Like most children, I rode a bike recreationally when I was young. I didn’t touch a bike again until my husband, David, and I got married in 1994. David had been an avid bike rider before he met me, and wanted to get me into the sport. We bought bikes with great intentions of riding regularly, but then babies and life got in the way.
I didn’t get back onto a bike again until I began taking spin classes in 2010. I enjoyed spinning and was getting myself into better shape. In 2012, David bought a new road bike and began riding long distances. David then convinced me to start riding with him. I was quite trepidatious, and agreed to buy a hybrid bike. That summer I started by riding 10 miles, and slowly increasing in 5 mile increments. By the end of that first summer I was up to 25 miles per ride, but I was still not in love with the sport.
The summer of 2013, David convinced me to get bike shoes and clips. I was so scared, but agreed. Let’s just say it was a summer of bruised thighs, bruised elbows and a bruised ego! But, I improved my riding and was up to 35 mile bike rides by the end of the summer. Each summer thereafter, I have improved in distance and speed. In 2016, David and I completed the MS Bike Ride. They say it’s 75 miles, but we clocked in at 82 miles, and I was really proud of myself! I was not an athletic child, and could not run the mile in gym class without stopping. Now, I had completed an 82 mile bike ride. And, I can finally say, I was in love with the sport!
During the summers of 2012 – 2016, David and I would ride alone or ride with one of our friends, Glenn Sloves. On our rides, we would often pass Team Evesham riders. I would look at the group and I was intimated – thinking I could never ride with a “team.” But, the folks at Danzeisen & Quigley had talked up Team Evesham to us on several occasions, and we checked out the website. In July 2017, David went on a “hills” ride in Bucks County with Glenn. I didn’t want to miss our weekend ride, so I decided to “be brave” and join Team Evesham for a Sunday ride. When I arrived, everyone seemed welcoming. The groups were divided up and I decided to “play it safe” and ride with the C Group. Halfway through the ride, I felt like I could ride faster. At the rest stop, Cathy Rosenberg, one of the ride leaders, agreed to take me under her wing and we went out a bit faster for the remainder of the ride. When we arrived back to the parking lot, Cathy made sure to escort me inside Rastelli’s Market so I could get my free coffee and socialize with the other riders. Brad Davis and Jimmy Sweet introduced themselves and encouraged me to keep coming back. Sandy Student came up and asked me about my experience and if there was anything they could do to make me feel more comfortable. It was such a nice, welcoming experience, and I was immediately hooked! I told David we were joining the team and we’ve been riding with Team Evesham every weekend since then! I even graduated from my hybrid bike to a road bike, so I can continue to improve my riding.
David and I live in Cherry Hill, where we raised our sons, Ben (21) and Sammy (18). As a family we enjoy hiking, biking and travel. I received my BA from George Washington University and my MSW from the University of Pennsylvania. Currently I work as an independent contractor with Rutgers University’s School of Social Work, The NJ Child Welfare Training Partnership, and two adoption agencies, providing counseling to prospective adoptive parents and to birth parents.