Volume 48, Issue #9, September 1, 2016
President's Message
By Will Benedict
2017 Wildflower Century
The Wildflower Century has moved to April 8th, 2017 in an effort to garner greener fields and more flowers and to avoid conflicts with events at Pozo Saloon. The completely redesigned routes that include La Panza Road, Pozo and Highway 229 received enthusiastic reviews from those testing them during this year's Wildflower Pre-Ride. You can follow the changes at the Wildflower section of our website: http://www.slobc.org/wildflower.

The weekend of April 8th and 9th is when Eroica California will be held in Paso Robles. Saturday, April 8th they have a festival on the square in downtown Paso and their ride is on Sunday, April 9th. The two rides are on different days with no route overlap. Further information about Eroica can be found at http://www.eroicacalifornia.com.

I have met with Wesley Hatakeyama, Eroica California Event Director and Eric Benson of Art's Cyclery who is on the Eroica Board. We discussed both the possibilities and challenges of sharing the weekend. The possibilities include creating an exceptional cycling weekend in North San Luis Obispo County, cross promoting our rides and potentially generating additional participants for the other's event.

The challenges include having sufficient hotel rooms and finding volunteers for both events. Most of Eroica's riders come from outside of California and want to stay in Paso Robles - hotel rooms are being held for them. We will encourage our riders to stay in Atascadero and other central coast communities. We will continue to depend on our members and partners such as Bike SLO County, CCCMB, Cal Poly Wheelmen, Cal Poly Amateur Radio Club and the Creston and Shandon communities for our volunteers. It may mean that we need to ask members to become certified HAM operators. Finally, our new routes and rest stops potentially allow us to operate with fewer volunteers working shorter periods of time.

The following schedule is based on the new Wildflower date:
December 4, 2016: Online Registration Opens, Clothing Ordering Opens
January 21, 2017: Clothing Ordering Closes
April 1, 2017: Pre Ride
April 6, 2017: Volunteer Meeting
April 8, 2017: Wildflower Century
April 9, 2017: Volunteer Banquet

Gary Havas is stepping down as Wildflower Century Chair. With his leadership, the Wildflower has made great strides and the 2016 version was the best event we have ever put on. The club is indebted to Gary for all the work he has put into the transformation. Given the new date and routes, the 2017 Wildflower will require considerable planning. I would suggest that four or so interested members form a Wildflower Planning Team. If you are interested in participating on this team, please email myself (president@slobc.org) or Dave Abrecht (vice-president@slobc.org).
News, Notes & Events
Apple Harvest Ride and Picnic 

Sunday, October 9
11:30 - 12:00 apple, honey and cider tasting
12:00 - 2:00 picnic lunch provided by SLOBC

Bike, Trike or Hike 
to the spectacular See Canyon Fruit Ranch for a bountiful picnic followed by a special apple dessert. Everything will be provided by SLOBC.  Bike racks and parking for cars will be available.

This is a club members only event.  Please RSVP with your name(s) to Debbie Abrecht at dlabrecht@icloud.com by Friday, September 30, to reserve your spot.

Four club-wide rides have been organized for your cycling pleasure.  Feel free to come on your own or put together a different group ride and email Dave Abrecht at daveabrecht@me.com with the details.  See rides below.

See Canyon Fruit Ranch, 2345 See Canyon Road, San Luis Obispo, CA 

Organized Rides

Start:  Cafe Andreini, Arroyo Grande
Start Time: 10:30 a.m.
Route: Corbett Canyon, 227, Buckley, S. Higuera, Ontario Rd., San Luis Bay Dr.,                  See Canyon (approx. 30 miles)
Leader: Frank Mullin, frankmullin@charter.net

Start: Nautical Bean, San Luis Obispo
Start Time: 11:00 a.m.
Route: LOVR, Perfumo Canyon to See Canyon; return via San Luis Bay Dr.,                         Ontario Rd., and S. Higuera
Leader: Gary Havas, gphavas6953@gmail.com

Start: Food 4 Less, San Luis Obispo
Start Time: 10:30 a.m.
Route: S. Higher, Ontario Rd., Bob Jones Trail, San Luis Bay Dr., See                                   Canyon (14 miles)
Leaders: Stu and Janie Goldenberg, sgoldenb@calpoly.edu

Start: Grateful Heads Salon, Morro Bay
Start Time: 9:45 a.m. in Morro Bay, 10:15 a.m. in Los Osos
Route: Morro Bay to Los Osos to pick up riders at LOVR and South Bay Blvd., then             LOVR to S. Higuera, Ontario Rd., San Luis Bay Drive, See Canyon (40                     miles from Los Osos, 50 miles from Morro Bay)
Leader: Jack Robison, jrobison@calpoly.edu
Nominating Committee Effort to Recruit 2017 Board Members

Our Board of Directors is made up of our members and works as a team to manage all of the club's programs, activities and financial responsibilities.  Taking on a leadership role within the club is a challenging and rewarding experience. Every year we look for a group of enthusiastic, energetic and interested members to accept the additional duty of serving on our Board. 

The Nominating Committee, chaired by SLOBC Past President Frank Mullin, continues to seek nominations for the board.  While every position is considered open, several members have indicated a desire to serve on next year's board.  Below is list of the board positions with candidates' names.

PresidentDave Abrecht
TreasurerBill Martin
Membership Chairman Larry Rutter
Ride Coordinator
Newsletter EditorSusan McTaggart
AdvocateDale Sutliff
HistorianHarvey Cohon
Safety CoordinatorKen Price
Public RelationsWill Benedict
Program ChairVickie Backman
Director-at-LargeGil Pit

You can view the duties of all of the Board positions by going to the following link:

Please consider serving on our Board of Directors in 2017. Contact Frank Mullin at frankmullin@charter.net. for more information.
Ending the Printed Newsletter

Over the past several years, the production of the newsletter has been moving toward the digital world. As part of this evolution, we have offered a printed version of the newsletter first for free and then on a subscription basis. As of 2016, we have 24 members paying $20 a year to receive a printed version of the newsletter. Of these 24 people, only one does not have an email address. To print and mail the newsletter each month costs the club $190 or $2280 for the year.

At the August SLOBC Board meeting, the issue of continuing to offer a printed version of the newsletter was addressed. Considering the small number of subscribers, the number of members without email and the cost of production and mailing, the Board voted unanimously to stop producing a printed version of the newsletter after 2016. Current subscribers will receive printed copies through the December 2016 issue.

Two advantages come with this change. First, the newsletter is now free to take full advantage of operating in the digital world. For example, the newsletter can be designed to work on all devices, include more and larger images and graphics and provide links to supporting information. Second, there will be about $2000 that can be reallocated in our annual budget.

The disadvantage is that there may be one or two members that do not have email access. If you know one of these members, you might volunteer to print the newsletter for them each month - no one left behind.
Volunteer of the Month
By Pam Zirion
Sharon Chan

Our Volunteer of the Month for September is Sharon Chan. Sharon was nominated by Robin Dery who says, "She's a dynamo, quick thinking and always thinking about ways to improve registration and streamline the process."

Sharon loves to organize and has worked in data analysis and database management for more than 17 years-first in Academic Personnel at Cal Poly and now part-time at Cal Poly. So she was a definite asset as a volunteer for Wildflower Registration. She says she always wants to make things "run smoother."

The 2016 Wildflower was Sharon's return to cycling as she broke her hip in 2011 while mountain biking. She ended up falling 18 feet into a ravine! Because of this, she retired from her full-time job, and worked on rehabilitation. She says,  "Yoga brought me back" as well as her determination to be as fit as possible. In order to train for the 50 miles on the Wildflower, Sharon rode Perfumo Canyon, the last time without stopping all the way to the top and beyond!

Sharon has lived in San Luis Obispo area since 1966 when her parents moved to Morro Bay, where they owned and operated Gilbert's El Morro Market on Main Street until 1990. Sharon learned hard work through her parents by helping in the store and remembers doing homework in the market after school. Sharon graduated from Morro Bay High School, attended Cuesta College, worked at both Diablo Canyon and Morro Bay power plant, and, when her daughter was 8 years old, hired on at Cal Poly 

This "dynamo" now plays tennis, hikes 10-12 miles weekly, practices yoga, and rides 35 miles with others who "just want to go." When she finally was able to get back on her bike, she felt a new lease on life and wants to make every day count. 
Breaking her hip in such an extreme way and being able to make such a strong recovery demonstrates how centered Sharon is. She says she must, "Design my own path and create my own energy in order to watch over my own health."

Very true for all of us, Sharon.

If you know of someone who volunteers and you would like to suggest they be acknowledged, send his/her name to Kathleeen McHugh at  elcolejr@gmail.com along with a brief explanation of why you feel they should be recognized by SLOBC.
Century News
A Few Lighthouse Ride Volunteers Still Needed
Thank you to everyone who has volunteered for this year's Lighthouse Century Ride.  We still have openings for a few jobs.

We need Captains for:
Pre-Ride  (September 17)
Highway 46 Rest Stop

We need workers for:
Truck Loader, both morning and afternoon shifts (12)
SAG drivers (4)
Pre-Ride SAG Team (September 17) (1)
Late Team Lifting at Cypress Tree Rest Stop (1)
Late Team Lifting at Shamel Park Rest Stop  (2)

Members can sign up to volunteer by going to the "Member Login" area of the SLOBC website. Sign in and click on Volunteer.  A list of open jobs will appear in the yellow box.  Select the job you want and then fill in the other boxes for your volunteer recognition.  Be sure to click on Save when you are finished.  You will receive an e-mail confirmation of your choices.

If you need assistance, feel free to call (805) 801-9211 or e-mail (below)

Dave Abrecht
Volunteer Coordinator
Lighthouse Century
Advocate's Report
By Dale Sutliff

Great news!  County Bikeways Plan is Adopted

The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors unanimously adopted the 2015/16 County Bikeways Plan at their hearing on August 9. This plan covers bicycling and related needs across the county in unincorporated areas.

I want to give special thanks to the Bicycle Advisory Committee members that worked hard over the past two years to create this updated Bikeways Plan. SLOBC members of the BAC are: Myron 'Skip' Amerine, Ken Price, Bill Van Orden, Matthew Bowden, Robert 'Red' Davis, Ed Goshorn, and myself. These members have been dedicated to improving bicycling conditions for everyone. We should applaud this commitment that often takes place behind the scenes for the good of the entire bicycling community. 

You are encouraged to look online at the Bikeways Plan: slocountybikewaysplan

Hard copies of the plan will be available in a few weeks through SLO County Public Works. Much of the improvements you experience as cyclists are the result of the work put in on various committees throughout the county, along with those who attend hearings and meetings to support bicycling improvements, or write letters and send emails, or speak out where and when needed.

Recent examples of your member involvement has resulted in the under- construction Price Canyon Road widening with new bike lanes, green and buffered bike lanes in Los Osos, Willow Road bike lanes in Nipomo, Vineyard Drive and Main Street bike lanes in Templeton, the Bob Jones Trail extension currently approaching first phase construction, along with a program of reduced drive lane widths to allow for wider shoulders/bike lanes on such roads as Foothill Drive, Ontario Road, Mesa Road, Thompson Road, Division Street, and others in the project pipeline.

Many more important projects are included in the new Bikeways Plan. In the works are the Morro Bay to Cayucos Connector, Templeton to Atascadero Connector, several Class II Bike Lane additions, along with continued work on safety improvements for all road users. You can find the priorities in the new Bikeways Plan. To accomplish this ambitious undertaking will take sufficient funding and continued engagement by the bicycling community.
Changing Weekly Rides
The Ride Calendar provides the full weekly ride schedule.
Flyers (9:00 AM, D3)
Coordinator: Russ Robinson
Phone: 805-781-0903

Date: September 7
Start: Heritage Square Park, Arroyo Grande
Leader: Terry Cohen
Phone: 805-747-4584

Date: September 14
Start: Amtrak Station, Grover Beach (7 am)
Leader: Russ Robinson
Phone: 805-781-0903

Date: September 21
Start: Bob Jones Bike Trail, Ontario Road
Leader: Steve Vines
Phone: 805-202-8114

Date: September 28
Start: Laguna Lake Park, San Luis Obispo
Leader: Norm Smith
Phone: 914-388-7198
Frequent Feeders (9:00 AM, B2)
Coordinator: Frank Mullin
Phone: 805-602-2058

Date:  September 7
Destination: Joe Momma's or Hula Hut, Avila
Leader: Chuck Wheeler
Date:  September 14
Destination: La Parisienne Bakery, MB
Note: O'Connor and Highway 1
Leader: Dale Sutliff
Phone: 805-440-2412
Date:  September 21
Destination: AG to celebrate Ann's birthday
Note: Via the coast
Leader: Ann Smith
Date:  September 28
Destination: Cayucos Coffee Co.
Note: Old Creek Road to Whale Rock
Leader: Dave Abrecht
SLO Pokes (9:00 AM, A2)
Coordinator: June Kramer
Phone: 425-239-8692 

Date: September 7
Start: Hardie Park, Cayucos
Destination: Linn's, Cambria
Leaders: Patricia & Hans Boerst
Phone: 534-9660

Date: September 14
Start: Preisker Park, Santa Maria 
Destination: Willow Deli, Nipomo
Note: Thompson - End to End 
Leaders: Janie & Stu Goldenberg
Phone: 235-2149

Date: September 21 
Start: Nautical Bean, San Luis Obispo
Destination: Back Bay Cafe, Baywood 
Note: Out via Turri, return via 1 and O'Connor
Leader: Phil Middleton
Phone: 805-540-9980

Date: September 28  
Start: Heritage Square Park, Arroyo Grande
Destination: Black Horse on Broad
Leader: Bob Briscoe
Phone: 559 788-7936 
Tortoises (9:00 AM, A1)
Coordinators: Stu & Janie Goldenberg
Phone: 805-544-4720

Date: September 2
StartMeadow Park, San Luis Obispo
Destination: Cal Poly tour 
Note: Bring walking shoes - Visit Leaning Pine Arboretum
Leader: Kate Murray

Date:  September 9
StartLila Keiser Park, Morro Bay
Destination: Cayucos
Leader: Cil Boughton
Phone: 805-544-4844

Date: September 16
StartShamel Park, Cambria
Destination: Linn's Original Farm Store
Note: Ride up Santa Rosa Creek Road
Leader: June Kramer

Date: September 23
StartFood-4-Less, San Luis Obispo
Destination: Hula Hut, Avila Beach
Leader: Bob Tuman
Phone: 805-545-5976

Date: September 30
StartMayor's Place, Nipomo
Destination: Wander around Nipomo
Note: Possible lunch at Mayor's Place
Leader: Gini Stedman
Phone: 805-473-8287
Wandering With Will (9:00 AM, B3)
One Saturday Each Month
Coordinator: Will Benedict
Email: willbenedict@me.com
Phone: 805-441-4105

Date: September 10
Start: William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach
Route: Gorda
Note: Lunch After

Upcoming Program
By Barry Rands, Programs Coordinator

Rands Road Trip Roundup

Janine and Barry recently finished an 8,000 mile RV trip through 16 states, including memorable biking experiences. Join them as they highlight a half dozen rural and urban areas, including National Parks in Utah, the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee, Peachtree City near Atlanta, and the cities of Austin and Tucson.

Date: September 1, 2016
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: SLO City/County Library
995 Palm Street, San Luis Obispo

The Date, Time and Location of 
SLOBC meetings can be found
on our 
Events Calendar webpage. 

Can you help with clean-up after the Apple Harvest Ride and Picnic on October 9?  Please contact Susan McTaggart at
SLOBC Board Meeting Minutes
By Gary Havas, Secretary
Air Pollution Control District Auditorium
3433 Roberto Court, San Luis Obispo CA
Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Meeting was called to order at 4:59:01 pm.

Board Members Present: Will Benedict, Dave Abrecht, Gary Havas, Larry Rutter, Susan McTaggart, Dale Sutliff, Ken Price, Bill Martin, Barry Rands, and Harvey Cohon.

Minutes from the July Board Meeting were approved (MSC Abrecht/Cohon).

Treasurer's Report. Bill Martin offered a brief update including that all Wildflower expenses have been paid.

Board Candidates. Dave Abrecht relayed that Frank Mullin and the Past President crew have been meeting and that Vice President, Secretary, Ride Coordinator, Director at Large, and Program Chair are still need filled.

Announcement was made by Secretary Gary Havas that he will not offer another year as Secretary or as Wildflower Chair.

Advocate Dale Sutliff announced the County Bikeways Plan would be addressed with a vote Tuesday, August 9 at 1:30pm in the San Luis Obispo County Building. He suggested supporters show in bicycling supportive clothing. Dale also advised the Board that the owner of the Hula Hut (where is placed the memorial bike corral) was displeased with one placement of a bike rack, and that absent successful conversation, the rack might need to be moved.


Financial Reviewer Job. Board members agreed that staying with the current wording of the Financial Reviewer position would remain unchanged.

Standing Jobs. Volunteer Coordinator Larry Rutter expressed misgivings about Club volunteers in positions that could influence Club stability, and that volunteers should be made aware they act on behalf of the Club and its leadership. Further conversation examined ways to attract volunteers and reward them appropriately.

2017 General Meeting Calendar. Vice President Dave Abrecht noted the current successes of this year's calendar. He offered that the Super Committee seeks an every other month schedule with two potlucks, two social functions, and two presentations. Discussion ensued settling on fewer that twelve meetings would be OK.

2017 Wildflower Schedule. President Will Benedict has begun planning with April 8, 2017 now having been chosen for the Wildflower. Conversations with the organizers of the Eroica have begun and will continue collaboratively. Will also suggested that Bike SLO County (BSC) be publicized as a key donation recipient with a focus on collaborative efforts to leverage resources of BSC. Board discussion included acceptance of aspects of this collaboration to expression of fears this might be off-putting to the membership. More investigation and examination was the final theme, taking into account that BSC currently has no Executive Director (BSC Board Member Tyler Wertenbruch is interim Director). BSC is scheduled to make a Board presentation next month.

Printed Newsletter. Will Benedict submitted the cost of this service was no longer supportable by the Club. Motion to discontinue (MSC Abrecht/Price)

SLOBC Phone. Will Benedict observed that the use of the Club's phone line has greatly diminished and that having the phone number on each webpage caused people to call as opposed to using email links on the pages. He proposed that the phone number be removed from the bottom of web pages. The Board was in agreement.

Final notes. Dave Abrecht suggested the Club consider a donation to the Measure J campaign. Dale Sutliff announced that the County Bicycle Advocacy Committee would be discussing rumble strips. Programs Director Barry Rands called out for October and November meeting presentation ideas.

The meeting adjourned at approximately 6:32:45 pm.

SLO Coaster

The SLO Coaster is the monthly newsletter of the San Luis Obispo Bicycle Club that is automatically sent to all members. Everyone is welcome to view and subscribe to the digital edition of the SLO Coaster. To subscribe, use the Newsletter Signup Form.


All articles, letters, stories of bicycling experiences, appropriate classified ads, artwork etc, are welcome. Each article is the opinion of its author and does not necessarily represent the opinion or endorsement of the SLOBC or editor.

Submittal Guidelines

All materials are due no later than 

8:00 a.m. on the 15th of each month. Nothing will be accepted verbally. 

The editor reserves the right to edit or reject material.


All materials should be emailed to newsletter-editor@slobc.org.


Complete submittal guidelines are found at: Newsletter Guidelines.

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