An informal poll at the recent club holiday get together at Jake’s Steakhouse revealed that a surprising number of OCC members have jumped on the Zwift wagon this year. As a result, we decided to start an Orrville Cycling Club Zwift “Meetup”. That’s Zwift’s term for a member organized ride.
On Wednesday, December 19th at 7:00 pm we held our first club meetup. Five club members “met up” virtually on Zwift and rode the “Greatest London Loop”, a circuit of about 17 miles and a little over 1,000 feet of climbing. The ride was a success, mostly. One member crashed when he rode off his rollers resulting in some basement floor rash. Another repeatedly got dropped when his trainer malfuntioned, suddenly jumping to maximum resistance. The ride started on time. It was a bit chaotic at first because stage 3 of the Tour of London started at the same time. After a few minutes we were out of the crowd and on relatively quiet roads. An hour later we finished and everyone seemed to think it was pretty cool experience.
Because of the success of our first Zwift Meetup, we’ll be hosting more. We’ll probably move to Thursdays so as not to conflict with Amish Night Rides. Only invited riders can participate in a meetup. That’s how zwift prevents spammers from setting up false meetups or otherwize exploiting the site.
Here’s how to get invited. Go to the OCC Facebook page. Find the posting there about Zwift rides (it’s in an orange-yellow block around December 17th). Comment on the post and include your Zwift name. Then, go to Zwift Companion. On the “Find Zwifters” page search for Tom Ozbolt and “follow” him. Tom will approve your follow request. When he schedules future meetups, he with then be able to invite you.You’ll receive an invitation notification with the date/time. About 15 minutes before the scheduled time, log into Zwift and get on your trainer. You should see a “Join Meetup” button on the bottom left of your screen. Just click that and you’ll be teleported to the meetup location. During the ride, the meetup organizer/leader is identified with a yellow beacon overhead. The other riders’ names will be green highlighted on the “Nearby Zwifters” list.
Warning! If you’re late, you won’t be able to join. A workaround is to search Zwift for the meetup leader and join him/her. Unfortunately you won’t see the leader’s yellow beacon or the other riders’ highlighted names.
Here’s a really good article that explains the trend towards wider rims and lower pressure.
“One of the biggest shifts in road cycling in recent years has been the move to wider tires. By spending less than $100/£70/€90 on a pair of 25mm wide or wider tires, many cyclists have been led to believe their comfort, speed and handling will immediately improve over what they experience on the 23mm wide tires that most of us have used for years.”
And later on in the article…
“No matter what width tire you are running, the key here is to find the right pressure to inflate your tire. For that I suggest you start with a table provided by your tire company and a little trial and error of your own. Tire companies vary quite a bit in what they recommend or even how specific they are willing to get…” Read more
ORRVILLE — For Jeremy Grimm, the priorities were clear. First came God, then his family. After that, there was cycling. The 42-year-old Orrville man had started competing in cycling events when he was just 6 years old, following on the heels of his father, Bob. And despite years of pain brought on by Lyme Disease and an accident that resulted in a broken neck, Grimm pushed ahead, becoming an elite cyclist known across the region for his explosive sprinting as well as for his faith. So it
Vulture’s Knob was recently sold to new owners. The good news is it will remain as Ohio’s premier mountain biking park. With 175 acres of single track trails of all levels of difficulty, it’s a destination for MTB enthusiasts from all over the Midwest. Help Vulture’s Knob stay alive. It cost’s $15,000 to $20,000 per year to keep, maintain and upgrade the trails along with a lot of volunteer work. A crowd funding effort has already made progress raising the funds needed. Visit the website to see what’s going on.
Last Wednesday about 35 club members met at Jake’s Steakhouse for camaraderie, dinner and drinks and a brief business meeting led by Michael Gorman (VP). Tim Gilbert (Pres.) was under the weather and unable to attend.
First order of business was whether or not to continue the Milk Race. There has been a lot of discussion since last August’s race about this. Last year attendance was down by about 50 racers and the event went into the red. In northern Ohio, the Milk Race was the only sanctioned race after the Race at the Lake in May. Most race officials in the area have either retired, resigned or move away. It takes about 25 people to marshal the numerous intersections and it has become more difficult to get barely enough people to volunteer. In the end, a motion was made and seconded to discontinue the Milk Race going forward.
There was considerable discussion about replacing the Milk Race with a Metric Century touring event. Everyone seemed to agree that a tour would require less resources and would be enjoyed by many across the state. Our roads, terrain and scenery is perfect for this type of event. A suggestion was made to incorporate part of the Wayne County Rails to Trails going through Orrville. One member suggested asking Smith’s Dairy to continue sponsorship and to use their name for the event such as the Smith’s Dairy Milk Ride. It was suggested that if the event was to be happen this year, now was the time to get a committee together to further discuss yet no-one stepped up to lead a committee. The topic was tabled for further informal discussion.
A suggestion was made to continue roadside trash pickup for Adopt-a-Highway. The best times were in the spring when cleanup is most needed and during the summer shortly after a mowing. Michael Gorman will continue to manage it.
Thanks to all that attended and to all that volunteered in various capacities to make for a very enjoyable 2016 season.
Strava, Google Maps and Facebook have all made it impossible to show club members’ rides or recent Facebook posts anymore. This is probably due to privacy policies and/or advertising rights. Here are links to the OCC Strava and Facebook sites