What do you get by being a member of the Louisville Bicycle Club? Of course, you mean what more than being a part of one of the largest, oldest, and most respected cycling organizations in Kentucky?
THE PURE ENJOYMENT OF RIDING YOUR BIKE!
A Robust Calendar. LBC has a large schedule of rides. It is very rare that there is day without a scheduled LBC ride somewhere in the Louisville area and frequently there are several each day. Most rides are consistently scheduled and are organized with the utilization of a Google Calendar. Each ride description includes links to our club’s RideWithGPS account where additional ride information, cuesheets, GPS routes, and maps can be accessed.
LBC Ride Series. In addition to our online schedule, LBC maintains multiple ride series throughout the year. This includes a Brevet series as well as the famous Mad Dog series. The Mad Dogs tackle 21 challenging century rides per year! Are you up for the challenge?
Friendships. LBC is about people. In our organization you will experience camaraderie, companionship, and make new lifelong friendships.
A Ton of Events. The Louisville Bicycle Club hosts many events beyond just organized calendar rides. These include the annual Polar Bear Ride and Chili Cook Off on January 1st of each year and the Annual Picnic Ride with our general club meeting and picnic following. We host a signature event known as the OKHT and we end the year with an Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet.
“Oh Captain My Captain”. LBC offers ride captain training and the opportunity to lead rides.
Ride with GPS Club Account. Club members are granted access to select features on club routes. When you are a club member you will be able to get turn by turn voice navigation and offline maps on the app, advanced turn notifications on Garmin files, PDF map and cuesheets, and estimated time on club routes for free. These are premium services that typically cost an individual a monthly subscription but are free to our members through our club account.
PEACE OF MIND
Supplemental Insurance. LBC maintains a supplemental health insurance policy for our club members. Rarely used, but in the unfortunate case of an injury on a club supported ride, this insurance is designed to help our members with out-of-pocket medical costs.
Liability Protection. We require that everyone on our rides agree to a "Release and Waiver of Liability, Assumption of Risk, and Indemnity Agreement". This agreement provides benefits to members and non-members participating in our rides and events, with a general agreement for all to hold each other harmless. Members agree to this when they join/renew. Non-members are required to agree to these terms through a signature at each ride.
Trained and Certified Ride Leaders. Although we take great pride in having great routes and leaders, we have developed a certification process to ensure safety through consistency and application of best practices.
Organized and Well-Run Rides. Behind the scenes, while you are having fun and gaining fitness, LBC leadership stays intimately involved in rides offered by our club. Leader training, ensuring consistency in methods, maintaining best practices, and addressing route issues are all a part of your ability to join us and ride safely.
Volunteer Opportunities. Because we are a recognized 501(c)4 non-profit organization, any volunteer hours qualify for community service hours! This would include those required by most local school systems. However, when is comes to underage volunteers please check with the event coordinator in advance and we do require any child volunteers be supervised by the member/guardian. As a club we also participate in many community events throughout the year as volunteers such as Ride Marshals for the Mayor’s rides as well as Kentucky Derby Festival events like the Marathon and the Tour de Lou not to mention Bike to Beat Cancer.
Community Relationships. We are involved in local Bicycle Advisory Committees, Louisville’s Master Plan development and other roles within government that are critical to the development and maintenance of bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure. Our goal is to be a proactive organization, maintaining relationships with the City of Louisville for all our cycling needs.
Our Racing Team. LBC supports Team Louisville a local racing team for all ages and abilities. Interested in training or getting into racing? Contact the VP of Racing for more information today!
New Rider Clinics. LBC also provides New Rider Clinics though out the year. These clinics include hands on instruction for bike handling, best practices for safety and traffic integration and negotiation, as well as a review of local ordinances and cycling laws that all riders should be aware of. These clinics are open to everyone and all participants that fully complete the series of courses are rewarded with their first year LBC membership free of charge and are given a free Tee-shirt.
Charitable Giving. Throughout the year LBC supports many notable local charities. In the past we have donated to Falls City Community BikeWorks, The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Norton Healthcare Foundation for Cancer Research's Bike to Beat Cancer, The National Multiple Sclerosis Society via "Team Wil Power" and The Olmsted Parks Conservancy.
NOT ENOUGH? HOW ABOUT SOME AWARDS?
Awards, Awards, Awards. We love to give back to our membership! Just look at all these awards that you can earn by just riding your bike.
Annual Awards presented at the end of year banquet:
Lifetime Club Mileage Jerseys:
Ride Captain Awards:
The Mad Dog Challenge:
New Rider Clinics Course Completion:
AND WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO?