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Welcome to the
FEATHER PEDALS
RIDING GROUP
 The 42nd Cinderella Classic - April 14th, 2018
We're counting down the days. Will you be ready?
Starting Saturday January 13th, 2018 the Feather Pedals will be leading the first of 13 progressive Saturday conditioning rides to help riders prepare for the Cinderella Classics and Challenge. 

The Feather Pedals (FP) is a no cost cycling group within the Valley Spokesmen (VS) that organizes group ride opportunities for women. Men are welcome to join the rides too! FP is a group guided by the fundamental values of achievement, encouragement, and leisure cycling. The name "Feather Pedals" was created to describe a "lighter" or slower-to-moderate speed casual riding group for all levels of riders.

PLEASE NOTE: The Feather Pedals Yahoo Group will no longer exist. All communications and information will be integrated into the Valley Spokesmen web site, to Valley Spokesmen Club members who have "Subscribed" to the VS email list, and on the Feather Pedals Facebook page.

FP 2018 ANNOUNCEMENT

Cinderella Conditioning & Monthly Rides

We are proud to announce 2018 plans for the Valley Spokesmen Bicycle Club (VSBC aka VS) Feather Pedals (FP) referred to as VS FP.  This will FP’s 10th year of offering Cinderella conditioning and monthly social rides.  Details at www.valleyspokesmen.org

We are doing our best to continue to keep to our original mission of being a volunteer social cycling group within the VS Club guided by the fundamental values of achievement, encouragement, and leisure cycling.  The name “Feather Pedals” was created to describe a “lighter” or slower-to-moderate speed casual riding group.  All levels of riders from beginner to experienced, women and men, and all ages are welcomed.  Helmets are required for all riders.  We are not a training program or a competitive riding group although we do offer opportunities to condition together for the Cinderella event, learn riding skills, and ride socially each month.

KEY DATES

Before 1/13:  Get prepared… schedule your bike tune up, practice tire changing, etc.

Saturday, 1/13-4/7: FP Conditioning Rides

Rides – Dates, Start Times, Staging Locations:

    • Rides 1-6        1/13-2/17         @ 10:00a from Sycamore Park & Ride in Danville
    • Rides 7-12      2/24-3/31         @ 9:00a from BART in Pleasanton
    • Ride 13           4/7                   @ 10:00a – Location and Details To Be Announced
Skill Sessions - Dates:
    • Saturdays, 1/20 & 2/3 & 2/17: (3) Skill Sessions 15 Minutes Before The Rides
    Other - Dates:
    • Saturday, Date(s) TBD, FP Apparel “Try-On”:  Details To Be Announced. 
Stay-tuned for a special 10th Anniversary Special Edition FP Jersey!!!
    • Saturday, 4/7:  Cinderella Conditioning Graduation Ride and Celebration. Location and Details To Be Announced
    • Saturday, 4/14: The Event!  Valley Spokesmen Bicycle Club 42nd Cinderella Classic/Challenge:  Cinderella event details are located at www.valleyspokesmen.org
    • Sunday, 4/15:  Post Cinderella Gathering Celebration – Location and Details To Be Announced
    • May-December, 3rd Saturday:  Monthly Social Rides the 3rd Saturday.

CINDERELLA EVENT

Valley Spokesmen Bicycle Club 42nd Cinderella Classic/Challenge, Saturday 4/14  

The 42st Cinderella Classic 2018 is on Saturday, 4/14.  The Classic route is a metric century (65 miles) and is mostly flat with a few moderate hills. It’s a recreational bicycle ride (not a race) for women/girls only. The Challenge route is 85 miles with almost 2,000 feet of climbing and for experienced and extra-conditioned riders only. Males do not ride Cinderella – they do the organization, support, rest stops, and SAGs for the Cinderella riders.  However, males are welcomed and encouraged to ride with us for the VS FP Cinderella Conditioning rides each week.  Cinderella event details are located at www.valleyspokesmen.org

CINDERELLA CONDITIONING RIDES

The 13 VS FP Cinderella Conditioning rides begin Saturday 1/13 and progress in miles each week for 13 weeks until 4/7.  Ride 1 will be an easy ~20 mile orientation ride with each following week gradually progressing in miles. Ride 13 is the last ride before Cinderella so it’s our time to celebrate with a social graduation ride that is ~25 miles.  The location and start times are different for rides 1-6, 7-12, and 13 to allow for variety in routes as well as a later start time during the colder weather and earlier times for the longer distances.  Ride details will be announced in each of the pre-ride eMails sent the Wednesday before each ride.

CONDITIONING & SUPPORT

Conditioning

The routes will be a moderate progression of miles each week to help condition riders for the Cinderella “Classic” route.  Experienced riders who want to add more miles and/or climbing for an additional challenge or to prepare themselves for the Cinderella Challenge have the option to modify the routes themselves and be fully self-supported. 

General Ride Support

Although there are other riders who may be willing to help their fellow riders in need, it is recommended that all riders be prepared to be self-supported and have someone to call to be picked up if needed because the is no SAG (a person in a vehicle that rescues a rider, the bike, and gear).  Some rides will have a Sweep when available for the Classic route only to help ensure no rider is left behind.

Ride Groups & New Riders Support

When riders depart at the start time of the ride, they proceed through the traffic lights in waves and along the route riders split off into smaller ride groups of varying speeds so there are multiple opportunities to ride with others either at your pace, slower, or faster.

The New Riders Group is for riders who are new to outdoor riding, new to group riding, or returning riders.  It provides an opportunity to receive extra attention from the FP volunteers and some coaching from experienced riders.  If you would like to ride with this group, please get positioned with this group and be ready to go with your bike after signing in.

ROUTE SHEETS

Route Sheets

Links to all the Cinderella Conditioning routes will be listed on VS Ride Calendar and the Monthly Rides will be added before the rides begin.  Also, the links will be included in all pre-ride announcement eMails to VS members who subscribe to eMails and posted to the FP Facebook page. 

Print/Download Your Own Route Sheet

Please print/download the routes after the pre-ride announcement is sent on the Wednesday before each ride to ensure you have the finalized route.  Sometimes the posted routes are revised due to road conditions, etc.  All routes will have a link to ridewithGPS which provides route details -- easy to read cue sheet, map of route, elevation, etc.-- that can be printed or displayed on your Smartphone.  ridewithGPS has for fee membership options providing route navigation with turn-by-turn guidance with voice prompts. See www.ridewithgps.com for details.

STAGING LOCATIONS & TIMES

Staging Locations

We will continue to stage in two locations for rides 1-12 to provide more route variety and to allow riders to have more opportunity to practice riding the Cinderella route.  Ride 13 staging location to be announced. There are NO restrooms.  There are multiple establishments nearby and/or on the routes so please plan accordingly and remember to patronize the establishments utilized.

Rides 1-6 - January 13 to February 17 @ 10:00a from Sycamore Park & Ride in Danville

Stage at the Sycamore Park and Ride lot located at the Northeast corner of I-680/Sycamore Valley Road (exit) interchange (same location as 2015).  The Sycamore Park and Ride parking lot in Danville is located at the Northeast corner of I-680/Sycamore Valley Road (exit) interchange just off of I-680. 

Rides 7-12 – February 24 to March 31 @ 9:00a from BART in Pleasanton

Stage from BART in Pleasanton in the left Southwest corner parking lot. Directions: 1-580 East, Hopyard exit towards Dougherty Road, Right onto Hopyard towards Pleasanton, Left on Owens Drive, Left on Pleasanton Parking Lot (Willow Road is on right).  Park in the Left Southwest corner of parking lot. 

Ride 13 – April 7 @ 10:00a – Graduation Ride Location and Details To Be Announced

Suggested Arrival is 30 Minutes Before Start Time

Arrive early to allow time to sign in, get positioned with a ride group, join the skills sessions, etc.  We have limited support resources so will not wait for late arrivals.  You are welcome to ride the route on your own or catch up with the group at a regroup location.  If you ride with the group, please remember to sign in with the Ride Host.  If you are unable to sign up before the ride starts, please send an eMail ASAP after the ride to the Ride Host letting them know to sign you in.

CANCELLATIONS & COMMUNICATIONS

Cancellations

Ride Host will announce any possible ride cancellations due to weather conditions by 7:00p the evening before the ride and confirm by 7:30a the day of the ride.  The Host’s decision to cancel a ride depends on multiple factors including how dry the roads will be for the estimated duration and locations of the ride.

Communications

Stay informed either via FP Facebook or VS eMail. 

For FP Facebook, join the FP Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/Feather-Pedals-Riding-Club-188690581149894/

To receive VS eMails, riders must be a current VS member, subscribe to the VSLISTt, and must renew the membership by February or will be removed from the VS email list.  eMails will also provide alerts to additional club rides, ride changes, road issues, socials, what’s for sale, etc. VS eMails is the recommended option.  From the VS website home page: 

1. To become a member go to “Grab Bag” at the top of page then “Join Us”

2. To subscribe to eMails, go to the bottom left of the front page of the VS website under “Keep in Touch with the VS List” and “subscribe to vslist”

3. Each year ensure your membership is current/renewed by February or you will be removed from the vslist. 

BECOME A VS MEMBER

Requesting All Riders Become VS Members

We request riders to become VS members after 3 rides with VS FP to help support the VS Club.  Club Memberships are for a period of 1-year from 1/1-12/31.  The annual cost for an individual is $25.00 and for a family it’s $35.00. For membership details and to join go to  http://www.valleyspokesmen.org/Join 

MONTHLY RIDES

Monthly Rides

Monthly rides are the 3rd Saturday of each month from May to December (weather permitting).  Monthly rides will be ~30 miles.  Routes will be posted to the VS Ride Calendar before the monthly rides begin.  Staging locations and times:

  • May - Sycamore Park and Ride in Danville @ 9:30a
  • June-August “Beat the Heat” - Sycamore Park and Ride in Danville @ 8:30a
  • September-December - BART in Pleasanton @ 9:30a

FP APPAREL

FP Apparel

FP continues to become recognized and complimented on the roads for our custom cycling apparel.  FP riding apparel is available for purchase year round.  Please direct any questions to Carol Coronado at cyclingqueen11@yahoo.com  

Feather Pedals Store for On Line Ordering of Apparel 

http://shop.jakroo.com/Feather-Pedals

10th Anniversary Special Edition Jersey

Stay-tuned for the unveiling and for early season try-on event!

Try On Before Rides

Stay-tuned for opportunities to try on FP apparel to ensure the correct sizing is order.  The try on times will be at the staging locations and before the rides.  Dates and details to be announced.

Private Try On

To schedule time to try on apparel at Jakroo or help with sizing, contact Patrice Spyrka at  Patrice@jakroousa.com, Jakroo Director, 800-485-7067 ext. 106.  Jakroo is located at 5673 W. Las Positas Blvd. #201, Pleasanton, CA 94588.

BASIC SKILLS TRAINING

Basic Skills Sessions

For the Cinderella conditioning series, Meredith Nielsen, Wenzel Coach, will host 3 basic skills sessions that will take only 15 minutes.  These sessions will take place before the regularly scheduled rides and are geared to helping everyone become a better rider.  This is important because there is more to riding a bike than just pushing on the pedals!  Learning and practicing fundamental bike skills can help make your riding safer and more fun both as an individual and for others in the ride group.  For example, learning to develop smooth and efficient pedaling can make you less tired at the end of a long ride and proper use of your brakes and good cornering techniques can help you feel more confident when descending.  Sound individual skills will make you a better riding companion on group rides like the Cinderella.  Please take a moment to read “Rules of the Road” and “Pack Riding Skills” under Download on www.valleyspokesmen.org 

Additionally, Meredith will announce via VS eMail and to the FP Facebook page the details of her 5-hour long bike skills trainings as they are scheduled.

 (3) sessions will be held 15 minutes before roll time in the Newcomers area.

  • January 20th:  Helmet check, proper tire pressure, bike lights, proper emergency identification, basic bike position, 5 points of contact, starting out, slowing and stopping
  • February 3rd:  Emergency braking, basics of group riding etiquette 
  • February 17th:  Shifting and cadence, slowing/speeding up and being smooth on the bike 

For any individual training or questions:

Meredith Nielsen
USAC Level 2 Coach
415-516-0409

BIKE BASICS / BIKE CLINICS

Bike Basics / Bike Clinics

All riders will be asked to change their own flat tires on our rides.  This means having the tools and skills.  There are multiple ways to learn how to change a flat tire i.e. contact your local bike shop about clinics offered, uTube videos, etc.  We suggest taking time to learn how to change a tire ‘before’ you ride vs on a ride. 

Reminder:  It’s recommended that all riders have a bike tune up at a local bike shop before starting the ride series.

LET’S CELEBRATE!

Let’s Celebrate!

We have 2 opportunities to celebrate our Cinderella conditioning success – at the Graduation ride #13 and the day after Cinderella.  Both are no host events.  Guests are welcomed.  Details to be announced.

  • Graduation Ride Celebration - Saturday, April 7

Location and details to be announced.

  • After Ride Cinderella Gathering Celebration - Sunday, April 15

Location and details to be announced.

RULES OF THE ROAD

Rules of the Road  

http://bikeleague.org/content/rules-road-0  and see below.  Be sure to know and demonstrate these rules on all rides.  Be a Rules of the Road leader by helping others demonstrate these rules too. 

GENERAL QUESTIONS

General Questions

For additional questions that are not addressed in this Announcement, contact Karin Ball at khball2@yahoo.com

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From your FP Volunteers…. Keep Riding for the Fun of It!  Ride On…Ride Safe!

 

The Feather Pedals Volunteer Team

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RULES OF THE ROAD

Know Them and Demonstrate Them!

The League’s five “Rules of the Road” are the core of the Smart Cycling program and will prepare you for a safe and fun bike commute no matter where you are riding.

  • Follow the Law

Your safety and image of bicyclists depend on you. You have the same rights and duties as drivers. Obey traffic signals and stop signs. Ride with traffic; use the rightmost lane headed in the direction you are going.

  • Be Predictable 

Make your intentions clear to everyone on the road. Ride in a straight line and don’t swerve between parked cars. Signal turns, and check behind you well before turning or changing lanes.

  • Be Conspicuous

Ride where people can see you and wear bright clothing. Use a front white light, red rear light and reflectors when visibility is poor. Make eye contact with others and don’t ride on sidewalks.

  • Think Ahead

Anticipate what drivers, pedestrians, and other people on bikes will do next. Watch for turning vehicles and ride outside the door zone of parked cars. Look out for debris, potholes, and other road hazards. Cross railroad tracks at right angles.

  • Ride Ready

Check that your tires have sufficient air, brakes are working, chain runs smoothly, and quick release levers are closed. Carry tools and supplies that are appropriate for your ride. Wear a helmet.