Archive for October, 2008

Billy Goat Profiles Show Percent Grade

| October 27, 2008 10:04 pm

by Franz Kelsch

I have been mapping all the new billy goats in a program called MapMyRide.  If you go to the billy goat list on the ACTC website and click on one of the billy goats, it will take you to the map.  For the new ones (and some of the old ones I have converted over from Bikley.com) you will go to the MapMyRide website.

To select to view the elevation profile, look in the upper right corner for “Route Info”.  Click the box there that says “Show Elevation”.  You will not only get the typical elevation profile, but a color coded percent grade.  The image below is a screen shot of what you would see if you select to see the map for the Aborn billy goat.  So how accurate is the grades shown?  I would appreciate any feedback as club members try this tool.

Click this image to view it full size.

Memorial Dedication Ride

| October 25, 2008 9:18 am

by Larry Bain (photos by Larry Bain and Bill Bushnell)

Oct. 18, 2008 – I was among several hundred cyclists who gathered at Cupertino City Hall on this brisk October morning for a somber ride up to the dedication of permanent memorials to for Kristy Gough and Matt Peterson.

The City of Cupertino has graciously created permanent plaque memorials for the two cyclists near site of their tragedy, along with a striking “Ghost Bike” structure (www.ghostbike.org) overlooking the vista near the entrance to Stevens Creek Park.  The Sheriff’s Department closed Steven’s Canyon Road to all vehicle traffic during the morning and also provided a motorcycle escort for the caravan of family and those of us that cycled from City Hall.

During the dedication we reflected on the moving words offered by the parents of Kristi and Matt which touched on many themes including the difficulty of coping with the tragedy for the many loved ones left behind, the preciousness and fragility of life, and the joy and inspiration that Kristy’s and Matt’s lives had brought to others.


As inscribed on their memorials:

In Memory of Kristy Gough
Free from Imaginary Lines and Limitations

In Memory of Matt Peterson
Rethink What is Possible

The Future of “Publisher”

| October 21, 2008 6:10 am
The Future of “Publisher”

BY: Steve Sloan, ACTC Publisher from the November Black and Blue Bottom

I will be the first to admit, I have not been a good publisher. Even though the newsletter has gotten out on time and has looked fairly decent, I have not been able to attend many board or club meetings.  The reason; I work Wednesday nights.

My understanding is, when the position of “publisher” was first concieved in this club, there was no such thing as the Web or widely adopted e-mail. The publisher was the defacto communications chair
as the newsletter was the only way our organization communicated.

Times have changed but ACTC hasn’t. We now have Web, e-mail as well as print. Who knows what is next? But, laying out our print newsletter, and using page layout software, is still our primary qualification
for being our publisher. The publisher of our print communication channel is on our board. The people managing the Internet mediums are not represented. So, our communications are not coordinated.

In my opinion, the time to change has come. The best model in our club for a communications coordinator function, in my opinion, is the ride coordinator position. The ride coordinator coordinates the roles of the statician, the ride scheduler and the ride leaders. The ride coordinator may not do any of those tasks, or may do all of them.

I think I would make a better newsletter editor, or even layout editor than I make publisher. I think if we make it possible to divide and delgate it would be easier for us to recruit folks to fill club positions.

Because of the various mediums we use to reach the public, as well as our membership, I think we could have a more effective communications program if all those mediums were coordinated by one person who was on our club’s board. That person should not have to be involved hands-on with production.

But, because of the way our club is currently organized that is not very easy to do. I urge your consideration and the adoption of the change of our bylaws. I think it is time to consider replacing the position
of publisher with a communications coordinator.

General Meeting Format

| 5:55 am
General Meeting Format

By: Paul Metz, ACTC President

After checking the poll results (thanks, Franz!), we will try some new ideas for the format of the General Club Meeting.

Option 1: Guest Speaker First
If the guest speakers can make their presentation in 30 minutes or less, we will:
• Announce the speaker(s) and let them speak
• Thank the refreshment hosts and ask for new hosts
• Ask for new members to identify themselves
• Break for 15 minutes
• Hold the general meeting

Option 2: General Meeting First If the guest speaker needs more time, we will:
• Hold the general meeting
• Thank the hosts and ask for new hosts
• Ask for new members to identify themselves
• Break for 15 minutes
• Announce the speaker(s) and let them speak

People will be welcome to talk to the speaker(s) after their presentation, if the speaker is willing.
We will post the meeting schedule to the e-list during the week before the meeting.

2009 Board Nominating Committee

| October 13, 2008 3:53 pm

by Franz Kelsch

Dear fellow ACTC member:

We currently have three members on the nominating committee for next year’s board.  Those members are:

Joe Farinha
Larry Brandt
Franz Kelsch

We have received an indication from some of you that you would be willing to serve on the board next year.  That is great and much appreciated.  If you have any potential interest, or just a question about serving, I would encourage you to contact  one of us on the nominating committee.  It is very important for the health of ACTC as a club to have a vibrant board with sufficient skills and time to be the leaders of our very diverse and large cycling club.  No one should think that as long as just anyone is willing to be on the board that is just fine and it will make no difference to the future of ACTC.  The board does make a difference.  Some of us that volunteer a great deal of time are greatly affected by the board members, individually and collectively.

I volunteered to be on the nominating committee because I feel a club that continues to have no choice for any board position is a sign of a club that can become unhealthy.  You will see it with such things as a reduced attendance at the General Meeting and more difficulty to get people to volunteer and existing volunteers starting to abandon what they have done in the past.  You will see a club that starts to splinter into separate groups who don’t feel a common identify.  Please read my article in the October Black and Blue Bottom.

As a nominating committee we hope to give the membership of this club some choice, at least in some of the key board positions.  Without some choice the the election is meaningless.  In order to do that we need those who have the skills, time and temperament to be willing to run.  At this time I am not going to indicate which current board members wish to run again because that should not influence anyone’s consideration now.

This club is more important than any individual and at the same time every member is more important than the club.  If you can start to unravel that paradox, then you have the makings for a great board member.  Now is the time to give back to ACTC all that it has given you.

Thank you for your consideration in this important matter.

Franz Kelsch
Nominating Committee

November Ride Schedule and B&BB

| October 9, 2008 8:40 pm

The November 2008 ride schedule is now online.

The November Black and Blue Bottom is now online.

Franz Kelsch
ACTC Webmaster

Online Membership Application

| 8:38 pm

The new online Membership Application has been a big hit.  In just the first few days since we launched it we have had 18 people use it to either join ACTC or renew their existing membership.  In almost all cases, the individuals choose to use a credit card to make payment online right after they have completed the application.  To use this application, go to the menu under Club Info and look for the link “Membership”.

Franz Kelsch
ACTC Webmaster