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Are you an aspiring author, a thoughtful wordsmith, nailed an awesome ride photo or bursting with excitement to share your experiences on a Club Ride, tour or race? The WRCC is looking for you! Please consider submitting a blog post to showcase the wide, diverse culture that our cycling community has! We are looking for ride reports for out-of-town tours, events & races, rider perspectives on categories, commuting & community, pearls of wisdom that you've gathered over the years, photographs of epic rides, sunsets/sunrises & smiles, etc! These blog posts will supplement our Paceline Newsletters that are published monthly, as well as pertinent news reported on our webpage and on our social media spaces. As you craft your submission, please take these guidelines into consideration:

All submissions are welcome, no matter your age, gender, preferred ride category or style of riding! We encourage you to express your bike experiences with your unique words and …

Unexpected Benefits of WRCC Membership

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Unexpected Benefits of MembershipBy Kathy Schroth
Some of you may remember that Molly found a young cat on the middle of the Granville Bridge, apparently looking for assistance. Being Molly, she tucked him in her jersey and gave him a ride. We
were thrilled to adopt him and named him Carl after the handsome young man in The Restaurant (which I highly recommend, by the way).
The vet said he was at least a year old despite weighing only 5.1 pounds and he had definitely spent the winter outside because of his heavy coat. The first week or two he ate can after can of cat food with no apparent preference and plenty of crunchies in between. 

Six weeks later, when he was (finally!!) neutered after a delay due to the virus, he weighed 6.8 pounds and seems likely to remain kitten-like in size. And he now has definite preferences when it comes to cat food flavors. 
(Anybody need any Fancy Feast “chicken and tuna”?)
He is an extremely sweet and laid-back cat. He has some weakness in his back legs—…

Ride Report: Ride Across Wisconsin

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Ride Across Wisconsin: August 17th & 18thWRCC members Drew Hallet and Molly Cripe Birt attended the 5th annual Ride Across Wisconsin, a 225-mile ride from La Crosse to Green Bay that directly supported the Wisconsin Bike Fed. This was the first year of the new course, and there were multiple options for participating in Ride Across Wisconsin (RAW). Drew & Molly opted for the two-day course.
Why RAW? After two (Drew) and three (Molly) years of participating in Ride Across Indiana, we opted for checking out a new state. We had heard some really cool things about the new state Ride Across Wisconsin (RAW) for several years. When it was announced that the route had changed from what seemed like a doable 175-miles to a bigger 225, we had some reservations. It turned out, however, that there are options for tackling such a big ride! We could take on the full 225 miles in one day, or in two days by over-nighting in Plover. We could opt to ride day one for 130 miles from the start to P…

Ride Report: Paris-Brest-Paris, 2019

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Editor's note: I happen to be the poor schmuck that edited Lydia Trott's original document of Paris-Brest-Paris back in September. PBP, as it will be lovingly referred to, is a 750-mile (1200 km) self-supported brevet through France that entrants must qualify for. Both Melissa McCurley and I encouraged her to submit it to the WRCC Blog, either partial or in its entirety. She elected to submit her introduction, which is hardly a scratch on the surface of the immense adventure she and husband, Steve Trott, undertook by completing the world's oldest bike race. Melissa & I encourage you to click on the link at the bottom of Lydia's report to go to the full detailing of her ride. There you will find every emotion & adaptation she had. You will also be able to click around the Trotts' website to read about their other qualifying brevets.
- Molly Cripe Birt, aka MCB
There & Back Again:
Paris-Brest-Paris 2019
As much as I want to blame not having a keyboard or ti…

Closing the Gap On: Blake Hurd

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The Wabash River Cycle Club's "Closing the Gap On..." blog series is a brief minute spent getting to know your diverse cycling community! If you know of someone who wouldn't mind sharing just squeaks of information about their cycling life, please contact us at wrccindiana@gmail.com to nominate them (or... yourself!)


What is your name?
Blake Hurd

What town do you consider your original hometown?
Columbus, Indiana

What kind of work do you do? If retired, what was your life’s work?
I am a middle school teacher.

What is your cycling background? Have you always biked? If you got back into cycling as an adult, how did that come about?
I started cycling a long time ago with my parents, but stopped when I went to college. When I decided to start losing weight, a couple years back, I made it a goal to get back into cycling.

Do you lead any WRCC rides? If so, how do you plan your routes?
Another member of the club {Allen Hackney) and I lead a ride on Mondays. We lead this ride …

Closing the Gap On: Ryan Stremke

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The Wabash River Cycle Club's "Closing the Gap On..." blog series is a brief minute spent getting to know your diverse cycling community! If you know of someone who wouldn't mind sharing just squeaks of information about their cycling life, please contact us at wrccindiana@gmail.com to nominate them (or... yourself!)




What is your name? Ryan Stremke
What kind of work do you do? If retired, what was your life’s work? I work in information technology at Purdue.
Do you engage in any hobbies when you’re not cycling? Photography
What is your cycling background? Have you always biked? If you got back into cycling as an adult, how did that come about? I rode my bike frequently growing up, but it wasn’t until a couple years after college that I bought my first road bike. It was a new-old stock steel bike from a shop in Milwaukee, and I rode it regularly until I got a modern road bike.
Do you lead any WRCC rides? If so, how do you plan your routes? Less so recently, but when …

Tracy's Account of the Women's Ride

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by Tracy Richards

This is my story about two decisions and the impact of each on me.The first decision took place when I was 17 years old and my boyfriend at the time asked me to go on a bike ride with him.I thought that he meant a nice ride around our small town so I agreed.I was wrong.This ride went for hours in the summer sun.I was completely unprepared.I didn’t even have water with me.I was so miserable that I had absolutely no interest in ever riding a bike again.



Fast forward 23 years and I’m spending a lot of time with my new boyfriend as well as a close mutual friend. Both are avid cyclists.They have been trying to get me to ride with them for several years but I have stubbornly refused.They tell me how fun it is and I’m incredulous.Finally, while trying to improve other areas of my life, I decided that a bad experience from my past was not going to control my future any longer.I made it a personal goal to find a way to enjoy riding a bike. Shortly after making this decision, …

Closing the Gap On: Tarun Tejasvi Mutukuri

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The Wabash River Cycle Club's "Closing the Gap On..." blog series is a brief minute spent getting to know your diverse cycling community! If you know of someone who wouldn't mind sharing just squeaks of information about their cycling life, please contact us at wrccindiana@gmail.com to nominate them (or... yourself!)



What is your name?
Tarun Tejasvi Mutukuri What town do you consider your original hometown?
I am from Hyderabad, India. Born and brought up there. A true Hyderabadi at heart. What kind of work do you do? If retired, what was your life’s work?
I am a graduate student at Purdue in the department of Industrial and Physical Pharmacy. I work on manufacturing techniques for Large molecule formulations Do you engage in any hobbies when you’re not cycling?
Most of my hobbies are related to physical fitness. I play Volleyball and Football (or as it is known in this part of the world as Soccer) once or twice a week. In summer, I’d like to do at least 3 – 4 good hikes.
What…

Closing the Gap On: Maureen Northacker

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The Wabash River Cycle Club's "Closing the Gap On..." blog series is a brief minute spent getting to know your diverse cycling community! If you know of someone who wouldn't mind sharing just squeaks of information about their cycling life, please contact us at wrccindiana@gmail.com to nominate them (or... yourself!)


What is your name? My name is Maureen Northacker.
What town do you consider your original hometown? My hometown is Connersville Indiana, but I lived in Goshen Indiana for nine years before moving back to the Lafayette area.
What kind of work do you do? If retired, what was your life’s work? I have had a variety of jobs but my career passion was the decades of being a Montessori preschool teacher.
What is your cycling background? Have you always biked? If you got back into cycling as an adult, how did that come about? I grew up riding an old recycled bike that my grandmother painted and it was heavy and too big. If we couldn’t walk or ride our bikes, we didn’t g…

Closing the Gap On: Jillian Carr

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The Wabash River Cycle Club's "Closing the Gap On..." blog series is a brief minute spent getting to know your diverse cycling community! If you know of someone who wouldn't mind sharing just squeaks of information about their cycling life, please contact us at wrccindiana@gmail.com to nominate them (or... yourself!)
What is your name?
Jillian Carr

What town do you consider your original hometown?
Sugar Land, TX

What is the craziest thing you’ve ever carried on a bike?
My dog! She’s only 18 lbs, and I’ve ridden with her in a backpack.

Do you track your mileage? Do you have a mileage goal?
#StravaOrItDidntHappen

How far was your longest bike ride?
210 miles at Michigan’s Coast to Coast Gravel Grinder

What was the most interesting ride you’ve done—or the hardest?
Michigan’s Coast to Coast Gravel Grinder was both the most interesting and hardest. The route spends a bit of time on fun, sandy forest roads which are beautiful and peaceful. The sand and the fact that it is 210 miles ma…

Ride Report: the Blue Ridge Parkway

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Fancy Gap to Front Royal in 6 Days with Adventure Cycling
by Pat Boling

This is an account of a trip I went on with Andy Hirsch to ride the Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive in Virginia in early June. The group met on Saturday June 1st at Fancy Gap, Virginia, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway. I was surprised to see so many people: 5 guides (one a bike mechanic), 2 cooks, and 20 cyclists, all of whom were ready to go.


Sunday morning we got on the road bright and early (that’d be about 7:20 or so), with a glimpse off to the west of smoky blue ridges coming up right away. Whoah! Some great vistas to be had! The first day wasn’t too bad, 44 miles to Floyd, VA with a transit through Meadows of Dan and Mabry Mill (a lovely site, everybody took photos there). Lots of birds singing in the trees, tranquility reigned. The descent into our lunch spot scared me a bit, because of cross winds that made my bike shake. I knew ahead of time I’d be more worried about my ability to descend than…