Archive for the 'ACTC Website' category

Maps for Billygoats

| February 1, 2008 5:39 pm

by Franz Kelsch

I have been adding maps for all the new, and existing billygoats. You can find a link to the maps in the billygoat list. Click on the link and will see the mapped course for that particular billygoat. This is what the one for the new Chaboya bilygoat looks like (click to enlarge).

Chaboya Map

These maps have other features. You can zoom out to see the surrounding roads to help figure out where how to get to the start. If you click on the “show” menu you can see an elevation profile. You can also click on the “share” menu option and save as GPX file for a GPS unit or a KLM file you can bring into Google earth. This is what Google Earth looks like. You can see Quimby on the left and new billygoat Chaboya on the right (click to enlarge).

Quimby and Chaboya in Google Earth

Here is what my favorite billygoat, Metcalf, looks like.

Metcalf in Google Earth

I hope that the new maps make it easier to find the billygoats. Have fun trying them out.

Website New Look and Feel

| January 23, 2008 5:42 am

We have completed a new look for the ACTC website which hopefully will make it easier to find the information you want. So far only the home page will be changed, the the changes will be replicated throughout the site. We have had positive comments so far.

New Image at Top

The header is a combination of the previous image and new text.

ACTC Website Banner

New Side Menu

On the left side is a new collapsible menu.  The menu opens up initially with the choice Quick Links.  These are links to the mostly used sections of the ACTC website and will save time looking for these commonly used links in the other menus.

Quick Links

If you click on each major section, such as ACTC Rides, the menu options for that area are shown.

Left Menu

New Top Menu

Across the top is a duplicate horizontal menu. Just move your mouse over any section and a drop down sub menu will appear.

Top Horizontal Menu

ACTC News Member Posts

We also have added a RSS feed to the home page from the ACTC News website.

ACTC News Posts

ACTC Rides Member Posts

We also have a place where members can post information about upcoming or past rides and it will show up on the home page of the ACTC website.

ACTC Rides

ACTC Photos Posts

You can links to the most recent photo galleries here. If you are using Firefox or Safari you will also see a thumbnail image of one of the pictures from that gallery. Click on the link to go to the ACTC photo website.

ACTC Photos

Be sure to visit the ACTC Website and let us know what you think at

New FAQ Section to ACTC Website

| January 21, 2008 10:03 am

We have added a Frequently Asked Question section to the ACTC website. There are tabs for different areas.

If you click on the ACTC Rides tab you will see this.

FAQ Rides Section

If you have a question and don’t see the answer here, it is a good question to add to the FAQ page. Just send your question to

February Ride Schedule Online.

| January 16, 2008 7:59 pm

February Black and Blue Bottom

| January 14, 2008 10:26 pm

Black and Blue Bottom Logo

The online version of the February Black and Blue Bottom has now been posted on the ACTC website. Go to

Included in this edition is an article on sports nutrition by Deborah Lefferts, Tour Tested by Rick Madden, Traveling with a bicycle by Michael McGeough and an article by Karen McGeough, along with many other features. The printed version is currently at the printer.

Getting RSS Feeds for ACTC News

| January 1, 2008 8:09 pm

The ACTC News site supports RSS feeds so you can have the news delivered right to your favorite home page without the need to keep checking the ACTC website. RSS is a family of Web feed formats used to publish frequently updated content such as blog entries, news headlines or podcasts. To activate the feed for the ACTC News site do the following.

1) Go to the ACTC website.

2) Look in the center of the page for ACTC News


3) Right below the ACTC News logo click on the button that says “RSS Posts”

4) Your browser will now take you to a page where you select which RSS reader to use. I use My Yahoo, which is where my browser’s home page is set for.

Select the RSS Reader

5) Click the “Subscribe Now” button (it may look different depending on your browser setup)

6) Now go to your home page and set the options for viewing that RSS feed. This is what it looks like if I select to show the latest 5 items and include both headlines and a short summary.

ACTC News RSS Example

It may take up to 30 minutes between when something is posted on ACTC News and when it shows up on your browser’s home page. That is all it takes. If this too complicated for you to understand don’t hesitate to ask me for help.

Franz Kelsch
ACTC Webmaster