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Carol Linden
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The early photographic record shows a smiling blonde toddler with braids happily pedaling her little red tricycle up and down the city sidewalks of Philadelphia. While Carol doesn't really remember that bike or those rides, she does recall the Huffy convertible that took her to pedaling on two wheels, before graduating to a beautiful burgundy 3-speed Raleigh "racing" bike. That bike took her around the neighborhood in Plainview, Long Island, and then in Orlando, FL where the family lived while she was in 5th and 6th grade. There the bike also served to transport the family dog, a schnauzer mix, who would escape under the backyard fence and find its way to her classroom in the open corridor elementary school. The teachers were very accommodating when she asked if she could take the dog back home, so she would put it in the front basket on the bike, ride home, deposit the dog, and ride back to school.

A move back to the Philadelphia area and the sophistication of junior high and high school meant that Carol's biking career entered a long period of dormancy, which didn't end until 15 years ago. By that time, Carol was the mother of two teenaged girls and working full time. She had also become hooked on spin classes at the gym and was beginning to think about riding a real bike again. Her older daughter requested a bike for her 16th birthday, and long story short, Carol ended up buying a hybrid for herself and one for her daughter. That bike took her on her first "real" rides - the initiation being an early WABA "Bike DC" event of 25 miles. While she found that ride to be extremely challenging and was basically bonked at the end, she was definitely hooked! She found the now defunct Atlantic Cycling bike club, and did several rides with them. It was on a hilly metric ride from Columbia, MD, when she was trying to outride a thunder storm, that Carol realized she needed to get a road bike. The following weekend, a Terry Classic moved into the household, and became the bike that Carol rode for her very first century ride, a Seagull, in 2000.

Carol's earliest memory of Potomac Pedalers is from the late 1990s. She admits to being very intimidated at the thought of riding with what she viewed as "real" cyclists. Mostly she rode by herself, 25 miles from her home in Germantown to the fruit stand at Rt 28 and Peach Tree Rd. and back. Eventually though, she started doing a few C rides, usually from Riley's Lock or Poolesville. She joined the club and rode a very modest 500 miles or so a year. After doing that Seagull Century in 2000 though, she gained more confidence and began riding more and more. Finally, in 2008, she decided that the way to make sure that there was a ride that she wanted to do on the bike schedule was to become a leader and lead one! That resulted in her receiving the Rookie Ride Leader of the Year award for 2008.

The rest is pretty much history. Carol accumulated several more road bikes, and has led rides approximately monthly for the past several years. Her favorite area to ride is the western Agricultural Reserve of Montgomery County, MD. She created a ride called "Carol's Choice" specifically to try to get her favorite roads in her preferred direction (downhill!) all linked together. This has proved to be a popular ride with many in the club. Meanwhile, Carol is pleased that she became a better and stronger rider, now officially a "B", with over 3500 miles for this year. Quite a change from where she started.
more Ride Schedule

12/2/2016
All * 90 Minutes * VA * 11:00 AM * Special Indoor Ride * Hefler Performance Coaching (Leesburg)

12/2/2016
C * 30 * MD * 9:00 AM * Leave from VMP to Join Friday Lunch Ride * Veirs Mill Park (VMP)

Featured Members
Linda B. KolkoLinda is the D/C Ride Coordinator for MD & DC
Matthew BirnbaumMatt is Chairman of Potomac Pedalers

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