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  • 22 Jan 2019 11:45 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    It's time to renew your membership or join us!

    The new membership year begins February 1st. Club dues help to fund everything we do; from the daily rides that hundreds attend every week to our annual Memorial Day and July 4th Freedom Rides, to our annual signature TAB event, MARR.

    Club dues benefit local and state organizations like Metroparks Toledo and the Ohio Bicycle Federation; national organizations such as the League of American Bicyclists who work on our behalf to improve cycling infrastructure, propose new legislation to help make our journeys safer, and increase overall awareness. We partner with these and other local organizations like the Maumee Valley Adventurers and The Right Direction Youth Program to expose young and old to the wonderful world of cycling.

    Your dues go back into the community as part of our effort to build a cycle-friendly region we all can enjoy. Please support TAB in our efforts and make the choice to renew or become a new member. It's quick and painless, and helps us to maintain, strengthen and build on an organization that promotes the sport we love.

    You can join or renew online at the secure link below:

    https://www.toledoareabicyclists.org/join-tab

  • 21 Jan 2019 12:03 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Gravel guru Nate Burks has released the tentative schedule for his new 2019 TAB Gravel Series. Per Nate, this ride is for experienced and novice alike. "If you are new to gravel, this series is designed to take you from short and flat to long and hilly over the course of ten rides. These are "no rider left behind" rides with frequent regrouping."

    Nate adds, "There are many advantages to riding roads less traveled. Riding gravel is a great way to increase leg strength and endurance. You are guaranteed to see fewer cars. We will encounter roads with varying terrain, hills, the occasional closed road or bridge, and sometimes dogs and livestock. You will never be bored." 

    The ride schedule has been added to the calendar along with starting points and route info. These rides are scattered throughout the summer calendar so check dates and times to ensure you don't miss out.

    04/06 - Waterville Towpath

    04/20 - Pacesetter

    05/04 - Original Gravity 27

    05/18 - Wauseon Warmup

    06/01 - Original Gravity 37

    06/29 - Pacesetter Blissfield

    07/13 - Chelsea Waterloo 36

    07/27 - Forest View Lanes

    08/17 - Tecumseh Brewing

    08/31 - Chelsea Waterloo 51

    09/07 (Bonus Epic Ride 1) - 70MilesAGravel (71.6 miles)

    09/21 (Bonus Epic Ride 2) - SLAFALA (80.6 miles)

    09/28 (Bonus Epic Ride 3) - Morenci Gravel 100 (103.3 miles)

    10/05 (Bonus Epic Ride 4) - Loudonville ExGravelGanza (71 miles)

    Look for more information as the season approaches.

    Thanks Nate!


  • 17 Jan 2019 10:06 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The 2018-19 TAB Winter Warrior Series reached its halfway point at Heritage Park in Adrian this past Saturday. Over the course of the last 11 weeks, 236 riders have headed out into everything from 19 degree ice-grinders to 47 degree spring-like mornings to enjoy all that Northwest Ohio/Southeast Michigan roads and trails have to offer. 

    At the tilt, things are tightly-bunched in the standings with Chris Crandall and Mary Lissfelt leading the way with 100% (35) minutes. Last year's runner-up John Wodarski trails slightly at 33 minutes after missing Winter Warrior 1, the Packo's Ride. Greg Rogo and Terry McCutcheon round out the Top 5 with 32 and 31.55 minutes respectively. Nate Burks, Mike Troxell, John Lissfelt, and the perennial duo of Hubert Backes and Rick Metcalf make up the Top 10.

    This week Winter Warrior 12 will take us to Oak Openings and the Beach Ridge Trail for some single-track MTB fun. The group will meet at the Cannaley Parking Lot on Rt 64 just south of Airport Hwy in Swanton OH and they will head out promptly at 9:00am. MTB or fat bikes are recommended. 

    Come on out and join in the fun.  Anybody can be a Winter Warrior! 

    Look for updated TAB Winter Warrior standings on the "MTB" tab.


  • 16 Jan 2019 10:33 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    As you may have noted during the recent nomination process, the membership was asked about their interest in touring. It is a two-wheel journey that some do every season; some have only imagined it. The romantic idea of setting out for an extended destination with gear in-tow under your own pedal power, and nothing but everything between here and there to captivate you along the way. 

    Just last fall a group of TAB members took on the GAP trail from Pittsburgh to Washington DC and, for some of us, it stirred our interest. Watching the daily reports come in from the trail, I know I wanted to be out there with them, experiencing the sights, sounds, and adventure that surely comes with such a trip. 

    The problem for some, in taking on a loaded tour, are limitations in either gear setup or physical ability to push a fully-loaded bike for several days riding. Now comes Nancy Beeman with a plan to make it happen. The plan is to ride the Katy Trail in Missouri, which is the country's longest continuous rail-trail, running from St. Louis almost all the way across the state.

    The interesting part of this tour is that this one may possibly be supported, giving those who don't want, or cannot for some reason transport their own gear, a way to move equipment from place to place. For those, it would be wake, pack, load in the van, and jump on the bike. Those that wish to can ride fully-loaded. Additionally, there should be several options for accommodations to allow for a whole spectrum of rider experiences. 

    The tour is planned for June. Information will roll out as things start to take shape. Nancy will present more info on the plan at our annual banquet on February 24th, so make sure you attend to get the latest on what I have been told is going to be a beautiful ride.


  • 15 Jan 2019 2:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Our Annual Banquet/Meeting is Sunday, February 24th!

    Register online Here

    Dinner Cost: $20 each meal (Free for 6 hours of TAB or MARR Volunteers, Ride Leaders, and Board Members)- Enter code VOL18)

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    From Banquet Chair Cindy DiVitto:

    Alternatively, you may print off the registration form below and mail a check to me to my address below. 
    (Still let me know via email that the check is on its way.)

    Cindy DiVitto
    379 Overlook Drive
    Waterville OH 43566

    See the recently emailed registration form for details on the meals and speakers. As usual, we will provide soft drinks and you are welcome to bring adult beverages if you like. We are looking forward to seeing everyone and catching up!

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    For those that would prefer to use the hard copy form:  Banquet Registration Form

    Menu choices:

    Parmesan Chicken with Creamy Sage Sauce

    All natural chicken breasts topped with crunchy breadcrumbs, parmesan, butter and seasonings. Finished with a drizzle of creamy white sauce flavored with savory sage.

    Korean Style Pork Tenderloin w/ Sugar Snap Peas

    Pork tenderloin marinated in a balanced sweet/salty vinagrette (Gluten and dairy free)

    Cuban Enchilada Casserole

    Savory sweet potatoes, tangy black beans and corn make for a healthy and delicious entrée. Made with vegan cheddar cheese and corn tortillas. (Vegan, gluten and dairy free)

    Speakers:

    TAB has had many members take Bike Tours this year, in multiple forms.  Come hear a presentation on the variety of touring available to you, whether day trips, self supported, semi supported, or fully supported with guides. Hugh Benning will report on his son in law, Tony’s South Korean Tour.  Rick Metcalf will give highlights of his many self guided loaded tours. Mark Beeman will share his experiences with fully guided week long tours. Hugh Benning will  cover their week long Cumberland Gap trip from Pittsburgh to DC.

    TAB will be leading its own loaded tours next year, and Nathan Burks will speak on his upcoming Gravel Series. Doug Metzger and Chris Holmes will discuss their Epic Series of longer, out of town rides for road, gravel and mountain biking

    Cost is $20 per person

    If you have 6-hours MARR/Volunteer the cost is waived. See below for the current list of 2018 volunteers. If your name is not on the list but should be please contact Cindy DiVitto  at 419-340-7039.

    Dan Becker

    Rick Metcalf

    Rick Rump

    Connie Bennings

    Linda Metcalf

    Nichole Siche

    Gary Breymaier

    Alan Mikesell

    Ron Schieb

    Renee Breymaier

    Mark Nowatarski

    Janet Smith

    Dave Burkett

    Jodi Petcoff

    Pat Squire

    JoAnn Cousino

    Dave Posadny

    Debbie Tassie

    Anthony DiVitto

    Linda Posadny

    Brian Tomcho

    Cindy DiVitto

    Ray Purney

    Jane Tomcho

    Alan Frischman

    Edgar Rapp

    Ron Toneff

    Doug Gonia

    Patti Rapp

    Mike Troxell

    Tom Lenard

    Sue Richards

    April Wasserman

    Neal Martin

    Dan Riley

    Keith Webb

    Natalie McCutcheon

    Sue Roskowski

    Sue Wilson

     

    Come out and enjoy another great evening of veloship, good food, and fun times with your fellow riders!

  • 13 Jan 2019 8:17 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Thank you to everyone who took time to complete the poll and make their selections for our new Board and 2018 rider awards. Thank you, also, to Membership Chair Rick Rump and Vice President Tim Prand for their work in getting it done in the midst of website migration chaos. From the numbers I have seen, along with Rick's comments, membership response was strong.

    Results from the election will be revealed and three exceptional members will be recognized this Sunday, January 20th at our Annual Banquet/Meeting in Monclova. Please join us to celebrate 2018 and officially kick-off 2019!

    If you have not registered yet, please do so now to ensure Cindy has a good headcount in advance >>>  Banquet Registration

  • 31 Dec 2018 12:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Updated 12/31/2018:

    The TAB election poll has been sent to all current members via email to elect board members for the upcoming year as well as to award 2018 Most Improved Rider, Volunteer of the Year, and the coveted Hubert J Backes Rider of the Year awards.

    The poll will be open until January 10th, so please complete as soon as possible. If you are a member in good standing and, for some reason, have not received an email link to the survey, send an email to rschieb@gmail.com and we will get the link to you.

    Please let your voice be heard; it's what makes our club strong!


  • 20 Dec 2018 12:03 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Several members met with the board on Tuesday night to propose a new summer series that would help expand our scope of available types of rides. The new scheduled rides would take place Saturday mornings from April-September and would begin modestly, progressing into more challenging rides as the season completes. The series would culminate in several "Epic Rides" in the fall. The board approved planning to implement the schedule as official TAB rides. We hope to be able to publish a firm schedule for you soon.

    Thank you to Nate Burks, Chris Holmes, and Doug and Kathy Metzger for their efforts to provide the club with more options to enjoy what we do and for taking the time to organize and present!

  • 20 Dec 2018 10:40 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Updated 12/28/2019:

    2019 applications for Metroparks Toledo After-Hours Commuting permits are now available. The application is easy to complete and submit, and approval (At least in my case because I look trustworthy) was almost instantaneous. If you are going to be riding with us on after hour rides you should have this free permit. The pdf application is available below.

    2019 Metroparks After Hours Permit.pdf

    -Ron Schieb


  • 17 Dec 2018 2:38 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Don’t forget Tuesday’s Night Ride! Alan Frishman will be leading the ride and hopefully the Christmas Story pink bunny will be in attendance. The ride leaves from CycleWerks, Whitehouse at 6:30pm and should cover 22+ miles, pace will be 16-17mph. The weather will be in the 30’s and no precipitation forecast. It will be a perfect opportunity to get off the trainer and get some fresh air.

    -Hugh Benning


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