Wheatland Wheelers Bicycle Club Opens Voting for 2013 Officers

The Wheatland Wheelers Bicycle Club has opened voting for club officers to serve during the 2013 year. Members will vote for officers in eleven positions. The candidates are: President: J. Andrew Rodriguez; Vice-President: Michael Gordon, Phil Hoffman; Treasurer: Jeff Bolander; Secretary: Luke Waggoner; Social Director: Lish Riley, Nikki Sharp; Race Director: Justin Bannerman, Kaler Marshal; Media Relations: Maureen McManaman; Bicycle Advocacy: Charles Stanger. Three Board positions will also be filled. The Board candidates are: Patrick Buob, Walt Keyes, Greg Knowles, Kara Nielsen, Kevin Thonney, Mike Vandiver, Elisa Weinman Pogue, and Kevin Pogue. Members may also vote for write-in candidates.

Ballots are available at Allegro Cyclery and the Bicycle Barn. Election results will be announced at a club meeting.

Nominations Open for 2013 Club Officers

The Wheatland Wheelers Bicycle Club has opened nominations for club officers to serve during 2013. Eleven positions are open: President; Vice-President; Treasurer; Secretary; Race Director; Social Director; Media Relations; Bicycle Advocacy; and three board positions. Nominations can be made at Allegro Cyclery and at Bicycle Barn. Nominations can also be sent via email to jandrewconsulting@gmail.com.

Nominations will close on October 24th. Ballots will be available at both bicycle shops once a slate of candidates has been compiled. Election results will be announced at a club meeting on November 14th. Membership dues for 2013 must be paid in order to be eligible to vote. Annual club dues are $20.00 and can be paid at Allegro Cyclery or at Bicycle Barn. Membership benefits include a 10% discount on parts and accessories at both bicycle shops.

Spring Season Kick-Off Open Club Meeting & BBQ – TONIGHT

Come get your complimentary hamburger and blinky light as we kick-off the spring riding season and our 2012 Light Up the Valley campaign!

Where: Wildwood Park on the corner of Boyer and Division in Walla Walla

When: Monday, April 16th starting at 6:30 PM

Bring a friend and a bag of chips, a non-alcoholic drink, salad or dessert to share and join in the fun!

We’ll have a short presentation by our club officers on upcoming events and activities and a couple of contests to keep things interesting.

Car parking is limited at Wildwood Park but there is plenty of room for bicycles so ride if you can.

Team Kits have just arrived and will be distributed at the Meeting.

Ice Cream Social Rides

We’re just a few short weeks away from our first Ice Cream Social ride of 2012. We will have 4 different ride options this year so riders of all ability levels can enjoy the fun.

In case you haven’t been before, here are some more details. We all meet at Wildwood Park at 6:00 PM on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month. At 6:15 PM we send start sending out the ride groups. We all enjoy a great ride and return to the park for Ice Cream!

New this year! We will have 4 ride options:

  • Family Ride – nice slow pace, 6 mi distance
  • Cruiser Ride – slow to moderate pace, 8 – 10 mi distance
  • Social Ride – moderate pace, 13-18 mi distance
  • Training Ride – fast pace, 25+ mi distance

Bring your bike
Bring your helmet
Bring a friend!

These rides are about having fun, sharing the love or riding and meeting new friends.

Here are the dates for 2012:

  • May 1st and 15th
  • June 5th and 19th
  • July 3rd and 17th
  • August 7th and 21st

Club Meeting and BBQ

Come get your complimentary hamburger and blinky light as we kick-off the spring riding season and our 2012 Light Up the Valley campaign!

Club Elections Update – Nominations Extended

Nominations for club officers have been extended until November 1st.

Club Elections

Election date has been set for November 7th. Nominations can be given at either Allegro Cyclery or Bicycle Barn, and will end October 24th. Voting will be at the November 8th club meeting.

6th Annual Ann Weatherill Cycling Classic

Memorial ride honoring Ann Weatherill, a local cyclist who lost her life doing what she loved, enjoying the outdoors and friends while on her bike.

June 18th – Ann Weatherill Cycling Classic

Walla Walla, WA

30, 60, & 100 mile options. Ride, wine & dine in the road riding capital of Washington

Fully supported with end of ride party

Register at http://www.active.com/cycling/walla-walla-wa/ann-weatherill-cycling-classic-2011

The ride starts at the center of Pioneer Park
Registration accepted the morning of the ride
Check in for the 100 mile ride – before 7:00 AM start
Check in for the 60 mile ride – before 8:00 AM start
Check in for the 30 mile ride – before 9:00 AM start

June 19th – Walla Walla “4000 in 50” 100 mile

Revival of our classic one day after the Ann Ride

Unsupported. 4000′ elevation gain. Great 20 mile descent

Fee of $5 to support our club. Day of registration only

Ride starts at the center of Pioneer Park
Check in between 6:00 – 7:00 AM

Ride, wine and dine in the road riding capital of Washington. The Walla Walla Valley provides the cyclist with the best roads, less traffic, great food and outstanding weather. Also the home of the region’s heralded Tour of Walla Walla stage race held every April.

The ANN RIDE leaves Walla Walla’s centrally located Pioneer Park, “The Gem of Walla Walla.” The compass points north as you head into the rolling wheat fields. Only to be met by the soft green texture of alfalfa waving in the breeze before slipping into the tiny burg of Lowden. Tiny, but home of several of the areas many wineries, highlighted by L’Ecole no. 41, major sponsor of the Wheatland Wheelers Cycling Club and L’Ecole no. 41 racing team.

Making yet another change in direction you will skirt one of the regions largest wind turbine projects. Heading southeast into acre of Oregon’s finest orchards they will open before you and allow passage toward the foothills of the Blue Mountains. Leaving behind the young fruit dancing on the branches we again enter the expanses of field crops. More acres of wheat share the foothills with pods bursting with Walla Walla sweet peas.

Working your way past one more food stop before the “last leg” of burning legs, a gentle uphill of 15 miles along Mill Creek. This last section takes you into the low lying forests of the Blue Mountains, passing the site of the sawmill built by Marcus Whitman. All riders will be greeted at the turnaround with the knowledge that the last 15 miles will propel your bike in a downward direction as you fall back into the valley. Be sure and enjoy the view as the valley opens before you, remembering all the time what awaits you on your return to Pioneer Park. With ample food and drink from local producers you can sit, relax, take in the live music and enjoy each others company, after all, “we just had a terrific ride.”

The 30 and 60 mile rides won’t visit as many parts of the valley but will still give the rider a great overview of why we live in Walla Walla.

Bike to Work Day

We’re celebrating Bike to Work Day!

Friday, May 20th – 7:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Cruise in to your favorite bike shop on your ride to work and we’ll fuel you up on cool cookies & hot coffee!

So leave your car at home and enjoy the ride!

Bicycle Barn – 1503 E Isaacs

Allegro Cyclery – 200 E Main

Coffee donated by Coffee Perk

Cookies donated by Walla Walla Bread Co.


Ice Cream Social Rides start tonight, Tuesday May 17th

Meet at Wildwood Park (on Division St.) 6:00 p.m.

3 rides to choose from:

  • Cruiser ride
  • Social ride
  • Training pace ride

Rides leave at 6:15 SHARP…RAIN or SHINE! Bring your friends and family there’s SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE, Mix & mingle. Relax & ride. Slowdown & savor the best ICE CREAM in town! Join us, for a PRETTY SWEET RIDE!