Hi, my name is Barb, and I am addicted to cycling. My addiction stated in 1996, when a friend convinced me try it. I started, like most, on a hybrid. In 1997, after being able to complete a 5 mile circuit twice without stopping, I felt ready to join an 18 mile group ride, kudos to my first ride leader for riding with me all that first season. Needless to say, I was the slowest. I quickly realized that I wanted / needed a road bike. I purchased my first road bike in August of that year and completed my first MS 150 that same year. I couldn’t walk without soreness for several days after, but the sense of accomplishment has stayed with me. The following season, I again rode with the same group, and I made sure to return the favor and rode with any struggling rider(s) so that they would not have to finish the loop alone.
Skip forward 5 years, I was getting ready to send registration into MS, when I happened across Bike Virginia. I decided instead of doing MS150 that year, I would try this tour. This was one of my best decisions, I love going to other states to ride. Over the last decade, I have toured in Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Maryland, Connecticut, New York, Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, and have done many rides in Pennsylvania and Delaware. This July I will be heading to Maine for the Lobster Roll Ride. When touring, I slow down and enjoy the sights and different cultures. In the south things more a lot slower than we are used to here. Once I even had a ride volunteer tell me I had to check my North East attitude with my luggage. It seems that every time I ride in North Carolina it rains, Florida I found boring. Yet Michigan was one of the prettiest tours I’ve done. It was flat with some rolling hills, we passed sand dunes and a field of sun flowers.
As for when I joined Team Evesham, I was chatting with someone, who told me about Team Evesham and what a great group it was to ride with. That following weekend I made another one of my best decisions, by joining in on a Team Evesham ride out of the Promenade. I’ve ridden many miles moving up from the C+ to B to the occasional B+ ride. I’ve recently started leading about 12 riders at a slightly higher than C+ pace.