Saturday 10am–6pm                            Monday–Friday 11 am-6 pm
                             Sunday 10am–5pm                                     Saturday 10 am-5 pm
                                                                                 Sunday Noon-4 pm
                               Bill’s Bike Repair
                               2826 Soquel Drive                                 Mr. E’s Cyclery
                               477-0511                                          8059 Aptos Street
                               Open seven days but call first!                   662-2937
                                                                                 Tuesday–Saturday 11am–6pm
                               Amsterdam Bicycles                                Closed Sunday–Monday
                               2–1231 East Cliff Drive
                               475-1394                                          Scotts Valley Cyclosport
                               Tuesday–Saturday 10am–6pm                         245 Mount Hermon Road
                                                                                 Scotts Valley
                               Dave’s Custom Bikes                               440-9070
                               910–A Soquel Avenue                               Tuesday–Friday 10am–6pm; Friday 10am–7pm
                               423-8923                                          Saturday 10am–6pm; Sunday 12–5pm
                               Tuesday–Sunday 9am–5pm
                                                                                 Watsonville Cyclery
                               Family Cycling Center                             1202 Freedom Boulevard
                               912 41st Avenue                                   Watsonville
                               475-3883                                          724-1646
                               Monday–Saturday 10am–6pm                          Monday–Sturday 11am–6pm; Sunday 12–5pm
                               Sunday 10am–5pm

                                                                             k The Bike Church
                               The Spokesman Bicycles                          703 Pacific Avenue 425-2453
                               231 Cathcart Street                             Monday–Saturday 3-7 p.m.
                               Monday–Thursday 10am–6pm                          Epicenter Cycling
                               Friday 10am–7pm                                   Aptos Station, 8035 Soquel Dr. Suite 23
                               Saturday 10am–6pm; Sun 12-5
                                                                                 Weekdays: 11 a.m.–7 p.m. Weekend: 8-4
                           k Sprockets
                             1420 Mission Street                                 Earth Cycles
                             426-7623                                            1207 Water St.
                             Tuesday-Friday 10am-6pm                             429-9040
                             Saturday 10-5; Sunday 12-5                          Wednessday–Sunday 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

                           k = Business Membership

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                             Santa Cruz County Cycling Club Membership Application/Renewal Form
 The Santa Cruz County Cycling Club is a group of bicycling enthusiasts with a wide variety of interests and abilities. The mission of the SCCCC is to promote bicy-
 cling for all ages through education and organized bicycling events. Included in your membership is a subscription to The Roadrunner, the club’s bimonthly newslet-
 ter, which publishes a schedule of rides and bicycling announcements. In addition, a 10% discount at local bicycle shops. Annual membership dues must be paid to
 remain a member in good standing. Dues become due yearly in the month your membership is received.

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                                                                League of American Bicyclists (LAB)
                                    Release and Waiver of Liability, Assumption of Risk, and Indemnity Agreement (“Agreement”)
                                          Each applicant for membership shall read and sign the following Release Agreement

 In Consideration of being permitted to participate in any way in Santa Cruz County Cycling Club (“Club”) sponsored Bicycling Activities (“Activity”) I for myself,
 my personal representatives, assigns, heirs, and next of kin:
     1. Acknowledge, agree and represent that I understand the nature of Bicycling Activities and that Iam qualified to participate in such Activity. I further acknowledge
 that the Activity will be conducted over public roads and facilities open to the public during the Activity and upon which the hazards of traveling are to be expected.
 I further agree and warrant that if at any time I believe conditions to be unsafe, I will immediately discontinue further participation in the Activity.
     2. Fully Understand that: (a) Bicycling Activities Involve Risks and Dangers of Serious Bodily Injury, including permanent disability, paralysis and death (“Risks”);
 (b) these Risks and dangers may be caused by my own actions, or inactions, the actions of others participating in the activity, the condition in which the activity takes
 place, or the negligence of the “Releases”named below; (c) there may be other risks and social and economic losses either not known to me or not readily foreseeable
 at this time; and I fully accept and assume all such risks and all responsibility for losses, costs and damages I incur as a result of my participation in the Activity.
     3. Hereby release, discharge, covenant not to sue, and agree to indemnify and save and hold harmless the Club, the LAB, their respective administrators, directors,
 agents, and employees, other participants, any sponsors, advertisers, and, if applicable, owners and leasers of the premises on which the Activity takes place (each
 considered one of the “Releases” herein) from all liability, claims, demands, losses or damages on my account caused or alleged to be caused in whole or in part by the
 negligence of the “Releases” or otherwise, including negligent rescue operations.
 I have read this agreement, fully understand its terms, understand that I have given up substantial rights by signing it and have signed it freely and without any inducement
 or assurance of any nature and intend it to be a complete and unconditional releaseof all liability to the greatest extent allowed by law and agree that if any portion of
 this agreementis held to be invalid the balance, notwithstanding, shall continue in full force and effect.

  __________________________________________________________________                      __________________________________________________________________

                 Signature of Applicant                                 Date                   Signature(s) of additional family members 18 years or older           Date

 Please complete the following for any minor (18-year-old) family members:                __________________________________________________________________

  __________________________________________________________________                      _________________________________________________________________
                                                                          Minor Release
 And I, the Minor’s parent and/or legal guardian, understand the nature of bicycling activities and the Minor’s experience and capabilities and believe the
 minor to be qualified, in good faith, and in proper physical condition to participate in such activities. I hereby release, discharge, covenant not to sue,
 and agree to indemnify and save and hold harmless each of the releasees from all liability, claims, demands, losses, or damages on the minor’s account
 caused or alleged to be caused in whole or in part by the negligence of the “releases” or otherwise, including negligent rescue operations and further agree
 that if, despite this release, I, the minor, or anyone on the minor’s behalf makes a claim against any of the releasees named above, I will indemnify, save,
 and hold harmless each of the releasees from any litigation expenses, attorney fees, loss liability, damage, or any cost that may incur as the result of any
 such claim
  ____________________________________________               __________________________________________               ____________________________________________

           Printed Name of Parent or Guardian                       Signature of Parent or Guardian                                  Signature of Minor
                                                        Please sign waiver — Incomplete Forms Will Be Returned

        Enclosed is $________ dues for membership in the Santa Cruz County Cycling Club which entitles me to all the rights and privileges of membership.
                     Make check payable to SCCCC and mail to: Santa Cruz County Cycling Club, P.O. Box 8342, Santa Cruz, CA 95061-8342
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                                                             May–June 2011
Sunday                   Monday                  Tuesday                 Wednesday              Thursday                Friday                  Saturday

   1                     2 Board Meeting           3   Club Ride          4                      5 Swanton Road          6                       7 Club Ride
                               7 p.m.                  GP                                            TT—6 p.m.

  8    Bike Week          9 Bishop’s Ranch        10   Club Ride         11 Bishop’s Ranch      12 Race Team 7 p.m.      13                     14 Club Ride
Myrna’s Adventure Ride    Outing begins                NMP                Outing ends                Bike to Work Day

 15 Strawberry Fields    16   Sign up             17 Club Ride           18   Clean your bike   19                       20                     21 Club Ride
      Forever 7 a.m.          to lead a ride!          GP

22                       23                       24 Club Ride           25                     26                       27   Go for a bike     28 Club Ride;
                                                       NMP                                                                    ride!

29                       30                       31   Club Ride          1                      2   Swanton Road         3                      4 Club Ride
                                                       Leader’s Choice                               TT—6 p.m.

  5 Myrna’s               6   Board Meeting         7 Club Ride           8   Go for a bike      9    Race Team          10    Sign up          11 Club Ride
Adventure Ride                7 p.m.                   GP                     ride!                   Meeting 7 p.m.          to lead a ride!

12                       13                       14 Club Ride           15                     16    Volunteer for      17                     18 Club Ride
                                                       NMP                                            a good cause!

19    Go for a bike      20   Clean your bike     21 Club Ride           22   Sign up           23                       24                     25 Club Ride
       ride!                                           GP                     to lead a ride!

26                       27                       28   Club Ride         29                     30   Clean your bike!

                                                                                                NMP is Nisene           GP is Gateway
                                                                                                Marks Park              Plaza

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