Get on your bikes and ride!

From left to right, 1st Lt. Brian Williams, Senior Airman Kamaile Chan, 2nd Lt. Joel Hansen and Col. Merrily Madero, Goodfellow Ninjas team members, complete the biking leg of the Laughlin Adventure Race April 26. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Julio Brito)

Bicyclists from Goodfellow Air Force Base complete the biking leg of the Laughlin Adventure Race April 26, 2008. A meeting will be held Jan. 23 at 11:45 a.m. at the bowling alley back room to discuss starting a Goodfellow Air Force Base riding club. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Julio Brito)

GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- Want to learn about cycling? Like to ride your bicycle but don't have anyone to ride with? Looking to get into bicycling but don't know where to go for info? Interested in riding with the Air Force Cycling Team? Then join us for a meeting on Jan. 23 at 11:45 a.m. at the bowling alley back room to discuss starting a Goodfellow Air Force Base riding club.

Cycling is a fun, healthy, low impact sport, but many people don't know where or how to start. Here's your chance to get together with people like you and to meet experienced cyclists who can give you helpful hints. We'll discuss riding together and many other related issues.

We'll also talk about our plan to establish a GAFB group to ride with the Air Force Cycling Team at RAGBRAI, an annual week-long bicycle ride across Iowa with tens of thousands (yes, "tens of") of other cyclists.

Every year during the last full week in July, cyclists from all over the world converge on Iowa to cross the state by bike in a week-long rolling festival. Air Force personnel have the opportunity to attend and ride in a permissive TDY status.

Whether you're interested in riding only around here with others, or are looking for a chance to ride in RAGBRAI, plan to attend the Goodfellow riding club meeting on Jan. 23. For more information, contact Maj. John Gilliland at john.gilliland@goodfellow.af.mil or 654-3203 or Master Sgt. Kevin Culleton at kevin.culleton@goodfellow.af.mil or 654-4503.

This is the first in a series of articles devoted to cycling and the Air Force Cycling Team's participation in RAGBRAI. The next article will explore Staff Sgt. Christy Compeau's 2008 RAGBRAI experience.