All HBC Scheduled Rides on this date are designated in honor of Janet A. Pontius
Our bike club Secretary in 1976. Janet was riding her bicycle on a beautiful Fall day when struck by the mirror of a vehicle and she died at the age of 41 later that day from her injuries. Reports indicate Janet was on the shoulder of the road and doing everything according to the safety rules for bicycle riding.
The Janet A Pontius Bicycle Safety Foundation was established “... by concerned citizens of Central Pennsylvania who wish to honor the memory of a fine woman and with the desire to help avoid further tragedies such as the one that took Janet's life on Oct. 15, 1976. The Harrisburg Bicycle Club, Inc. is the Administer of the Foundation”. This fund has contributed thousands of dollars in bike-safety activities in each of recent years. In 2012, Janet's fund contributed nearly $5,000 in support of the purchase of bike helmets, Road ID, “4-ft” signs to alert motorists to the new law passed last year in PA, Traffic Skills and CPR training classes for HBC members.
Donations in Janet's memory are gladly received by the Harrisburg Bicycle Club to support bike-safety initiatives.
A new Ridelogs feature has been added that enables you to upload a "Track file" that you have captured on your GPS computer. Once uploaded, you can then associate that Track with a Ride Log. A Map will also be created that you can view from either the Ride Logs list, the Tracks list or the Calendar view.
If you have a Garmin or any other brand of GPS computer, simply connect it to your computer and use the Garmin Communicator Software (or equivalent if you have a non-Garmin) to copy the GPX file from the GPS computer to your PC. Then upload this file (extension MUST be .gpx) in the Track Upload screen.
Coming soon will be an iPhone application that will enable you to easily "track" your ride from your iPhone and in a couple clicks upload this track to your Tracks List and add a Ride Log. Even if you don't use the "track" feature of this iPhone app, you can use the app to very quickly and easily log a ride (date, distance, avg speed and any notes). I am in final testing of this iPhone app and will be looking for additional testers. NOTE: it will only work with IOS 7. After testing is complete it will be available on the Apple App Store but for testing purposes, I can email the app to you and you can install it via iTunes. If you are interested in being a beta tester, please let me know.
For those receiving the electronic and hardcopy Spokesman, the LAST issue you will receive will be the Nov./Dec. 2014 issue. After that you must rely on our spiffy new HBC website for information and events. For those renewing their memberships this year, renewing of the Hard Copy Spokesman is no longer available.
H. Scott Kieffer a Professor of Health and Exercise Science at Messiah College is running a cycling study in the Human Performance Lab in which they are using cyclists to ride a 10 mile TT with and without caffeine conditions.
Professor Kieffer and his team are looking for competitive and recreational riders that that can push the pace a little to stress their physiology. They are giving Free VO2 max testing as part of the study + the hard training rides + an invitation to ride in their lab on their Velotron following the study. Depending on the place, VO2 max testing can run between $200-$500. Professor Kieffer is hoping to give the riders something for their time, plus a whole lot of information regarding the physiological response to high intensity riding.
Professor Kieffer is working with 5 top level undergraduates who have already been testing the Messiah College Cycling Team.They will be conducting this study over the next few months and into next Fall. It is hopeful that they can get this studied published.