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  • Cyclists connect online

  • Rogue Valley cyclists have two new online ways to share information about local cycling opportunities and information affecting their pastime.
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  • Rogue Valley cyclists have two new online ways to share information about local cycling opportunities and information affecting their pastime.
    The links, offered through Google Groups service, were created last month as a way for local cyclists to connect without being part of an organized club, says Rick Berlet, a semi-retired business consultant from Ashland who created the groups.
    The two groups sport about 70 members, Berlet says.
    "It's beginning to build," Berlet says. "There have already been three or four rides resulting from it."
    The email link roguevalleycyclists@googlegroups.com is intended to be a clearinghouse for anyone who wants to initiate or join group rides with people of similar skills and fitness levels. Those who sign up will receive email alerts from other members about ride times, locations and difficulty ratings.
    "It's like, if you wake up this morning and want to go for a ride, you can get some more people involved who want to go," Berlet says.
    The second link, rvcyclinginfo@googlegroups.com, is for people to share information of general interest to cyclists in the region, such as road hazards, construction or closures, pending legislation, events and cycling safety issues.
    "It's for more like cycling advocacy," Berlet says.
    Like other Google Groups sites, membership in these groups is by invitation. An invitation can be obtained by sending your name and email address to Berlet at shoppingkrb@gmail.com.
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