Philadelphia. I had cycled for several years but at that point I had never participated in an MS event or a group ride before; I had also never cycled with a team. Dave Bennis and Sandy Student were there that night recruiting new members. Dave introduced himself to me and we began to talk about cycling and Team Evesham; we even learned that we graduated from the same high school in New Jersey. A few minutes later, I met Sandy. Dave and Sandy spoke enthusiastically about Team Evesham and graciously invited me to join the team and participate in the weekly team training rides in New Jersey. As a Philadelphian, I wasn’t sure if a team based in South Jersey would be a good fit for me, but it was. That year, I completed my first MS ride with the team and began joining the Sunday rides. Dave, Sandy and Brad made me feel welcomed and introduced me to other teammates. I was immediately impressed with how the team emphasized safety, community service, and a sense of camaraderie. Now, two years later, I look forward to the weekend rides, charity rides, and leading rides as a ride leader. I enjoy how we assemble as a group before rides, at the rest stops, and after rides. I continue to learn new cycling skills and always try to assist newer riders just as the more experienced team riders did for me.
In sum, cycling is the common thread that brings us together, and the esprit de-corps shared by my fellow teammates is exceptional. I have met some remarkable people I now call my friends. I am constantly astounded by the countless selfless acts by my fellow teammates. I am proud to wear my Team Evesham jersey.
Thank you Team Evesham—it has been an exceptional ride and I look forward to