July 2022 Top Talk -Portland Bicycling Club

July 2022 Top Talk

This month, I’d like to express my gratitude for the success of the Pioneer (Metric*) Century®! There were doubts along the way, particularly the day before the ride when the roads were flooded. But that morning, the rain held off. There was some fog on Sawtell hill, but no one drowned. Prayers are answered!

The ride wouldn’t have been a success without the help of all our volunteers. Corey informed me that he would list each of them with their job description in this QR so, to avoid redundancy, I’ll say that I appreciate all their efforts: the course markers, shoppers, registrars, rest-stop staff, SAG drivers, etc., etc., etc. It was a who’s who of our present and past club leadership! Some of the really heavy lifters were Cindy and Corey, who made multiple trips to Canby during the planning phase as well as registering and truck driving respectively, Ann Morrow for her organization, Bud and Arden for closing down the ride after I had left for my daughter’s wedding, Ron Ing with his mapping skills, and Benn for his willingness to advise over the course of the year.

It was a real learning experience for me after a three-year hiatus and, the missteps I made provided invaluable experience for the planning of future rides. We’ll look forward to having a full-scale Pioneer Century® (without the asterisk) in 2023!

Have a safe and happy Independence Day, everyone! (And watch the ride calendar for our summer club family picnic in August!)

Doug Myers, President