March-April 2002 Newsletter
From the President
by Earl Jones
Nothing Is The Same
How many times have we heard that said since September 11?
True, the hassles at the airports are awful. The economy has
been driven further into recession and homeland security is a
But not everything has changed.
Like the Polar Bear Ride on New Year’s Day. I’m not a
superstitious person but firmly believe that not doing the
Polar Bear ride is a bad omen for the new season. Quite a few
people must feel the same since more than 25 showed up for
the ride, despite the 16-degree temperature. Thanks go to AB
Sandefur and his wife, Betty, for hosting the riders at the
Broadway Baptist Church on Brownsboro Road and for the chili
and other treats that waited for the frozen riders at the end
of the ride. (This is also a good time to remember and thank
Gil Morris of Highland Cycles, who hosted the ride for several
years from his bike shop on Bardstown Road. And Dave Spitler,
who hosted wonderful Polar Bear rides from his former home on
Rosewood. The tradition changes but continues.)
And trainer tours are back. They were started by Mary
Margaret Williams about six years ago and have grown in
popularity and importance for folks fighting off the winter
blahs and pounds, and trying to get a jump on the season. We’re
almost personal friends of coach Troy Jacobson and the regulars
who join him in the taped workouts. Never mind the predominance
of triathletes. If you’re alive at the end of the session,
they’ve got nothing over you.
The new season will begin on March 1 just as it has for many
years. (Maybe since 1897.) That won’t be too soon for the award
jersey pursuers or the new riders anxious to test their Christmas
Don’t think for a minute that discussing cycling matters in
the same breadth trivializes the terror attacks on the World
Trade Center. I know that none of the events on the LBC calendar
will be topics on CNN or the Fox Network. But everyone would be
better off if simple things like riding a bike with good friends
got more mention. Then terror’s failure wouldn’t need to be
debated; it would be manifest.
I’ll bet you never though of your bike as a vehicle of
defiance or the LBC ride schedule as a battle plan. So flip off
a terrorist: Go on a ride.
Better yet, strike a blow for normalcy and captain a ride.
Either way you’re a homeland security team member.
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