I was fortunate enough to grow up in a time when we played outside all the time. The big rule was you had to be home when the street lights came on. Even back then, the bicycle was used to broaden my horizons.
In 1995 I got divorced and reacquainted myself with the bike. That’s when I bought the Raleigh R500 (“the Tank”). I discovered the Schuylkill River Trail out to Valley Forge and also spent a lot of time in Pennypack Park.
When I moved into Marlton, I started doing a lot of solo rides out to Chatsworth. That’s still one of my favorite rides. I met Ed DiMond on one of those rides and ended up riding with the F.R.O.G.s group (Fully Relying on God). After I remarried in 2005, I sold my condo in Wayne, PA and Lucie sold her townhouse in Kings Grant, and we moved to our present home in Shamong.
Like anything, once you find something you love to do, you want to share it with your significant other. We got Lucie a bike, and began doing small jaunts around the neighborhood. It wasn’t soon after that we decided we both loved to ride, albeit separately (to save the marriage).
Not soon after, I met Niles Commisso at the bike shop. He introduced me to Team Evesham, and the rest is history. Back then we were a small group and I spent plenty of time chasing Jimmy Sweet. Once I began the charity rides, I was determined to complete a century, and I did on an ACS ride. Now, if there’s a century route, I’m doing it! I have lost count on how many I’ve completed.
One of my biggest highlights is the first time climbing the Manayunk Wall. I made the whole team stop and take pictures.
I love the sport and the camaraderie with my teammates. As a member of the Team Evesham board of directors, I’m proud of the work we do, making riding both safe and fun.