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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 …

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…

Closing the Gap On: Lenny Lavin

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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? Leonard (Lenny) Lavin What town do you consider your original hometown?
Indianapolis

What kind of work do you do? If retired, what was your life’s work?
Residential Real Estate Appraiser

Do you engage in any hobbies when you’re not cycling?
No, nothing in particular.

What is your cycling background? Have you always biked? If you got back into cycling as an adult, how did that come about?
I’ve always biked but really started to ride more consistently about six years ago with the Monticello group.

Do you lead any WRCC rides? If so, how do you plan your routes?
Yes, I do lead WRCC rides. I typically plan based on wind direction and distance.

How often…

Conversations With US: Great Lakes States by Chris Register

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A Book Review by Melissa McCurley

Do you know what book darts are? Book darts are flat, paper-thin metal line markers. Fastidious types will appreciate the ability to mark a page in a book—or even a specific line—without resorting to highlighting, underlining, or dog-earing the page. And unlike sticky notes or sticky flags, you don’t have to worry about glue drying out and the post-it falling off. Book darts slip onto the page, but unlike paper clips, book darts are thin enough not to leave an impression on the paper, even if kept in a closed, heavy book for a long time. The label on the tin asserts that book darts will not stain pages either.

Why am I blathering on about book darts? Well, when I started reading Conversations With US: Great Lakes States, I kept my tin of book darts at hand so I could mark any bits that I found noteworthy or delightful and might want to quote in a review. Reader, I emptied the tin. There are well over two dozen book darts deployed through my copy of this…

The Valley of Heaven and Hell: Cycling in the Shadow of Marie Antoinette by Susie Kelly

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A Book Review by Melissa McCurley

The Valley of Heaven and Hell: Cycling in the Shadow of Marie Antoinette by Susie Kelly If you are the kind of cyclist who looks forward to riding 25 miles or more several times a week from spring through fall—and maybe even longer on weekends—the idea of a three-week cycling vacation in France is probably enough to make you belt out a show tune, perhaps “The Night They Invented Champagne” from Gigi. But if your spouse is a reluctant participant in this venture, he or she may be singing a different tune. The book, The Valley of Heaven and Hell: Cycling in the Shadow of Marie Antoinette by Susie Kelly, is told from the perspective of just such a spouse.
Susie Kelly and her husband decide to travel a route that roughly duplicates the one taken by Marie Antoinette and King Louis XVI on their ill-fated attempt to escape the French Revolution. Since Susie recalls even childhood cycling in the most disagreeable terms and has only had aches and pains increas…

February 2019 Paceline News

by Pat Boling, WRCC President Bicycling junkies really miss warm weather and being able to go out for rides several times a week.I know, I’ve become one.Although I’ve ridden bikes and commuted by bike to work my whole life, I didn’t always ride so much—I only started road biking recreationally in 2002.The first few years it was mild:I’d ride here and there, not too fast.I led and went on other people’s D rides (they were called B rides back then).I’d do bakery runs to Brookston a few times a summer, and figure out new routes by consulting Charlie Myers’ 8 ½ by 11 inch collection of maps of rides in Tippecanoe County.I ran a lot, and swam a lot too.Since I wanted to do some tri’s, it made since to amp up the cycling a little bit.Around the same time, I started dating, and my first boyfriend was a cyclist.It was love at first sight!He talked me into some crazy stuff—I was one of those inexperienced riders on the Hilly Hundred in 2002, barely 3 months after buying my first road bike!(I s…