August 2014 President’s Letter

My wife Bun and I coached AYSO soccer for nine years before the turn of the century. Her three kids (my stepchildren) all played and we enjoyed passing on the laughably miniscule amount of knowledge we had about the "beautiful game" to the youngsters in our charge.

We did have one advantage. We could, and eagerly did, read about soccer; how to play it and how to coach it. We figured if we could keep just a little ahead in our coaching beyond what the players knew we would be all right.

One kid we had on one of our teams, Matt Sprague, was a scrappy lad. He lived in our neighborhood and he and my stepson were good friends all through school. Matt was slight in build. But, well, scrappy...

We moved the kids around a lot on the field so they could have the opportunity to play different positions over the course of a season. Matt liked to play forward because he was good at scoring goals. But we also did some goalie training with him. We taught him, among many things, how to keep his legs together when he was scooping up a straight-on rolling ball. A ball thus addressed cannot roll through one's legs and into the goal.

Like many kids, boys especially, Matt didn't much like listening to instructions. He figured he was a good enough athlete to naturally be good at whatever he was doing. For the most part that was true - but only up to a point. It does take coaching to bring out the finer points of a game and to realize one's full athletic potential.

So we had Matt in goal for one of our games. Although there had been a rain and the field conditions were far from ideal, he was doing a good job blocking shots and then punting the ball away. But he hadn't been severely tested until a kid from the other team blasted a shot that went skidding and sliding across the wet grass toward the goal.

Matt moved toward the ball, bent down, and then, suddenly, snapped his bony knees together. The wet and slippery ball went through his hands but bounced off his shins out in front of him. He pounced on it like a cat capturing a mouse. At that moment he realized that he had done something that he had been coached to do, and that the technique had worked perfectly. He shot a beaming smile over to the sideline. Bun and I, emotionally involved not just in the game but also in the kids, each got a lump in our throat. It was a supremely satisfying incident; one of the highlights of our coaching careers, evidenced by the fact that I remember it clearly some 20 years later.

As a platinum sponsor of the Miller Energy BTR Criterium Bike Race, KBC is given six race registration vouchers to pass out to worthy parties in our organization. I put together an e-mail raffle and gave the vouchers to various KBC members who wrote in to participate.

One of the vouchers went to Derek Dalzell, a KBC/CMS race team member. I delivered the voucher to him before a Wednesday night ride and we got to talking a little bit about the upcoming race. I told him that I had noticed, when photographing the event in years past, that some riders, during the final sprint, took a line that led them wide of the official's platform at the finish line. That, I told Derek, meant that they traveled several feet further than those riders who chose the more inside route. A few feet over the course of a 45 minute race doesn't sound like much. But in races that are often decided by the width of a bike tire, it is a great advantage to shave off any extra distance to get to the line first.

BTR race day arrived and Derek and his CMS compatriots in the CAT 4 event rode well. Their ambition was to put him on the podium and they all worked hard to achieve that. In the end though, it was up to Derek to finish strong and to finish well. He stood on his pedals and gave it all he could - taking the inside line by the official's platform. And he crossed the tape before anyone else...

I'm not saying I have a future in coaching. But Matt Sprague did stop that shot. And Derek Dalzell did finish first in CAT 4 in the BTR race. As I see it, that makes me about 100% in my coaching endeavors so far. Looking for some advice from someone with a proven track record? Buy low and sell high. That's the ticket. And go ride your bike.

Zolton Cohen, KBC President


Next KBC Meeting on August 12th, 2014

The next KBC Monthly Meeting will take place at 7:00 P.M. on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at the Kalamazoo YMCA on Maple Street. All KBC members are welcome to attend.


KalTour 2014 - Wrap-up

KalTour 2014 had many things in common with past years and had a few new wrinkles of its own. As in past years, riders were ready and eager to get out and ride even before the official 7:00 A.M. start. At the other end of the day, a few hardy riders were determined to complete their rides even after the official 4:00 P.M. route closing. Also, as has been true for many years all the way back to our Flowerfest days, the lunch stop at the Briar Patch Plant Nursery on Q Avenue was the setting for riders of all ages and abilities to relax and enjoy lunch in a truly beautiful setting.

Some things were different this year as well. The day dawned with a dark and threatening sky. Fortunately, after a brief early shower, the rain held off for the rest of the day. In a major break with past practice, the longer routes did not extend into Van Buren County. This resulted from a difference of opinion with the Van Buren County Road Commission as to whether the club had to meet their extremely stringent insurance requirements. As the dispute dragged on and the route painting date approached, we decided to go in another direction, literally. As a result, the 62 and 100 mile routes were extended north and south with riders dipping into Saint Joseph and Allegan Counties instead. Also in order to keep the northern part of the century route within a compact area, riders went northeast on Owen and after a series of turns found themselves just a short distance from where they started heading southwest!

Just like an army a bicycle tour travels on its stomach. This year, riders voted with their stomachs in favor of hummus and trail mix and against potato chips. We will certainly keep these results in mind for next year. One other change (or rather an emphasis for next year) will be on starting times. Century riders (at least those who like me are not speed demons) need to start early. A nine hour century (7:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.) is a reachable goal for many riders. On the other hand, those riding 31 miles (a reasonable goal for beginners) should not start before 8:00 A.M. to avoid getting to the lunch stop before lunch is ready.

One of the most gratifying things about being involved with KalTour is the amount of support it receives, both from KBC members and other friends of bicycling in the community.

I would like to thank the following for helping to support KalTour.

Road Painting (difficult due to the new routes): Rick Whaley, Mike Boersma, Zolton and Mary Cohen, Scott Baron, Aliceanne Inskeep, Barb and Gary Foster, Doug Wales.

Shopping and Advance Preparation: Dave Bishop, Doug Wales, Jim Wyrick.

Registration: Terry O'Connor, Joe Dill, Marc Irwin, Zolton Cohen, David Jones.

SAG stops: Mike Mock, Mary Warren, Barb and John Hart, Bill Price, Jeff, Newman, Stan Carra, Zolton Cohen.

Group Ride Leaders: Marc Irwin, Aliceanne Inskeep, Jim Wyrick, Jeanette Holm.

Road Patrol: Mike Boersma.

Businesses & Organizations:

Breakaway Bicycles (Paul Wells and Rick Stubbs).

Pedal Bicycle (Tim Krone and Matt).

Bronson Athletic Club (Mike Rowe).

Gordon Water (Tim Roy).

Briar Patch Plant Nursery (Stacey and Todd Handley).

AMBUCS (Donna Whitcomb and Joanne Lucas).

Great Harvest Bread Company (Mark Jensen).

Victorian Bakery (Maria Brennan).

Mike Krischer, KalTour Director


KalTour 2014 - In Pictures

Zolton Cohen has provided some photos that he took at the KalTour on June 29, 2014 with captions provided by the Pedal Press Editor. Enjoy the stroll down Recent Memory Lane.

At the Registration Table, KalTour Director, Mike Krischer, in Hat

A Semi-Panoramic View of the Registration Table

No One is Tired Yet ......

...... And, Still, No One is Tired ......

Proudly Showing the KBC Colors Heading into the Briar Patch

At the Briar Patch

Jeff Newman with AMBUCS Volunteers

The Photogenic Duo, Dale Krueger and Terry O'Connor, Chowing Down

Mmmmm, Great Harvest Sandwiches ......

Keeping the Bicycles Running (So to Speak)

Proudly Showing the Non-KBC Colors at the Briar Patch

When Two Bicycle Seats Aren't Enough ......

...... And When Two Bicycle Seats Are


More Opportunities to Host Students who like to Bicycle

ASSE International Student Exchange is currently looking for volunteer families to host high school exchange students arriving this August for the 2014 - 2015 school year. Students are fully insured, bring their own personal spending money, and expect to contribute to household responsibilities. Host family letters are available upon request.

Alessandro from Italy enjoys the simple life with his parents and younger brother. He's a music lover, but also likes sports, especially swimming, soccer, biking, skiing, and sailing. He'd like to join the air force academy and become a fighter pilot in the future, a childhood dream of his. Because of that, he is keen on planes and aircraft modeling.

Malte from Germany is described as open-minded, friendly, helpful, and athletic. Malte lives in a small town with his parents and siblings. They often do things together, such as hiking, biking, and skiing. He plays on the school's basketball team and has played tennis since he was six. In his spare time he also enjoys music, reading magazines, and traveling. A student exchange has been his dream with hopes to improve his English, explore a new culture, and become more confident and independent.

Seongbin from South Korea lives in a small town in a mountainous area of southern Korea with her parents, younger brother, and grandmother. Her grandmother is an inspiration to her. Bin's family is very supportive and raised her to be independent and responsible. She considers herself adventurous, creative, and bubbly. She enjoys drawing cartoons, painting, crafting, and would like to play basketball in the U.S. In the future, she'd like to become a diplomat and thinks that being an exchange student will help prepare her.

Oleksandr from Ukraine comes from a large, close-knit family. Oleksandr says his family counts on each other for help and they love to picnic together. They also have two cats and he likes taking care of them. Oleksandr has other household chores such as tidying his room, washing dishes, and babysitting his nieces. He describes himself as responsible, calm, and friendly. Oleksandr's hobbies include music, reading, playing piano, riding his bike, and collecting coins. He wants his host family to know that "due to the fact that I was born in a multi-children family, I can easily find the common grounds with kids of all ages."

ASSE International Exchange Student Program

Local Area Representative: Kate Rizor

Phone: (269) 201-2346 / Website: / Email:

Kate Rizor


Miller Energy Criterium Report

It was yet another great year for the 9th annual Miller Energy Criterium at Western Michigan University's BTR Park on Saturday, July 12, 2014. At the end of online registration, we had 235 entries and received about another 40 more on Saturday morning. The entire day went very smoothly, which was largely due to all the fantastic volunteers from the CMS Race Team and KBC. Big thanks to Mike Krischer, Rick Whaley, Robert Allwardt, Tom Keizer, Emily Freed, and Zolton Cohen for taking the time to help us yet again! I received so many positive compliments on the quality of volunteers at our race and I cannot thank you enough for all the help.

I should also note that CMS had a great showing yet again this year! Here are the noteworthy results:

Men's Cat 5 - Andy Louwert 1st, Tyler Weston 4th.

Men's Cat 4 - Derek Dalzell 1st.

Men's Cat 3 - Joe Thomas 4th.

Women's Cat 4 - Colleen Myers 1st, Sandy Reid 3rd.

For a full list of the results:

Jon Ballema, 2014 Miller Energy Criterium Race Director



Thanks go to Joanna Johnson, Managing Director of the Kalamazoo County Road Commission, and her staff for scheduling their chip sealing projects to avoid the roads used on our 2014 KalTour.

Paul Selden

Monthly Meeting Minutes

The July 8, 2014 meeting of the KBC was called to order by President Zolton Cohen at 7:00 P.M. Those in attendance were: Doug Kirk, Zolton Cohen, Renee Mitchell, John Olbrot, David Jones, Kathy Kirk, Jon Ballema, Terry O'Connor, Bob Allwardt, Larry Kissinger, Rick Whaley, Gordy Vader, Kathleen Kroll, Tom Keizer, Marc Irwin, Michael Krischer, John Shubnell, and Mary Gerger.

John Olbrot gave the treasurer's report:

Checking Account$11,450.96
Certificate of Deposit $11,137.45

John reported on Preliminary KalTour figures.

There were no Committee reports.

KalTour Director Michael Krischer gave a brief wrap-up of the 2014 KalTour. Mike expressed "Thanks" to all the volunteers who helped make this year's KalTour a success. Zolton mentioned, as in past years, one half of the KalTour proceeds will be given to the Kalamazoo Valley AMBUCS organization. Zolton also thanked the bike repair technicians from Breakaway Bicycles and Pedal for providing service to KalTour participants. David Jones mentioned the number of out-of-state riders participating in this year's event.

Jon Ballema provided an update on the upcoming (July 12, 2014) Miller Energy/BTR Criterium Bike Race. A good turnout is once again predicted, with many day-of-race registrations expected.

Doug Kirk led a discussion regarding KBC group bike ride routes, including the KalTour routes. More information on this topic will be forthcoming as it becomes available.

Director of Road Safety, Paul Selden, updated the status of the "Complete Streets Initiative." It was suggested KBC members contact their respective representatives in support of this project. Various versions of a KBC resolution in support of the "Complete Streets Initiative" are presently being considered by the KBC Executive Board.

Paul also initiated a discussion on ride leader responsibilities. It was agreed the topic of ride leader training will be discussed in detail during the off-season in preparation for 2015 KBC club rides.

Social Director Kathleen Kroll revealed the results of her pilot study involving snacks after a recent Monday night club ride. She will be testing her findings with snacks after two more Monday night rides. Kathleen hopes to hold an ice cream social event immediately following the last Monday night ride of the 2014 season.

Larry Kissinger, Barb Foster, and Gary Foster were sworn in as KBC sanctioned ride leaders for 2014.

Zolton adjourned the meeting at 8:10 P.M.

Respectfully Submitted,

Mary Gerger, KBC Secretary



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KBC and the Rules of the Road

Everyone who has taken the oath required to become a KBC-sanctioned ride leader has promised to uphold Michigan's Motor Vehicle Code.

At our last Monthly Meeting, Zolton spoke about the necessity for all KBC riders to follow the rules of the road. Jon Ballema echoed this, reminding everyone that just because some rides may run at full throttle is no excuse for not obeying the law. Zolton said he will be paying even more attention to training of ride leaders in the future.

In the meantime, as KBC's Director of Road Safety, I am calling on all ride leaders and experienced KBC riders to act as friendly mentors to anyone on our rides who may need a little education on this topic. Two areas for special attention are riding as close to the right of the travel portion of the roadway as "practicable" and not riding more than two abreast.

It's much easier to ask the motoring public to share the road when we do likewise.

Let's continue to be great ambassadors of bicycling, not only to fellow bicyclists, but in the eyes of the public at large.

(Editor's Note: From time to time in future issues of the Pedal Press, I will be including a reminder to KBC members to obey the rules of the road.)

Paul Selden, KBC Director of Road Safety, and Rick Whaley, KBC Newsletter Editor


Active Subscriptions:

New members:

Ryan Boldt · Terry Horwath · Kristopher Ouvry

Expiring memberships:

Paul Bushnell · Paul and Anne Guimond · Jeanette Holm · Mike and Sheri Jones · Cathi VanDyk Family · Gordon Vader · Brad Zapalowski Family

Renewed memberships:

Daniel Goldberger · Paul Sotherland Family · Barry Roelofs · Ken Masumoto · Robert Taylor

David Jones, KBC Database Manager

Editor's Letter - The Healing Properties of Burritos

I've just concluded another yearly ritual, one that doesn't involve shopping for Christmas presents, doing my taxes, or cleaning the refrigerator. Although honesty does impel me to confess that one of these is actually a less than once a year ritual, and I'll leave it to you to guess which one. However, the ritual I'm referring to is watching the Tour de France. And after watching the Tour de France's, 21 (insert your favorite synonym for hard) stages in 23 days, it's easy to think about how difficult it must be to ride like the tour riders, day after day. Just how can they possibly recover to ride the next day after each (insert above synonym here) effort?

Well, actually, it's pretty easy to do so, if Tour de France television commercials are to be believed. First, drink milk. But not just the ordinary sort of milk that you might pour over your breakfast cereal, but chocolate milk. Second, wrap yourself like a mummy in compression clothing every second of the day while not riding, and don't forget to cover your neck, albeit with caution. But not just the ordinary sort of compression clothing that you might buy at any sporting goods store, but copper infused compression clothing. And I was fool enough to believe that a post-ride massage and plenty of sleep had something to do with recovering from the previous day's ride.

Yes, unleashing the magical properties of chocolate milk and copper is the key to recovery during the Tour de France. Who says Tour watching can't be educational, as well as entertaining? Chocolate milk, because it is packed with "protein to replenish," presumably due to the chocolate. Copper, because ........ well, because it's copper, of course. Only an idiot would believe that molybdenum infused compression clothing would be of any benefit.

But how does a mere cycling mortal, such as me, take advantage of these advances in scientific knowledge that the manufacturers of chocolate milk and copper infused compression clothing have generously shared with their viewing public, particularly when I'm not fond of chocolate milk and I'm too cheap to buy that sort of clothing. Well, I could spike my chocolate milk with Mountain Dew, although that cure might be worse than that disease. And I could duct tape pennies to every inch of my body, but I'd prefer not to attract the attention of frugal muggers.

So, does this mean that I'm going to have to settle for a listless life of malaise after each hard cycling effort? No, it does not. Because I believe that there is another way to enhance recovery. Allow me to explain, eventually.

A couple weeks ago I went up to Holland with six of my fellow KBC members to ride the Holland Hundred century ride. The weather was pleasant and so was the ride. There were a lot of long, rolling hills during the first portion of the redesigned course, but the hills weren't long or steep enough to break our good spirits. I had worked up an appetite for the pancake "breakfast" after 58 miles and this meal did not disappoint. The remainder of the ride also passed uneventfully, in the good sense, and enjoyably.

Even so, one of the Holland Hundred events that I look forward to the most takes place after the ride; our post-ride meal at a Mexican restaurant in Fennville. There's nothing quite like giving myself permission to eat a heaping plate of Mexican food after riding 102 miles. Call it gluttony if you will, but at least I'm not guilty of sloth. And this year was no exception, again eventually.

When our caravan of three cars arrived in Fennville, we were disappointed to find that the restaurant had closed. However, with the self awareness that there is indeed more than one restaurant in the world, we drove to a restaurant just outside of Allegan. The restaurant specialized in steaks, but six of us only had eyes and taste buds for the "giant wet burrito" on the menu. We would not be denied this reward for our effort, a reward slathered with sour cream or guacamole.

And so we ate. And we ate well, accompanied by good natured insults, one of the verbal coins of the realm when guys are gathered together, and laughter. And when the meal was over, we got back into our cars, and drove to our rendezvous point in Portage. From there, I drove home, went to bed at 9:30, and slept for nine and a half hours. It was a day (and night) well spent.

And this is the point that the makers of these "backed by science" products miss. Recovery is not just a physical process, but is also a mental process, particularly for the vast majority of us who don't ride for the glory and the pain of competing in the Tour de France. Experiences such as this make me eager to get on my bike every day, even after a hard day, and to be in good enough condition to ride with my cycling companions for several hours. Experiences such as this let us all know that the effort that we put in each day is worth it.

So, forget about the "healing properties" of copper. Forget about "replenishment" with a drink served in elementary school cafeterias across the country. After a long ride, heal yourself with a delicious burrito. Replenish yourself with a delicious burrito. Preferably among cycling friends. Six out of seven Holland Hundred riders agree that that this is what you really need. And the seventh believes that it is a delicious cheeseburger, and that's okay, because there is also no need to be dogmatic about this.

Rick Whaley, KBC Newsletter Editor

Some Upcoming Rides of Interest

Saturday, August 9, 2014. The Kalamazoo Dream Ride. Kalamazoo, MI. 20, 40, and 60 miles. .

Saturday, August 9, 2014. One Day Ride Across Michigan. Montague, MI. 144 miles.

Saturday, August 16, 2014. Lakeshore Harvest Country Bike Tour. South Haven, MI. 10, 15, 25,40, 100 miles, 100 kilometers.

Wednesday through Sunday, August 27 - 31. 44th Annual Dick Allen Lansing to Mackinaw (DALMAC) Bicycle Tour. Four rides over 4 or 5 days, ranging from 290 to 411 miles. Registration has begun and all rides fill up quickly.

Saturday, September 6, 2014. West Recumbent Rally - West. Kalamazoo, MI.

Sunday, September 7, 2014. Vineyard Classic Bicycle Tour. Paw Paw, MI. 22, 39, and 60 miles.

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Shop Notes

Alfred E Bike

320 East Michigan, Kalamazoo, (269) 349-9423

Billy's Bike Shop

63 East Battle Creek Street, Galesburg, (269) 665–5202

Breakaway Bicycles

185 Romence at Westnedge, Portage, (269) 324–5555,

Custer Cyclery

104 North Augusta, Augusta, (269) 731–3492

Gazelle Sports

214 South Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo, (269) 342–5996,
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Johnson Cycle Works

5309 Gull Road, Kalamazoo, (269) 226-0001.


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Team Active

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Village Cyclery

US 131 in Schoolcraft, 679–4242

Zoo City Cycle & Sports

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Bicycling Safety Disclaimer

Important: Riding a bicycle is an inherently dangerous activity. There are risks of injury or death. You could ride over something and fall, or get hit by an automobile or strike or be struck by another bicyclist. There are many other dangers to bicycling as well.

While nothing can eliminate all risks associating with bicycle riding, to minimize the danger, make sure you and your bicycle are in good riding condition. Know the rules of the road and also of the group you're riding with, and ride in a manner consistent with the protocols of that group. Always wear a bike helmet, use bike lights if riding in the dawn, dusk or dark, and consider purchasing and riding with additional safety equipment such as reflectors and rear view mirrors.