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First Tierra Bella 1977

| January 18, 2017 2:49 pm

Two score years ago, ACTC, then with just a hundred members, bravely created the first Tierra Bella Century. Historical ACTC Members still with the club are Ken Schwab (Past President and Club’s Art Designer), Rosa and Lou Mason, Connie and Terry Shaw, Peter Enright (first VP and second President), and Pat Grilione. The Tierra Bella Chair-baton has been passed only a few times; I remember Jack Lacy, George Alexander, John Halverson, Mike Matthews, Brad Kurtz, Brian Bernhardt, David Seeley, and Michael Hudick.

Our legacy is strong and their accomplishments are inspiring. Ken created nearly all the early Tierra Bella and Sierra to the Sea artwork. With Tommie Lacy‘s help, Jack led some years despite loosing his eyesight. Michael is the longest-serving Tierra Bella Chairperson. In 2014, terminally-ill George Johnson fulfilled his Captain-duties at Machado — an unbelievable dedication to ACTC!

It will take nothing less than our very best to uphold this great legacy. Like a tandem captain and stoker needing to cycle in sync, we can accomplish most when working together. Please, let us redouble our effort by filling all the volunteer spots that Rita Hernandez and Michael Hudick are posting!

Tierra Bella, 40th to infinity!

Best,
Tony Le, ACTC President

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George Johnson, 2014 Tierra Bella Machado Captain

30th Anniversary Sierra to the Sea, a New Epic Journey to Challenge all your Senses, June 17 – 24, 2017

| December 4, 2016 11:10 am

Dip your toes and front wheel in Lake Tahoe and dip them again a week later in the Pacific Ocean in San Francisco, how cool is that!

Sierra to the Sea, an uniquely ACTC tour started by the late Past-President Rod Annable, has a new exciting route from South Tahoe to Golden Gate Park created by all ACTC volunteers and STTS Director Steve Crosby. This new route travels through folkloric passes and historical towns.
Day 1 – Kingsbury Grade and Carson Pass
Day 2 – Mormon Emigrant Trail, Pony Express, Placerville, and Sutter’s Mill where California Gold was first discovered
Day 3 – Folsom, Davis, American River Trail and Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail
Day 4 – Napa, Pope Valley, Davis Double fame ‘Cardiac Hill’ (sounds worse than it is)
Day 5 – Sonoma, Russian River, Sequoia Sempevirons, Guerneville
Day 6 – Pacific Coast Hwy, Valley Ford, Tomales, Point Reyes Station
Day 7 – Bolinas, Stinson Beach, Mt Tamalpais, Golden Gate Bridge

In all, you will have seen, heard, smelled, tasted (dinners are catered by local chefs!), and enjoyed our Northern California rich history and terrain. Challenge all your senses; sign-up for Sierra to the Sea starts soon at sierratothesea.org

Best,
Tony Le, ACTC President

Tierra Bella, where John Muir walked

| 9:19 am

Poppies, lupines, shooting stars, Indian paint brushes, and uniquely large Manzanitas greeted John Muir on his historic walk to Yosemite and remain unchanged to greet ACTC Tierra Bella cyclists on April 1st, 2017. Next year will mark the 40th Anniversary of Tierra Bella, a ‘beautiful country’ bicycle tour to showcase our graceful south valley to the bicycling community. The Gilroy Hot Spring loop remains a favorite and the recent Henry Coe addition was where John Muir travelled on his way to Yosemite. Urging every ACTC member to get involved, please help fill every position quickly when Rita Hernandez and Michael Hudick ask, tell your friends on social media, and register to ride with them if you are not volunteering to work on the Tierra Bella.

John Muir would be proud of ACTC and the Tierra Bella.

Best,
Tony Le, ACTC President

Sitting — the New Smoking

| July 8, 2016 11:07 am

“Sitting, more dangerous than smoking, kills more people than HIV, and is more treacherous than parachuting. We are sitting ourselves to death.” — Dr. James Levine, Mayo Clinic

Sitting, like smoking, is clearly not healthy. Heart diseases and many forms of cancer prefer sedentary bodies, obesity and diabetes thrive with inactivity, and recent studies showed that even our mental capacity disappears faster the more we sit around every day.

However, many of these diseases are preventable so we have some control of our destiny. ACTC weekend rides are good starts but a daily dose of exercise is necessary to keep the doctor away.

Many ACTC members already ride nearly everyday so it may be like preaching to the choir but we all have family and friends who need some encouragement. We are proud that ACTC have many family-friendly events: Rotary Playgarden Celebration and July 4th Pancake Breakfast, upcoming Ice Cream Social, Olema Campout, and Progressive Dinner, but all ride-leaders are encouraged to lead at least one LM no-one-left-behind ride so beginning friends and family can start their journey with ACTC to sit less!

Best with no smoking and less sitting,
Tony Le, ACTC President

A Journey Together

| May 2, 2016 2:40 pm

A Journey together
On the 39th Tierra Bella;
Beautiful countryside
Over a thousand joined this great ride

Impossible without our volunteers
Who made Tierra Bella a success with no peers;
Janice and Ray Low
Came from faraway Novato

Although not filled to capacity,
Michael Hudick and company
Did our very best;
I was impressed

Our volunteers did everything Rita asked
Together we accomplished many tasks;
The camaraderie we treasured
A journey together

Best,
Tony Le, ACTC President

Call Me an Optimist

| March 1, 2016 7:18 am

“Pessimists see difficulty in every opportunity, and optimists see opportunity in every difficulty”  — Winston Churchill

Yes, difficulties abound in the next few years. In this increasingly tumultuous time, from terrorist attacks and threats of more, partisan bickering, economic uncertainty, permits and fee escalation, and competition from many old and new fund-raiser rides, nearly every bicycle club is reporting lower registration for their century ride. For ACTC, both Tierra Bella and Sierra to the Sea are tracking below average.

To ensure that ACTC will continue to thrive, the Board is recommending a conservative budget. For example, we will continue to ask members to pay a portion of event fee such as the Award Dinner to assure that those who sign up will indeed show up — no waste allowed. Another example is Membership Chair Dan Swanson is working closely with Publisher Lienne Christensen to provide the exact number of printed copies Black and Blue Bottom — no wasted BBB. Mailing pizza parties are now replaced with mailing afternoon-coffee, thanks to Communication Coordinator Molly Mazzella.

The second part is for us all to publicize Tierra Bella and Sierra to the Sea to friends and colleagues. Note that both Tierra Bella and Sierra to the Sea are opened to ACTC members! So if you are not a helper, please consider joining as paid rider.

Tierra Bella (April 30), the best supported century ride, bar-none, takes cyclists to the beautiful Canada loop and Henry Coe State Park.

Sierra to the Sea (June 18–25), the best and most-affordable Cross-State ride in California, goes from Bear Valley to the Golden Gate Park, covering a wide variety of scenery.

Not every competing organization will survive and many fund-raising events will be chasing the next hot trend in a few years. With the enduring dedication of ACTC volunteers and a strong reserve, we can overcome these difficulties of potential lean years and will come out as an even stronger bicycle club — an opportunity in a difficult time.

Best,
Tony Le, ACTC President

Russian River Rally is August 14-16

| July 2, 2015 4:13 pm

Russian River Rally (RRR) is August 14-16 this year. For more information, please see the page http://actc.org/events/rrr/index.php.  You can register at that page until August 1 at 10PM. The page includes a “see who’s coming” link that shows who has registered so far.

Sierra to the Sea

| May 8, 2015 6:40 pm

The days are longest in June, the mountains most golden, the weather mostly warm, and the coast most beautiful even when mysteriously basked in fog. Sierra to the Sea, an uniquely ACTC event created by the late Rod Annable (who’s picture still graces the STTS webpage: www.sierratothesea.org) goes from Bear Valley to Golden Gate Park in seven days. The 28th anniversary tour is led once again by Steve Crosby and a very capable staff of 22 volunteers. Sierra to the Sea remains true to Rod’s goals of show-casing the beautiful riding areas of Northern California in an affordable way and remains the best cross-state ride, bar-none! I look forward to greet all the participants and to thank our wonderful staff at Bear Valley and then to welcome them home at the Golden Gate Park. “Well no matter where I wander, I will always find a welcome at the end of every journey, there will be friendly people waiting, California” sang the Kingston Trio. Have a safe journey in our beautiful Golden State.
PS. It is not too late to join the 2015 Sierra to the Sea – a few more spots!

Best,
Tony Le, ACTC President

Upcoming Club Events

| June 25, 2014 8:27 pm

July 4th Pancake Breakfast

Members Only

First Congregational Church

Leigh & Hamilton, San Jose

8am – 10 am

Note: No July General Meeting on Wednesday

 

July 12 Ice Cream Social

Members Only

First Congregational Church, Palo Alto

1985 Louis Rd, Palo Alto Chair, Sheila Stevens  

 

Russian River Rally 2014

ACTC Members Only

Casini Family Ranch

July 25-27, 2014

Meet Jim Sayer, Adventure Cycling’s Exec Director on April 16

| March 11, 2013 8:55 am

By Tony Le, ACTC President

Tuesday, April 16, Jim Sayer, Executive Director for the Adventure Cycling Association, will give a special bicycle touring presentation to ACTC and friends. We’ll meet with Jim at  6:30 pm, at the First Congregational Church, 1980 Hamilton Ave, San Jose (corner of Leigh and Hamilton). (Note this is our normal meeting place, but this is an additional presentation to the general meeting on April 3.)

Jim is no stranger to the Bay Area, where he was once the Director for Greenbelt Alliance. Jim served on the boards of Amnesty International USA and the Ginetta Sagan Fund for the Rights of Women and Children, and is presently on the board of America Bikes.

Established in 1973 as Bikecentennial, Adventure Cycling Association, a non-profit organization headquartered in Missoula Montana, inspires and empowers people to travel by bicycle. Adventure Cycling’s programs include:

•    Exceptionally good Routes & Maps

•    Over 50 guided bike tours, including self-contained, supported, and educational trips

•    “Adventure Cyclist,” an award-winning magazine

•    The U.S. Bicycle Route System, the largest official cycling route network on the planet when complete

• How-To Resources, a variety of trip-planning resources for bicycle travelers such as an annual Cyclists’ Travel Guide, How-To Department, and Touring Gear and Tips blog posts.

BikeOvernights.org, offering inspiration and how-to tips for one-to-two-night bicycle trips.