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Covered Bridge Classic-Thank You
By David L Stauffer
Posted: 2023-09-04T19:48:02Z

Happy Labor Day, Your labor is appreciated.

Thank you Lancaster Bicycle Club. It is a pleasure to serve such a giving community of people.

We were blessed by beautiful weather on August 20th. You hosted nearly 1500 registered riders for our 44th annual Covered Bridge Classic. We estimate that approx. 1300 of the 1472 registered came out. We have 459 survey results that are overwhelmingly positive, and give us feedback to use in planning future rides.

This was all possible because of you. We filled over 155 volunteer positions with approximately 120 Club members and friends. We had some people volunteer for up to three different volunteer openings. We had eleven bike shop mechanics from Lancaster Bike Shop, Going Rogue Cyclery and Trek Lancaster. We had two shifts of high school students recruited by the the Pilot Club fulfilling their community service, and we had three members of the Lancaster Farmland Trust participate.

One of the bike shops providing mechanical support gave us a donation. Another one was giving away Ride and Win scratch off cards. We had many members support the club by paying to ride the event and volunteer on top of that.

Five different Fire Police teams helped with traffic control at our busiest intersections. We give them donations from our proceeds.

Thank You for serving. We had a lot of happy customers. The results are that we are known for hosting one of the best rides in the east. We continue to offer the best cycling programs in central Pennsylvania free of dues. We continue to support cycling projects for Lancaster County through our grants program, and we continue to give to the county for Covered Bridge Maintenance.

The event starts with the core committee meetings beginning early in the year. Please thank them for their service.

  • Tia Carter-Sponsorship Coordinator and Communications Support
  • Leslie Arnold-Communications
  • Brian Mitchell-Registration Coordinator
  • Gary Musser-SAG
  • John Herr-Routes and Municipal Communications
  • Don Dresser-Food Manager
  • Susan Ammons-Volunteer Coordinator

A special thanks to our site captains who give up most of the day Saturday and all day Sunday. We try to get them to work in shifts but they all have such an ownership that they stay all day which ends up starting before 5am and lasting till about 7pm.

Rest Stop                                Site Captain                                       

Unto-                                     Jeff Waybright                                   

MCMS-                                 Lynn Pfeil; Gregg Collins                  

LAMS-                                   Randy and Jeanette Hunt                       

Stevens-                               Dave and Carol Repshas                             

Shady Maple-                        LaNeicia Meyers; Chris Dubin              

Brownstown LCCTC-            Eric Glenn                                              

Listrak-                                  Roger Brubaker

What is really impressive is that many of our volunteers continue to share how much they enjoy the day, serving the participants and spending time with the other volunteers.

Thank You for being an "Others Focused" club.

This is just a small number of pics that were easily accessible to me. Hopefully Leslie will show more.

If you have an opportunity, please support these businesses that sponsored, donated and supported our event.