I’m a little late on this one, but last weekend was Fred Kamp Day in honor of the fearless leader of the OBS Donut Ride for the last 30 years. For those who didn’t get their first ride in on the donut ride, this short ride takes place every Saturday and is a great introduction to cycling for new riders and a great excuse for donuts for more experienced riders. In preparation for Fred Kamp Day, KFOR put together this great tribute to this fearless ride leader:
So today was a frantically busy but productive day. I spent today assembling a seemingly endless number of children’s bicycles for the Salvation Army as part of their Bucks for Bikes program which acquires brand new bicycles for needy children on Christmas. It was a great event and I got to meet some more members from OBS whom I hadn’t already met.
This is a photo from the monthly Oklahoma Bicycle Society meeting. I’ve taken on a new responsibility as vice-president of OBS. I’m nervous but also excited.
The Oklahoman has written a nice article about the increased levels of cycling in eastern Oklahoma County which includes some great quotes from Roger Welch, president of OBS and Mike Flenniken, president of the Oklahoma Bicycle Coalition:
Between the forests and country homes of eastern Oklahoma County, the spandex and carbon fiber associated with cycling are an increasingly common sight.
“Any evening after five 5 o’clock, you’re going to find some bikers coming through here,” Jones Mayor Ray Poland said.
A resident of Jones for more than 30 years and mayor since 2009, Poland said the number of bicyclists peaked two years ago and hasn’t shrunk.
Speed limits are high, but traffic is light and road conditions are good east of Interstate 35, said Roger Welch, president of the Oklahoma Bicycle Society, the biggest cycling club in the Oklahoma City area. The eastern hills appeal to experienced road bikers looking for a more challenging terrain than the wind-swept blacktops around Yukon or the busy trails in Oklahoma City.
“You can only ride them (the trails) so many times, and you’re looking for some variety,” Welch said.
On a Christmas night most folks left the arena buzzing about the Thunder’s 114-106 victory over the Nuggets and Kevin Durant’s 44 points, there were more than a hundred kids from the Oklahoma City Boys and Girls Club who walked out of the building with bigger memories. Lasting memories. Lifelong memories.
They received tickets as part of the Thunder’s “Tickets for Kids” program, and they thought that was their big present.
They didn’t know about the bikes.
It’s that time again, OBS Streak time. It’s been a long time since I’ve ridden this one, but it remains one of the staples of the OKC cycling community. This year the ride will be held on September 12th at 7:30 AM at Mitch Park in Edmond. There will be 25 mile, 40 mile and 100K routes along with a Family Fun Ride within the park. Registration is $20 ($25 if recieved after 8/30/2010) for each adult and $10 for children.
Full details along with route maps can be found at the 2010 Streak website.