2021 Civil War Century – A Success!

Approximately 1200 riders enjoyed the hospitality of our club’s signature event! COVID forced adjustments to ensure the safety of both the riders and volunteers. Luck was on our side with the weather, but the real secret sauce is our fabulous volunteers that make it all work so well – THANK YOU and we hope that you can part of the recipe in 2022!

Civil War Century is just 30 days away!

Hear how Becky and Jim Matsakis did it last year on their own, after the Club had to cancel the 2020 event.

Becky said that doing the Civil War Century (CWC) had been at the back of their minds since they first heard about it in 2015. They had just started cycling again with the BBC after a 23-year hiatus. Volunteering for the event at the Mt. Aetna rest stop, they learned more details specifically about the 100-mile route. The last century they rode was the BBC’s Hunt Valley Hundred in 1990. And that, Jim would admit, was a few years ago!

Read more: Matsakis Civil War Century

The BBC Summer Picnic Was A Huge Success

After a COVID year off, the BBC summer picnic returned to Taneytown Memorial Park. It was wonderful to see everyone in person. Thanks to Bill Blankenship for all his hard work pulling this together.

Read more: BBC summer picnic 2021

Earth Day 2021 Celebration Ride

 

Mary and Barry Menne led an Earth Day Celebration ride on 4/20/21.  Seven of the ten participants were able to arrive at the MD Line P&R an hour early to remove litter.  Pictured above are Carol & Walt Russell, Barry & Mary, Gene Young, Becky & Jim Matsakis.  We collected 8 large bags of trash, a pillow and a chair.   After the ride Walt and Barry loaded the trash into the Russell's vehicle and drove it to the Maryland Line Volunteer Fire Station where we had permission for disposal in their dumpster.

Please keep Mother Earth in your thoughts and actions!

Come Ride With Us

Mike Harris led the Alpha Ridge Park-Savage-Ellicott City ride on April 3. He had 12 riders, here seven enjoy a break from riding.  L-R standing, Phil Feldman, Brad Yelton, John Wyatt, Larry Schofield & Mark Ferwerda. L-R sitting, Travis Warren, Mike Harris & the Easter Squirrel. #RideWithBBC #RideWithBaltoBikeClub

BBC President's Message - 2020/2021

 

Goodbye 2020

Last year, 2020, was a year of many surprises.  We started the year out strong with a well-attended planning meeting to come up with ideas for increasing rider participation on our club rides.  In spite of the meeting being held on what was to become the only snow day in the winter of 2020, over 35 hardy members showed up for the meeting.

Barely 6 weeks later we faced difficult decisions confronting our club due to the arrival of the covid-19 pandemic.  We made the difficult decision to suspend all bike rides effective March 28, 2020 and we realized that we had to cancel our annual Memorial Day Weekend event, Kent County Spring Fling.  Eventually each of our monthly events was cancelled:

-- April: Season Opener

-- April: Spring Social

-- May: Kent County Spring Fling

-- June: Greencastle Great Escape

-- June: Flatlands Tour

-- July: Picnic

-- August: Corn Roast Ride

-- September: Civil War Century

-- September: Washington County Getaway

-- September: Lancaster Weekend

-- November: Annual Awards Dinner

Although the events were cancelled, members of our club spent many hours in the planning process for these events and we greatly appreciate the effort that was made in planning, but not implementing, these events. 

In addition to the event coordinators and their direct assistants, many of our members participate in activities which keep our club running from the giving committee, to our legal advisor, to our web site designer, and many others. And, of course our ride leaders.  Although for four months of 2020, we did not have rides posted to our web site, many members volunteered to be ride leaders in the first three months of the year and then after our ride calendar was re-opened in August.

Hello 2021

With the roll-out of vaccinations for covid-19, we hope that we will eventually be able to safely return to the group activities that our bike club normally organizes.  Rides are being scheduled through our calendar and must follow guidelines for safe riding during this pandemic period. 

One of our goals for 2021 is to help members become more comfortable using Ride with GPS and we hope to offer training to those who request it.

We realize that although a small percentage of Americans have been vaccinated, it may take several months before all of us have received a vaccine.  We will patiently hold off on putting our large events on the calendar for 2021.  We hope that we will be able to gather later this year and when we can hold these events, we will celebrate in the friendship we have with our fellow bike riders. 

We invite members to stay in touch with each other and to contact any board members about ideas for our future activities.

Patrick Lapensee

-- President of the Baltimore Bicycling Club