Bicycling - Events/News
Although there are several high quality bicycle shops in the Birmingham-Hoover Area, Bike Link, with stores in Hoover on John Hawkins Parkway and in Birmingham in the Inverness/ Greystone area, is the only one currently involved in the Hoover Area Chamber of Commerce. Both stores are fully equipped for quality bicycles, accessories, and mechanical services. Contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website at http://www.bikelinkbham.com/!
For the best Mountain Bicycling Events in the Southeast, visit the Birmingham Urban Mountain Pedalers (BUMP) website at http://www.bump.org/
For information and calendars on the Birmingham-Hoover MSA's Premier Bicycle Racing Club, visit the GC Cycling website at http://www.gccycling.org/
For information and calendars on the Birmingham-Hoover MSA's General Membership Birmingham Bicycle Club, visit the BBC website at http://www.bhambikeclub.org/
MS-150 Tour de Beach Ride a Huge Success
Shown here are Phillip Vickrey of Adventus Technologies, left, and Hoover Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Bill Powell after their completion of the 20th Annual MS-150 Bicycle Tour October 1 at Orange Beach. Vickrey has completed the event each of the last two years, while Powell has completed the event fifteen times. Hoover Chamber members not pictured who also rode the 150 miles of the two-day event include Andrea Shea of Executive Payroll Solutions and Eddie Owens of Greene's Business Machines.
The John N. Whitaker Memorial MS-150 is one of the largest and most successful fund-raisers for the Alabama Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, raising some $200,000.00 annually for research and services to MS patients. Phillip Vickrey has raised over $2,000 this year, and Powell over $3,000 to date, with a goal this year of $7500.00. In the fifteen years of participation, he has raised almost $50,000 total.
Every MS Chapter holds an MS-150 Bike Tour, the Alabama Chapter named theirs in memory of Dr. John Whitaker, former chair of the Department of Neurology at UAB School of Medicine. He ironically died of a head injury following a crash in a training ride for his second MS-150 several years ago. He had also served on the MS Board of Trustees for many years.
Mike Powell, son of Hoover Chamber Director Bill Powell, competes in bicycle races in the Los Angeles area. Here he is winning a race against some 70 competitors in a recent Criterium in Orange County, California.
Bump & Grind Report
|Bump & Grind Mountain Bike Racers at Oak Mountain State Park's world-class 17-mile loop start off in one of the Sport category age-group classes.|
The ELEVENTH Annual running of the Bump & Grind mountain bike race at Oak Mountain State Park in Shelby County on June 4, 2006 was a big success yet again, thanks in no small measure to the efforts of all the folks - mountain bikers or not - who filled the volunteer ranks, plus sponsors like Cahaba Cycles, Maxxis Tires, Southern Linc and Shelby County.
As expected, professional racers Jason Sager and Shonny Vanlandingham took home the big bucks in the top men's and women's categories, with times of 2:10 and 2:23 respectively for the 34-mile course, mostly single-track. The weather this year was perfect, and the course was dry. All Expert classes rode the 17-mile trail loop twice, with Sport racers going around just once.Complete results are online at www.bump.org/bngres06.html . Thanks again to all who helped make this event one of the highlights on the southeastern US mountain bike racing calendar!
|Mountain Bike Racers at the June Bump & Grind event leave the start line in the South Trailhead parking lot before heading into the woods for their 17-mile race. Hundreds of participants came from 26 states to participate in this event, ranked by Bicycle Magazine as one of the best courses or tracks in the southeast. Oak Mountain is in north Shelby County, less than a 10-minute drive from Hoover, just off I-65 South. See the race report below for more information.|
Complete results are online at www.bump.org/bngres06.html. Thanks again to all who helped make this event one of the highlights on the southeastern US mountain bike racing calendar!
Generally Good Ideas
For rides starting from public parking areas please remember to park away from businesses so as to leave ample convenient parking spaces available for others, don't block traffic as you wait for the ride to start, and try to display a sense of decorum if you must heed the call of nature (hint - seek out some indoor plumbing). And while I'm on a roll nagging, let me add that you must be sure to wear your helmet, eat your peas, brush your teeth and lube your chain!
All cyclists, PLEASE CONSIDER WRITING:
For those who wish to write about the terrible, loose pavement on the Scenic Drive to Cheaha, here's the scoop:
DeJarvis Leonard is the man who works with the State of Alabama on re-surfacing roads. He asked that we send comments to him. He understands the situation and needs letters to assist him if he is to get it re-paved.
Here's his email address: email@example.com or write to:
DeJarvis Leonard, Division Engineer
ALDoT 4th Division
PO Box 1179
Alexander City, AL 35011
|Feris Malki of Homewood/Cahaba Cycles takes on one of the big drops during the 17-mile Sport Class, as another racer tries to catch him.|
Several club members mentioned that it would be great to have it widened at some point also.
President, Northeast Alabama Bicycle Club
719 Quintard Avenue
Anniston, AL 36201
Today's Cycling Factoid
Per the National Bicycle Dealers Association, gross margins on bicycles average about 36%, while the break-even point for the average store would be around 40%. So how do the dealers keep their bills paid? VOLUME!
Seriously, what keeps the doors open down at your handy local shop is accessory sales and service work - something to keep in mind!