ALICE BLECHA, Secretary
Places lived: I was born in Conway, Arkansas and moved to Kansas when I was 4. I have lived in Kansas ever since.
Bikes: 1996 Bianchi Advantage Cross Terrain, a 2014 Specialized Dolce Sport, and a 2017 Ruby Elite.
Upcoming rides: Bruce Whaley Spirit Ride, Octoginta, Capitol Classic, Cottonwood 200, Bike Across Kansas, or Ride the Fault Line.
Best time on a bike: Highlights include a 5-day Katy Trail ride and Bike Across Missouri in 2015, Bike Across Kansas in 2016 and 2018, Bruce Whaley Spirit Rides, Cottonwood 200 rides, and Sierra to the Sea in 2017. I have also enjoyed many KVBC rides and my solo rides.
Why I’m a KVBC Board Member: I was surprised to be asked to serve on the board, because I have been a cyclist only since the 2014 Capitol Classic. Prior to that, I had only done some occasional bike rides on the Linear Trail in Manhattan, where I lived for 25 years. Joining KVBC and buying my first road bike are two of the best decisions I have ever made, so I am happy to do what I can to help our bike club.
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ERIN CHAMBERLAIN, President, Webmaster, & Dover Dogs Ride Leader
Places lived: I was born in Ogden, Utah and moved to Indiana when I was 9. I lived in Indiana for 18 years, but have also lived briefly in Ohio and Oklahoma. Kansas is home now.
Bikes: 1997 Trek 1220, 2006 Trek Pilot, 2011 Trek Fuel EX 5, 2013 Trek Madone, and a 2016 Salsa Warbird.
Upcoming rides: Capitol Classic, Cottonwood 200, BAK, and the Thursday evening Dover Dogs rides.
Best time on a bike: Any time on a bike is the best time!
Why I’m a KVBC Board member: I’ve only lived in Kansas since 2008, so it began as a way to meet other cyclists in Topeka. I do also enjoy working to strengthen biking in our community.
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LYNN CRESS, Newsletter Editor & Saturday Midday Ride Leader
Places lived: Originally from Council Grove, KS, Lived in Wichita, Colorado Springs, Denver and now Topeka.
Bikes: Just one so far – a Specialized TriCross Sport for commuting (which replaced my wrecked Bianchi Volpe).
Upcoming rides: Thinking about the Cottonwood 200.
Best time on a bike: Riding the Flint Hills Nature Trail from Admire to CG (countless more, but that was a great day).
Why I became a KVBC board member: To find new routes and meet new people who enjoy cycling as much as I do.
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Places lived: Liberal, Wichita, Hays, Garden City, Topeka.
Bikes: Trek 1.1, Giant Escape, Specialized Rockhopper, Specialized Roubaix.
Upcoming rides: Capitol Classic, Cottonwood 200.
Best time on a bike: I think, “That was a great ride!,” every time I end a ride. Personal thanks to Mark Kossler, Nancy Kossler, Alan Apel, and Larry Langley for their mentoring.
Why I’m a KVBC Board Member: I would like to see more people riding bikes and may be able to be a part in that by being on the board.
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GARY DONOVAN, Board Member
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STEVE HENRY, Board Member
Places lived: I grew up in Bryan in Northwest Ohio but have been in Topeka since 1977.
Bikes: 2018 Specialized Roubaix Sport road bike and 2016 Trek 7.4 Hybrid.
Upcoming rides: My Pace Monday, Friday Night Pizagel’s, Blackbird, Capitol Classic, and part(s) of the Cottonwood 200.
Best time on a bike: The weekly KVBC rides are my bread and butter but the Hiawatha Trail in Montana and Idaho and riding 29 miles down Colorado’s Trail Ridge Road into Estes Park were unique and special. I have enjoyed cycling tours of cities around the USA and abroad while vacationing. Cycling is fun to do, great for fitness, and a great social activity with our group rides.
Why I’m a KVBC Board Member: I’ve only picked up cycling in the past few years and feel I represent the perspective of newer and lower-level cyclists.
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JEFF KLUN, Vice President & Membership Director
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JOHN ROBERTS, Board Member
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JERRY SPANGLER, Board Member
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STEVE WADE, Board Member
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BARB WITTMER, Board Member
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