MVBC General Meeting - Tandem Touring Europe!
September 16, 2018
One couple, two children, two tandems, six European Countries, one entire summer. That's what this MVBC General Meeting was all about!
For 88 days, Dave, Liv (pronounced "Leaf"), Lyle (12), and Ruby (9,) Gifford, traveled through six countries in Europe on two tandems. After long planning, the Giffords finally made the dream a reality and accomplished a memory-making tandem tour. During the summer of 2019 they made their way by bike, sampling the roads, paths, wrong turns, foods and varying cultures.
The MVBC and friends and relatives of the Giffords had the opportunity to see slides and hear details of their adventure at the Church of the Good Samaritan in Corvallis. This new venue accommodated the strong showing of nearly sixty people. The link below will take you to the 175 slide presentation, along with annotations. Enjoy!
2018 Northwest Tandem Rally
Board of Directors, 3/5/2018
The MVBC has been selected to host the 2018 Northwest Tandem Rally on the weekend of Friday, June 29 through Wednesday, July 4, 2018. Net proceeds from the event will help establish a fund for the Bicycle Education & Safety program in Albany. We need your help!
To make this event a success, much of the work needs to begin now: route, venue, food service & schedule planning; sponsor agreements; website development and more. Check out the NWTR website at www.nwtr.org.
You might be interested to know that the very first NWTR took place here in 1986 and was organized by our own Nancy & Chuck Meitle, along with other members and friends of our club. Click the image below, scan our gallery or visit our NWTR & MVBC history page.
MVBC SysAdmin Team
Board of Directors, 2/10/2018
The Board of Directors is very happy to introduce the new MVBC System Administration Team:
- Webmaster = Dave DeBellis, email@example.com
- Calendar = Mark Thackray, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Membership Database = Dan Arbogast, email@example.com
- Payment System = Shirley Schoberg-Hebda, firstname.lastname@example.org
Together, they are responsible for taking care of all our online systems.
We are fortunate to have the help of a group with such relevant background and skill, working to keep MVBC rolling online. Thanks to Dave, Mark, Dan & Shirley for volunteering, and to Brian & Ted for their many years of support.
BikeEd Volunteers Wanted
Shirley Schoberg-Hebda, 10/1/2017
With the start of the fall term for area schools, we are gearing up for bicycle safety education classes at Albany's elementary schools. The program always needs volunteers, so please check the schedule, and if you can help, follow the instructions at the link:
Although volunteers are welcome every day they are particularly needed on the last day of each 5 day class session. This is the community ride and is always fun for the kids. By having more volunteers, it keeps the groups smaller and this makes it even more fun for the kids and manageable for the adults.
2017 MVBC Summer Tours Complete
Event Planners, 8/24/2017
The Mid-Valley Bicycle Club summer touring season is now closed. You can find photos from this year's Loop and Mini Loop tours at our gallery page. For information about next year, please consult the event home pages at the tours menu of this website.
The 2017 & 2018 Crater Lake Rim Tours were both cancelled due to road construction on Rim Drive in 2017 and resource conflicts with MVBC hosting of the Northwest Tandem Rally in July 2018. See announcement below and notices.craterlaketour.org.
Corvallis Pump Track Campaign
MVBC Board of Directors, 4/11/2017
Team Dirt brought a pump track to the 2016 Corvallis Spring Roll, and kids lined up throughout the event for a chance to ride its curves and waves! Playing around like this is a sure way to motivate youngsters towards an active lifestyle, and to help them develop the bike handling skills so important for safe riding.
You can help to bring a pump track to Corvallis by making a tax deductible donation to the Corvallis Pump Track Campaign. Watch the video below, for background, and visit our donation page to make a gift.
2017 & 2018 CLRTs Cancelled
MVBC Board of Directors, 3/25/2017
The 2017 & 2018 Crater Lake Rim Tours have both been CANCELLED. Major road construction, and associated cycling hazards, are expected on Rim Drive during the event time windows. In addition, the MVBC is hosting the Northwest Tandem Rally in July 2018, and will focus its resources on that event (see our Northwest Rides page).
We expect to be back in 2019 (Fri 8/23/2019 through Sun 8/25/2019) with the 39th annual CLRT. Keep an eye on notices.craterlaketour.org for the latest information and status.
Ted Wilson, 1/1/2016
We've just released a substantial update to the MVBC website at www.mvbc.com. This revision is based on the new Google Sites website builder (see more details). It formats gracefully across small and large screens. Site editing is as easy as document editing, and is integrated with our Google online application and storage tools.