by Robin Sparer
This past May 14 & 15, Potomac Pedalers helped to sponsor The Wild Goose Chase Ride, a
women’s only cycling event benefitting the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in
Cambridge, MD. PPTC offered a much-needed rest stop along the 62-mile route, raffle items, cycling education, and ride leadership. Our Saturday workshop and ride were a huge success! We decided to beat the storm and ride first, then we sat down for a chat with about 20 riders. We decided to ride first to beat the rain and started off with a brief tutorial by Brenda Ruby on getting our bikes ready to ride. When we returned we kicked off the workshop with Brenda’ talk on “being a brave rider.” We continued our workshop topics with Robin Sparer talking to us about ride nutrition and hydration, and Martine Palmiter presenting on safety and rules of the road, using what we learned from the Potomac Pedalers ride leaders training earlier this year. Deborah Turton did a hilarious “What’s in your Bike Bag?” segment and Johanna Nathanson finished the workshop with funny prepared questions that we had our guests read and help answer. I likes the one “You just finished your ride and your sports bra is really sweaty, how do you get it off?” Though amusing, there’s easier ways than others!
Our rest stop at Tudor Farms during the Wild Goose Chase ride the next day was also well received. We had over 52 cyclists come by to use it and every single person expressed thanks and appreciation. It was a windy, windy day and a brief respite from the elements, snacks, and water were a winning combination. Every visitor filled out a raffle card and we had two lucky winners! One received a free membership to Potomac Pedalers and another a jersey. In addition we gave out buffs to the first fifteen riders who rolled in to our table. We have to give Brenda a huge thumbs up for branding the stop with PPTC logo, banners, and tablecloth. We received a lot of positive “thanks” and “we needed this extra stop” remarks from everyone.
Thanks to all our members who presented at the workshop and helped facilitate the Saturday ride! It was a positive experience for everyone involved.