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Quick Release Newsletter
November 2016

A publication of 3 Rivers Velo Sport Inc. Founded in 1969, 3RVS is a LAB and IMBA affiliated club, & member of the IBC,USA Cycling and NORBA. Quick Release contains current and planned club biking activities and  and is distributed to all members. Submissions are welcome and due by the 15th of each month. 

End of Year Party


The end of year / December Club meeting will be held on Friday, December 2 at Sweetwater Sound. Starts at 6:00 PM ends at 8:30 PM.  Read more...

Show 'n Go Ride's - It's That Time Of Year


The Show N Go Rides will run throughout the winter so long as temperature and road conditions permit. Good days bring out a nice crowd while crappy days bring out the die hards.

Always check the 3RVS Facebook page on Friday for any changes or to post any preferences you may have. So long as the temperature is above 28 degrees and the roads are not completely covered with snow and ice there should be a few riders who will Show N Go.  Click here for general details, but click here for the ride schedule.

2016 National Bike Challenge Results

Written by Amy Copeland - Nov 2016

With a rocky start in the month of May finishing up in 6th place overall and 2nd place just 1373 points behind the Mind Brain Social Club in the Extra Large team category, the team continued to build in numbers and momentum and never looked back.

By the end of June the team had taken the overall lead for the extra large team and held it for the remainder of the challenge, which ended September 30th, finishing 77,506 points ahead of the 2nd place MBSC team. The 99 member 3RVS team also finished in 4th place overall nationally against the top three teams each having 273 to 443 members. Read more...

Cyclocross Is Here!

Written by Andrew Hoffman - Nov 2016

Fall is here and for a small subset of the local cycling community, #CrossIsHere. Cyclocross is a particular cycling discipline that blends the technical and off-road aspects of mountain biking, the intensity and circuit course aspects of criterium racing, and the potentially challenging weather of the fall and early winter months together.

When it comes to the type of bike folks ride, imagine taking your road racing bike, compacting the geometry to get you a bit more upright and a little higher of the ground, and then throwing some wider and knobby tires on it. However, you’re likely to see a wide range of bikes and will see many people using their mountain bike, especially if they’re just getting started in cyclocross or taking in a race or two each fall and don’t want to own a dedicate bike. Read more...

Fort Wayne Cyclo Cross

Every Wednesday from August - December at Fort Wayne Outfitters, 1004 Cass St. Open practice at 5PM, 7PM race. $10 per person, $5 under 16. No USAC license required. 

Read more on their Facebook page ...

Tales on Two Wheels

Written by Adam Newman for Bicycle Times

When Brock Dittus and Aaron Flores started cycling together, they certainly had no plans to start a podcast. Now 300 episodes later, the Sprocket Podcast “simplifies the good life” with its lighthearted take on microwaves, fertility, and of course, bicycles.

The show isn’t an interview with guests, it’s a conversation with a theme centered—often quite loosely—around a single topic, and it’s not always about bikes. Because they are so good at keeping listeners engaged, I thought I’d let them tell you about it in their own words. What follows is an edited excerpt from my chat with them at The BeerMongers taproom and bottle shop in Portland, Oregon. Read more...

President's Message

Written by Patrick Stelte - November 2016

From the opening Welcome Ride in April to the Hilly Hundred in October, the riding season for most has a beginning and an end. The late October ride marked the final calendar event for most cyclists. The post Hilly ritual for many is to put the bike aside or mount it to a trainer for the winter. The 3RVS weekly ride calendar ends in October and the Show N’ Go weekend schedule begins for the hardcore souls. As usual, Phil will do his weekend urban exploring around snow and cold winds with a special Christmas Lights tour in December.  Read more...

Touring Report

Written by Steve Pequinot - November 2016

Our 48th touring season ended October 30. The summer months seem to past quickly. I will miss the warm afternoon rides during the week and riding with many of you on the weekend tours and some of the weeknight tours. Through love of the sport our tours gave us a common interest. For me the tours were a time to spin away from some of life’s stressful demands while enjoying quality moments on the open road together, sometimes engaged in cycling conversation and other times riding in the red zone at an accelerated pace too fast to speak. In short, it was a blast and I have you to thank for my experience. Read more...

Amendment to Club Constitution


Steve Pequignot's amendment to the club constitution regarding the number of nominations that any member can for any one position was voted on at the October club meeting. This amendment states that a club member is only allowed to nominate one person for each officer position when an election is held. The amendment passed, and the constitution will be updated to reflect this change.

Ride Leader Appreciation

Another riding season is in the books, and it's been a great one! Our rides owe their success in large part to the ride leaders who show up for each of the rides. They welcome riders, answer any questions, and start the rides on time. If there is an accident or mishap that involves injury to a club member, the ride leaders complete the appropriate paperwork for any insurance claims. 

We'd like to recognize and say thank you to all of our ride leaders for 2016! Read more...

King of Cages

Words and photos: Ben Brashear

Ron Andrews is quickly moving around his basement workshop. Short-cropped gray hair extends beyond his Bula hat. His hands, when they are not reaching for a square tabbed washer or a length of quarter-inch tubing to build his water bottle cages, fold into the front pocket of his hoodie. The words “Lighten up Pal” appear in bright yellow across the back, a reference to the weight savings of the titanium he builds with, but also to the way he approaches his designs. Read more...  

Penniless in Peru

Interview: Adam Newman 
Photos: Hugo Asef

It’s safe to say Laura Bingham isn’t afraid to try something new. In 2014, as a young adventurer from the U.K. with no knowledge of sailing, she talked her way onto a 38 foot trimaran and sailed across the Atlantic with two blokes and a cat named Cuba. Earlier this year she gathered up some supplies and hopped aboard a bike to embark on another long journey with a curious twist.

In 166 days she cycled from the Pacific coast of South America in Ecuador southeast to Buenos Aires on the Atlantic coast... Read more...

Riding Schedules


Here are links to the October riding schedules. Maps to the start locations can be found here.

3RVS Group Riding Guidelines


Every bike club has there own way of riding in a group. The officers have formalized a detailed series of guidelines that we follow. Please read through these guidelines, which can be found here.

2016 3RVS Officers


Here is the list of the current 2016 officers. You can contact any of them through the website by clicking here.

President: Patrick Stelte
Secretary: Tim Claypool
Treasurer: Hugh Smith
Touring: Steve Pequignot
Racing: Joe Bartels
Off-Road: Phil Snider
Newsletter: Michael Heyes
Publicity: Mona Will
Membership: Jane Lewandowski
Webmaster: Michael Heyes

Join 3RVS 


You don't have to be a member to join our rides. But we hope that once you've ridden with us that you will see how much fun it is and will want to become a member and help us to support cycling in northeast Indiana. Visiting cyclists are always welcome.

Download a print application here.
Online registration form is here.
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3RVS
P.O. Box 11391
Fort Wayne, Indiana  46857-1391

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