Friday, July 17, 2009

Posting pictures to the blog

Your pictures can also appear under "Club Pics." Either send photos to me, or you can upload your shots to your own Flickr account. Be sure to add a the tag "fmcycling" to each photo, so the Club blog can find the pictures in Flickr.

Congratulations Rob!

Rob and the Cycling Club and currently (re?)featured on the College homepage. To retain the story, I've duplicated the photo and text below.

Cycling Takes Off at F&M

It may be the most unusual reason for applying to Franklin & Marshall College.


When Rob Burnett ’12 of Denver, Colo., was thinking about where to go to school, he heard that F&M was located in Lancaster County.

“They must have great riding there,” he said.

Burnett, 19, has been bicycle racing for nearly five years.

“I met five or six kids who had bikes and were looking to be competitive. It went from there,” Burnett said.

Burnett captains the Franklin & Marshall Cycling Club.

He and his fellow riders petitioned the College to recognize the club and got several sponsors, including Rudy Project, which supplies helmets and glasses for the team. Sports-drink manufacturer Accelerade supplies free sports drinks and energy bars. The Lancaster Bike Shop, owned by Joseph Soldner ’76, provides the team with technical support.

The 22-member bicycle racing/riding squad consists primarily of bike enthusiasts who joined to have a good time riding together, Burnett explained.

Six team members, which includes him, are training to race the collegiate circuit this spring.

The team will race in the Eastern Collegiate Cycling Conference including teams from Rutgers, Bucknell and Penn State.

“We definitely have some potential. Everyone seems to be motivated, and we keep each other going,” Burnett said. “Lancaster County not only has good roads, but there is a strong cycling community here.”

The team takes regular training rides, even when the weather turns cold, of between 20 and 30 miles. He said the rides average about 18 mph. After winter break, training will begin to pick up with longer, harder rides, he said.

Soon members will be donning their new team kit, a lycra jersey and shorts combo designed for the team by Primal Wear.

Already the team has made its mark locally. Before Thanskgiving, several team members took part in Cranksgiving, a charity race in York, Pa. They raced from supermarket to supermarket, collecting food items for a local food bank.

Team members took second, third, fourth and fifth place in the race.

Next year Burnett plans to seek official recognition from the Athletics Department. Recognition allows the team to access funding for travel expenses to and from races.

Visit the team Web site for photos and information on joining.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Back in the saddle

After taking June off for some outpatient surgery, I am back in the saddle!

I hope to salvage the cycling season with some riding locally in July, followed by some trail/road riding in Wellsboro, PA through much of August.

I did hear from a very enthusiastic first-year student, Rachel Wohl, who intends to join the Club in September. You can welcome Rachel at the follow email

Hope you are all enjoying a relaxing summer, and have been able to get in some good, long miles in these unseasonably cool temps (in the Northeast at any rate).

And, if you find yourself near or around Lancaster, please look me up. Maybe we could take a ride!