While we have been cycling with Team Evesham for only a few years, we are actually recent returnees to club cycling with a history that dates back much longer. Steve has been riding somewhat regularly since he began commuting by bike around Boston to grad school back in the mid 70’s. After returning to South Jersey in 1978 he began riding with the Outdoor Club and a few years later racing with Summit.
Then one day 32 years ago Marie, who was a new to cycling, went on an Outdoor Club ride for the first time and met Steve who within 6 weeks convinced her to try (and successfully complete) her first century! One year later, at a weekend event called GEAR, we test rode a tandem and either trusting or not believing the saying “Whatever direction your relationship is headed, a tandem will get you there faster”, bought our first tandem.
That began our involvement with Tandem Cycling and traveling around the northeastern US every year to attend Eastern Tandem Rallies. Marriage, parenthood, and family cycling followed. But eventually the demands of being two working parents with a school age child took precedence and cycling fell by the wayside for many years. As our daughter got older Steve began biking to work again, riding an occasional club ride, and doing a few weekend events with her.
After we became empty nesters Steve began riding with a few friends from work but then he bravely dragged our old tandem out of storage one day and tried to start us up again. Let’s just say it wasn’t easy or fun to start. Fortunately the legs came back and, with the help of a new more comfortable bike, we rediscovered what we both loved about cycling and cycling together. We have rejoined the cycling community and resumed friendships from many years ago as well as making new friends from here and across the country.
Now as semi-retirees we are beginning a new chapter in our cycling life and last year invested in a coupled tandem for travel. In the last three years we have traveled to Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Virginia, West Virginia and western Maryland, North Jersey, Lancaster PA, Bellingham Washington and the San Juan Islands, Vermont, the Finger Lakes area of New York, and southern Oregon including the Rim Drive at Crater Lake (this is truly a bucket list ride).
Many have explained “Why I ride” and we agree, but we’d also like to explain “why ride together?”
…tandems provide a regular dose of health, travel and companionship. Invariably, people who ride tandems spend uninterrupted time together, converse comfortably, maintain fitness (while working out at their own level), experience new worlds and gain a shared feeling of accomplishment. What tandem owners find out is that while a tandem bicycle seemed expensive at first, what they really bought was an inexpensive recreational vehicle opening up a lifetime of fun, closeness and shared memories…