Welcome 2015!

Happy New Year fellow Cyclists,

Your 2015 club officers and board members:

President – Trevor Moon
Vice President – Vacant
Treasurer – Jeff Bolander
Secretary – Luke Waggoner
Race Director – Michael Austin
Social Director – Vacant
Communications Director – Vacant
Bicycle Advocacy – Bill Bialozor
Board Position – Scott Peters, Kevin Thonney, Corren Current

We met on 1/6/15 to talk about our thoughts, ideas and plans for 2015 and beyond. Here are some of the ideas we have for 2015:

Sponsor lights for all UB delivery staff using bicycles
Select a local school and provide a bike rodeo
Add a club sponsored Bike to School and/or Bike to Work Day booth in a part of town not covered by our bike shops
Start a Kidical Mass monthly ride geared towards families with young children
Support a youth group ride from WA-HI during the spring
Continue the Ice Cream Social rides May – August

What are your ideas? What can our club do for you and for cycling in our valley? Let us know!

By E-mail – wheatlandwheelersbicycleclub@gmail.com

On Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/wheatlandwheelers

On Twitter – @WheatlndWheelrs

Did you pay your membership dues for 2015? I’m going to bet the answer is no because our treasurer reports only one member has paid for 2015. Watch for a notice in the next two weeks about where and how to pay those dues for 2015 so you can start enjoying that 10% discount at our local bike shops.

Last but not least you may have noticed we still have some open officer positions. Please let us know if you are interested in filling one of those positions.

We hope to see you all soon riding the roads of our beautiful valley!

Elections and General Membership Meeting

The Wheatland Wheelers Bicycle Club executive board and general membership meeting is Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 6:30 PM at the Columbia REA community room, 2929 Melrose St, Walla Walla, WA. Pizza will be served!

9th Annual Ann Weatherill Cycling Classic

The 9th Annual Ann Weatherill Cycling Classic is June 21, 2014 in Walla Walla WA. Ride, wine and dine in the road riding capital of Washington.

The Walla Walla Valley provides the cyclist with the best roads, less traffic, best essay writers uk, great food and outstanding weather. 30, 60, & 100 mile options. Fully supported. $45 registration fee includes a lunch feast at the end of the ride. Sign up begins at 7:00 AM at the Pioneer Park bandstand.

Suggested registration times by ride length:

100 mile – 7:00 AM

60 mile – 8:00 AM

30 mile – 9:00 AM

The Ann Ride leaves Walla Walla’s beautiful Pioneer Park heading north past golden, rolling wheat fields and the emerald velvet of alfalfa awaiting first harvest leading to L’Ecole no. 41, one of about 140 wineries in the valley. Riders then head southeast into Oregon, past hundreds of wind turbines looming over some of the region’s finest apple, pear and cherry orchards. The loop east points riders in the direction of the Blue Mountains, a magnificent view to be enjoyed for the remainder of the ride. Back to Walla Walla; then riders veer 15 miles uphill into a forested canyon as they take in the 100 mile final leg-burning stage before looping downhill back to Pioneer Park and heaping servings of spaghetti and meatballs.

The 2014 route map can be viewed at: Route Map 2014

Registration is open!.
Register at Active.com

Garmin GPS Route Files

Century Hill – GPX | TCX
30 Mile Loop – GPX | TCX
Metric Century Loop – GPX | TCX

2014 Club Officers and Board

Your 2014 Wheatland Wheelers Club Officers and Board

President: J. Andrew Rodriguez
Vice-President: Michael Gordon
Secretary: Corren Current
Treasurer: Jeff Bolander
Race Director: Kaler Marshall
Social Director: Open
Communications Director: Thaddeus Hicks
Bicycle Advocate: Bill Bialozor
Board Directors: Open; Phil Hoffman; & Jay Jeffery

Please contact us if you are interested in filling one of the open positions.

Vote for 2014 Club Officers and Board

Candidates for 2014 Wheatland Wheeler Bicycle Club Board Candidates and Officers

Ballots are available at Allegro Cyclery and Bicycle Barn.


J. Andrew Rodriguez


Michael Gordon


Jeff Bolander


Corren Current

Race Director:

Justin Bannerman
​​Steve Rapp
​​Kaler Marshall
Social Director:

Lish Riley
​​Nikki Sharp
Board Members (Please select 3):

Kevin Thonney
​​​​Kara Gordon
​​​​Randy Hensel
​​​​Scott Peters
​​​​Jay Jeffrey
​​​​Kurt Friederich
​​​​Phil Hoffman
Communications Director:

Currently no nominations

Bicycle Advocate:

Bill Bialozor

Ice Cream Social – July 2nd, 2013

Important Information!

Due to the very high temperatures expected tomorrow afternoon we are canceling the ride portion of the Ice Cream Social. Do not despair! We are still serving ice cream! Join us at Wildwood Park at 6:15 for some cold ice cream and a little social time.

Current Cycling Advocacy Measures

Current Cycling Advocacy measures being addressed by the Washington State Legislature. HB (House Bill) and SB (Senate Bill).

HB 1045/SB 5066: Neighborhood Safe Streets Bill

Allows cities to lower the speed limit on non-arterials to 20mph without having to pay for an engineering study. On April 17, passed the Senate 45-2 and is now on its way to the governor’s desk to be signed into law.

SB 5564/ HB 1743: The Safe Passing Bill

Clarifies safe passing practices on rural roads to increase distance given to pedestrians and bicyclists. Potential safe passing distance for cyclists would be three feet. Bill currently held for session.

HB 1233: Inclusion of health benefits into state transportation goals.

Bill may result in increased funding to walking, biking, running projects that support healthy transportation lifestyles. Bill was pulled from Rules to the House floor, but did not get a vote before the policy cut off on March 13. It will now be placed in the Rules Committee for the remainder of the 2013 legislative session.

SB 5506: Funding for Safe Routes to School

Protects the funding levels reached in the past couple of years from both state and federal sources. Working to maintain federal funding levels suggested in SB 5506 within the House and Senate transportation budgets.

SB 5141: Motorcycles stop and proceed through traffic control signals.

Addresses signal loop detectors don’t detect the motorcycle. Potential amendments with the Washington Road Riders Association to address the needs of bicycles. Senate and House committees “do pass” vote. It has been pulled by the House Rules Committee and awaits a floor vote.

2013 Club Schedule

Club business meetings are the second Wednesday of the month, at 6:30 PM.

Ice Cream Socials will be the first and third Tuesdays of every month, starting in May and going through August. See the calendar for details.
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Eastern Washington Races 2013

Road cycling

The 2013 race season has started out well for Wheatland Wheelers riders. In the Tour of Walla Walla several Wheatland Wheelers riders had great postings. In particular, Wheatland Wheeler Kevin Thonney won the Criterium CAT 4 race.

Joe Escudero took 2nd place in the 60+ division in the Liberty Road Race in Spokane.

Ronde Van Palouse Race, several Wheatland Wheelers riders did well. And there was a good showing by Wheatland Wheelers riders in the Ontario Stage Race in Oregon.

Mountain Biking

Justin Bannerman took 3rd place, CAT 1 in the 50+ division in the Echo, Oregon Red 2 Red race.

Several Wheatland Wheelers riders did well in the Whidbey Island Cooking in the Kettles mountain bike races.

Coming up: Enumclaw Stage Race;and Lake Chelan Echo Valley Races

Hydration and Nutrition

Originally published in the Union Bulletin on March 15, 2013

Everyone who cycles has “bonked” at one time or another. You know the feeling. You’re riding along and then suddenly it takes everything you have to turn the pedals.  It can happen in races, on training rides, and even recovery rides.

My first introduction to “bonking” was on one of my very first group rides.  It was a beautiful spring day here in the Walla Walla valley.  I had just purchased my new bike and was eager to get out and see what it could do.  About an hour and half into the ride I felt a kind of growling in my stomach. My legs began to feel like wet noodles. I began to slowly fall back in the group until I was completely off the back and riding by myself.  What was once a nice social group ride became a solo painful nightmare. I had one more steep hill to climb before descending back home.  As I started up the hill several riders that had already climbed it once and possibly twice came along to encourage me as I struggled to turn the pedals over.  I wondered to myself if it was acceptable to walk your bike to the top of the hill.  I didn’t want to find out so I dug deep and eventually made it to the top.  Once at the top of the hill a veteran cyclist asked me if I had a gel pack. I quickly realized that I didn’t have a gel pack or anything else to eat.  I was relying solely on that peanut butter and jelly sandwich I’d eaten a few hours before to carry me through the ride.  What a rookie mistake and valuable learning lesson!  I later found out that I had experienced bonking.

For those of you lucky enough to have never experienced bonking, here’s a description courtesy of Bike Radar:

Deriving from the original meaning ‘to hit’, the bonk refers to that catastrophic moment when there’s suddenly nothing left in the tank; when the legs turn to jelly, and getting to the finish becomes an altogether supreme effort of will. The simple explanation for its occurrence is that long-endurance exercise depletes the body’s store of glycogen, which produces the energy required to maintain performance. When the glycogen depletes entirely, the body has no more fuel and instead burns fat, resulting in a surge of fatigue and a performance collapse.

After my experience bonking I figured if I was to continue cycling I needed to understand more about nutrition and learn how to keep my body performing during long or hard rides.  There are a plethora of energy products out there on the market for athletes. One of the more popular products to keep your body from bonking are gels.  They offer a quick energy boost to the body and will help replenish the glycogen and calories you are burning. Always take gels with water to help them absorb better into the blood stream. Avoid the risk of a sick stomach and wait at least 60 minutes between gels before taking another one. Don’t rely on gels as your only energy source. They should be used along with other food sources.

If I am planning at least a two hour ride I eat something about 1-2 hours before the ride.  My go to meal is oatmeal with a scoop of peanut butter topped with blueberries and a pinch of brown sugar.  I will also eat a side of eggs to add some extra protein.  Depending on whether I am racing, doing a group ride or recovery ride I will adjust the portion size accordingly.  Oatmeal is easy on my stomach; it’s a great source of slow burning carbohydrates. Peanut butter, blueberries, and brown sugar create a nice blend of simple & complex carbohydrates, fats, and proteins.

While you are cycling you need a snack at least every half-hour. Obviously a trip around the block probably won’t require snacks, but on longer cycling trips, snacks become necessary. Many riders focus on quick fix solutions during their ride. They grab the nearest candy bar or bag of chips—big mistake. High sugar foods make a rider feel satisfied, and may provide some energy, but those empty calories will burn off quickly. I pack a few things in my jersey pockets that are easy to eat on the go. My favorite energy bar to carry is the Bonk Breaker Energy Bar.  It’s easy on my stomach, gluten free and tastes wonderful.  Sometimes I will pack a banana and nuts mixed with raisins.  I also make homemade rice cakes with ground chicken sausage, eggs, brown sugar and seasonings. I cut them into manageable squares and wrap them in tin foil for a delicious energy snack.

Hydrating before pedaling helps you avoid illness and drying out on the road. Here are some basic guidelines I follow for my rides:

Less than 1 hour, I drink at least 16oz. of plain water before the ride and carry and consume a 16-24oz. bottle of plain water or an energy drink.

1-2 hours, I drink at least 16oz. of plain water or a pre-ride energy drink before the ride. I carry and consume one 16-24oz. bottle of plain water, plus an extra 16-24oz. bottle of an energy drink. After the ride I drink at least 16oz. of water or a recovery drink.

Over 2 hours, I drink at least 16oz. of plain water or a pre-ride energy drink before the ride. I carry and consume one 16-24oz. bottle of plain water, plus one extra 16-24oz. bottle of an energy drink—one that contains electrolytes—for each hour on the bike. I plan my route so that I have options to stop for water along the way, and always carry a few dollars with me in case I need to purchase bottled water or energy snacks.

Once you’re done with your ride don’t think you can neglect proper nutrition. The first few hours after cycling are just as important as anything you do before, or after, your ride. Your body may feel dehydrated and weak, and you will need to replace any lost nutrients. One easy way to do this is to consume a meal reach in protein. Hard boiled eggs, grilled chicken, and low fat beef are all good options. If you’re in a hurry, or on the run, try drinking a quick protein shake.

Proper nutrition and hydration are essential to your enjoyment of cycling and your ability to challenge yourself to reach your fitness goals. Take the time to think about what your body needs; experiment with foods your stomach can tolerate on a ride; and plan your food and drink needs.

Patrick Buob is a member of the board of the Wheatland Wheelers Bicycle Club. He can be reached at allez_105@yahoo.com.