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The Cycling Merit Badge involves dedication to a systematic, physically demanding, and time consuming regimen with an ultimate goal of completing a 50-mile ride. While this badge will require more time and physical output, many who have completed it claim it is their most cherished badge for exactly that reason – it was tough to get. Listed below are some of the requirements and event timing so that you can plan accordingly. It would be a good idea for candidates to do a couple of 5-mile rides around their neighborhood on their own to get ready for our first formal ride which will be a 10-miler. Please BE PREPARED for the following:
I need for each candidate to furnish me with a filled out “Blue Card” so that I can sign off on the requirements as you complete them. This is an essential part (as it is for all merit badges) of the record-keeping process and must be done in order for you to receive your badge. Please get them to me no later than September 30.
Solvang Prelude Applications
The normal registration fee is $45 per rider, but I was able to get a $5 discount per rider, so your cost will be $40. The bad news is that we need to commit and get our applications in by the end of September. I will provide copies of the application (can also download from www.bikescor.com) at the first ride. I will need your completed application and check by September 26th, so that I can submit all the applications for our troop as a group on September 27th.
A written test will be taken on the night before the Solvang Prelude ride. It will consist of about 50 short answer questions (most from the merit badge book) and should be relatively easy if you have read/studied your merit badge book and know your Boy Scout First Aid. You must get at least 80% correct to pass.
Schedule of Events
Sunday, September 26 5-Mile Ride (San Marino) Meet @ Scout House 7:30am
Sunday, October 3 10-Mile Ride (Rose Bowl) Meet @ Scout House 7:30am
Sunday, October 10th 15-Mile Ride (Linda Vista) Meet @ Scout House 7:30am
Sunday, October 17th 25-Mile Ride (Desc. Garden) Meet @ Scout House 7:00am
Sunday, October 24th 25-Mile Ride (Sacred Heart) Meet @ Scout House 7:00am
Sunday, October 31st 32-Mile Ride San Gabriel River Meet @ Scout House 7:00am
Saturday, November 6th Solvang Prelude 50-mile Ride
To Be Arranged by appt. Any make-up requirements
This badge is an eagle requirement if you have not already earned the Hiking or Swimming merit badge. Among other things it requires a minimum of 200 miles of cycling. You will do a few more miles and ride more challenging routes in my program, not because I like to torture you, but because I want you to be in shape to complete the 50-milers comfortably and without incident.
Mark Osgood Cycling Merit Badge Leader 626-799-1466
John Osgood Cycling Merit Badge Counselor