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ATHLETICS


When Cyclists Follow the Rules, Everyone is Safer on the Road


Northwest Portland. Logie Trail is a steep and winding road that links Highway 30 with Northwest Skyline Road. Two riders stopped on Skyline to wait for the other riders when an SUV pulled over to talk. Anticipating complaints from the driver, the riders were pleasantly surprised to hear her compliment the MAC riders. She was impressed cyclists would tackle such a hard climb, and that the riders stayed as far right as possible. Some even signaled the driver to pass when it was safe. The riders on that ride did a great job as ambassadors of MAC, and as examples to the public of how cyclists can and should ride.


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Cyclists in general seem to forget they must share the roads with cars, and that drivers tend to think all cyclists are the same. Thus, the bad behaviors shown by one cyclist fl avors a driver’s perception of all cyclists. We need more ambassadors for cycling on the road. Proper riding etiquette is safer for the rider, the other cyclists on that ride, motorists, and all the other cyclists who will be on the roads in the future.


Several years ago the Cycling Committee wrote up some rules of cycling etiquette. Read more about those rules in the online version of this story at theMAC.com.


September Second Saturday Ride The September Second Saturday ride


is on the 10th of the month. The ride starts at the Hillsboro Aquatic Center and takes us through beautiful countryside in the Scholls area. There are a few short hills near Bald Peak and then an extended climb up Chehalem Mountain. The ride turns around and heads back to Scholls, with a fl at run-in to the fi nish. Sign up for the Yahoo Group to


receive notice of any late changes to the ride location and to pre-print a ride map. More information on the Yahoo group is below.


n late June the MAC Wednesday ride ascended Logie Trail Road in


Cyclist enjoyed the farm views on the Eola Hills Wine Ride (above) and the hill climb (right) on Logie Trail Road.


MAC Cycling Information Resources


MAC and the Cycling Committee have two great web resources – the MAC website and cycling’s Yahoo website. The MAC website (www.theMAC.com) is available only to MAC members. The Cycling Committee has its own web page through this service. We list the second Saturday and Wednesday rides, committee members and contact information, plus forms for developmental and champion- ship funding.


The MAC Cycling Yahoo page (http://sports.groups.yahoo.com/group/ MACCycling) has the most current infor- mation about all the MAC rides, maps from the second Saturday rides from 2006 to 2011, maps for other rides around Oregon, coaching information from the 1988 U.S. Olympic Coach, bike fi t advice,


plus tips for bike maintenance and a ride prep list. We also have photos of MAC riders and racers from years’ past. The Yahoo group also hosts the email list we use to communicate with MAC members about upcoming rides, events or changes to any of the rides. Be sure to sign up for this website if you want to get email about our rides and changes to the rides. The Yahoo group is open to anyone, not just MAC members.


For information about MAC cycling, contact Sarah Burchard in Athletic Services at sburchard@themac.com or 503-223- 8740; or Cycling Committee Chair Robert Burney. WM


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