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1) How/when did you get into cycling as a profession?
After living out of state for a number of years, I moved back to
Chicago in 1997 and tried club riding as a way to get re-introduced
to the city and meet people. I was living in Rogers Park and was a
member of both Chicago Cycling Club
and Evanston Bike
. I started leading club rides around 1999, beginning with
relatively short and easy rides, and working my way up to longer,
more complex ones. After getting more involved with CCC, I became
treasurer and later president.
I rode the Boulevard Lakefront Tour (BLT - www.boulevardtour.org
) for the
first time in 1998, and it was a fabulous experience. I started
volunteering for CBF (later Active Trans
) after that. The BLT has remained
my favorite Chicago area bike event. As volunteer commitments go,
it's my labor of love.
2) How does your organization directly benefit cyclists?
Chicago Cycling Club
got its start in 1994. Since then, it has
grown and adapted to the changing needs of its members and the
creative ideas of ride leaders. We've offered a wide variety of
themed rides (historical, architectural, green, sports, chocolate,
and Chicago blues, among others), camping rides, paceline training
rides, casual rides for seniors, xxx.
If you've never tried a CCC ride and you're curious to learn more
about us, check us out at: www.chicagocyclingclub.org
Also, this is my second year of involvement with Friends of the
Major Taylor Trail (www.majortaylortrail.org
are working to improve trail conditions, promote the trail, and
eventually add some amenities. My time with the clubs and
volunteering on the BLT and Bike the Drive has given me a lot of
relevant experience for this latest challenge.
3) Do you specialize in a certain type of cycling?
I do whatever type of riding suits me on a particular day. In the
course of a week, I might do a club tour of Chicago neighborhoods,
ride my folding bike to Metra and bag it to take downtown, hitch a
cargo trailer to my mountain bike for a ride to the grocery store,
take my recumbent out for a longer ride, and ride the mountain bike
to an environmental workday at a nearby forest preserve.
I've long appreciated the CCC tradition of offering many types of rides
to a wide variety of
riders. I've met so many people who seek a variety of riding
experiences, as I do, and wouldn't be satisfied with just one type
of ride. We've got everything from very short, casual rides to
80-100+ mile days.
4) What are your “must-have” items for cycling (this could be a
tool, an accessory, a food, etc.)
A multi-tool with Allen wrenches in several sizes plus
screwdrivers, a spare inner tube and tire levers, a
handlebar-mounted mirror, and my helmet.
5) What do you see as the biggest area of opportunity in your
Giving riders who are new to the city or new to riding in the city
a two-wheeled introduction to all that Chicago has to offer. Many
people follow the same path that I did, joining the club when
they've recently moved to the city. Sometimes we get guests who are
visiting from other cities. I've shared rides with visitors from
California, New York, London, Florida and other locations.
I really enjoy offering Chicago hospitality to riders, whether
they're new in town, visiting, or just getting to know the city
6) How do you think the cycling community has changed in the
last year or two?
The Chainlink has been a great venue to help create a broader
cycling community in Chicago, connecting individuals, clubs and
organizations. It's come a long way in a short time.
7) If you could go on a bike ride with anyone (living or dead),
who would it be?
It would be interesting to ride with Major Taylor and get his
perspective on how cycling has evolved since his racing days 100