Candidates for the 2020 Board of Directors
There are 6 candidates for the 4 open slots on the board of directors for 2020. A photograph and brief statement from each candidate can be found below. Voting will take place online only. Voting will open on December 15th and close on January 10, 2020. Only members in good standing are eligible to vote (meaning your dues are paid). The results of the election will be announced at the BCC 2020 Bluegrass Cycling Club Banquet & Annual Business Meeting on January 11, 2020.
I started cycling in 2010 while living in Barbourville, KY. I joined the BCC in 2014, after moving to Lexington in Fall 2013. Originally my membership was only for the rides the club offered, but since 2014, my involvement has continued to expand. I've assisted with the Horsey Hundred, Red River Rally and finally becoming a ride leader in 2019.
I was approached by current members of the BCC board about a nomination. I was initially hesitant to accept a nomination, based solely on my desire to not miss opportunities to ride on the board meeting dates. However, I'm very aware that everything the club does is only possible because of the sacrifices its members are willing to make. I would be honored to be elected to serve on the BCC board and do my small part to ensure that everything we do can continue and possibly even grow.
I have been a member of the BCC since 2016 but did not start riding on a regular basis until 2018. I have and continue to enjoy the rides but more importantly the friendships I have made from being an active member. I therefore would like to be more involved as a board member so that I can hopefully help with the continued success of the BCC.
Gayle has enjoyed riding her bike for most of her life and increased the frequency and distance of her bike rides about 7 years ago. She and her husband, Erik, value the many friendships they have made through Bluegrass Cycling Club participation.Gayle served one year on the Rides Committee and about 7 years on the Social Committee, acting as a Social CoChair for 3 years.Gayle and Erik are both Ride Leaders and now that their youngest son, Grant, is in college, Gayle would like to "give back" by offering to serve on the BCC Board. Gayle's style is pragmatic and straightforward, she is a "no drama mama" who would keep the tenets of safe & fun cycling first & foremost if elected.
Cullen C. Gault
I have been a club member for quite a few years. I have led rides, been an overall Ride Leader and now have time to volunteer since my daughter is in college.
Glenn "Mitch" Mitchell
I joined BCC in 2012, a few years after taking up cycling in my late 50s. I was immediately impressed by the organization of this club and the friendliness of its members. I began riding the Frankfort and Midway rides and became addicted to the challenge, precision and camaraderie of group riding. I signed up for the first Kentucky Cycling Challenge in 2013 and am proud to have completed the challenge every year since. I became a ride leader in 2014 and typically lead 30-40 rides per year, finding it to be both fun and rewarding. I have been on the Rides Committee since 2016. This next year will be my fourth year as either chair or co-chair of the Horsey Hundred Rest Stops Committee.
I am willing to serve on the BCC Board because I feel the club has given so much to me. I have met some of my best friends through this club, enjoyed the hundreds of rides and social events, felt rewarded through the volunteer opportunities, and benefitted from the health and fitness aspects of cycling. I believe I can bring valuable skills to the Board that I practiced throughout my professional career -- organization, planning, communications and financial management.
Fran Bevins Crowley
I have been a member of the BCC for 10 years and rode right in on both wheels! Some of you might remember "Sunny Georgetown" rides that I organized and led in the beginning of my membership. I was also on the Education Committee. As a Licensed Registered Dietitian, I have made multiple talks about the ever-changing nutrition as it relates to cycling and life to BCC members as part of ride leader training and Peddle for Purpose. As time has passed, I moved, but continued to lead rides at Masterson Station, including the Masterson After Dark (M.A.D.) ride. This past year has been a tough one, as I was injured in early April, unable to lead rides, but I have remained on the Rides Committee, which I rejoined after a hiatus.
I feel that I can be a contributing board member; I've been around for awhile and have seen the BCC evolve into what it is today, and I want to be a part of the leadership that guides it and its members into the future. I love cycling, as many of you know, and that passion will guide me.
Ride Changes and Cancellations
The Ride Announcements Forum is the ONLY official source of BCC Ride Announcements. This forum is public. You do not need to log in to view posts to the forum. Ride Leaders should always make announcements to this forum and may optionally post to the BCC Facebook Group. Active BCC Members will receive email notifications provided that you are NOT OPTED OUT. If you are not receiving notifications, or are receiving notifications delayed by hours or more, follow the instructions below:
NOTE: There are issues with the timestamps. In some cases they are displayed correctly in Eastern time, and in others in server time (Central). We are working with ClubExpress to resolve these problems. This does not affect the overall functionality of the forum but we understand it is confusing. Email notifications will generally arrive within about 10 minutes of the post. When in doubt about the status of a ride go directly to the forum.
Upcoming Ride and Events
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NOTE: Rides listed below could be cancelled or changed and those changes may not be reflected below. Go to Ride Announcements Forum for ride changes and cancellations.
Riding with the Club
We are happy that so many new members have joined our club this year!! We encourage everyone to take a few minutes to review our ride guidelines, which can be accessed by clicking on the button below. It is very important for all riders to take the time to review ride descriptions, and to honestly assess whether you have the experience and fitness to successfully participate in the ride as described. Our goal is for everyone to be safe and have fun on our rides, and this works best when everyone attends rides that are suitable for them.
If you are unsure whether a ride is appropriate for you, PLEASE give the ride leader a call before the ride and he or she will be happy to advise you. It is ALWAYS better to ask in advance!
If you are brand new to cycling, please take a bit of time to learn how your bike works - how your gears shift, how your brakes work, and how to stop and start before joining a group ride. We can help you develop group riding skills, and become a better and stronger rider, but you need to have a basic understanding of how your bike works first. If you need assistance in learning the basics about your bike, contact our Rides Committee chairperson Tim Klesk at firstname.lastname@example.org and he will help connect you with a club member who can help you!
BCC Rider Guidelines