Linda Kolko has been riding her whole life. When asked how long have you been riding, she quickly replied, "Over 50 years". Linda is easy to talk to, easy to get along with and it is quickly easy to see why Chris Moriarty recommended Linda for our first ride leader feature article.
Linda grew up in a neighborhood that was very rideable, Douglaston, Queens, a neighborhood in NYC, and rode her bicycle to school. When she went to college in Vermont, she continued this trend. Linda also had the pleasure of being a Peace Corps Volunteer in Belize and rode there as well.
In the late 90's Linda moved to the DC area and got a bike here. She saw an article about Potomac Pedalers in the Washington Post. A friend encouraged her to try out a ride and she went on a few rides and enjoyed them and joined the club in 1998. She says that she watched ride leaders like Al Jones, Chris Moriarty, Scott Zelasny, and Jack Marney. She started to lead rides after a while because she felt we need more rides and she wanted to help get more members.
Linda likes to lead C/D combination rides to get longer rides, she is fine for longer distances, but a little slower. She says she can't quite make the jump to CC. Also, Linda recently led her first MeetUp ride with encouragement from Denise Cohen!
Linda feels that Potomac Pedalers is a great club and wants to encourage more riders and thinks that the D and C ride classes are a good level to start and bring people in.
When asked what advice she may have for those thinking of leading here is what she has to say-Make sure ride leaders know that they don't have to fix others bikes. They may need to help, or help find help, but they don't need to be a mechanic. If you aren't sure, watch other ride leaders, talk to them, ask questions. She likes to see others leading on different days, don't be afraid, make sure you know the route. Put the complete address of the start in the ride description.
Linda's Favorite club ride-Marley Station to Annapolis ride; she also likes the weekend trips as well. She says that they give her an opportunity to meet other riders at different levels.
Linda's most mentionable ride-Tour of Napa/Sonoma Valleys. She was the oldest rider on the trip, but made it up every hill where some of the younger riders didn't. She was very proud of herself. We are too Linda!