Record Sponsorship Donation to Wheel Around the Hub Cycling Races

May 20, 2014

Smethport Web — by Nathan Muller

Left to right: Ross Porter, David Buckler, Wayne Foltz, Steve Field.David Buckler, president and owner of Buckler Transport in Roulette, PA, gave a record donation of $2,000 to the 2014 Wheel Around the Hub Cycling Races, proceeds of which benefit the Smethport Fire Department. Buckler presented the check to Smethport Mayor and SFD Captain Wayne Foltz, Fire Chief Steve Field, and wheel race organizer Ross Porter.

Buckler Transport operates a fleet of 83 trucks and a 150,000-square-foot climate controlled warehouse that exclusively serves Verallia Corporation in Port Allegany, a producer of spirit bottles normally destined for the wine producing areas of the Finger Lakes or in Ontario.

Wayne Foltz presented David Buckler with a wood plaque to commemorate his participation as a Title Sponsor of this year’s cycling races. The historic 53-mile, 7-circuit Gold Watch cycling races will be held in Smethport on Saturday, September 13th.

Buckler said he was happy to make the donation because the races bring participants from all over the world into our communities, which is good for businesses and residents.

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Darion Gregory Picks Up 1st Place Wheel Race Medallion

November 5, 2013

Smethport Web — by Nathan Muller

Darion Gregory receives 1st Place medallion.This year’s Wheel Around the Hub Cycling Races, held on September 14th, featured a new Junior Mountain Bike Class for cyclists aged 12-13, 14-15, and 16-17, who participated in the one-lap 7.5-mile race.

Following the event, awards were presented during an outdoor barbeque celebration hosted by the Smethport Fire Department. Everything went smoothly, except that one 1st Place medallion for the 12-13 age class remained behind, unclaimed.

The medallion was finally united with its owner today at the Smethport Junior High School where Mayor Ross Porter and school principal Bob Miller officially presented it to Darion Gregory, son of Holly and Kirk Gregory of Smethport.

Initially worried about why he was summoned to the principal’s office, Darion was surprised when told it was to receive an award. He said he expects to participate in next year’s Wheel Around the Hub Cycling Races.

Records Broken at Smethport Wheel Around the Hub Cycling Races

September 16, 2013

Smethport Web — by Nathan Muller

The coveted gold watch was awarded to the male and female 1st Place finishers.Saturday started ominously with the threat of rain, but by race time at 12:00 noon, dark clouds gave way to sunshine and a comfortable 60-degree temperature.

The speed of the weather change seemed to set the stage for the 53-mile circuit, where speed records were shattered by both the men and women.

Representing the NoTubes Race Team, 32-year-old Jeremy Wickham of Corning, New York, posted a new course record of 2:05:41.57. Jeremy was the 1st Place winner in the 2011 Wheel Around the Hub race.

He was closely followed by 37-year-old Steve Wells from Orchard Park, New York, representing MVP Health Care Cycling. Steve posted a time of 2:05:42.06 – just 9 milliseconds behind Jeremy.

Third place was claimed by 53-year-old Marc Polsinelli, representing TDI Zuck Bikes in Mississauga in Ontario, Canada. He posted a time of 2:05:42.21. Read more

Smethport Hosts ‘Wheel Around the Hub’ Cycling Races on September 14

August 1, 2013

Smethport Web — by Nathan Muller

Smethport’s historic “Wheel Around the Hub” cycling races are coming to town on Saturday, September 14th. The starting gun fires at 12 noon in front of the McKean County Court House on Main Street.

This year’s event will feature a new Junior Mountain Bike Class for cyclists aged 12-13, 14-15, and 16-17, who will participate in a one-lap race. Parents are encouraged to ride along with younger cyclists along the route.

Male and female cyclists in the 53-mile and 7-mile circuits, as well as the new junior class 1-lap race, will follow the traditional route through Smethport’s quaint business district, past the McKean County fairgrounds and scenic farmlands, over the Galico Bridge, through rolling hills, past Hamlin Lake, and back onto Main Street past Victorian homes.

Participants in all classes – including the Junior Mountain Bike Class – can register online at: www.bikereg.com.

Following the race, there will be a Pig Roast / Beef Brisket Dinner and Awards Celebration at the Smethport Fire Hall. Smethport’s own Hamlin Station Blue Grass Band will provide musical entertainment.

Cyclists and their family and friends are invited to attend. The awards ceremony is open to the public at no charge and a nominal fee is charged for the dinner. There is no charge for hungry race participants.

The event is being organized by the Wheel Race Committee, a fundraising project of the Smethport Volunteer Fire Department.

Medallion Awarded to First Place Finisher in September’s Cycling Races

November 11, 2012

Smethport Web - by Nathan Muller

Left to right: Jim Wallace, Tim Vecellio, Ross Porter, Ron WillisAt an informal gathering of Wheel Around the Hub racing officials Saturday, Tim Vecellio of Lewis Run was presented with a 1st Place medallion for winning the men’s 15-mile Wheel Around the Hub cycling race in the 40-49 age group.

The delayed award was due to Tim, 48, being placed in the wrong age group when he registered the day of the event. The error went undiscovered until recently.

Tim won the race with a time of 0.47:26.387, which also placed him 16th overall. He races with Team Hollyloft based in Jamestown, New York, which has 250 members. Several members of the team participated in this year’s Wheel Around the Hub cycling races.

Wheel Around the Hub Finishes as Huge Success

September 16, 2012

Smethport Web — by Nathan Muller

Benjamin Fogle from Duncansville, PA snatched 1st Place in a tight finish of this year's 53-mile Wheel Around the Hub cycling race.Dry roads, a slight breeze and mid-60s temperatures combined to provide ideal conditions for the 94 cyclists who participated in Smethport’s Wheel Around the Hub races Saturday.

Although no records were broken this year, spectators were treated to an exciting finish as a cluster of five cyclists in the 53-mile men’s class broke from the pack in the last half mile of the race.

Coming down Main Street toward the finish line, three cyclists emerged in furious wheel-to-wheel battle toward a blinding finish. Benjamin Fogle from Duncansville, PA; Scott Lytle from Lockport, NY; and Bruce Krip from Oakville, Ontario stayed tightly clustered until the very last moments of the race.

Although the three cyclists seemed to have crossed the finish line at the same time, the folks at YellowJacket Racing recorded everyone’s time with precision equipment. They even posted the results just minutes after the race.

Fogle managed to pull ahead to take first place, beating Lytle by only 148 milliseconds. Krip took third place, coming in just 52 milliseconds after Lytle.

Fogle ended up the Men’s Division Gold Watch winner with a time of 2:08:05.145. Jillian Behm of Erie, PA was the Women’s Division Gold Watch winner with a time of2:25:24.087.

Overall winners of the two 15-Mile circuit races were: (Men’s Division) Nathan Brady of Hide, PA with a time of 0:41:38.905 and (Women’s Division) Toni Flament of Emporium PA with an impressive 0:41:39.878.

“The Yellow Jacket Racing Timing Team of Matthew and Sasha brought a new level of sophistication to our race,” said Ross Porter, one of the race organizers. “Their equipment was also excellent.”

Complete results are available for both races: 53-mile race and 15-mile race.

Following the event, spectators and participants met at the Smethport Fire Hall for a Pig Roast / Beef Brisket awards dinner, featuring Straub beer and music by the MoJo Hand Band. Special guest, U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-PA), joined the festivities.

A race-themed painting, In Motion, donated by Smethport artist Julie Mader, was auctioned, which added $150 to race proceeds that will benefit the fire department. The winning bidder was cyclist Greg Cushing from Toronto, Canada.

More information about the race can be found on the event’s Facebook page.

Artwork to be Auctioned at Cycling Event

September 12, 2012

Smethport Web — by Nathan Muller

After Saturday’s “Wheel Around the Hub” cycling races, there will be a Pig Roast at the Smethport Fire Hall. The post-race event is open to the public at no charge. Dinner tickets are $7.00. Racers eat free! Proceeds for the Pig Roast (and the race itself) benefit the Smethport Volunteer Fire Department.

Julie Mader displays 'Wheel Around the Hub' which will be put up for auction at the Fire Hall after the race.

Juried PA Wilds Artist Julie Mader has again donated an original painting, “Wheel Around the Hub”, to be sold at auction during the awards ceremony at the Smethport Fire Hall with proceeds going to the Smethport Volunteer Fire Department.

The Races Are Coming! Saturday, September 15 at 12 Noon

September 9, 2012

Smethport Web — by Ross Porter

Red Cross to Hold Summer Celebration Blood Drive in SmethportSmethport’s historic “Wheel Around the Hub” cycling races are coming this week — Saturday, September 15th. U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-PA) will start the races. The starting gun fires at 12 Noon. With the replacement the antique Galico Bridge, the races are back to their original, historic route.

New this year is a Pig Roast / Beef Brisket Dinner Celebration, featuring Straub beer, at the Smethport Fire Hall following the race and awards. All registered racers will receive a free meal and family and friends can purchase a dinner for only $7.00. New York’s famous MoJo Hand Band, featuring the legendary Fontilla Timmons, will be performing at the Fire Hall.

Juried PA Wilds Artist Julie Mader again has donated an original painting, Wheel Around the Hub, to be sold at auction during the Pig Roast awards ceremony at the Smethport Fire Hall. Proceeds benefit the Smethport Volunteer Fire Department. The event is open to the public at no charge. Dinner tickets are $7.00.
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Smethport to Host Key Events in September - Businesses Invited to Participate

August 22, 2012

Smethport Web — by Jovanna Porter

Smethport to Host Key Events in SeptemberSeveral big events are scheduled in Smethport during September. Your business may want to plan a complimentary event or retail special to coordinate with these activities, which bring potential customers into town.

Saturday, September 15th is the “Wheel Around the Hub” bicycle race. The race route passes through town 7 times. Registration begins at 9:00 am and the race will last until approximately 2:30 pm. Many spectators and visitors are around town, especially on Main Street, during those hours. Perhaps your business might want to offer a food special or sidewalk sale or implement another marketing strategy to take advantage of the extra people in town. Read more

Chuck McKiernan Honored with Engraved Gold Watch

March 6, 2012

Smethport Web

Chuck McKiernan receives an engraved gold watch from Smethport Mayor Ross Porter.Long time area resident Chuck McKiernan received an engraved gold watch from Smethport Mayor Ross Porter last week during a meeting of the Smethport Lions. McKiernan was honored for his years of service in organizing and assisting in Smethport’s annual Wheel Around the Hub Cycling race.

The cycling race was originally started during the early 1890s and died off with the advent of the automobile. The race was started up again during 2005 by the Smethport Lions Club and has been reorganized by the Smethport Fire Department.

McKiernan has remained an active Wheel Race Committeeman over the years and has participated in dozens of other community activities.

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