I grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia and moved to Washington Township, New Jersey in the late 80’s. I have always been a sports and activity junkie…I played ice hockey in college (still do) and was able to keep in reasonable shape. The 90s were not so kind and the pounds piled on. When the century turned and I became a Dad, I realized I needed to get back in shape and decided to take up running. Running was always a little boring and doing so in the summer was extra troubling, so after my 5th marathon I looked into cross training. A fellow runner convinced me to look into mountain biking but I knew that was not the sport for me. Instead, I hedged my bets and bought a hybrid Trek bike that weighed a ton and began participating in the weekly rides offered by Peddler’s Shop. After quickly realizing I could not keep up using my lead sled, I began the never-ending process of upgrading my equipment. I was soon hooked and became a regular on their weekly rides in Gloucester County. I was progressing nicely until I was “t-boned” by a car at an intersection in 2010 and required surgery. After the accident, I was hesitant to get back on the bike. The one event that got me re-energized was meeting Scott Kasper (Team Evesham and JDRF) in 2012. My son Kevin is a type one diabetic and as a parent, my goal is to see this disease eradicated. At Scott’s urging, I participated in my first JDRF century ride in Vermont in 2012 and it has been an incredible journey ever since with similar rides in Tucson, Lake Tahoe and Colorado (I highly recommend you talk with Scott or myself about these rides for the cure). With Sandy and Scott both active in JDRF and Team Evesham, it just made sense for me to ride with your group. I was a bit nervous at first but last year I tested the water and was pleasantly surprised at the support, organization, focus on safety and camaraderie of everyone on the team. I get energized being around active people, especially at the main events – there is something about establishing a future fitness goal and preparing for it through training so you can be ready to perform. Team Evesham is a family and I am fortunate to be part of it – from the rides, to the events, to the breaking bread at Rastelli’s afterwards. I hope to continue riding with the group through my 50’s and beyond. Stay safe!