Order Your 2019 Club Kit

For 2019, we are again offering custom RCC clothing from Louis Garneau. You may go to their store now to order our new arm warmers and our 2018 jersey and bib shorts, which are available in men’s cuts. Garneau's store for RCC is open until Thursday, March 21 at 11 PM, and it is time to order and pay for your 2019 club kit. Your next opportunity to order a these items will be 2021, or later.

Those of you who own the 2018 kit know the quality and fit of the Garneau kit. And, if you have the 2018 shorts, you know that they have an incredibly comfortable chamois.

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Zwift Meetup, December 29

Last Saturday, six of us did a virtual ride via Zwift and we used Discord to talk to each other during the ride. Our first ride went well, so I'm going use Zwift’s new meet-up feature to do another group ride Saturday. The ride will be Saturday at 09:00 and it will be led by Cory Wagner. This week's ride will follow the NYC Mighty Metropolitan route for 26 miles (42 KM). To join the meetup, you must be a Zwift user who follows Cory, and he needs to invite you to the ride. If you are a Zwift user and you haven’t been invited, follow Cory Wagner and he’ll invite you.

Meetups are like other Zwift events, where you must join the event before the start time. You may join up 15 minutes before the start and you can leave at any time. Don’t be late.

At 09:00, we’ll roll out slowly and get everyone together near the yellow beacon, which is used to help you find the ride leader. Saturday's are very busy on Zwift, so I'll call out my location (mileage) until we are together. Join us on Discord to talk to other riders in our meetup ride group.

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Zwift Meetup, December 22

We’re going try Zwift’s new meet-up feature to do an indoor, virtual group ride. The ride will be Saturday at 09:00 and it will be led by Cory Wagner. The ride will follow the NYC Knickerbocker route, in reverse, for 50 KM (31 miles). To join the meetup, you must be a Zwift user who follows Cory, and he needs to invite you to the ride. If you are a Zwift user and you haven’t been invited, follow Cory and he’ll invite you.

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Rider Satisfaction Survey Results

Throughout October, we collected feedback from our riders via a short, nine-question survey and 37 people participated. There are 45 paid members and 100 addresses on our mailing list.

The first four questions were basic satisfaction inquiries. All participants reported that our group rides meet their needs, 97% of participants said they were very satisfied or satisfied with our club, and 95% said we have very-high-quality or high-quality rides. Safety of our rides was rated as above average or excellent by 92% of participants. None of these responses are surprising, because you’d probably riding elsewhere if we weren’t meeting these basic needs.

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Grand Performance Discounts for Club Members

Our club shop and sponsor, Grand Performance, is offering special club discounts, through December 15. Sale items include several models and builds of Wilier Triestina bicycles and frames, HED and Zipp wheels, SRAM components for road and MTB, helmets from Giro and Kask, Sidi shoes, Speedplay pedals, Vittoria tires and tubes, and more.

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Volunteer Weekend

It's going to be a rainy weekend, so we won’t have a group ride. So, get outside today or jump on a spin bike or trainer to keep up your fitness. Hopefully, we’ll get a few more group rides in before the snow and winter comes to make the roads dangerous for road bikes to end our season.

Please take a couple of hours to volunteer at Free Bikes 4 Kidz this weekend. Volunteers, like you, have already refurbished more than 2,500 bikes. FB4K needs your help to fix about 3,000 more bikes, so they can give them to Minnesota kids in need. Every volunteer and every hour counts. I will be there Saturday, at Noon, and I hope to see you there, too.

Help FB4K meet the goal of refurbishing and giving away every bike that they can salvage. Please, sign up to volunteer! The time you spend changes lives.

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Ride Saturday, October 27

We should have normal temperatures and light wind this Saturday and that will make our ride this week more enjoyable than the previous couple of weeks. If you've been riding indoors, try coming back outside and join us this weekend.

This week, we will leave Rosemount at 09:00 and ride to Prior Lake and back, with a stop at Edelweiss Bakery. I think the trail along Blackdog Road and 35W is closed due to construction and flooding, so we may need to take another route to Prior Lake. If you’ve ridden there recently, let me know the status Saturday or via email. I have a couple of other routes we can use.

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Ride Sunday, October 21

I hope you had a chance to get out for a ride today, like I did, because it was beautiful and this weekend it will be back to abnormally-cold and windy conditions. The forecast for this Saturday is worse than last Saturday, so we’ll ride on Sunday morning. At 09:00 Sunday, we’ll follow the Orchard Lake route, which will provide some shelter from the wind and give us a good workout.

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Ride Saturday, October 6

This week, Gary Johnson, the club’s founder and former ride leader, will host a special ride from his new home town. Gary’s ride will start at 08:00 from downtown Wayzata's Starbucks (740 Lake St E, Wayzata). The route will go south through Chaska, Victoria, Excelsior, and back to Wayzata for about 60–65 miles.

If you can’t make it to Gary’s ride, meet at 08:00 at Starbucks in Rosemount and ride with other club members. I plan to join Gary, so let me know if you want to lead the ride from Rosemount otherwise those who show up will have to figure out a route.

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