BBC Awards Banquet 2020


Greetings Baltimore Bicycle Club Members,

Normally in early November we gather for our end-of-year Awards Banquet and Elections. However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this year we were not able to hold our end of year event safely.

We held our election via internet voting software and our new Board of Directors is listed in our program. In recognition of all of our volunteers including ride leaders, event coordinators, and club organizers as well as prior years’ recipients of the Wayne Rodgers, Barbara Parks, and Hall of Fame awards, we have prepared the usual event program. The 2020 Awards Banquet program has been posted on our website.

Patrick Lapensee

-- President of the Baltimore Bicycling Club

Civil War Century 2020 is Cancelled

As your Civil War Century event coordinators, we sincerely regret to have to announce that our club’s signature event is cancelled for 2020. We hope to see everyone back for the next Civil War Century event on Saturday, September 11th, 2021! As a club member, consider making it a priority to volunteer to ensure our success.

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Annual Tandem Planning Meeting at TGIF

CRABS, Couples Riding a Bike Simultaneously, and WABITS, Washington Area Bikes in Tandem Society had their 2ND ANNUAL JOINT PLANNING MEETING, in Columbia, MD at TGIF restaurant.   This all happened on March 1, 2020, when restaurants were open and social groups were still gathering.  Pictured are Evie and Mike Reinsel (BBC CRABS coordinators) and Laurie and Ed Barr (PPTC WABITS coordinators).  Since the tandem groups were shrinking in the area, joining forces to create a fuller ride schedule was a win win!

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President's Message May 2020

This BBC news was sent via email to all active BBC members:

Kent County Spring Fling, (KCSF): Regrettably, in late March, the 38th annual Kent County Spring Fling was cancelled due to the impact of covid-19. Bob Carson, our longtime coordinator, has stepped down as the KCSF event coordinator. Bob worked tirelessly on KCSF year-round and his leadership will be missed. Thank you for all your hard work Bob!

New leadership team: Board members Marg Draper-Harris and her husband Mike will team up with me, (Pat Lapensee), and my wife Denise Huson to coordinate KCSF starting in 2021 (Memorial Day Weekend). We'll be taking a page from Bob’s book, “Let’s make next year’s Spring Fling the best ever!”

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The Baltimore Bicycling Club and COVID-19

 

Dear Baltimore Bicycling Club members,

As you know, the entire world is engulfed in the COVID-19 outbreak which the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared a pandemic. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the WHO have provided guidance on how to best combat the virus that causes COVID-19. This guidance includes avoiding crowds and practicing “Social Distancing,” where we stay 6 feet from other people. These actions will help slow the spread of the virus.

To this end, the Baltimore Bicycling Club (BBC) Board of Directors is cancelling all BBC rides effective immediately until further notice. All BBC rides currently posted on the BBC website are cancelled. The Instructional Cycling Series, including the orientation, will not go forward as scheduled. Depending on circumstances, we will attempt to conduct the instructional program later in the season, possibly in the fall.

Additionally, events will be cancelled as necessary and cancellations will be posted on the BBC website. The Spring Social and the Kent County Spring Fling have been cancelled. We hope to host our upcoming events as scheduled.

Cancelling our rides, and thus limiting our exposure to others, is something we must do to help slow the spread of COVID-19. We understand this is disappointing, as our season is just getting underway and our calendar is filling up with rides. But the safety of our bicycling community, as well as our friends and families, is paramount.

The BBC Board of Directors will alert all members of our club when circumstances allow us to continue normal operations. In the meantime, be safe, practice good hygiene and distancing. We look forward to everyone participating in BBC rides in the future.

President of the Baltimore Bicycling Club,

Patrick Lapensee