July-August 2002 Newsletter
From the President
by Earl Jones
Poet T.S. Elliot wrote that April is the cruelest month.
But this year, for the LBC and many of its members, Mayís
cruelty would be difficult to beat. Right at the beginning
of the month, on Derby Day, on a club ride celebrating
Louisvilleís most festive season, Jim Kimmel, one of the
clubís most faithful ride captains and a helluva nice guy,
went down. Despite the best efforts of Cheryl Brawner, who
was ride captain, Mimi Beilman and John Martin, who helped
with CPR, Jim died.
It would be easy to turn the story of Jimís death into
lessons all of us can learn about the joys and risks of
cycling, about heeding warning signals sent by our bodies,
for surely there are many. But thereís enough time for that.
For now, letís just remember Jim, or Kim as his family and
oldest friends knew him.
Everyone who knew Jim knew how much he loved cycling. His
mother told me how much care and pleasure he took in laying
out cycling routes for club rides. His brothers said he was
a tireless proselytizer for cycling who tried to get them
involved in the sport. Anyone who ever did one of his rides
knew that Jim liked hills. His rides had plenty.
Among several tributes by club members, the most memorable
was the June 2 tour of Cave Hill Cemetery. John Paul had
obtained permission from the Superintendent Lee Squires early
in the year and dedicated the ride to Jimís memory after he
was laid to rest there.
More than 100 riders showed up despite the thunderstorms,
which fortunately, were brief. By the time the ride started
the sun had broken through. Our first stop was Jimís grave,
where the Mad Dogs laid a wreath that contained the groupís
emblem. Jim would have liked that. It would have appealed to
his wry sense of humor and he would have been pleased to
achieve one of his 2002 cycling goals, to become a Mad Dog.
Rest in peace, Jim. It was a pleasure riding with you.
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