Here is a letter from our club's President review 2009 and looking ahead to 2010.
Dear QCW Members:
I hope that your 2009 cycling year was a great one and that you are planning to make your 2010 season even better. I can tell that the club had a very successful year in many ways and that your Board of Directors is working hard to make 2010 and beyond very exciting for our members and local cycling.
Some highlights from 2009 would include the following:
--We had a huge increase in participation at the Cleves Time Trial Series where we had over 60 participants on a few occasions and averaged around 40 riders each week. We owe a huge 'thanks' to Brian and Lisa Henderer, Dave Riemenschneider, and the many other volunteers who kept this event going for five months.
--Our inaugural year for the Spring 40k Time Trial Series was fantastic. Thanks to Dave for managing this event and picking a course with a screaming downhill start. But whats with the climb to the turn? Talk about a momentum killer.
--The Ault Park Crit Series also had increased participation and an added week of competition for the women and a 40k event for the 3/4 men. Once again, Bill Lorenz did a fantastic job with this event. Thanks Bill!
--The PUR Tour had its largest participation ever, and I'm not just talking about the Clydesdale division, although.......Anyway, Doug Dobrozsi and Big Dave did a great job. We'll hopefully have big news about this event for 2010 sometime early in the new year.
--The UCI Cyclocross event also had a banner year. The news coverage was impressive, as was the damage to the course.
--Our Kids-on-Bikes Program, led by Doug Dobrozsi, has grown to about 40 members. We even have three of the riders going to Bend, Oregon for a national championship event. Our hope is that the QCW 'Lionhearts' program encourages young riders to make cycling a part of their life for many years to come. Ideally one of them will run the Cleves TT series for its 75th anniversary in 2048. I plan on winning the mens 85+ category that year.
--Club membership is hovering close to 500 with 40 members on the Race Team. We had our first team meeting last Sunday and will be scheduling weekly team rides. I know that everyone is working on core strength, planning their mico, macro, and meso cycles, and really wondering what I was rambling on about for 90 minutes.
--Our soon-to-be-placed order for the newly designed kits showed over 55 riders purchasing the new jerseys, shorts, arm and leg warmers, gloves, winter jackets, shoe covers, and anything else that we could get our logo and the sponsors logo's on. Thanks to Rick Hoeting for his efforts in working with VOMax on the new design. Not only will we be riding strong in 2010, but we'll look darn good at the same time.
I could go on, and probably will at the Annual Meeting (see below), but none of this would be possible without your participation in the club, the support of our sponsors, and the work of the Board of Directors and our event chairs. When you look at what the club offers local cycling in the course of one year, it really is amazing.
We will be holding our Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner on January 10th at the Parish Center at Christ the King Church, 950 Ellison Avenue, 45226, in Mt. Lookout. We haven't set an exact time but plan on roughly 5-8. Rick plans on leading a ride that afternoon, no matter the weather, while I plan on riding two hours inside starting at noon as Xavier plays George Washington on Fox Sports Ohio. The team members at the meeting will understand the significance of the two options. More details will follow on the meeting/dinner but mark your calendar. In the meantime, if you have any pictures from events from the past year, send them to me. We'll try to put together a slide show.
We will be holding elections for the positions of president, vice president, treasurer, and secretary. You can submit nominations to me. This is a great way to get involved in your club. All positions are for one year. Lisa Henderer, our current secretary, will not be able to continue in that role due to the impending birth of the next great cyclist in June. She and Brian don't know if its a boy or girl yet but we can be sure that he or she will someday attend Elder or Seton.
Your comments and suggestions are always welcome and we hope to see you at the Annual Meeting if not before.