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History Rhymes

| May 29, 2017 8:33 am

History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme — Mark Twain

It always amazes me to see interviews of people who are clueless of important historical events. Given a multiple choice question of how the name Civil War came about, many picked the answer that the combatants were civilized! Not!

Bringing history to live
Although it is impossible to relive the past, preserving and visiting historical sites lend credence to history lessons. Adventure Cycling (www.adventurecycling.org) routes follow the Underground Railroad or the Lewis and Clark Expedition, Michelin maps guide to WWII battlefields from D-Day beaches to Sainte-Mère Église to the Battle of the Bulge.

Walking up the steep bank of Omaha Beach in Vierville-sur-mer and imagining being fired on by machine-guns and artilleries brought understanding of the bravery and hardship of those young soldiers. Many did not make it.

A visit to a Nazi concentration camp always brought me questions of what should of and could of been done. Denial of their existence is not one of them. Mark Terrance, a friend of ACTC member Dennis Uyeno, wrote a book that maps all the concentration camps.
http://www.concentrationcampguide.com

On 60 Minutes, Veteran Ben Skardon, a Bataan death march survivor, described his experience indelible. Historical sites surround us, near and far. It is upon us to learn, to remember, and only let the good history rhymes.

Best,
Tony Le, ACTC President

Belgium – Home of Eddy Merckx

| March 22, 2016 10:37 am

Belgium – Home of Eddy Merckx

My thought goes out to the victims in Brussels and with the people of Belgium in this difficult time.

“Belgium-the strong and resilient heart of cycling. It has persevered through much. This will be no different #encoulerputaindemerdeterroists” tweeted Jonathan Vaughters

Etixx – Quick-Step will fly a black flag on their team cars and their riders will wear black arm bands.

Despite fear of more attacks, race organizers of Wednesday’s Dwars door Vlaanderen and Friday’s E3 Harelbeke in Belgium tentatively decided to stage the races as planned. I applaud them.

It is tempting to just say “OK, I will stay home and be safe.” That is exactly what the terrorists want us to believe — to disrupt our way of life.

After the 9/11 attack, New York Mayor Guilliani said: “We need you to come to New York and visit and spend money.” It was blunt and honest. To not continue to be a tourist because of the bombing in Brussels, Istanbul, Paris, and London, would simply add insult to injury.

Many ACTCers are planning their cycling vacation around the world and hope that you stay strong with your conviction. Of course be mindful, we all have to be today, even just going to Caltrain or the theatre, but please go on your vacation and have a great time.

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness” — Mark Twain

Peace,
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

ACTC, an Antidote to Alzheimer Disease

| 7:08 am

At a recent talk “Forgetting Names, Should I be Worried?” Stanford Professor Sharon Sha presented data showing that today’s medicine has no cure for Alzheimer disease (we know that). Patients’ mental capacity merely decreases at a slower rate with these medicines. The only two antidotes where patients retained or actually regained some capacity are aerobic exercising and socializing — two of the three qualities of ACTC. The third quality of ACTC? Eating — not mentioned in the study.

Two out of three is not bad. Join ACTC! Fight Alzheimer!

Best,
Tony Le, ACTC President

ACTC 2016 Appreciation Dinner

| December 11, 2015 1:04 am

The ACTC 2016 Appreciation Dinner will take place Saturday March 5, 2016.

Bring family and friends! Mingle, compare stats, and pick
up your awards and patches!

Please mail your registration form and check before January 15.

For details and registration form, see
http://www.actc.org/events/2016_Appreciation_Dinner.pdf

Volunteers Needed for the 2013 Tierra Bella

| March 3, 2013 11:01 am

The 2013 Tierra Bella Bicycle Tour is nearly here! We are still looking for volunteers to make Saturday, April 13th another fantastic event!  Check the March Black and Blue Bottom for a listing of volunteer opportunities still needing to be filled!  You can find the newsletter at http://www.actc.org/bbb/2013/201303.pdf

 

 

Member Appreciation Event – March 9th, 2013 5:00 to 9:30

| February 11, 2013 9:57 pm

Early Bird pricing is $25 per member and $60 for your non-member guest.
We are using Eventbrite for the purchase of tickets.  The price jumps $10
after March 1st, so sign up early.  Details below….

Thanks for all your efforts making ACTC’s  Successful 2012!!

We prefer you pay via the web at: https://appreciation2013.eventbrite.com/

Please note that you can’t find this event by searching Eventbrite since it’s private.

If you prefer to pay by check, send your check and names of people
attending made out to ACTC and posted no later than Feb. 25 th to:

ACTC
C/O Cathy Shih
1318 Mayberry Lane
San Jose, CA 95131

Schedule:

Featured DJ:

Music will be an assortment of rock and popular music from the 1960’s to
1980’s with a sprinkling of a few new modern artists.
Schedule

  • 5:00  Open no-host bar with Fresh Seasonal Fruit and Cheeses, Feel free to come early to meet with friends.  Prizes!!
  • 6:15   Dinner includes:
    •  Salad Buffet with Four Salads: Fruit Salad, Green Salad, Antipasto, Vegetarian Pasta Primavera, Vegetarian Artichoke Salad
    •  Buffet Entrees: Roast Prime Rib of Beef
      •  Vegetarian Pasta Primavera
      •  Baked Salmon with a Beurre Blanc Sauce
      •  Chicken Marsala with sauteed in Marsala wine with mushroom and roasted rosemary Garlic Potatoes potatoes, Saffron Basmatic Rice, seasonal vegetables, dinner rolls, coffee, decaf and tea.
    • Alcohol: Two bottles of wine per table. You may also bring your wine with a $15.43 corkage fee (your cost, all inclusive). Check with bartender for other drinks, and closing times.
    • Desserts: Chef’s choice of Selected Cakes and Pastries
    • Prizes!
  • 7:00 Thanks from the Pres – Tony Le, prizes
  • 7:10 Slide Show – Mike Stein
  • 7:25 Broken Crank award and top riders and leaders – Mike Stein
  • 7:40 Dancing to Music of the DJ Colin Dickie & Prizes!!

Susan Stecklair

Ice Cream Social July 28, 2012

| July 4, 2012 5:40 pm

All club members are invited to the 2012 ACTC Ice Cream Social. This event has had various names, locations and times in the past, but here are the details for this year:

When: Saturday, July 28th
Ice cream served 12:30-2:30 pm
Where: First UCC San Jose Courtyard (corner of Hamilton and Leigh)
What: Ice cream and fixings

Grizzly Bear Credit will be given for a general to/from ride to be listed by
Sheila Stevens. Please consider listing and leading other rides before or after, to correspond to the event. In the past there has been a Hard Serve Billy Goat and Soft Serve Billy Goat. Mountain bikers might prefer a Rocky Road Ride. Creative ride titles encouraged! Remember, impromptu rides can be listed until three days prior!

The timing allows for an early lunch ride followed by dessert, or just a good
ride followed by a lunch of ice cream.

I will need volunteers to help with setup, serving and cleanup. Please let me
know if you are available or have a preferred position. Early responders get
first choice of jobs. Please let me know your first choice by email @ russ_sheila (at) att (dot) net:

Set up: 11:30-12:30
Serving: 12:30-1:30
Serving: 1:30-2:30
Clean-up (and left over taker homers): 2:30-3:00

Hope to see you there!

Help SJ Trails: Trail Count 2008

| September 2, 2008 8:18 pm

Trail Count 2007 information played a part in the award of $1Million worth of grants, and also helped keep the Guadalupe River Trail open during the Grand Prix.

If you can help in 2008, please contact trailcount@svbcbikes.org and mention that you are from ACTC.  Currently, they are looking for volunteers at the following locations, dates, and times.

Stations 9/17, 9/20, 9/24
12 hour 7am-6:30 pm
1.   Guadalupe River Trail, near  Park Avenue
2.   Guadalupe River Trail, near  Coleman Avenue
3.   Los Gatos Creek Trail, near  Hamilton Avenue

Stations 9/17, 9/24

Two peak hour count stations (7-9 and 4-6) are to be located at:
1.   Highway 87 Bikeway, near Tamien Station
2.   Los Gatos Creek Trail, near  Auzerais Avenue

Paul Metz, Debbie Wade, Joanne Grimaldi, David and Deborah Hoag, and Chuck Schultz have volunteered their time so far.

Paul Metz

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