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President's Information for 2021

Bob Hartman  | Published on 2/11/2021
Dayton Cycling Club members,
I hope that all of you are doing well and staying safe and healthy. I'm writing today to bring you up to date on several topics affecting the club and its members.
I would like to start by welcoming all of our new members to the club. It's always great to see more people interested in the Dayton Cycling Club, and in cycling in general. Please feel free to contact me or any other board member with any questions you may have about our club.
As I sit here writing this, I'm looking out the window at a lot of snow, but spring will hopefully be here soon. Looking ahead to spring, it has become clear that, as we enter the second year of the current pandemic, 2021 will once again not be a "normal" cycling season. I am passing along to you as much information as I currently have regarding what 2021 will look like.
OBF will not publish a print version of the Bicycle Events Calendar this year. They will have an online edition, which will be updated as clubs and organizations make event decisions.
Unfortunately, there will not be a DCC spring banquet this year. We just don't think there's any way to safely have a spring banquet. We hope that by fall we may be able to have a fall picnic. A final decision on this will be made at a later date.
I have received a few questions about club rides. Our club ride policy from last year will carry over to this year. This means groups of no more than ten (if more than ten show up for a ride then the ride leader should divide the group and designate a leader for each group). Appropriate use of face masks, hand sanitizer, and social distancing should be observed.
After last year's Huffman Spring Classic cancellation, I have decided to plan a Huffman Spring Classic that will look very different this year. Here's how it will work. This year's ride will a free unsupported socially distanced ride. May will be designated "Huffman Spring Classic Month". There will be five routes. The shortest will be about 30 miles and the longest will be about 100. All routes will be similar to the Huffman Spring Classic 2019 routes, with the start / finish in Brookville. The three longest routes will include the "State Line Challenge". The routes will be published on Ride With GPS, and the roads will be marked with white "double-headed" arrows. Anyone can ride any of the routes alone or in groups any time in May, and as many times as you would like. You can e-mail your miles to the President to get credit for touring miles. I plan to be out there myself throughout the month, and I hope to see many of you out there. Please be aware that there are very few services on these routes, so you should be prepared with enough water, snacks, etc.
I have been informed that Bike To Work Day in downtown Dayton had also been cancelled this year. We hope that event will return in '22.
I will continue to pass along additional information as decisions are made and more information becomes available. As always, I'm available to answer any questions and address any concerns any of you may have. Please stay safe and healthy, and thanks to all of you for your support of the Dayton Cycling Club.
Bob Hartman
Club President
Dayton Cycling Club