On September 18th, the Hybrid Vigor Cycling Club had their first meeting of the semester. The club is a group for anyone interested in experienced biking. The club leader is Alexander Barnes, graduate biology student.
Barnes plans to not only teach riders about bike maintenance and how to ride on gravel versus the road, but to take the club on adventures across the state. He stresses that the club is not just for people who are expert bikers, but for students and faculty who are ready to learn. The club plans to meet once a month, creating a community of like-minded bike riders that want to stay active while being part of a group.
“So, for people to know that it’s not just for people who are experts in bike riding but also beginners,” Barenes said. “Just that people know they can do this.”
With Emporia playing such a prominent role to bike riders in and out of Kansas, Barnes decided that ESU needed a way to represent themselves. They spoke on the funding, the different races they will attend, upcoming position elections, and how they plan on getting the volunteer hours needed to keep their title as an RSO. Most of the hours will be done at the Ross Natural History Reservation in Americus, providing club members with even more bonding opportunities.
“It is really inclusive. I just got into the biking community over the summer,” said Katie Schrag, biology graduate student. “Not only this club but Emporia as a city has been really inclusive as a biking community.”