All posts by Sharon Russell

Annual Meeting and Party

A quick reminder that the deadline for registration for this year’s Annual Membership Meeting and Party is 11:59 PM January 11, as required by our event venue .

Don’t miss this opportunity to fellowship with your fellow club members, enjoy a great meal, and participate in the election for this year’s club officers. See the full slate of candidates below. We will also accept nominations from the floor prior to the vote.

This year’s event will again honor three new inductees to the Chattanooga Cycling Hall of Fame: Chris Brown, Jay Young, and Tom Owen Sr.

As always, there will be drawings for gift certificates and swag from our local bike shops.

Candidates for 2024:
PresidentThomas Hand (returning)
Vice PresidentSharon Russell (returning)
SecretaryKevin Whiteside (returning)
Event CoordinatorScott Self* (new)
Road Ride CoordinatorMargaret (Peggy) Olson (returning)
Communications DirectorDonna Killian* (new)
Social Media DirectorJennifer Fiori (returning)
Membership DirectorRebecca Buckles (returning)
At LargeRichard Rudner (returning)
At LargeBill Jennings (returning)
Social Director (Appointed)Sam & Debbie Beck (returning)
Advocacy Director (Appointed)James (Jimmy) Rogers* (new)
Candidate Slate – CBC Board of Directors 2024

How Are We Doing?

The purpose of CBC shall be to educate, promote, advocate and
develop bicycling for transportation, fitness, and recreation; to
serve the community; to provide opportunities to ride with others;
to defend and protect the rights of cyclists; to secure safer and
more bicycle-friendly riding conditions; to advocate the allocation
of facilities for cycling on public lands; to promote bicycle safety
by requiring the use of helmets on all rides and observing traffic

As 2023 draws to a close, our board members would like your feedback. How are we doing in fulfilling our mission, as stated in our bylaws?

  • What are we doing right?
  • What are we getting wrong?
  • What do you most value in your CBC membership?
  • How might you help?

We want to hear from you. Please send your feedback to

And a plea for help

On that last point, I’d like to again call attention to a critical need to ensure the club’s continued operation into 2024. We are in desperate need of a Treasurer. Our current treasurer is retiring off the board at the end of this year. We need someone who can make sure our bills get paid, oversee filing of our government reports, and prepare the annual budget. We hire an accountant to do most of the heavy work, but the Treasurer position does require some basic financial skills and the ability to devote a few (sometimes a few more) hours each month to keep us on track and fiscally responsible. Per our bylaws, a candidate for this job shall have been a club member for not less than 24 months on the date of their election. As with all our board positions this is an unpaid volunteer job.

If you can help or know someone who might, please drop an email to Sharon Russell or Tom Hand .

(If you’d like to discuss the job in more detail with our current treasurer, please email Mike Sabin.)

Thanks for reading this far!


End of Season Party – Thank you Sam & Debbie!

A big thanks to Sam and Debbie Beck for hosting this year’s End of Season Party at their home on Signal Mountain. It was a smashing success, thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended!

The day’s festivities began with a choice of three ride distances – short, intermediate and long – led by Donna Killian (subbing in for Tony Thompson), Alan Voss, and Richard Russell.

The weather was perfect for riding, with plenty of sunshine highlighting the beautiful fall foliage which is beginning to appear in abundance atop the mountain.

Post ride, members feasted on Sam’s delicious BBQ pork, smoked chicken and portobello mushroom burgers, along with a bounty of sides and desserts supplied by club members.

Sitting around the fire pit, chatting with friends, enjoying the live music of bluegrass band Smokey Holler – we couldn’t have asked for a better day.