Category Archives: The Right Side of the Road

Articles to encourage you and the non-cycling community to be safe and have fun

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is the time of year we reflect on all the good things in our lives. Family, Friends, Food, Fun, and, of course, Cycling!

Family: This year many fathers & sons and entire families rode together. What a great way to spend time with your children; No phones or other devises to get in the way of talking. Several couples rode together this year too. Bike dates are the best! Remember to tell your family thanks for encouraging you to ride.

Friends: Long lasting friendships have begun with people enjoying the sport of cycling together. The photo above is one of the last rides Jim Herron shared with us before he moved to Colorado.  Jim plans to come back and ride with us as often as he can. Throughout this year, we have had several friends return to the area for a visit and to join us on a bike ride. Old friends say how much they miss the beautiful area here and we say how much we miss them. Thanks for the pulls, drafts, encouragement & thoughtfulness. Continue reading

Ride Report: Next Steps

On October 7, 2017, Jeannie & Stuart Coulter (pictured) rode in the Next Steps Century they liked a lot and thought perhaps club members would like to attend next year. Please enjoy their report:

We attended the Next Steps Century ride in Dunlap, TN. This event used to be run by the Chattanooga Bike Club but is now organized by the Next Step Resources Center, a teen pregnancy crisis center (as a fund raiser). This is their third year. We were returning to our old stomping grounds since we used to live in Jasper. The ride was well run and they had many volunteers. They had SAG vehicles that roamed the course and one that spent a lot of time behind us. I wonder why? The start and all of the rest stops were at churches with good bathrooms. The food was plentiful at the first stop, but meager at the second.

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2017 ERV Ride

The 44th running of the Elk River Valley was a success. As far as we know everyone enjoyed the routes (12,52 and 75 miles) and no one was hurt. However, Mica Jon was “tackled” by a playful black lab and went down; he says he is fine but his bike was injured pretty badly.

There were around 65 riders for the September 9th ride. In addition to HRBike members, there was a huge contingent from the Murfreesboro Bike Club, a few Veloteers’, several from the Columbia Bike Club and one or two from other clubs.

Due to the way the registration was managed, we also have several new members: 4 families and 9 individuals. The combination of HRBike memberships and sale of HRBike merchandise helped us to come out in the black. Continue reading