Tuesday, July 04, 2006

About the CCC

Founded - In Columbus, Georgia as the Chattahoochee Cycling Club in 1979.

Mission -To promote safe and enjoyable bicycling for all ages and abilities as recreation, sport, transportation, and lifestyle.

Description - Columbus Cycling Club is a non-profit organization dedicated to social, recreational, and serious riding, as well as cycling advocacy and education in the Chattahoochee Valley area. We have counted more than 2,000 individuals who have participated as members of our organization throughout the last 25 years. We are cycling enthusiasts who ride bikes for fun, camaraderie, and exercise. We are not a racing club, though we have produced a number of local racers. We are committed to promoting cycling safety, health and fitness, environmental awareness, and improvement of local cycling routes, both on road and off road. In addition to road and off-road bicycle rides, we encourage occasional hikes, camping trips, and other outings.

From beginner’s rides on Mondays, to Wednesday “bike and eat” rides, to weekend mountain bike rides and serious long distance road bike rides on Sunday - we accommodate every riding style, and ability, of on road and off road riding. Check our online ride calendar at: http://columbuscyclingclub.org

Our Ebulletin, an ‘Almost’ Weekly Cycling Newsletter, is distributed to a growing base of members, city and county organizations and agencies, civic organizations and friends.

Members Our members include families and individuals from the Chattahoochee Valley area, as well as surrounding counties. We range in age from teenagers to octogenarians. We welcome anyone who is interested in recreational, non-racing bicycling. Our weekly rides are flexible in length, starting places and starting times. We promote riding our bikes in a safe manner for fun, exercise, camaraderie and adventure.

The Columbus Cycling Club invites guests and prospective members to join our rides. Everyone is welcome. You don't have to be a member to ride with us.

Accomplishments and Growth in 2003-2006


League of American Bicyclists (www.bikeleague.org) A national organization, LAB represents the interests of the nation's 57 million cyclists and works to promote bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation, and work through advocacy and education for a bicycle-friendly America. With a current membership of 300,000 affiliated cyclists, including 40,000 individuals and 600 affiliated organizations, the League works to bring better bicycling to your community.

International Mountain Bike Association (www.imba.com) IMBA creates, enhances and preserves trail opportunities for mountain bikers worldwide. Since 1988, IMBA has been bringing out the best in mountain biking by encouraging low-impact riding, volunteer trailwork participation, cooperation among different trail user groups, and innovative trail management solutions.

Georgia Bikes (www.Georgiabikes.com) A statewide organization working to improve bicycling conditions and promote bicycling throughout the state. The group interacts with, and educates, elected officials, government agencies, consulting and engineering firms, and developers about improved and expanded facilities and safer bicycling. They work toward having children, the general public, law enforcement officials, and cyclists, become more knowledgeable about bicycle rights, responsibilities, and safety. They also encourage bicycling for health, recreation, transportation, and tourism/economic development reasons.

 Hosted the start of 2005 BRAG (Bicycle Ride Across Georgia)
 Worked with Columbus to host InMotion X race events in 2003 / 2004
 Partnered with Columbus Regional to host Annual Celebrity Classic “Wheels to Heal” for the John B Amos Cancer Center
 Designed and built newly enhanced Flat Rock Park Mountain Bike Trail in support of partnership with the City of Columbus and Columbus Parks and Recreation
 Consulted with the City of Columbus on new Rails to Trails projects
 Partnered with SAFE KIDS of Georgia to promote bicycle safety programs for children
 Revived and expanded the outreach of the club, broadcasting news to more than 400 individuals and community contacts.
 Expanded the vision of the club to appeal to riders of all ages and abilities, from recreation to race-oriented riders.

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