Racing season is poised at the starting line — with the Bridge Run on May 4, Fly-by-Night and the Binghamton University Sprint Triathlon both on May 10, and the Rat Snake Duathlon on May 17.
To kick off racing season, we’ll have our annual potluck dinner at 6 p.m. May 12 at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, 701 W. Main St., Endicott. Please bring a dish or beverage; we’ll supply the paper goods. This is our last monthly membership meeting until October, and note that it’s NOT the first Monday of the month this time!
Our guest speaker is Jennifer Laurita, the 2014 League of American Bicyclists Educator of the Year. She is a league cycling instructor and national-level training mentor and coach, working with organizations across the United States to teaching bicycling and train-the-trainer seminars. Jennifer is an avid road cyclist and terrible first-time triathlete, specializing in being terrible across multiple disciplines. Jennifer is the author of the book, The Anatomy of Cycling.
By the way, Linda Harding has been responsible for bringing in all the great speakers we’ve had this year. Thanks for all the hard work, Linda! If you have suggestions for fall, send them her way.
In other news:
The Broome County Triathlon has an important change: The turnaround at the bottom of the hill has been eliminated! The turnaround will now be at the top of the hill. The course will be shorter by a half mile — it will be 11.5 miles — but it will be much safer for cyclists and drivers.
Another change is that high school teams will have their own relay category. The idea came from the Sidney high school students and coach who spoke to our club last month; Bob Beavan passed it on to the county and it was added to the registration form. Teams can be three students or two students and one adult. Students must be entering 7th grade or up to be on a high school relay team. Help spread the word!
The Broome County Youth Triathlon needs volunteers! It takes place right after the adult triathlon on June 28 and takes about an hour. The Chris Thater Youth Duathlon on Aug. 23 also needs volunteers. USAT requires volunteers to sign waivers for both events. E-mail Diana at firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help at either or both events.
Run-bike-run: Is held at 6 p.m. every Wednesday at the Chenango Forks bus garage on Kattelville Road. Please consider volunteering to be a timekeeper at least once this summer!
Open-water swim will start at 6 p.m. on Memorial Day, May 25, at Dorchester Park on the Whitney Point Reservoir. We meet at the north end of the park. The cost to swim is $30 (make check payable to the Whitney Point Swim Club), plus you must be a member of BCTC or the Whitney Point Swim Club. You must fill out a waiver and medical form before you enter the water. There will be forms at the next meeting if you want to fill them out and pay. If you are going to fill them out at OWS, please arrive before 5:30 because the paperwork gets a bit chaotic and we want to get in the water on time.
Post your ride! Club members are encouraged to post a planned run or ride on the BCTC Facebook page; it’s helpful for new members to be able to jump in and find training partners.