From the

Ride Director


Bill Gorodetzer

bgorodetzer@yahoo.com    (215) 370-2854

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September 6, 2021

SUBJECT: Save the Date - Apply for Registration Discount Code


- Save the Date -

Apply for Registration Discount Code *

Road Ride Start Time:            7:00 AM - 9:00 AM start window

Start/End Point:                    Ocean City Inlet Parking Lot, 809 S Atlantic Ave, Ocean City, MD  21842  [Bathrooms ?, Drink ? and Food ? available]

Road Ride Distances:                40+/- and 63+/- miles  

Speed Categories:                     12-18+ mph (average rolling speed) groups forming (please indicate your expected average moving speed.

Rest / Refreshment Stops:   TBA  [Bathrooms ?, Drink ? and Food ? available]

RWGPS Route Links:               TBA

Event Ride Info:                    Individuals, Bike Clubs and Teams of 10 and more riders are invited to join the First State Marines in the inauguration for our first Road Ride from the Ocean City inlet to the Indian River Inlet (40 miles) and beyond to Rehoboth Beach (63 Miles). This fundraiser is a patriotic Ride to Benefit the Semper Fi Marine Auxiliary and the America’s Fund to benefit Combat Wounded and Critically Ill Veterans and their families 

REGISTRATION DISCOUNT CODE:   The sponsor is making additional changes to it’s website so we suggest you hold off on registering until you receive the Discount Code and instructions on how to register as a member of Team Sussex Cycists.  * APPLY FOR DISCOUNT CODE BY REGISTERING TO THIS POSTED EVENT. In the "Comments for Ride Leader" please indicate expected average moving ride speed (in mph) and distance (40 or 63 miles).

                          

Bill

Bill Gorodetzer

Sussex Cyclists Team Captain 

(215)370-2854

bgorodetzer@yahoo.com 





Team Sussex Cyclists (additional member participants not shown) at the

2021 Iron Futnace Fifty

(August 28, 2021 - Snow Hill, MD)


June 28, 2021

SUBJECT: Heat Advisory

Peggy's bike computer from her ride yesterday says it all....

HEAT ALERT

In excessively hot weather, follow these guidelines:

  • Pre-hydrate BEFORE the ride (one full 16-24 ounce bottle)
  • Carry 2 bottles when on your bike- at least one with sport drink containing electrolytes (sodium and potassium (to get more oxygen passed from your blood vessels into your muscle tissue) and muscle cramp easing (magnesium-in liquid or by tablet) and one with water
  • To keep your liquids cold for your ride, try freezing your half full bottles the night before and top them off before you leave your home or make ice cubes from your sport drink and add to your sport drink bottle  
  • You may be a "drink when thirsty" cyclist, but try to be a "stay ahead of thirst" cyclist by sipping every 5-15 minutes and try alternating between sport drink and water
  • Watch yourself and your fellow riders for signs of dehydration - which can lead to heat related illnesses (see right panel) such as heat crampsheat exhaustionand heatstroke - BEFORE a cyclist looses their focus or control of their bike.  Dehydration occurs when the body looses more liquid than it takes in. Each individual may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include (and may lead to heat related illnesses- see right panel):
    • Thirst
    • Less-frequent urination
    • Dry skin
    • Fatigue
    • Light-headedness
    • Dizziness
    • Confusion
    • Dry mouth and mucous membranes
    • Increased heart rate and breathing
  • Our Club Group Rides refreshment stops are usually about mid way; refill/top off BOTH bottles (share a large container with your fellow riders) to be prepared for what is likely the hottest part of the ride.  Wawa, Royal Farms and many coffee shops don't object to you using their ice and bathrooms- so support them by buying something if you do
  • Drink a full 16-24 ounce bottle after your group ride and  consider additional hydration intake on your way home
  • Club Group Ride Leaders should consider an earlier start time for their group ride and/or shortening the route and/or modifying the route and ride to include more frequent  rest / refreshment stops


Heat-related illnesses that begin with heat cramps, progresses to heat exhaustion, and finally to heat stroke:
  • Heat cramps consist of painful muscle cramps and spasms that occur during or after intense exercise and sweating in high heat.
  • Heat exhaustion occurs in conditions of extreme heat and excessive sweating without adequate fluid and salt replacement. 
  • Heat stroke occurs when the body's temperature regulation fails. The person develops a change in mental status, becomes confused, lethargic, and may have a seizure, the skin stops sweating, and the body temperature may exceed 106 F (41 C). This is a life-threatening condition and emergency medical attention is needed immediately. 
NOTE: Individuals over the age of 60 are more susceptible to dehydration and heat related injuries. For a fuller description of symptoms and treatments, click here.

April 1, 2021

SUBJECT: 2021 Club Group Rides; Annual Ride Leadership Meeting

As I indicated in my previous email, although our usual public service activities will for the most part shut down, Sussex Cyclists will again have a robust Group Riding program in 2021, albeit affected by Covid-19 infection mitigation. We will continue using our on-line registration / Club Liability Waiver agreement and agreement to our Club Group Riding Requirements as well as sending out automated emails (sorry - members receive allemails or no emails -  if you opt out - because of limitations of our website provider's group emailing format) that we introduced last year. Both were very well received!  

On May 4th we will hold our annual Club Group Riding Leadership meeting - virtually as we did in 2020 - to establish the parameters and conduct mandatory continuing education training to successfully implement our current year's activities and make sure all of our group rides incorporate established Club requirements and guidelines. To help us prepare I am again requesting for your feedback and suggestions (no need to respond if you have already done so) for 2021 to insure our group rides program exceeds the expectations of our members. Here are some thought starters that you may want to comment on (please don’t do a reply to all - reply directly to me or send/copy to a Club Board member):

  • If you participated in our 2020 Club Group Rides, the good, bad and ugly about our rides and actions/non-actions of our Club Group Riding Leadership (Ride Leaders, Assistant Ride Leaders and Sweep Riders);
  • Additional Start Locations, Start Times, frequency and length of rides, etc. 
  • Our on-line Club Group Ride reservation system and automated email process used in 2020 (and as noted above will continue to use in 2021);
  • Your feelings about the need to find an alternative to our prior Yahoo Groups list server that facilitated distribution of emails to an individual or group of recipients (discontinued by Yahoo last December) from all subscribers (including non-club members) and any suggestions for alternatives;
  • Whether participation in Club Group Rides should be limited only to current club members (but allowing for occasional guests of members?); 
  • Whether Sussex Cyclists should continue to provide members with training and support for Ride With GPS, provide similar training and support for Strava and guidance and suggestions for Competitive Riding Events; 
  • Suggested changes/content additions to our club web site [https://www.sussexcyclists.org] and face book [https://www.facebook.com/SussexCyclists] page;
  • Whether Sussex Cyclists should continue to advertise or promote selective local and regional event rides; 
  • Whether you would like to join our 2021 Club Group Riding Leadership to help out and "share the load" of our Club Group Rides (training will be provided); and,
  • Anything else you think would be appropriate for discussion at our May 4th 2021 Club Group Riding Leadership meeting.

I look forward to receiving your feedback before by Thursday April 15th so it can be discussed at the scheduled May 4th annual Club Group Riding Leadership meeting.



January 17, 2021

SUBJECT: Winter Blahs, COVID Fatigue and 2021 Club Group Rides

On behalf of the Sussex Cyclists Board of Directors, best wishes to all Club Members for a happy and healthy New Year filled with many miles of safe and enjoyable riding.

Cycling activities for most of us decline significantly during the colder weather. Kudos to those that are still riding outside (individually or in small groups) and/or cycling indoors on trainers (smart or not), exercise bikes (with or without on-line subscriptions for training and virtual rides) or participating in spin classes (at a gym or virtually at home).  Others choose to reallocate their time to cross training for building up strength, flexibility and aerobic capacity. Or maybe we put additional emphasis on reading on line bicycling articles or books to increase our knowledge of cycling skills and bicycle maintenance. And a number of us just chill out to re-charge and spend more time on activities that tend to get crowded out during the prime riding months. 

Any or all of the above are productive activities worthy of our individual and collective effort, especially as we push through the COVID-19 pandemic. With 10 months behind us and probably another 6-9 months remaining before a combination of wide availability of vaccine for all of us, better availability to reliable testing and strict compliance with mitigation (wearing masks, social distancing and hand hygiene) bring us closer to the pre-pandemic “normal” we long for. And beyond all things bicycle, it’s an understatement to say that the adjustments we continue to make in our lives because of COVID-19 greatly impacts the way we relate to family, friends and community.

It’s important that we have things to look forward to, and for many of us, that includes bicycling. Although public service activities are still for the most part shut down, Sussex Cyclists will have a Group Riding program in 2021. In April we will hold our annual Club Group Riding Leadership meeting - whether in person or virtually as we did in 2020 - to establish the parameters and conduct training to effectively implement our activities. To help us prepare I am asking for your feedback and suggestions so that our 2021  program is in line with the expectations of our members. Here’s some things you may want to comment on (please don’t do a reply to all- send to me and/or a Club Officer or Board member):

  • If you participated in our 2020 Club Group Rides, the good, bad and ugly on the rides and Club Group Riding Leadership (Ride Leaders, Assistant Ride Leaders and Sweep Riders);
  • Whether you would like to join the the 2021 Club Group Riding Leadership to help share the load;
  • Our on-line Club Group Ride reservation and automated email process we used in 2020;
  • Your feelings about the need to find an alternative to our now shut down Yahoo Groups email distribution (discontinued by Yahoo in mid December) and suggestions for alternatives;
  • Suggested changes/content additions to our club web site [https://www.sussexcyclists.org] and face book [https://www.facebook.com/SussexCyclists] platforms;
  • Whether Sussex Cyclists should continue to provide members with training and support for Ride With GPS and provide similar training and support for Strava; 
  • Whether Sussex Cyclists should continue to advertise or promote selective area and regional event rides; 
  • Whether participation in Club Group Rides should only be for current club members (and occasional guests of members); and
  • Anything else you think would be appropriate for the Club to consider implementing in 2021.

Our club leadership looks forward to receiving your initial feedback before the end of January so it can be discussed at the to be scheduled February meeting of the Sussex Cyclists Board of Officers and Directors.

Bill

Bill Gorodetzer

Ride Director, Sussex Cyclists

www.sussexcyclists.org

(215) 370-2854


Bill Gorodetzer

Ride Director, Sussex Cyc

www.sussexcyclists.org

215) 370-2854

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