The Onondaga Cycling Club is a Central New York based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization 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. Locations vary by week, so please double check our Ride Calendar for location.
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.
Fall Charity Ride/Century: Our annual Fall Charity/Century is typically held in mid-September and start at Carpenters Brook Fish hatchery. The ride includes multiple distances up to 100 miles, with supported rest stops provided along the way, and we end the day with a great BBQ. Every year we pick a local charity to support.
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: Every October, the club sponsors a USACycling sanctioned cyclocross race in Longbranch Park in Liverpool. These races are great fun, and very spectator friendly…bring your cow bell and watch as racers from across New York slug it out through mud and over obstacles. Those interested in racing should sign-up via BikeReg, and if you can volunteer to help with set-up or help on race day, please contact us via the listserv or Facebook.
Syracuse Race Weekend: Four races are held every year in an omnium format, typically during the month of May. It features a hill climb, time trial, Criterium and Road Race. 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.