The Onondaga Cycling Club is a Central New York non-profit which organizes cycling events. We schedule and conduct bicycle rides, vacation rides, races, and time trials from March through December throughout the Central New York area. In 2009, 419 people participated in club rides and they rode 97,457 combined miles. We welcome riders of all abilities. We have specific suggestions for those who might wish to ride with us.
Safety: Helmets are required on all rides. Bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as drivers of motorized vehicles. It is much safer for bicyclists to do what drivers expect from vehicles. Thus, riders are expected to comply with all traffic laws on club rides.
Guests: Guests are welcome at all events and we ask that those who wish to participate more than once, apply for membership. Guests must sign an insurance waiver at all rides.
Website: onondagacyclingclub.org Our website contains a wealth of information: membership forms, our ride schedule, maps for our 180+ rides, information on the club’s e-mail listserv (and instructions on how to unsubscribe).
Listserv: The club has an active electronic mailing list (i.e a “listserv”). Details about it can be found on the club web site. It often carries important messages for the membership.
Newsletter: We publish a newsletter, The Spoke-n Word, quarterly during the year for members. It is an on-line publication only, and can be found in the Newsletter Archive.
Annual Banquet: It is typically held in January or February; and it is announced on the club’s electronic mailing list, the club web site, and in The Spoke-n Word.
Awards: To reward participation and promote volunteering for club events, members earn points as follows. Participation points are earned for each ride or time trial a member rides in and top earners are in the “Groups des Grande Rouler.” Volunteer points are awarded as follows: 4 point for leading a ride, 2 for assisting at a time trial, and 5 points for working half a day at a race. Volunteer points carry over from year to year.
Ride Leader Responsibilities: please see the ride leader packet
Time Trials: The club runs a flat 10-mile, out & back time trial in which riders start one at a time and race against the clock. Time trails are sometimes called the “race of truth.” The age and speed range of the time trialists varies widely and time trials can be used for measuring improvements in conditioning during the season. Please remember that we are weekly guests in this neighborhood, so please be polite to the residents and drivers. They are held every Tuesday from mid-April to mid-September, and they start at 6:00 p.m. at Jerome Fire Equipment on Caughdenoy Road, about .5 mile north of SR 31 (sometimes in the depth of the summer they start at 6:30 by mutual consent). Please contact Red and Ben Donzella, for more information.
Vacation Ride: The vacation ride typically held in August. Riders travel by car to a location in the northeast for several days of riding. For more information, please contact Joan Yungwirth or Jimmy Ryan, 451-1616.
Paul Swinburne Memorial Century: Our annual Fall Memorial Century is typically held in mid-September and start at Carpenters Brook Fish hatchery. We will again be supporting the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis-Therapy Development Institute in honor of Paul Swinburne. Paul was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) a few years ago. This disease was particularly cruel for someone so active and athletic as Paul. He succumbed to the disease in the Spring of 2010. This ride was his last route creation and is in his memory. I think this is one of his best rides. More details are available.
Distance Cycling: We offer Audax Club Parisien and Randonneurs USA sanctioned distance events. They do not qualify towards club mileage awards. These events have entry fees, which vary by the event. For more information visit DistanceRider.net or contact Jenn Barber, 684-7280.
Cyclocross: On the third Sunday in October, the club sponsors a cyclocross race in Longbranch Park in Liverpool. Those interested in racing or volunteering should contact Sue Faso, 315-708-3857, or visit or Cyclocross page.
Syracuse Race Weekend: Four races will be held May 16th, 17th and 18th 2014. It features a hill climb, the Song Mountain Road Race, a time trial, and a Criterium in Onondaga Park. The club needs many volunteers for the two days of racing, so please keep the weekend open to help out. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Todd Relyea, 315-263-3712. More details are available.