GVCC President's Column: November 1, 2013
Bicycle Spoken Here, GVCC President: Doris Phinney
GVCC NOVEMBER MEETING: Monday, November 18, Fresco Café North, 5940 Calle Real, 6pm for dinner, 645pm for meeting. Please RSVP to Doris.
NEWCOMERS RIDE: Saturday, November 9, 9:30am, Java Station, Doris, 968-3143. Everyone is welcome to join this leisurely paced ride around Goleta or downtown for coffee. No one is ever left behind. You must wear a helmet to ride with the Goleta Valley Cycling Club.
Recap SANTA BARBARA CENTURY, October 19, 2013: It was a warm day and the riders were even warmer after climbing Gibraltar Rd. to our aid station on East Camino Cielo. Besides providing food and water we distributed a fair amount of sun screen. Wilson was our onsite mechanic.
We had a reputation to maintain as the best food ever on a century ride and so we did. The food was consumed and the cyclists were grateful for the variety of and homemade quality of our offerings. Again the boiled red potatoes (with a little olive oil and salt) were very popular. Thank you Connie and Janaki! Marianne provided another hit with sweet potatoes seasoned with pumpkin pie spice and she rode the metric. Michele also rode and donated hard boiled eggs and deviled eggs and yummy cookies. We had lots of homemade cookies and sweet breads as well as pasta salads. All of our homemade goodies were very popular and many riders were amazed at our wonderful spread of foods and wanted to know if this was the lunch stop. We responded that ours was the pre-lunch stop.
Thank you to our Food Volunteers: Connie, Cheryl, Annemarie, Bob Z, Doris, Robert R., Rosie, Michele, Janaki, Marianne, Hildy, Renee.
Thank you Aid Station Volunteers: Gail, Wilson, Robert R, Michael K, Bob Z, Connie, Cheryl, Annemarie, Rosie, Don J., Renee, Doris, Owen.
GVCC TANDEM: We have a nice Santana tandem donated by Hal and Fran Finney in 2010. Contact me if you would like to ride it sometime.
WANT TO SUGGEST A RIDE? Contact Lori anytime to get your ride on the calendar: firstname.lastname@example.org
15 Tips to Lose Weight From Cycling
• By Marc Lindsay | Active.com
While most people start cycling for different reasons, two common benefits to taking part in the sport are increased fitness and staying trim. But just because you ride your bike a few times a week doesn't mean you can eat whatever you want to. In fact, most beginning cyclists make the mistake of overeating because they feel good about the exercise that they've done, making the workout counterproductive to weight loss.
In order to get the most out of your cycling and to lose weight in the process, it is important to follow basic rules of nutrition to stay healthy and to keep riding strong.
Here are eight tips that will help you lose weight by eating right and riding your bike instead of quick fixes and gimmicks.
Eat Breakfast Before You Ride
Nothing kick-starts your metabolism like a big, healthy breakfast. If you skip breakfast, you not only won't have the fuel you'll need to ride, but you'll also make your body hold on to its fat stores instead of burning them. Starving the body of food causes the metabolic process in the body to save what it might need for a later date, and in most cases this means fat—just the thing you want to lose the most.
Don't Over-Dress to Sweat more
The French are famous for putting on more clothing than needed to stay warm and to make the body sweat more. While you might notice a drop in the pounds, it is not good to lose weight by dehydration, especially for cyclists. Take off the leg warmers and jacket in mild temperatures and keep the body hydrated. You'll need the fluids to ride further, which is the key to burning calories.
Go Easy on the Gluten
More and more people are noticing unwanted symptoms from the overconsumption of gluten. You don't have to have a gluten allergy in order to limit how much processed wheat you're eating, and the results may have some benefit. Limiting gluten will naturally decrease how much processed foods, bread and baked goods you're consuming. On the bike, it will also help you from feeling bloated during hard efforts. If you have noticed problems similar to these, you might want to also look for energy bars that are gluten-free or try bringing food such as bananas, oranges or potatoes instead.
Don't Take Dietary Supplements
Supplements claiming to help you lose weight fall into the quick-fix category. It is rare for a supplement to keep weight off in the long term because of what it rids your body of. Essential fats and other vital minerals are often flushed out of the body along with some of the bad stuff, which can decrease performance.
Eat More Vegetables and More Lean Protein
Vegetables and lean protein like chicken or fish should be a staple of any good cyclist's diet. Rather than loading up on nutritional supplements, try getting most of your vitamins and protein from food. The absorption rate is better, and by giving your body what it needs through the food you eat will make you feel a lot better too. And if your body feels good, you'll ride longer, which will help you burn more calories. It may also help with the junk food cravings.
Eat More Often on the Bike
It's common for new cyclists to skip out on food during a ride because of all the obstacles eating and exercise can present. However, eating while on the bike has proven to improve performance, especially on long rides, and can also help to curb overeating afterwards. By keeping your hunger in check, you'll be less hungry when you get home, which might keep you from overeating.
When trying to eat healthy, it's a mistake to cut out foods that you enjoy just because they may not be good for you. Going without chocolate or beer will only make your cravings for them worse, which will probably lead to an eventual night of binge eating or drinking. Instead of starving your body of the occasional treat, limit your portions. It's okay to reward yourself for your hard work every now and then. Just remember to try and do it in moderation.
Save the Hard Efforts for Last
Studies have shown that post-exercise oxygen consumption can trigger the burning of fat stores. The key to kick your body into overdrive after a long or easy ride is to do a few hard efforts right before you finish. This will keep your body consuming oxygen even after you're finished with your workout on the bike, and the fat will continue to burn.
New Santa Barbara County Bike Touring Site
Bike touring fans can find a wealth of information on bike touring in Santa Barbara County on a new website: bike-santabarbara.org
Join our rides for fun and fitness!
The club offers a variety of rides from monthly newcomer rides to tougher
tours up the local hills. Check the calendar and come ride with us!
Although many of us wear colorful biker clothes and have road bikes, we are tourers, not racers. Our greatest passion, and perennial source of discussion, is safety on the roads -- how routes can be configured for better bike safety and how bikers can make wise riding choices to maximize safety.
While it is true that some GVCC members enjoy chasing down younger race kit-clad speedsters, club rides are cooperative, not competitive..
Non-members are always welcome to come meet club members and try our rides out. Check the calendar and join us.
GVCC Email Mailing List
Goleta Valley Cycling Club has an email list at Google Groups. Club members
can join or get off the list by contacting Janaki.
Please be aware when you reply to a group email, the reply goes to the whole group. If you only want to reply privately to the sender, don't send the reply to the gbike group. Instead, copy out the email address of the sender and send your email to that person.
In order to avoid exposing GVCC members' email addresses to the public, the messages and message archives are only viewable by group members. The mailing list is also not listed in the Google Groups directory and does not have a Google webpage.
Email posts go to all list members. Post by emailing email@example.com. Learn about Google Group options at Google Groups.