May 2012 Presidents Paceline

Wow what a first quarter of 2012!  It is already May and the last presidents paceline was back in February – where does the time go…  We have been busy and done so much in just over 4 short months!  Follow are the highlights:

  • TOSRV was a success with about 200 riders and next years event is already set for April 20-21 2013 and will be even better!
  • We have a new club website and brochure
  • We have the highest membership count in years and new members are still joining every week.
  • Continued work by our advocacy committee including ongoing meetings with the city/county planning on making the our bike route network official and work with the Ton2 KCCI group on establishing a city/county/CRTPA recognize bicycle advisory committee as a unified established platform for cyclists to engage our local government.
  • National Bike Month activities have been planned for May – check em out at  A big thanks to Karen Lowen and other volunteers!
  • 501c3 paperwork is done (man what a lot of details to gather and a special thanks to Laurie Koburger for getting our last 3 years of financials documented!)  We anticipate submitted in the package to the IRS before June.


I have likely forgotten something but wanted to go ahead and get something out to everyone to keep you informed 🙂

More exciting club updates are coming so spread the word, get involved, and continue to have fun with bicycles!

Zach Finn
President 2012
Capital City Cyclists

Meals on 2 Wheels Q1

Biking Chef
Yesterday was the 12th Meals on 2Wheels delivery (13, if you count the beta test on 1/25). We have not missed a Wed morning since the start on Feb 1, 2012. We had a couple of mornings when rain threatened, including yesterday (4/18) when we actually got sprinkled on. The upside of those weather-threatening days is, we set speed records for completing the delivery. The downside is, we don’t spend any chit/chat time with the clients, but they know us now and definitely “get” that we need to hurry due to weather. Here are some more details on things we have learned and accomplished over the first three months of Mo2W.

Client List Evolution

Our “clients” are the folks we actually deliver meals to. This is what Mo2W is all about. Our list has evolved, and the data for that exposes the human story of aging in America. We added two clients during this quarter, one who moved into our “service area” and another who returned from a stay in a rehab facility. When our lady moved back from rehab, she was so happy to be back in her home and is clearly worried that she might not be able to stay there. Home, no matter how modest, is infinitely preferable to a “facility”. Everybody knows this. Most of us have learned this through some personal experiences with family or friends or neighbors.  The rest of  us will learn it that way sometime in the future.

We also lost two clients. Reverend Bishop J B Beckwith, age 99, passed on March 21, 2012. He and his wife were both clients. Ms Beckwith is still in mourning, but hanging in there physically.

Caleb Hanna, Jr, 95, left us for Hospice in late March and passed away on April 4, 2012. Mr Hannah had been blind since I knew him.

It is sad to have these senior citizens leave us. It is poignant to realize that Meals on (2 or 4) Wheels helped allow these kind, good-hearted people to remain in their homes while they were alive.

Logo by artist Bill Otersen

We are extremely grateful to Bill Otersen for designing our Mo2W logo. The Biking Chef is cool. He is showing the world that you can use bikes for utilitarian purposes and enjoy the journey while maintaining your health and being a part of your environment instead of observing from inside a rolling terrarium. Thank you so much, Bill. I hope the logo catches on in other places around the country.

Who Dat

Here are the people who have participated in Mo2W so far:

Alvin Farrar

Chris Lacher [dat’s me]

Mike Redig

Marv Rubenstein

Dave Stotts

Josh Valentine

Al Farrar is the only person besides myself to have made every single delivery during Mo2W’s brief existence. Al is a trooper. Marv Rubenstein and Mike Redig have made quite a few deliveries as well. Dave Stotts rode with us in preparation for his column on Mo2W – more on that below. Josh Valentine joined us for the first time on 4/18. He is a member of the FSU cycling team and an avid all-round cyclists, also informally associated with Bicycle House Tallahassee, a non-profit community bike shop. Josh will be in Spain this summer, but is planning on starting up a Mo2W route supported by FSU Cycling.

Dave Stotts Column

Dave is our Tallahassee Democrat Bicycle Sports columnist. He rode with Mo2W and devoted a good portion of his April 6, 2012, column to Mo2W. I would like to post a link to this column, but it doesn’t seem feasible. If you are a Democrat subscriber, you can find it in the Friday April 6 edition. This column was a surprise. Dave normally writes about racing. He took that day off of racing for a human interest column. Thanks Dave!

FSU Cycling

We made a brief presentation to FSU Cycling on March 29, at the invitation of president Greg Buker. Our basic pitch to them is that Mo2W would be a great way for them to integrate public service with cycling. Public service is a big deal at FSU, and is one of the components many students use to earn their Garnet & Gold Honor Society honors at graduation. Josh Valentine was there and is enthusiastic about the prospects.

Immediate Future

We will be starting an every-other-Thursday delivery on 4/26, just in time for Bike Month. Karen Loewen has been eager to join us but is tied up on Wednesdays at work. Karen will help inaugurate the Thursday run and will likely become the ride leader for that route. A second trailer that can be dedicated to this group has been donated by Krank It Up, a community bicycle project.

Standing Invitation

All members of Capital City Cyclists are invited to join Mo2W. If you can commit to one morning per month riding as a public servant, please sign up. Drop me an email. If you are not a member of CCC, please consider joining, but also note that Mo2W needs volunteer riders in any case. “Call Me.”

Hang Tough Hayley Hart team

Dear Cyclists,
I recently had the opportunity to join many of you on the TOSRV South event as your medic for the ride.  What an event and props to those in charge of putting it together.  I thought the event was a blast and hope each of you did as well.  Fortunately, for all parties involved, my services were minimally required.  In meeting and chatting with a few of you I made mention of my affiliation with Team HTHH, a four man relay team competing in the Race Across America otherwise known as RAAM.  Two years ago, our team competed in the Race Across the West, the first 866 miles of RAAM.  We attacked this challenge in honor of Hayley Hart, a young Tallahassee girl who has been successful in her battle with Leukemia.  In this race, our first major competition, we not only completed the ride successfully, but we also set the record for a four man team in this race.  To view more information about the race itself please
This year we will be competing in the entire 3000 mile Race Across America.  With Hayley’s success we have been inspired to work towards the bigger picture.  Thus, we have teamed up with CureSearch for Children’s Cancer and are working hard to raise funds for childhood cancer awareness.  Below is a little bit of information about us and about our cause that I hope you will peruse and consider.  We are hosting a charity dinner, exclusively for CureSearch this coming Saturday, April 21.  While I know this is a very last minute invitation, prior to being around so many wonderful cyclists who can share the passion to work hard and raise money for a great cause, I had not considered sending this invitation to this group.  My sincerest apologies for the last minute notice.  If you are not able to attend, perhaps you may consider a donation to the cause or even an item that we may be able to use in the silent auction at the event.
Thank you all for the opportunity to be involved with such a great group of folks this past weekend.  I hope you will take the time to read some additional information I have included below and view the links for more information about us and our cause.  Also, there is an invitation attached for your quick reference.
Please view the video invitation to our charity dinner for CureSearch for Children’s Cancer by clicking here.



In 2010, the Hang Tough Hayley Hart team completed (and WON!) Race Across the West in efforts to raise funds and support for Hayley Hart as she was battling Leukemia.  Apparently, the boys didn’t quite get their “fill” of cycling in….so, here we are gearing up for Race Across America 2012 and praise the Lord, Hayley Hart has finished her chemo treatments and is doing extremely well!!  So, what exactly is the Hang Tough Hayley Hart team riding for this year?!?   This year, we find it appropriate that since our HTHH team is shooting for gold and winning RAAM, we are riding with the mission of raising awareness for Childhood Cancer.  Gold: The New Pink.   (  You’ve seen breast cancer pink ribbons everywhere…how often do you see gold ribbons?  Gold is the color of Childhood Cancer.

We are excited this year to step up to a bigger race and a bigger platform.  As we celebrate Hayley’s victory over cancer, we want to take it to the next level.  Non-profits in this area are focused primarily on AWARENESS.  “Increasing awareness is the first step to raising more advocacy and support for childhood cancer programs and research.”  Our goal as a team is to use this opportunity to spread the word about childhood cancers.  What a better way to spread the word than to pedal across the whole country, right?!    With awareness, usually comes support financially.  Donations and monetary gifts will simply be the added bonus to what is already a great cause!

  • American Cancer Society is the biggest money making machine for cancer research.  Not a penny of that has ever gone to researching pediatric cancers.
  • The National Cancer Institute’s annual budget is $4.6 billion.  Less than 3% of that goes to childhood cancer research.
  • Approximately 12,500 children and adolescents in the US are diagnosed with cancer every year.
  • 46/7–In the United States 46 children and adolescents will be diagnosed and 7 will die from a form of childhood cancer every single school day.

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP by sending the names (first & last) of your attendees and enclose a check payable to Team HTHH at $75.00 for each reserved seat OR contact Janelle Irwin directly to reserve your seat as the date is fast approaching.  I have also attached an RSVP card that you may print.  If you are not able to attend the event but would like to donate to the cause please feel free to mail a check for your chosen amount to the address below.  All proceeds and donations from this event will go directly to CureSearch for Children’s Cancer.
Gritz and Glitz
Team Hang Tough Hayley Hart
c/o Janelle Irwin
2220 Cedarbrook Ct
Tallahassee, FL 32303
Thank you so much for your support in helping to find a cure for childhood cancer!
To learn more about Team HTHH, our story, and our cause or to make a donation, please visit our website at  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Janelle Irwin at (719)440-9858.
Kindest Regards,
Caldwell McCord

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Another Extension – No Transportation Vision on Capitol Hill

The extensions to the transportation bill are getting shorter and shorter. We are now close to 1000 days of extension of the current highway bill. Typically these bills cover 5 years and have broad bipartisan support. This time the US Senate managed to produce a 2 year bill, so-called MAP-21. This bill was passed with the Cochran-Cardin amendment, which provided continued funding for bicycle and pedestrian projects, after a lot of pressure from pedestrians and cyclists. The 5 year bill that was discussed in the House did not get sufficient support even within the GOP to bring it to a vote. This to the great relief of pedestrians, cyclists, and transit users, as this proposed bill really turned the clock back and provided money for not much else than building new roads. In this age of increasing gas prices, global warming, less miles driven, and an increasing demand for livability and transportation alternatives, that does not seem to make much sense. It is clear that there is a lack of vision with respect to our transportation system, at least at the political level. It does not help that federal gas taxes have not increased since 1993, as opposed to road building costs. Currently less than half of our road costs are paid for by gas taxes. In the absence of agreement on a new bill, the House passed another extension of the current transportation bill, this time for three months. This will enable the government to continue to collect gas taxes. Bicyclists advocacy organizations would rather have had the House vote for the bill that was passed in the Senate. Now the fight is dragging on. The representative if our region, Steve Southerland II, has so far not been very responsive to any urging of retaining funds for bicycles and pedestrians and the Safe Routes to School program (adding up to only 1.6% of current federal transportation spending) in the transportation bill. This in spite of it becoming more and more clear that  investment in bicycle and pedestrian facilities improve real-estate prices, create more jobs, attract tourism, and lead to more dollars spent within the state. Currently on average 16% of family budgets goes to transportation. Most of that money leaves the state, as Florida has no significant oil extraction industry, no oil refineries, and very little car manufacturing industry. Giving Floridians more transportation options means more money will be spent in Florida. This does not even take into account the reduced health care costs. Did you know that diabetes-related costs comprise about $150 Billion/year? This is about three times the federal transportation budget. Did you know that on average regular cyclists have a 20% lower risk of death than non-cyclists ?  This would be a good time to tell your representative that bicycle/pedestrian funding is important. Simply because it is good for Florida and for Floridians.

6/8/2012: The Ride for Hope – 7th Annual

The Ride for Hope
- 7th Annual

June 8 & 9, 2012 at the North Florida Fairgrounds

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The Ride for Hope begins at 4 p.m. on Friday, June 8 with a Vendor Expo that includes pre-registration, dinner, entertainment and the “Hero of Hope” presentation. All rides take place on Saturday, June 9, starting with the 100-mile century at 6:30 a.m. and with the “family fun” events and Health Fair from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. All attendees will receive free health and fitness information, along with blood pressure checks and health screenings. The Ride for Hope also features music, food, face painting, and fun for the whole family. All proceeds benefit the Tallahassee Memorial Cancer Center and help to keep quality cancer care close to home.
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Over 3000 foot elevation gain on the century!  Both metric and century rides include timed segments.  Excellent SAG support and water stops! Free Polar, insulated water bottle while supplies last, and jersey order discount for early registration!

Visit for more information.


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