The NMTS Holiday Party (in lieu of the December meeting) will be at the home of Bill and Teri Thompson, 1515 Gray Rock Place NE. The home is east of Tramway, between Lomas and Indian School; check out the location on Google Maps and look for the blue Christmas lights. The evening begins with a potluck dinner. NMTS will provide a sliced turkey and ham tray as a main dish, and guests are invited to bring a dish to share: salad, main dish, side dish, bread, or dessert. Non-alcoholic beverages will be provided, but you are welcome to BYOB.
The Party welcomes all NMTS members and their spouse/guest. In order to get a head count for the Party, please email Barbara Titus, email@example.com, if you plan to attend.
Don’t forget the holiday gift exchange! Bring a wrapped gift, value no greater than $15, to participate – bring a gift, get a gift. To sort out the gift exchange and provide some of the evening’s entertainment, Mark Pasnewski and Lucy Nichols have again drafted the “NMTS Year in Review”, in left/right format. Mark will be out of town the weekend of the Party, but Lucy has agreed to step in and regale the assembled guests.
IMPORTANT! You must RSVP by December 8! Email Barbara Titus at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as you can, please.
Sometime this December the new NMTS web site will go live. The product of months of hard work, this new site is designed to be visually simpler and more modern, as well as easy to use across all devices. Here is a partial list of the improvements you should expect:
The changes won’t stop there. In the coming weeks you should also expect to see a new bulletin board application, which will allow club members to interact with each other easily. Use the BBS to buy and sell gear, ask questions, promote interest in upcoming rides or simply see who might be interested in trying out a new route, discuss bike maintenance, or for anything else related to the club in particular or cycling in general.
You can preview the new site at http://dev.nmts.org Please recognize that this should be considered a beta version, which cannot be fully completed until it goes live. If you spot any bugs, please report them to email@example.com (Will Ferrell will forward the reports to me.) Thanks, and enjoy!
For the year 2016, the individual accomplishments of NMTS members will be recognized in an Awards Ceremony in February 2017. To prepare for this, the NMTS Awards Committee is seeking nominations for the annual awards in the following categories:
The Awards Committee is asking for help from all members in identifying those who best deserve these awards. Please send your nominations to the Awards Committee chairperson, Jane Zucosky, at firstname.lastname@example.org. After initial Award Committee discussions, there will be an opportunity for membership input on the awardee for 3 awards: Tour of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, and Ride Leader of the Year. Each member will receive an email with a link to an Online Survey which will allow you to vote for your "candidates". More information is available in the “NMTS Awards” document, which is available in the members-only section of the NMTS web site. Contact Jane Zucosky with any concerns or comments.
If you have an interest in serving on the Awards Committee and participating in the discussions about award winners for 2016, please contact Jane Zucosky.
The latest Freewheel is available for your perusal here.
Primal, the folks who make our NMTS jerseys, are extending a big discount to club members this holiday season.
Just point your browser to https://www.primalwear.com/ and browse their extensive selection of active wear.
When you’re ready to check out, enter coupon code 857540 to get your 40% savings.
Some weekly rides are switching to a ten o’clock starting time as of December 4. Please check the weekly ride schedules starting in December to see if any of the rides you’re planning on attending will be observing the later start time.
The “Sensible Winter Ride” begins Thursday December 1, 2016 at 11 am. Bikers meet in the parking lot that is at the west end of the Trader Joes store on Paseo del Norte in front of Luca’s Pizza. The address is 8850 Holly Ave NE, Albuquerque.
The 34 mile ride is a combination of short climbs and longer flat stretches. The ride meanders through the areas both north and south of Paseo del Norte and has a high point at the top of Academy Blvd in the High Desert neighborhood. Frequently riders will stop at Starbucks at Academy and Tramway Blvd. on the route back to the start.
The ride is led by Dee Friesen and Will Ferrell.
Think you have what it takes to ride off-road for nearly 3,000 miles, with a vertical ascent into the stratosphere?
Now is the time to find out from one who actually did just that. REI is sponsoring a presentation by Russ McCoy about the trek on December 8 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Meet Russ and find out how he took on the challenge.
NMTS's own Jim Fordice, Steve McKenzie, and John Sturtevant represented the New Mexico Touring Society in the Tour de Tucson, a grueling 105-mile trek with over 5,000 feet of climbing.
Check out the route and Jim's Epic Suffer Score on Strava!
Great job, guys, and thanks for showing the NMTS colors in Tucson!