Hi all,

Sorry to be quiet for a bit. I hope you all are doing well.

I forgot to start a poll for the meeting and the first snuck up on me, so how about we plan on Mazzio's this coming Monday, May 1, at 6 pm??? If there is strong opposition, please let me know and we will change it. Don't forget to check in at bikemojo - http://www.bikemojo.com/speak/83-bell-county-bike-club for latest ride schedules and rides that are posted. Rides coming up that may peak interest are -

Shiner Bash May 6, 2006. 7 Am. Austin, San Antonio, or Houston to Shiner. 90 miles. $45 before April 21, $50 after. $25 chartered bus return trip. T-shirt, tickets for a free meal and drinks as well as free admission to the post ride BASH in Green Dickson Park. www.shinerbash.com

Beauty and the Beast May 20, 2006. Tyler. 12, 20, 33, 41, 52, 64 miles. $22 before April 22, $25 after. Free pizza after the ride and T-shirt for the 1st 800 registrants. 800-235-5712. Email The terrain is quite hilly. This ride is featured in the May 99 issue of Bicycling Magazine. This is an exceptionally well supported ride with a great festival all weekend. The terrain and beauty of the area, as-well-as the Tyler Rose Gardens make this ride a must. I have ridden this 3 times.)

Tour d' Temple Saturday, May 27, 2006. 8:00 am. Temple. 10, 25, 50, 62 miles. $25 before May 21, $30 after. T-shirts, goodie bags. Email. 254-724-2229.

Fire-Ant 100K Bicycle Tour June 10, 2006. 8:00 a.m. Gatesville (Coryell Activities Center.) 10, 30, 50, 62.5 miles. $25 before June 3, $30 after. Email 254-865-6265, fax 254-865-8202. PO Box 1022 Gatesville, TX, 76528.

Tour de Itailia June 17, 2006. 8-9am. Italy 12, 30, 42, 50, 62 miles. $18 before June 9, $25 after. Camping at the High school with all night access to showers. (They offer great snacks and an awesome T-shirt. Also great prize packages. At the end, Free snow-cones!!) 817-268-6572. Email (The roads and terrain were awesome, as-well-as the volunteers! My little boy got soaked by rain and we SAGed out at 16 miles. My first official SAG.) (I rode this in 2000.)

For links to all of these rides, please go to http://www.bicycletexas.com/tx_bike_rides.htm#calmay

Steve Rublee has asked that I forward this along, so here you go. I will get this posted on bikemojo this week and will have some pics attached.


Please let the group know that the Club will participate in the Mikeska Bicycle Safety Rodeo again this year, fitting helmets on the participating kids. It will be held on Saturday, May 20, at 8:00 a.m. at Miller Park on North 1st Street (across from Lamar MS). As in previous years, we will work for a couple hours, then take a ride out east, returning for free hot dogs and drinks afterwards.

This is a great and fun community service project that a lot of local organizations support. We have had a strong turnout from Club members the past two years. Enclosed are some pix from last year's event that you may upload to Bike Mojo, if you wish.



If there is anything I missed, please let me know. Hope to see you all Monday and out on some rides.