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Rolling in the Valley Bicycle Ride – April 24, 2010

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010 |

Ride Information:

Ride begins / ends at Pleasant Grove UMC. 8131 Old US Hwy 64, Lexington, NC 27292

8, 25 & 50 mile routes
Participants should sign in from 7am – 8am

Bike ride will start at 8am sharp (rain or shine).

All participants will receive a course map and a participant number.

Refreshments are available at rest stops.

Spaghetti lunch will be served following the ride.

Download the 2009 Rolling in the Valley brochure.

Proceeds / Donations used for
the following Civitan Projects:

ARC of Davidson Co.
Civitan International Research Center
Civitan Research Center at Duke Univ.
Community Living Services
Exceptional Classes at South Davidson HS
SDHS Junior Civitan Special Prom
Special Olympics Davidson Co.
Special Olympics North Carolina
Stoner-Thomas School
SV Civitan Western Dance
SV Civitan Special Olympics Outing
Workshop of Davidson, Inc.

More information here.


Wednesday, November 4th, 2009 |
Today We Ride For Dave Sherman

A ride to honor our friend Dave Sherman
Sunday, November 15, 2009

25 and 50 mile routes
Start/Finish at The Fitness Center @ High Point Regional Hospital in Downtown High Point, NC

Anyone who ever rode with Dave Sherman quickly discovered that he was passionate about the sport of cycling. More importantly, they learned that Dave was an incredible human being. When Dave was struck down while riding on Saturday, October 24, 2009, the world suffered a tremendous loss. Friends of Dave, cycling enthusiasts, and anyone else touched by the story of this remarkable man are encouraged to gather on Sunday, November 15, 2009 to honor and celebrate Dave.

Both rides will start at 1:30 pm.
The Fitness Center at High Point Regional Hospital (off Lindsay Street in High Point, NC).
25 and 50 mile routes will be available, riding into beautiful Randolph County and the Caraway Mountain area. Ride support is provided by Sealy Mattress Inc.
The ride is free but contributions to the "Yield to Life" ( cycling safety advocacy group will be accepted in Dave’s name. Those wishing to contribute should bring a check made out to the Dave Sherman Memorial Fund. If you cannot attend but wish to contribute, please send your check to High Point Bank, Attn, Don Shaw, 312 N. Main Street, High Point, NC 27261

Directions to High Point Regional Hospital

From Greensboro:

From I-85 South, take the exit to Business 85 South. Take the exit to Kivett Drive and turn right. Take Kivett all the way into downtown High Point. After crossing Main Street, turn right onto Lindsay Street. Just past the intersection at Westwood Ave., the entrance to the Fitness Center is on the right. Parking is available at many medical buildings around the Hospital and Fitness Center.

From Winston Salem:

From I-40 heading east take the exit for 311 towards High Point. After approximately 12 miles, exit right onto Business 311 (North Main Street). You will go through a series of stoplights and the intersections at Eastchester Drive and Lexington Avenue. After several more lights, you will come to the intersection of Main Street and Parkway Ave. Turn right onto Parkway and immediately bear left onto Lindsay Street. The Fitness Center is down on the left, approximately ¼ mile. Parking is available at many medical buildings around the Hospital and Fitness Center.

Joel Lawrence Wins 24 Hours of Booty Challenge

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009 |

24 Hours of BootyCongratulations to Joel Lawrence for winning the 24 Hours of Booty Challenge for the August 26th time trial. Joel had a time of 24:00.62.

The 24 Hours of Booty supports the Time Trials at Lowe’s Motor Speedway and all cycling in the Carolinas. Part of their sponsorship of the TT at the Speedway is The 24 Hours of Booty Challenge (24HoBC). This challenge is open to all TT participants and consists of a CASH PRIZE of $24.00 for the rider whose time is closest to 24 minutes, for completing the ten mile time trial.

The 24 Hours of Booty Challenge will be part of all six of the time trial events. The winner of each Challenge Award during this series will be in the race for the Season Award of $124, which will be presented to the winner of the most Challenge Awards. This will be presented at the TT Series awards presentations, held at the last time trial event.

The 24 Hours of Booty is a non-competitive, 24-hour road cycling charity event that is held in Charlotte, NC. The event benefits the Lance Armstrong Foundation and local cancer charities. Held on the world famous “Booty Loop” the ride is a fun, safe ride. Last year’s event had almost 1300 participants who rose over $1,100,000. The annual 24 Hours of Booty charity cycling event was scheduled to roll on the “Booty Loop” in Myers Park from 7 p.m. Friday, July 24 to 7 p.m. Saturday, July 25, 2009. This great event, geared for teams and individuals, is open to participants of all ages and skill levels. Event registration is open, but will be capped at the first 1,300 registrants. A minimum fund raising goal of $150 is required by July 10, 2009. Carolinas Medical Center’s Blumenthal Cancer Center is the presenting sponsor of this year’s event where participants gather at the Queens University athletic fields for camping, food and fun.

Spencer Lueders says the momentum behind the event has been so strong that we’re proud to now offer 24 Hours of Booty in Charlotte, North Carolina and now also in Columbia, Maryland. As always, 24 Hours of Booty is open to individuals of every cycling ability. Year after year, we’re proud of how this extraordinary event brings together individuals of all ages and cycling abilities to raise awareness and funding for noteworthy cancer charities.

Congratulations to Spencer Lueders and the staff of the 24 Hours of Booty organization and most importantly, everyone that participated in this great charity ride. As of this July 24, they have raised over $ 1,012,251 and are pushing to meet their goal of $ 1,300,000.

VeloProject Riders Compete in the USA Cycling 2009 Masters Road National Champsionships

Monday, July 6th, 2009 |

David Ellefson of Banner Elk, NC wins the USA Cycling 2009 Masters Road Championship Individual Time Trial Masters 75-79 on July 1. Ellefson also took the Bronze medal in the Road Race Masters 75-79 on June 29 and 5th place in the Criterium Masters 75-79 on July 3. A year earlier Ellefson took the Bronze medal in the Individual Time Trial Masters 70-74. Ellefson is currently the category record holder for both 70-74 and 75-79 age groups at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.

David Stevens of Vilas, NC completed the USA Cycling 2009 Masters Road Championships with two top fives and a top ten finish. Stevens took 7th in the Road Race Masters 60-64, 5th in the Individual Time Trial Masters 60-64 and 4th in the Criterium Masters 60-64. Earlier this year Stevens won the NC State Road Race Championship for Masters 60+, NC State Games Criterium Masters 55+ and took the Bronze at the NC Criterium Championship Masters 55+. Stevens will be defending his championship at the NC State Time Trial Championships later this month on July 26. Stevens is also the current category record holder for Masters 55+ at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.

Tuesday/Thursday Evening Fitness Center Rides

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009 |

Tuesday/Thursday evening rides from The Fitness Center will start back this Thursday April 2nd. The ride will leave promptly at 5:45 PM.

“Gimme 5! I Can Survive Walk Run Ride for Life”

Monday, March 30th, 2009 |

April 4, 2009
Finch Park
15 Paul Beck Rd, Lexington NC

5K & Fun Walks, 5K Run, 25, 50 &100 K Bike Rides

Registration Starts @ 7:30 am
Bike Rides Start @ 8:30 am $25 Registration Fee*
5K Run Starts @ 10:00 am $25 Registration Fee*
5K & Fun Walks Start @ 10:30 am Free*

*Cost of $25 for Bike Rides and Run includes lunch, T-shirt & door prizes
5K & Fun Walks are Free, but anyone to raise $25 receives a free T-Shirt

All profit goes to Davidson County Cancer Services to help the uninsured and under insured of Davidson County who have been diagnosed with cancer.


Thomasville Bicycle Plan

Thursday, January 15th, 2009 |

The Thomasville Bicycle Plan will be presented to the City Council January 20, 2009 at 7pm in the City Council Chambers above the Thomasville Police Station.

Please let folks know. There is supposed to be an explanatory article in the High Point Enterprise. Folks can view a draft of the report at First Year Survey Results

Sunday, January 11th, 2009 |

The survey is now closed. A total 26 of 102 members provided feedback. Thanks to everyone who participated in the survey. The feedback gathered from the survey will help us grow and improve as a club.

1. Are you interested in having periodic club meetings?

Yes 16 67%
No 8 33%

2. Are you interested in coming to open club board meetings?

Yes 10 43%
No 13 57%

3. Did you participate in any club rides?

Yes 19 79%
No 5 21%

4. If you participated in club rides, how do you think they went, and do you have any suggestions?

  1. Probably need more recreational level rides. Few can handle 70+ miles at a decent pace.
  2. you guys rock
  3. very well
  4. The ones I went to were well organized.
  5. went okay
  6. I participated in the joint rides with the spinergy group and think they went very well
  7. we ride every sunday from thomasville 2pm
  8. Routes were good
  9. Fine fun for the most part. A couple times, when the crowd was very orderly and well-mannered on a “group, noone left behind” ride, the A guys didn’t keep the “promise”. Embarassing and humiliating for B+ folks–if it is a “group” ride,
    then everyone should come in together.
  10. I only rode the Labor Day ride which started at High Point Hospital. It was just fine and food was collected for West End Ministries.
  11. I rode in the event benefiting Open Door Ministries. It was my first ride ever. I think I came in last but I finished the 50K. The event was great with much stronger participation than I expected. Thanks for marking the path on the road. It worked really
  12. The rides went well. If I were going to do anything to improve them, I would not have them in High Point. Too much traffic
  13. They were ok
  14. very enjoyable.

    maybe do not stop as often during the rde.

  15. Extremely well

5. If you did not participate in any club rides, why not?

  1. They were not convenient for us in High Point
  2. would have like to have done more but they were when I had to work
  3. Speed of rides to fast for me
  4. Too busy last year with work.
  5. Most of the rides were too far for me to Travel
  6. n/a
  7. schedule & perceived difficulty of ride
  8. Might would have done more if I had none more of the riders

6. Did you visit the club’s website?

Yes 23 92%
No 2 8%

7. Do you have any suggestions for improving the website?

  1. While there is lots of info, it is very cluttered and hard to navigate. Very difficult to find your way around.
  2. more training tips, forwards
  3. no it great as is
  4. no
  5. How about using a larger font?
  6. maybe on the membership page have the option for members to put their name and town they live in, so if you are looking for someone to ride with you might be able to get in touch.
  7. Probably could use more of our own riders’ input
  8. Great site.

    Keep up the good work.

  9. Not right now

8. Are you interested in volunteering for club projects?

Yes 10 41%
No 13 59%

9. If interested in volunteering for club projects, in what capacity?

  1. wherever needed
  2. Unsure
  3. whatever I can
  4. help out at races
  5. n/a
  6. I will try to help at time trials this year.
  7. support
  8. Try to possibly get more youth interested.
  9. I’d be interested in helping put together a Mountain training “week” (or “days”) along the lines of Bill and Greg’s format.

10. What is your overall opinion of the club’s first year?

Poor 3 13%
Fair 6 26%
Good 13 57%
Excellent 2 8%

11. What things did you like?  What improvements would you suggest?

  1. 1 When the club put its mind to it, good things happened. Too often, however, whether intended or not, the club seemed elitist and structured more as a 100% racing team.Also, the rank and file rider seemed to have little input into everyday matters. Could you not have gotten a larger cross section involved in the jersey design?
  2. The kits, the camaraderie, and the service at various events were what I liked.
  3. more support for race team more training rides for race team
  4. Need more rides that include “B” and “C” riders
  5. Club meetings
  6. suport more non race ride
  7. Kits were a little too busy.
  8. the timely info regarding training rides and upcoming competitive rides was very good. Club policy regarding reimbursement for entry fees and financial support for races and racers has been totally lacking. No financial club statement has been offered.
  9. Better Quality uniforms,these were ill fitting at best. Do something for the guys that are racing every weekend. Where is the sponsership money going?? If we are going to pay for the uniforms then lets get some good stuff for a little bit more.
  10. collecting food for the hoomeless.
  11. Liked that I was able to expand some of my cycling activities.

    Don’t understand the impression that Spinergy doesn’t have a place in the overall organization, seems to me that people aren’t communicating very well.

  12. I tried the Thursday PM ride once and was thoroughly smoked by the other participants. I thought you had “B” rides for recreational riders. Generally speaking, I believe the club would benefit from being more inclusive.
  13. Liked the Saturday rides page. Need to keep putting out the meeting notes.
  14. We may need to try to get more local exposure? Publicity?
  15. special rides..july 4th, labor day etc.

    weekly club rides. add a “b” saturday morning ride.

12. Do you plan on re-joining?

Yes 18 75%
No 6 25%

13. If no, why?

  1. I rarely saw evidence that the club was interested in promoting its stated mission. Again, it appears to be more of a race-oriented club. That is certainly fine, but not for most people since they are not racers.
  2. don’t want to race, which seems to be the
    clubs only purpose
  3. I don’t have time to support a bike club and because I am already involved with biking and benevolent biking causes.
  4. I’m not a member but may join this year based on my “Ride For Hunger” experience.

Renew Your Membership for 2009

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008 |

It’s time to renew your membership for 2009. had a successful year in 2008, especially considering this was our first year of existence. Among our accomplishments were:

  • The sponsorship of the first annual Piedmont Triad Omnium helped raise $16,000 for the MS Society and Davidson County Tourism
  • rides for hunger in September and November resulted in significant donations to West End Ministries and Open Door Ministries
  • We were very well represented at USCF cycling events by racers of all levels and abilities, both new and old to the sport
  • Our members participated in numerous other charity rides during the year

In 2009 we aim to continue, and expand, on these successes. In order to accomplish this we need your support. membership for 2009 is free to all members who purchase a 2009 jersey, or a full kit. Prices for these are at club cost, which represent a significant discount over retail pricing.

2009 renewal with jersey purchase $70

2009 renewal with full kit purchase (jersey and shorts or bibs) $140

2009 renewal without jersey or kit $20

Members who sign up for the race team are required to buy at least one kit. Racing members who participate in at least 10 races will be reimbursed for the full cost of a kit, upon completion of their 10th race.

The kits will be supplied by Mt. Borah. They are made in the USA and quality is superior to that of Verge. Design and colors will be similar to 2008. Sizing kits will be available in January.

To secure your 2009 membership and jersey or kit order, please complete and return this application, along with payment, by January 3:

Click here for the 2009 membership form

Take the Survey

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008 |

The bicycle club and race team is interested in feedback from members about your experiences in our first year, as well as your future interests.  We have set up a short survey which can be accessed via the link below.  It will take less than 5 minutes to complete.  You do not need to send or email anything back.  Your responses will be anonymously gathered for us by the web survey provider

Click here to take the survey.


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