Ride LCC: The 'Huzzah Huzzah' Approach to Cycling
Like many great moments, the idea for the Livingston Cycling Club came during a bike ride. In 2010 Steve French (Frenchy) and I were out on one of our regular routes around Hemlock and Canadice Lakes when we started talking about how we wished there were more organized local groups rides.
We both preferred not to ride alone, but neither of us wanted to make regular trips to Rochester or Buffalo to race and ride with some of the bigger clubs. We also knew that there were lots of great riders of all different interests and goals living in the Livingston County area. We thought there should be a way to bring these riders together to train and ride: and with that simple goal, the LCC was born.
At first, we didn’t really know what we wanted to accomplish other than organize some regular rides and maybe hit up some races on the weekends. However, we knew we wanted to be balanced: we wanted to be accessible to riders of all experience and ability levels – we weren’t looking to become some snobby roadie click comparing heart rates and watts – yet we both love competition, friendly trash talk, and self improvement, and we wanted to foster that as well.
It’s with these simple hopes that we started to put the word out. We gathered emails and got a ton of support from several seasoned riders who had been training in the area for a long time.
Now a few years later, we are a USA Cycling Club that hosts a Social Ride from Cyclepath and race training events. We also manage The Once Again Nut Butter Multi-Sport Race Team, a team of a local road bike racers, mt. bike racers, and triathletes sponsored by several local businesses including Once Again Nut Butter and Cyclepath.
We are excited to keep growing as we work to create a home for the riders in the Livingston County area of all abilities and interests.
Peter Flax, Editor and Chief of Bicycling Magazine once wrote, “Riding can be a wonderfully solitary experience, but at its best cycling connects you with something larger – the chance to challenge yourself while sharing good times with a vibrant community.” For me, this encompasses the heart of what cycling is all about and the soul of the LCC.
If you want ride, just show up. Tour, race, mountain bike, socialize, compete, get a burger, have a beer, make friends, get stronger, and live better. Come ride with us. Ride LCC
Livingston Cycling Club Founder and President
Sam Patch Promotions Owner