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Katy Trail-MJA

March 2018 President’s Message


Dear Fellow Members and Friends,

Under Jade Stanley’s direction, Tour de Forts ClassicSM planning is in full swing and in some areas, ahead of schedule. We have completed a marketing video (click link to view), which I hope you have already seen. Thanks for participation of St. Augustine (Ancient City Cranks) and World Golf Village riders. The video is being boosted on Facebook, already reaching nearly 14,000 cyclists across the southeast. We are hopeful it will attract new participants to the Tor de Forts Classic. Terry Takken completed the permitting process at warp speed. Dave Townley has finalized the maps which are already up on the registration page. We greatly appreciate Dave’s continuing efforts for the club, especially as he moved to West Virginia more than a year ago.


Jade has recruited many volunteers to work the rest stops, at the high school, etc. However, we need to fill several lead positions including Rest Stop Coordinator, 7 Rest Stop Captains, and a Venue Coordinator. You can go directly to the Volunteer page to sign up at (click link) or contact Jade at to discuss volunteering. After choosing a volunteer position, we are asking that everyone personally sign themselves up online, so they can accept the volunteer liability waiver and specify T-shirt size or choose to receive a ball cap instead.


Similarly, we are asking that all ride participants personally sign themselves up online, so they can properly accept the liability waiver. We have resolved our concerns about the legality of online waivers. Except for a parent or guardian signing for their minor child, one cannot accept a waiver on behalf of a spouse, significant other, or spouse. Having all the waivers online should make packet pickup run much more smoothly. We will be monitoring the signups and if we notice an obvious mismatch between registrant names and login credentials, Scott Russell, our Membership Director, will contact you to personally sign and return a copy of the waiver. The mismatch cannot be corrected online. We appreciate your cooperation in making the registration process go smoothly.


Jade has been lining up special deals at several attractions in the St. Augustine area for ride participants which are detailed in another article in this month’s edition of Wheelspeak. Stay tuned and watch Tour de Forts Classic Facebook page ( for more offers. We will be sending out discount codes via email to registrants or putting coupons in the goodie bags. On Saturday evening, April 28th, Scarlett O’Hara’s is offering us a 10% discount on food and drinks. Join us there for fun and live music.


With the legislative session in Tallahassee wrapping up, it has turned into another disappointing year for cyclist’s interests. The Senate failed to act on two measures, an extension of the Move Over Law to vulnerable road users, which includes cyclists, and making Texting While Driving a primary offense. In both cases, the proposals died when senate committee chairman declined to post the bills for hearing despite favorable action in the House. Texting While Driving as a primary offense passed the House by a 112 to 2 vote! So, it’s try again next year.


I welcome your input. Please email me at with your thoughts.


Hope to see you on the road!