KERN WHEELMEN BICYCLE CLUB
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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

About Us

The Kern Wheelmen Bicycle Club is a non-profit club dedicated to organizing cycling activities for all levels and ages of riders. We are a social club promoting cycling fun for all.

We have a beginner group to teach safety, bike care, nutrition and training. We have several intermediate groups for experienced cyclist. We can help you become the cyclist you want to be.

The Kern Wheelmen have weekly local rides from cruising the bike path to rides to the top of the mountain and back. We have special major rides such as the Spooktacular with hundreds of cyclist for all ages and levels. We host races such as the Golden Empire Classic/SCNCA Road Race Championships.

We have monthly meetings and club social rides open to all cyclists. You do not have to be a member to attend. Come to one of our meetings and find out all about us.


As a Club, we seek to offer support to the cyclists of Kern County. This support is provided in many ways:

  • We are proud supporters of worthy health and bicycle related causes and have donated yearly to this.
  • Helping the community out and volunteering to work club events.  Free t-shirts and other vendor provided items are often given to the volunteers. 
  • The Club hosts its annual Spooktacular Century each fall, attracting hundreds of riders seeking to challenge themselves on some of our fantastic cycling routes
  • Wanna go faster?? We have that covered too, we host the Golden Empire Championships Road Race and support other local races such as cyclocross and triathlon .

We benefit from our Kern Wheelmen membership as well, and here are some of the ways:

  • Wanna go your pace?? Check out our riding groups of all different speeds.  Keep that healthy and active lifestyle up.  Motivation to ride by meeting with others and talking about training, rides, safety, bike maintenance, bicycling in general
  • Access to forums and posting rides on the KWM website. Social networking with other bike enthusiasts, many of whom are experienced riders and willing to share their knowledge.
  • How about a deal? 10% discount at some bike shops in town on bicycling purchases from Action Sports and Sniders Cyclery.  You must present your KWM membership card prior to the purchase.  Discounts do not apply to sale items or large cost items.
  • Access to purchase Kern Wheelmen new club jerseys and cycling shorts
  • Our monthly club meetings are usually highlighted by a speaker or clinic. Want to hear how hard RAAM is? We have the 2 and 4 man record holders here, bike maintenance, health and nutrition; these are just some of the topics we cover.
  • Look for our club rides.
  • As a club we are represented by many types of riders and bikes. We are inclusive and strive to offer something for everyone regardless of how or what they ride. We work closely with the SSFTA, as most of us have mountain bikes, we have many tandem riders, a few fixies and 1 or 2 recumbents. So run-what-ya-brung and join us!

We currently meet at Rusty's Pizza Parlor on SW corner of Ming & Ashe at 6:30pm.  The meetings occur the first Monday of every month.


Current Officers are:

President: Karen Marousek (president@kernwheelmen.org)

Vice President: Mike Meyer 

Secretary: Taya Power (secretary@kernwheelmen.orgslowspokes@kernwheelmen.org)

Treasurer: Nancy Northern (treasurer@kernwheelmen.orgmerchandise@kernwheelmen.org)

Members at Large: Larry Bailey (coming soon: webmaster@kernwheelmen.org)

Member at Large: Tony Eterno (memberships@kernwheelmen.org, volunteer@kernwheelmen.org)

Member at Large: Randy Dickow  

HISTORY

A little about the history of the Kern Wheelmen: it all started with the Animal classic bike race in 1977.  It was at this time that talk started about forming a bicycle club.  The club's official beginning however was in 1980 when the KWM logo was created, the 3rd Annual Animal Classic road race was held, a monthly newsletter, The Chain Letter, was published, weekly rides were held, the first club metric century the White Wolf Rally was held, and time trials were planned.

What about 2013?  The Spooktacular date to save on your calendar is October 19, 2013.  If an event is announced that interests you regarding volunteering and no one has contacted you to ask if you want to volunteer, please contact us and just say, "count me in."  No matter your level of involvement, volunteering or participating in club events/activities you are the most important link in the chain of the bicycle club the Kern Wheelmen.

Spooktacular Director: Lori O'Lin (outspoken@kernwheelmen.orgTrispokes@kernwheelmen.orgpeloton@kernwheelmen.org)

Newsletter: Kim Baker (recreation@kernwheelmen.orgnewsletter@kernwheelmen.org)

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