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Sierra to the Sea made the short list of Outside Online’s “Best Supported Bike Rides”

| April 26, 2019 1:55 pm

Sierra to the Sea

| May 8, 2015 6:40 pm

The days are longest in June, the mountains most golden, the weather mostly warm, and the coast most beautiful even when mysteriously basked in fog. Sierra to the Sea, an uniquely ACTC event created by the late Rod Annable (who’s picture still graces the STTS webpage: goes from Bear Valley to Golden Gate Park in seven days. The 28th anniversary tour is led once again by Steve Crosby and a very capable staff of 22 volunteers. Sierra to the Sea remains true to Rod’s goals of show-casing the beautiful riding areas of Northern California in an affordable way and remains the best cross-state ride, bar-none! I look forward to greet all the participants and to thank our wonderful staff at Bear Valley and then to welcome them home at the Golden Gate Park. “Well no matter where I wander, I will always find a welcome at the end of every journey, there will be friendly people waiting, California” sang the Kingston Trio. Have a safe journey in our beautiful Golden State.
PS. It is not too late to join the 2015 Sierra to the Sea – a few more spots!

Tony Le, ACTC President

It Was The Best of Times, It Was The Worst of Times

| April 29, 2015 11:04 pm

Years ago, a few ACTC general meetings descended into shouting matches. Many members came to these meetings because they were passionate on controversial issues. However, even in those worst of times, I longed that they be well attended.

Today, ACTC is facing no less challenging issues than those of earlier years. This Board is proud that we take the time to explain any changes to Members and that this is the most transparent and accessible ACTC Board. All members are encouraged to voice their opinions, even if there are disagreements. We seek common ground by communicating respect- fully to diffuse potential contentions.

Just because the Board communicates well does not make today’s issues unimportant. Wanting the best for ACTC, the Board seeks input from its many members at the General Meetings.

Hoping to see a good turnout at all future ACTC Meetings. It was the best of times and it will be the best of times.

Tony Le, ACTC President

Not for the Pay

| February 8, 2015 11:27 am

We are all volunteers — the Board, Tierra Bella and Sierra to the Sea staff, Academy, New Year Celebration, Great Western Rally, Russian River Rally, Progressive Dinner, July 4th Pancake Breakfast, Ice Cream Social, Ride Leader Appreciation Luncheon, Member Appreciation Dinner, Black and Blue Bottom and Communication staff, Turning Wheels for Kids, Rescue Committee, Club Clothier, Election Committee, Librarian, Statistician, and more. We are appreciative of every single volunteer and know that it is not because of the pay that we are here. Deep down, we know not only that cycling is a righteous activity transforming our world into a greener and gentler world but also that ACTC is more than a cycling club.

Sure, ACTC has rides, but the members are its soul. ACTC is more like a family — we reach out to members in need and help our community to promote cycling as if our life depends on it. I am proud to be an ACTC volunteer — not for the pay.

Tony Le, ACTC President

Entirely Up to You

| December 20, 2014 2:10 pm

Happy New Year!
Let us thank Melissa Maglio and Jim Schallau, who served on the 2014 Board, and welcome Ahmed Masood and Dan Swanson for 2015. We also thank John Nielson, who served many years as Quartermaster, keeping track of everything ACTC owns in two storage sheds and the trailer.

Entirely Up To You
Years ago, Jean Converse started three quintessential ACTC programs: Billy Goats, Grizzly Bears, and the Academy. Although Jean may have started the Billy Goats series while a Board member, both the Bears and the Academy were created when she was a regular member. Another member, “Speedy”, started the Russian River Rally. The Ice Cream Social was a farewell party for Richard Brunner, who subsequently changed his mind and stayed. Tierra Bella and Sierra to the Sea are staffed almost entirely by regular members. Although I have every confidence in the 2015 Board to steer ACTC, we need every member engaged to be successful. Be a Jean, Speedy, or Richard — it is entirely up to you and all of us together to make ACTC the best we can be.

Tony Le, ACTC President

Dave Cortese to speak at the August General Meeting

| June 25, 2014 8:32 pm

Dave Cortese, Santa Clara County Supervisor, San Jose Mayoral Candidate, and ACTC Member will be our speaker at the August 8th General Meeting.

Upcoming Club Events

| 8:27 pm

July 4th Pancake Breakfast

Members Only

First Congregational Church

Leigh & Hamilton, San Jose

8am – 10 am

Note: No July General Meeting on Wednesday


July 12 Ice Cream Social

Members Only

First Congregational Church, Palo Alto

1985 Louis Rd, Palo Alto Chair, Sheila Stevens  


Russian River Rally 2014

ACTC Members Only

Casini Family Ranch

July 25-27, 2014

Meet Jim Sayer, Adventure Cycling’s Exec Director on April 16

| March 11, 2013 8:55 am

By Tony Le, ACTC President

Tuesday, April 16, Jim Sayer, Executive Director for the Adventure Cycling Association, will give a special bicycle touring presentation to ACTC and friends. We’ll meet with Jim at  6:30 pm, at the First Congregational Church, 1980 Hamilton Ave, San Jose (corner of Leigh and Hamilton). (Note this is our normal meeting place, but this is an additional presentation to the general meeting on April 3.)

Jim is no stranger to the Bay Area, where he was once the Director for Greenbelt Alliance. Jim served on the boards of Amnesty International USA and the Ginetta Sagan Fund for the Rights of Women and Children, and is presently on the board of America Bikes.

Established in 1973 as Bikecentennial, Adventure Cycling Association, a non-profit organization headquartered in Missoula Montana, inspires and empowers people to travel by bicycle. Adventure Cycling’s programs include:

•    Exceptionally good Routes & Maps

•    Over 50 guided bike tours, including self-contained, supported, and educational trips

•    “Adventure Cyclist,” an award-winning magazine

•    The U.S. Bicycle Route System, the largest official cycling route network on the planet when complete

• How-To Resources, a variety of trip-planning resources for bicycle travelers such as an annual Cyclists’ Travel Guide, How-To Department, and Touring Gear and Tips blog posts.

•, offering inspiration and how-to tips for one-to-two-night bicycle trips.

Volunteers Needed for the 2013 Tierra Bella

| March 3, 2013 11:01 am

The 2013 Tierra Bella Bicycle Tour is nearly here! We are still looking for volunteers to make Saturday, April 13th another fantastic event!  Check the March Black and Blue Bottom for a listing of volunteer opportunities still needing to be filled!  You can find the newsletter at



Member Appreciation Event – March 9th, 2013 5:00 to 9:30

| February 11, 2013 9:57 pm

Early Bird pricing is $25 per member and $60 for your non-member guest.
We are using Eventbrite for the purchase of tickets.  The price jumps $10
after March 1st, so sign up early.  Details below….

Thanks for all your efforts making ACTC’s  Successful 2012!!

We prefer you pay via the web at:

Please note that you can’t find this event by searching Eventbrite since it’s private.

If you prefer to pay by check, send your check and names of people
attending made out to ACTC and posted no later than Feb. 25 th to:

C/O Cathy Shih
1318 Mayberry Lane
San Jose, CA 95131


Featured DJ:

Music will be an assortment of rock and popular music from the 1960’s to
1980’s with a sprinkling of a few new modern artists.

  • 5:00  Open no-host bar with Fresh Seasonal Fruit and Cheeses, Feel free to come early to meet with friends.  Prizes!!
  • 6:15   Dinner includes:
    •  Salad Buffet with Four Salads: Fruit Salad, Green Salad, Antipasto, Vegetarian Pasta Primavera, Vegetarian Artichoke Salad
    •  Buffet Entrees: Roast Prime Rib of Beef
      •  Vegetarian Pasta Primavera
      •  Baked Salmon with a Beurre Blanc Sauce
      •  Chicken Marsala with sauteed in Marsala wine with mushroom and roasted rosemary Garlic Potatoes potatoes, Saffron Basmatic Rice, seasonal vegetables, dinner rolls, coffee, decaf and tea.
    • Alcohol: Two bottles of wine per table. You may also bring your wine with a $15.43 corkage fee (your cost, all inclusive). Check with bartender for other drinks, and closing times.
    • Desserts: Chef’s choice of Selected Cakes and Pastries
    • Prizes!
  • 7:00 Thanks from the Pres – Tony Le, prizes
  • 7:10 Slide Show – Mike Stein
  • 7:25 Broken Crank award and top riders and leaders – Mike Stein
  • 7:40 Dancing to Music of the DJ Colin Dickie & Prizes!!

Susan Stecklair