What do you think of when you hear the name Portland Wheelmen Touring Club?
Established in 1971, this is the oldest riding club in the area with a proud legacy of leading (daily!) group rides, raising funds for non-profits, and putting on great events like the Pioneer Century.
As they approach their 50th anniversary, PWTC is doing some soul-searching and club leaders say a name-change is a very real possibility.
In a note to members in their November newsletter, the club’s Board President Chip Kyle wrote, “The board believes that — with great trepidation – we need to reexamine our club name and how it represents who we are, what we do and how we want to grow.” The reason? The current crop of members is getting older and the club isn’t attracting new, younger riders. “We have seen that participation in our club rides comprises predominantly retired males,” he wrote.
Kyle also says, despite having many active women members, they’re frequently asked if women are allowed to participate.