I’m a computer programmer by trade so I sit behind a desk all day. Some years back I became increasingly aware of the poor condition my cardiovascular system was in. My back and knees were also in sad shape so I was looking for an exercise that was low impact but good for my heart. For me that exercise became road biking.
My first year I road solo, not necessarily by choice so much as a lack of awareness. My youngest daughter Sophia was attending a daycare in Medford where, it turned out, another biker Mike Recinto was bringing his children. Mike was a Team Evesham rider. One day he overheard me sharing some of my biking experiences with someone else at the daycare and introduced himself. He mentioned Team Evesham and asked me to come out and ride. So. I did.
In those days we numbered only about 20 but we were all becoming addicted. There was no turning us back. We met as a group at The Promenade every Sunday and the need arose to communicate each weekend before the ride. Where were we going this weekend? Was the ride cancelled because of weather?
Being the biggest geek in the group at the time (no really, I was one of the taller riders) I created a Team Evesham website and we started using modern technology to communicate. I think that was 2010. People came in droves. We were on the map!
I can still recall Rich Bernstein & Ross Polinow just starting out. Now they’re both Ride Leaders. Jimmy Sweet and his sister Wendy often lead us around (Jimmy still leads the A riders around to this day). The first winter season Franc Landgrebe, an avid scuba diver, wore his diving goggles instead of standard biker glasses to keep his face warm I think. As comical as it sounds he was probably more comfortable and had a better view of the road during the rides than any of us. I learned a few things from Franc. Occasionally a young Sam Student & Rob Kaplan would join us and we were all amazed that these two young guys could keep up with us.
A year later Mike, Jimmy, Torney (who also rides with us today), Tommy Calesterio & I made plans to participate in “The Longest Day”, a one-day 200 mile bike ride stretching from one end of NJ to the other. I honestly had no idea New Jersey was that big. The ride ended up being quite an Odyssey but we all finished the ride though some of us sustained minor injuries. I think Jimmy finished about three hours sooner than the rest of us.