July-August 2006 Newsletter
From the President
The Burdens of a Role Model
Although not as suspenseful as ď24,Ē many club members have
been following my progress in accumulating mileage with much
interest. I guess I should have expected that after last seasonís
exposť that I had all of 100 miles for the entire season. (As I
reported in a subsequent newsletter clarification, that mileage
total was a typo: the actual total just exceeded 1000 miles.)
But the story of my 100-mile season stuck. It became a useful
metaphor for the reality of too-little riding and way too few
So Iím glad to report that as of this writing, our crack
statisticians, Sandy and Carl Davis, report that I was at 207 miles
and had done 10 rides. Better still, based on our growing membership
numbers ó over 900 ó Iím among the clubís top riders: Only 159
members have more miles.
Admittedly, I may not be in the same league as Steve Sarson, the
current leader with 3,400+ miles. But there are five more months in
This rationalization put me in great spirits. When the weather
cleared, I did the 2 pm Sunday ride. Nice cool weather, great ride.
It was during a conversation in the aprŤs-ride socializing that I got
another perspective on why some LBC members monitor my progress.
The member in question was in the top 150 riders (and a former
yellow jersey winner). Her husband joked that sheíd have to step up
her riding to make sure that she didnít wind up with fewer miles than
We had a good laugh. But the truth canít be ignored: Iíve become a
sort of anti-role model, what not to be.
We have awards and jerseys for most miles, most improved, best racers.
I think we need a few anti-awards. Iíll be the awards committee. Nominate
yourself or another worthy club member. Non-extraordinary riders unite!
This could catch on.
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