5000 Miles or Bust

Thursday, September 27, 2018

5000 Miles or Bust:  Belated Survey of the 2016 - Order of the Cast-Iron Crotch
by Dan Lehman

Apologies, all --mea culpa.  When I failed to come through for The Last Printed PPatter, the wind left my sails and I hit the doldrums.  Rising now, well belatedly, by popular demand, I bring at last, our annual review of our long-mileage riders, for 2016 --aged whines & all.  Given Ernie's just-released 2017 Survey, I suppose that this a "prequel"!


Again, 2016's statistics are like those of past years for ages (2015's in parentheses): the Mean = 62 (61), the Median = 61 (62), & Mode = 54 (55) (x5, with 4x@53).  The oldest & youngest ages (1 each) are 76 & 45 (avg. 60.5!), and in decadal groups across the 40s..70s the counts are 3-18-16-12 (w/2 unknowns likley bumping the 16 60s).  Gender proportion improved slightly, with women being about 12% of the Order.  (And I’ll note Ernie’s got 2017 data is resp. : 61.7, 62, & 63 (x5, with 4x@62,74); and women just about 10%.)


Now, let's review by decades, age-ascending.  We'd start with the Roaring 20s, or even the 30s, except that there aren't any.  Who was it who said that youth is wasted on the young?  Back in 2014, Eli put mileage into the 30s, but, well, CIC requires staying power.  We'll hope to encourage that, but moving on... .



                                   2013    2014    2015    2016

48  Timojhen Mark     5,306   5,742   6,109    6,160

46  Elizabeth Ginexi   - - - -    - - - -    - - - -     5,303

45  Peter DeNitto       - - - -    5,721  *4,198*   5,004  [*2015 hon.mention: was hit 9/05]


The 40s bring us a just trio (whose combined mileages fall shy of our top rider’s! Timojhen Mark achieved his biggest year, and writes that "the various heat waves were impressive.... backpacking in late July (hot!), Tour de Frederick (scorching!), and Civil War Century (blazing!).  Since all my 100-mile days were quite hot, maybe there's a connection or something."   Yes, you had a hell of a (good) time. Liz Ginexi rode over a Mile of Miles, but although she has served as ExCom Recording Secretary, she recorded nothing of note.


Peter DeNitto got an honorable mention in 2015, where he was on a roll to a CIC but got hit.  It was only "on the 3rd of December '15, the surgeon finally gave me my walking papers; the start of the year was a slow journey in rehabilitation.  In March, I was told [that I] can ride outside again --music to my ears, but it still took time to get endurance :  not the cardio endurance, which came back easily,but managing the soreness and pain in my hip.  30 miles became 50 became 70; I rode my first metric on April 16th.  There was a physical plateau at 75mi, which through a lot of 80-mile rides finally disappeared.  I rode my first century on July 2nd, and even raced in a couple of crits.  No matter how bad I felt during the century season (doing what I had paid for but been unable to ride the year before), it still felt better than sitting in bed and only being able to watch.  I had to scramble at the end of the year, using the Festive 500 to pull me over the 5000 mark.  With all that has happened since I started cycling in 2012, I'm really thinking I should put together a motivational speech and start telling people how awesome cycling is --and stimulatingly refreshing :  consider that I rode 187 rides last year, and 115 of those rides were for coffee!"  Holy Pedaling Percolator, Bat Man!



                                    2013    2014    2015    2016

59  Karen Berlage       8,527   8,618   6,332   8,144

59  Francis Downey      - - - -   - - - -    - - - -    7,902

59  Ken Osterweil         - - - -   - - - -    - - - -    5,395

58  Tim Guilford          6,179   6,221   6,368    6,397

57  Davey Hearn         - - - -   7,292  11,011  10,101

57  Randloph Harrison  - - - -   - - - -    5,230   5,045

56  Nicholas Clements  5,761  7,349  8,208  11,311

56  Sergio Leon            - - - -    - - - -   7,009    7,254

56  Kelly Kavanagh      - - - -    - - - -   - - - -     5,860

55  Kenneth Rowe       6,576   5,633  5,867    5,882

55  Robert James        - - - -    6,822  8,657  18,091

54  Greg Halter            - - - -     - - - -   - - - -  15,588

54  Howard Spira         - - - -    6,800  6,000  ~7,500

54  Jennifer Hearn       - - - -     - - - -   - - - -    6,365

54  Les Cannon           - - - -    - - - -    - - - -     6,038

53  Mike Skinnell         - - - -    - - - -   6,650     5,937

53  Bruce Peltzer         - - - -    - - - -    - - - -     5,514

52  Jeanne Harrison    5,682    5,763  6,144   6,106


Less youth, more miles?!  Here come the Fit 50s, burgeoning in 2016 with several new folks joining the Order of the CIC.  They not only outnumber the younger set, but include two riders who crossed the CIC threshold twice!  We'd kiss their pedals, except that there's another duo crossing it THRICE!  Robert James sits atop the mileage chart; he writes "I participated in two events last year that triggered my competitive nature and increased my miles from 2015:  Bike Arlington's Freezing Saddles from 1/1-3/20, and the National Bike Challenge from 5/1-9/30. I went through chemo for Leukemia from January to June, so I wanted to challenge myself personally to ride through the treatment period.  Freezing Saddles is the best event, because of its 250 local riders with teams and personal challenges --lots of fun events to do.  I also began commuting by bike in earnest, beginning in May.  I would either drive to Sterling or Vienna and commute the 32 or 20 miles each way to Capitol Hill.  Hopefully I'll be able to ride through some snow this winter on Tuesday (3/14)."  I don't know if he did that, but he reports having already crossed (one) CIC threshold for 2017!  (Quinn, try to keep Bob from tripling you!)


Following Bob's well-worn wheel across the 3xCIC mark came Greg Halter, but with no tales of travel or travail--just the facts.  In his biggest year ever, and first as a double-CICer, Nicholas Clements also "did my longest ride ever, 128 miles.  I hadn't planned on going that far.  During the course of this particular ride I realized that my legs could go farther, and so I [legs + all the other parts] did!  The last few miles were tough but I must say that, for a change, the legs felt decent.  Many of my century rides were done solo.  On those rides it's not just a physical challenge but a mental one too.  Being retired, I love being able to get on the bike when and where I want!  "Davey Hearn notches his 2nd double-CIC year, in his "second year of bicycle racing," and "saw 3rd place in the MABRA BAR 55-64 group.  He "kept up the streak of a Century per month whether I needed it or not, started in May of 2014, with 18 for the year. And got a team finish of 3rd in the Frederick Gran Fondo against Pro/Cat 1 Teams who placed 1st and 2nd."  His "most memorable day on the bike: The Dirty Dozen, held the Saturday after Thanksgiving, featuring 13 Climbs on the most monstrously steep streets of Pittsburgh, which is a very hilly city. This thing was Epic with a capital 'E'!  It includes the steepest road in the US --viz. Canton Avenue-- at 37%, on cobblestones. I scored 1 point on the day by finishing 10th on the first climb, making me the oldest rider to ever score points in 34 years of the DD.  I placed between 12th and 15th or so on most of the other climbs. It was a bit tricky to try to be near the front of the group, not knowing the course well, when the whistle blew for the start of each competitive section (climb),
but Strava results for the day make it possible to compare actual elapsed time for each climb, though this was not how the race was scored.”


One good Hearn deserves another : Jennifer Hearn "really enjoyed cycling and camping along the Great Allegheny Passage from Pittsburgh to Cumberland, and then onward down the C&O Canal Towpath from Cumberland to Georgetown over six days of June/July, with my girlfriend Lorna and record cool, perfect weather.  My most epic 2016 ride was a Century Plus with my Spartan buddies (met a couple years ago during an MS Ride two-day, double century in Va.) for my farthest day in the saddle, 122 miles, on the hottest day of the year.  A family let us put our heads under their backyard hose to help cool our brains!  A really big thank you to all of my Potomac Pedaler friends and mentors who lead rides, offer advice and technique, and include me along on many of their cycling adventures."


In this trio's final year in the 50s --the 60s group stands to gain strength!--, Karen Berlage & Francis Downey rode a good way towards a double-CIC, though storyless; and Ken Osterweil got over a mile of miles, with a whopper story.  Ken writes that "on the tour of Michigan ..., an ex-con picked up me and my friend Dale on a rough, unridable dirt road (even for off-road bikes) that was included on our cue-sheet. The road was only supposed to be a quarter of a mile long, and it went on and on, up and down ..., and we were running behind schedule. As we were walking our bikes around a blind bend on the dirt road, the man in the pick-up truck saw the difficulties we were experiencing and generously offered us a ride. My friend was concerned about the offer, but given the grave circumstances, he decided we would accept the ride.  As I sat in the front of his pick-up truck, next to his huge menacing guard dog, he began to tell me about his criminal history, and all his neighbors that lived off the grid. He knew all his neighbors well, and began to tell me all the criminal activities they were engaged in as we passed by their homes. My friend was in the back of the pick-up truck and started to get concerned about our safety when we arrived at the paved road and the driver kept driving.  My friend Dale started banging on the rear window to get us off the truck, while I was trying to contain the situation and be as amenable possible as he lit up a cigarette, and began to blow the smoke in my face. My friend and I were relieved when he finally dropped us off at our next turn. I had patiently listened to all his stories along the way and kept the best poker-face I could, to hide the fear that lurked in the back of my mind.  He wanted to do all the talking and I was content to oblige him believing we might be abducted and abused like in the movie Deliverance."  Ken will surely keep this memory, but have lost that cue sheet!


Speaking of "Ken", Ken Rowe "finally defeated my nemesis at the Dewey Beach Triathlon.  After being passed on the run the last four times of doing this event, I finally improved enough on the swim and the run to vanquish my tormentor, Steve Koch. Steve is a fabulous runner in addition to being a good biker and swimmer.  I managed to win my age group and produced my best USAT weighted score of the year at this event.  Besides having a good year doing triathlons, I had some success in Time Trials.  I came in 3rd place in the Maryland State Time Trial championship with a personal best time of 56:12 for this 40K event."  Great showing, Ken!  Also putting impressive performance into the year's cycling is Sergio Leon, who "participated in the Alpen Challenge Lenzerheide (August 14th).  The 'Europe’s most beautiful cycling marathon', in Switzerland, which is part of the Swiss Cycling Top Tour.  The route takes the Albula and the Julier passes, that are considered two of the most beautiful Alpine passes, going through an astonishing scenery that follows the spectacular UNESCO World Heritage railroad RäthischeBahn, and one of the highest railroads across the Alps, the Bernina Express. The race goes through the romantic Albula valley and the high mountain valley of the Engadin and the Engadin lakes in the way to St. Moritz.  An exceptional adventure I recommend to everybody.  I also participated in the Stelvio Gran Fondo (June 5) --a very hard route which includes the Mortirolo and the Stelvio passes, two of the most difficult passes in professional cycling.  The event is based in Bormio, a favorite biking destination where you find other famous passes like the Gavia Pass and the road to Livingo over Foscagno and Eira Pass, all famous routes in the Giro d'Italia.  The Mortirolo and the Stelvio are two of the most beautiful climbs in the world."  (Which is a good thing, since riders --esp. mortals-- will have a lonnnnng time on the way up to appreciate that!)


And also riding Over There, Jeanne Harrison reports that "Randolph & I rode the length of France, in a 3-week ride (late June to mid-July) from St Malo to Nice.  We saw quite the cross-section of France, and rode Mt Ventoux3 days before the Tour de France riders came through.  We rode the whole summit, but 3 days later the exceptionally high winds kept them from going all the way to the top."  Now that's impressive.  But one person's big story is another's ho-hum; what's her hubby's take?  Randolph Harrison writes "nothing inspirational this year!"  Jeanne, please check : maybe his chin strap's too tight?!  But Jeanne's story continues, into drama.  "Lovely trip, but with a sad 'too-close-for-comfort' ending in Nice on July 14th.  Bastille Day was our final riding day, with the group cycling onto the Promenade des Anglais around noon and celebrating with champagne on a picture-perfect Mediterranean summer day, then watching the Tour de France on tv in the hotel lobby before heading towards the Old City for our last dinner together. Luckily for us dinner ran late, and by the time we finished the fireworks were over and crowds were just leaving.  Storms had been forecast that night, so we assumed the loud noises we heard walking back to our hotel was just thunder, or kids setting off fireworks.  But back at the hotel, when shell-shocked people came into the lobby saying they'd just run for their lives from a big truck that chased them and plowed through the crowd, it became apparent that what we'd heard was the sound of the horrible attack. The next day was surreal, gorgeous beaches cordoned off and deserted in the height of summer season, sanitation workers hosing blood off the street, and small gunships patrolling the coast."


As far as drama goes, more is less with Les Cannon, who more like Randolph remarks that "with the exception of tweaking my back loading trucks for the PPTC's Back Roads Century, I had a very uninteresting year, and I am quite happy about that."  Hmmm, sorry about the back; maybe there's some PPTC Purple Pedal for such sacrifice?  In addition to leading beaucoup rides, Tim Guilford "got a KOM by chasing a tandem coming down from Camp David."  We'll assume that Tim's KOM was on the up & up, which is the best time to chase a tandem.  Howard Spira had "a wonderful week with Bicycle Adventure Club and a dear friend who introduced me to cycling over 20 years ago.  It was a ‘climbing’-oriented tour, and we, along with another eight hardy riders, attacked the hills every day, around Penn State University.  We found the most delicious ‘baked oatmeal’ at a mom and pop breakfast.  The tour accumulated 400 miles and ~ 20K feet of climbing, and a nightly massage --sublime."  Ah, rub it in!  Mike Skinnell built his CIC mileage in part by "sharing my love of cycling with my wife by cycling the Erie Canal," which sounds like a happy marriage of history, scenery, & exercise!


And as Bruce Peltzer and Kelly Kavanagh have mileage sans story, we finish the Fit Fifties, and roll up into ...



                                 2013    2014     2015     2016

67  Ron Altemus     - - - -    8,131  10,101.01 6,289

67  Mike McCarley   7,217   9,047    8,566     9,301

66  Bruce Goldberg   - - - -   5,566  (4,362)    7,506.6

66  David Berning     5,973  7,770  10,224     7,123

66  William Dennen   7,606   5,325   5,630    5,326

65  Jeffrey Anspacher  - - - -   - - - -   - - - -     7,173

64  Michael Bell          9,083  7,626  7,629   12,176

64  John Lynn             5,282  - - - -   5,336     6,506

63  Mike Harris           - - - -    - - - -   - - - -     6,154

63  Bob Claude          - - - -    - - - -  5,572    5,031

62  Ernie Hazera       5,213   5,621   6,041   7,020

62  Don Mitchell       - - - -     - - - -     - - - -   5,026

61  Stefan Ventura    - - - -   9,492    8,718   8,833

61  Barry Sherry       6,350   6,056   8,078    8,100

61  William Sennett   - - - -    - - - -    - - - -     6,056

60  Kim Nielsen        5,716  5,739    - - - -     5,153


... the Sixties, folks who were mere teenie boppers or less back in that infamous 20th Century decade.  Now look at 'em.  This particular group stands to lose no one into the next group for a few years.


Michael Bell joined the ranks of a double-CICers, with our 3rd highest tally.   And it was his "biggest cycling year by far. The warm-up came in the late-January Vuelta Puerto Rico. That's a 3-day, 375-mile circumnavigation of the island, in a large, tight peloton expertly shepherded by police and 'team captains' at a constant speed (I chose the middle, 18 mph group).  Great fun, but keep your wits about you ALL the time.  But the real highlight of the year --indeed, of my cycling life-- was the 32-day, 3600-mile trans-continental ride (Seattle to Boston) in July/August, done with a group of about 40, fully, wonderfully, supported by PACTOUR (an outfit run by Race Across AMerica founders --viz. Haldeman / Notorangelo). [See the Oct 2016 Pedal Patter cover article.]  Favorite part: the mountains --over the Cascades, through the Rockies, and up Big Horn.  Least favorite:  that it had to end!  I loved the almost hypnotic rhythm --ride, eat, sleep-- and the new friendships that formed.  And why'd I go?  It was a long-time ambition; getting to know the nation whose citizenship I was about to adopt; and most visibly, I did fund-raising for two Alzheimer's related charities –raising about $12,000.  Hey, that's my mileage!"  Great things, all 'round --sound the Bell!


And another "Michael", Mike McCarley, gives these "highlights:  Tour in the French Alps, including the Telegraph, Galibier, & Alpe d’Huez on one day, and Mont Ventoux --to borrow from Joni Mitchell, 'from both sides, now,'-- on the last day."  And he called himself "old, fat, & slow"!  Well, as yet another Mike (Miller) once remarked, "huh?, he's not slow!".  Others finding mileage (or kilometerage) across the pond include Kim Nielsen, who "spent a week bicycling in Italy.  After more than 20 years of bicycling with clipless pedals, I learned that there is an alternative, and now do most of my riding on flat pedals."  Ha, same here (and it's these that are really "clip"less!).  And Don Mitchell, who gives snippets of his experiences --India made quite the impression! "16 miles in maniacal Mumbai traffic.  Rode a borrowed Scott mountain bike, 3x6 speed, probably 35-40 pounds.  Traffic like you’ve never seen: imagine Manhattan rush hour multiplied; add 3-wheel motorized rickshaws that buzz and swarm like hornets; add old still fixie delivery bikes that carry loads as big as the hard-working Indian cyclist, and a few cows, horses, and hand carts; now, remove all concept of traffic lanes --everybody goes wherever they want, filling all space: Indian traffic abhors a vacuum (if you hesitate you will be run over, you too must fill the space, and instantly).  And add heat, humidity, & noise –Indian drivers drive with one hand on the horn. Do it all on the “wrong” side of the street, so right turns are against oncoming traffic that will not yield.
Install as few traffic lights as possible even at major intersections.  Now let’s go for a ride!"  AllllRIGHT!


Back on home turf, Bruce Goldberg, "after a year’s absence, 2016 marked my return to the Order of the CIC.  In fact, I set a new all-time personal best of 7,506.6 miles.  2016 was the year to finally fulfill my lifelong dream of cycling across the country.  I started out June 18 with an America By Bicycle tour from Astoria, Oregon, with 39 other cyclists, headed for Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  Biking past (not over!) Mt. Hood on a day when the top was uncharacteristically visible with no clouds, climbing the 6-mile, 10% grade up to Teton Pass, crossing the Continental Divide, and climbing up to Mount Rushmore were the memories that will last a lifetime.  Unfortunately, the memory of the bronchitis that I came down with, and the ongoing struggles after I thought that it had been cleared up, will also last.  As I struggled across Wyoming, South Dakota and into Minnesota, with three weeks still left to ride, I decided I didn’t want five weeks of struggling to be the lasting memory of the trip.  So, my cross-country trip ended in Mankato, Minnesota after 2077 miles.  It took about two months before I finally felt like my old self on the bike, and I decided that even if I didn’t make it cross-country I had a shot at making this the biggest cycling mileage year of my life.  My former annual mileage record fell on December 10, and despite the lowering mercury through the month I was able to tack on 355 more miles in the final three weeks of the year.  Despite the disappointment from July, it was a great cycling year!"


Another rider getting his biggest year, also in the 7,000s, is Ernie Hazera.  [And thus, my missing publishing this Survey was all the more disappointing to him.]   Ernie reminds us that he is "notorious for never riding in the cold, and in 2016 I didn't need to.  I reached 7,020 miles on November 28 and then I stopped riding. This year, in June, I moved half-time to Auburn, NY, and rode out of there.  Fully 1/3 of my total miles were in the Central NY/Finger Lakes region.  Basically, my daily riding involved a series of turns in town through Victorian neighborhoods to Emerson Park south of town, south on NY34, and a climb up Granville road :  no stop lights, no traffic to speak of; just corn fields, hills, and farm critters for mile after amazing mile.  The riding south of town encompasses pretty Aurora and bucolic Union Springs, and to the west includes Seneca Falls and Geneva, and then there's Skaneateles to the East.  I haven't even begun to adequately explore all the places to ride.  I would say the brief NY summers compensate for the winters by providing highs in the low 80s and lows at night that don't require A/C.  Even the constant snow is beautiful in a very Christmas postcard way.  Can you tell I like it up there?  Tailwinds."  There you have it : biking bliss among the farm critters.


From a closer lake, in southern Bedford County (Pa.), Barry Sherry reports that, "on August 7, I was on the road that crosses the dam at Lake Koon. It was lightly traveled at best. I saw no cars on this road, only a young couple peering over the cement guard rail looking down at the lake about 40 feet below. I was interested in taking pictures and making small talk before heading onto the Maryland border; they weren't, but he began by telling me this jump is a rite of passage for many kids from Allegany HS in Cumberland after graduation.  As we discussed how far it was to jump and I regaled them with my story about jumping from a bridge into the River Aare in Bern, Switzerland, the young man finally said to me, 'well, we were getting ready to jump naked into the lake once you leave.'  And I said 'I don’t mind if you jump.' So they did. They stripped quickly, dropped their clothes right there on the dam roadway, and jumped. Total time from standing naked to jumping was about two seconds. I don't know if the rite of passage is simply jumping or jumping naked is involved.  A most memorable day indeed."

And here's a curiosity:  Bill Dennen logged nary a single century in 2016 --"I'm aghast at that" he exclaimed--, leading me to quip "What's the *R* for?" in his Ride Class, as "R" = "randonneur", who are long-distance cyclists!  Bill hoped "2017 will be better, it did start off well, with a century, doing a version of the Circle of Circles that only required a few loops (rode from and back to Leesburg)."  Well, he bettered me there.


For Ron Altemus, Stefan Ventura, & Dave Berning, there were health and other challenges to riding, but they still managed to pass 5,000 miles.  Jeffrey Anspacher, John Lynn, Mike Harris ("happy to join the 'exclusive club'”), & William Sennett also got the miles if not the stories.   Bob Claude "barely made the cutoff.  Not only that, but I had the fewest rides in a year that I have had since I retired in 2008 –only 123."  Which just goes to show that the making the CIC is as easy as 1-2-3!  Easy, but then, I'm still looking to make it back up into the CIC and further boost the Sixties crew.  (Not in 2017, alas.)


And finally, we age gracefully into the 70s. As the eldest here still has years before 80, any near-future population of an 80s group will have to come from elsewhere.



                                2013    2014     2015     2016

76  Rickey Davis     9,899   10,057   9,937    9,470

75  Don Schneider 10,076  10,056  10,412  11,027

75  James Nach       - - - -    - - - -      6,527   5,328

75  Gene Ostin          5,793   5,086   5,250    5,314

74  Steve Palincsar 10,576  7,927    8,829    8,618

73  Joan Oppel         6,760  7,235    5,230    6,153

73  Jim Quinn           5,134  6,000    6,366    6,285

72  Linda Bankerd     5,371  5,533  5,171     5,594

72  Richard Edelman  - - - -   - - - -    - - - -     5,253

71  Jack Buresh        - - - -    5,137   5,243    6,380

70  Jack Bickley        - - - -    - - - -    7,644    8,514

70  Richard Loudis    - - - -    - - - -   5,058     5,586


Don Schneider is the sole 70s rider with double-CIC mileage.  Along with his big mileage, Don "had big plans to bicycle across the country and to ride to Key West from mainland Florida.  Although both plans fell through, I had some superb excitement bicycling a section of the Great Divide out of Wise River, Montana, including some in snow (in June yet!) and one exhilarating day of all downhill.  In August, I rounded out the Montana trip by bicycling from Confluence Pa. to the Eastern Continental Divide, a gradual 40-mile uphill climb.  Add in two tours --viz., Columbia& Snake River in August, and Rome-Elba-Corsica-Nice-Monaco in October-- for a terrific year,with my second most miles ever.  Napoleon Bonaparte and Christopher Columbus were raised on Corsica, a beautiful, rugged and hilly island, with light car traffic, perfect for bicycling and amazing views from the many hill tops.  We were very lucky to have ideal, dry weather, & temperatures in 60s to 70s."


This 70s group's next highest tally came from Rickey Davis, who finished his 7th year in the 70s, mostly near the double-CIC total.   He "again achieved more than 5000 miles of riding in one year, albeit down from last year.  It was my 38th consecutive time to do so.  There seemed to be more rain plus an accident in Florida in January wherein my Trek threw me down sideways at low speed, probably due to a damp rock on a nature trail.  There were no broken bones, but I struck my knee below my knee cap.  I rode the 18 miles back to our hotel.  After September, I took no further trips as I waited for [wife] Jean to have knee replacement surgery, which finally occurred in January." But then back on the bike, "as of 2017-01-31, I'm at 385,300 lifetime miles.


"Not cycling, Steve Palincsar managed to get a sort of peripherally related cycling injury which he recounts as "How I broke my collar bone: cycling related.  It's November.  I've just received a new handlebar bag to replace the 1970s vintage Kirtland I'd been using, and I'm in the process of transferring the bag part of the decaleur (upper bag support) from the old to the new bag.  I've got an open tool box sitting on the floor next to where I'm working, and I've taken out a bunch of wrenches and laid them on the floor next to the tool box.  I punch a couple of holes into the leather strip at the top of the bag and insert the threaded studs but I can't get the nuts engaged.  It looks like I haven't punched all the way through the fabric of the bag, so I use my Swiss Army knife to try to shave off some of the material, and end up cutting my thumb. Now I'm bleeding on the bag, and I can't have that, so I stop work and go into the bathroom to rinse off the cut and stop the bleeding.  On the way back from the bathroom, looking at the cut in my thumb rather than where I'm going, I trip on a wrench, and trying to regain my balance I step into the tool box.  It flips over and rotates and down I go, like a falling tree.  I fall sideways into a book case which catches my elbow, and then I go straight down.  CLICK!  At the ER they x-rayed me and told me I'd cracked my collar bone."  And he also thoroughly shattered that illusion of sophisticated, cycling-related je ne sais quoi.


Not injured, Jack Bickley's year was "pretty boring, except for the day I got a call that our son needed an emergency appendectomy and he was in Roanoke.  Quick ride home, pack bags, and we're in Roanoke when he came out of the OR."  But Jack bettered his 2015 tally of 7,644 miles (which I missed including in the 2015 Survey) by almost 900.


Not bored, Joan Oppel "did a spectacular Oregon bike trip, climbing twice up to Mt Hood's higher reaches, and visiting highly scenic areas in and around the Columbia Gorge. Then in early August, I had a dumb encounter with a bike trail post and cracked my knee cap. That kept me off my bike outside for 5 weeks (I was able to use an indoor trainer after week 3). In retrospect, it was just a minor setback. The other zero weeks were spent visiting non-biking friends or family, proof that I occasionally am NOT riding my bike."


Not needing a trail post or an open tool kit (just going postal), Jim Quinn's "Worst ride" came when he "had a very light but bulky package to mail; decided to bike to Damascus on bike path; made it 2.7 miles and fell trying to stop at road crossing: the cost to mail the package was about $200 worth of repairs!"  --and no je ne sais quoi slickness, either.  Otherwise, Jim's "biking year got off to a slow start.   I had my usual Breckenridge ski trip with 'old' IBM workmates, my daughter, her husband, and for the first time in 12 years, my son.  My son tore his ACL on the last day and his wife held me responsible (LOL).  So after a second ski trip to Snowmass, I headed to Atlanta for son’s surgery and nursing duty.   We had some bad weather days and I got a little lazy so I had only 500 miles on Apr 14 and 1000 miles on May 14.  After that I picked up the pace and rode 140 to 260 miles every week except two until Dec 4 and only needed 82 miles to break my mileage record.  Unfortunately, my minor eye surgery had a minor complication and I did not ride again in 2016."  Now, on the bright side, Jim's "Best Rides: 'ALP' to Rosehaven (on the bay); SkyMass; any ride in eastern Frederick and western Carroll counties, especially those that continue north into Pa.; Mtn. Mama; BRC route checkout; Farm Brewery rides, and any ride that ends with sharing food and beer."  Not bad.


And, not to be denied, Gene Ostin continued to achieve a CIC despite some obstacles life can generate.  Overcoming these, "I decided I was going to not only make the 5000 miles, but also beat everything that I did the year before, and once again make your list. You see the results, so thanks again for doing this.  "Reaching CIC mileage might come more easily in one's 70s, for, as Jack Buresh remarks, "As a retiree, I have the benefit of being able to bike seven days a week, weather permitting.   My wife and I also enjoy biking vacations.  This year our biking vacations included the Florida Keys, Tuscany, Croatia, and Door County Wisconsin."  Dick Loudis, who is newly in the 70s, found "nothing terribly eventful this past year," but was also "getting older and stronger!"   Richard Edelman saluted the 2016 cycling with a note then that "Nancy and I are in south Florida for a month working on 2017!   Great weather and great rides every day."  Which really is a sort of *cheating*, as for Linda Bankerd, who usually gives a dismal forecast for the year, only to succeed; but note her cheating in that Feb by cycling in Arizona!  She was otherwise storyless, as was James Nach.  Whereas, I could tell stories, but lack the miles (also for 2017, sigh).


Now, can we expand CIC standing to some few good Pedalers in their 80s & 30s?  Let's!  (And we did get one in the 30s for 2017.)


Potomac Pedaler Age Ride Class Total Miles long ride Com- muting  
Robert JAMES 54 BB 18,091+ 160+ 18%+  
Greg HALTER 54 A 15,588 161 34%  
Micheal BELL 64 BB 12,176+ 155+ 0%=  
Nicholas CLEMENTS 56 A/BB 11,311+ 128+ 0%=  
Don SCHNEIDER 75 CC 11,027+ 108~ 63%-  
Davey HEARN 57 A 10,101- 111~ 0%=  
Rickey DAVIS 76 C 9,470- 90- 2%-  
Mike MCCARLEY 67 BB 9,301+ 100~ 0%=  
Norman RASMUSSEN  na+1 CC/C 9,202+ 66= 0%=  
Stefan VENTURA 61 A/BB 8,833+ 101+ 0%=  
Steve PALINCSAR 74 CC 8,618- 130+ 0%=  
Jack BICKLEY 70 B 8,514+ 65~ 0%=  
Karen BERLAGE 59 BB 8,144+ 100= 0%=  
Barry SHERRY 61 BB 8,100~ 105= 0%=  
Francis DOWNEY 59 CC 7,902 50 0.4  
Bruce GOLDBERG 66 CC/B 7,506 120 1.7%  
Howard SPIRA 54 B/BB ~7,500+ 110~ 60%~  
Tim "OldMan" BARRY decrep devoid 7,405- 104~ 0%=  
Sergio LEON 56 B 7,254+ 127= 1%=  
Jeffrey ANSPACHER 65 BB/B 7,173 104 0%  
Dave BERNING 66 B 7,123- 84- 25%  
Ernie HAZERA 62 CC 7,020+ 101= 0%=  
John LYNN 64 CC 6,506+ 74= 0%=  
Tim GUILFORD 58 A 6,397` 113+ 0%=  
Jack BURESH 71 CC 6,380+ 42- 0%=  
Jennifer HEARN 54 BB 6,365 122 0%  
Ron ALTEMUS 67 CC 6,289- 73~ 20%=  
Jim QUINN 73 B 6,285- 102= 0%=  
Timojhen MARK 48 BB+ 6,160+ 108+ 70%-  
Mike HARRIS 63 B/BB 6,154 103 1%  
Joan OPPEL 73 CC 6,153+ 100= 7%  
Jeanne HARRISON 53 B 6,106~ 104+ 40%+  
William SENNET 61 B/BB 6,056 126 0%  
Les CANNON 54 B 6,039 100 66%  
Mike SKINNELL 53 A/BB 5,937- 107= 5%+  
Ken ROWE 55 A 5,882~ 105+ 15%  
Kelly KAVANAGH 56 BB/A 5,860 107 0%  
Linda BANKERD 72 CC 5,594+ 66- 0%=  
Richard LOUDIS 70 BB 5,586+ 105~ 0%=  
Bruce PELTZER 53 CC/B 5,514 104 19%  
Ken OSTERWEIL 59 CC 5,395 121 0%  
James NACH 75 CC 5,328- 81- 0%=  
William DENNEN 66 CC/R 5,326- 100- 0%=  
Gene OSTIN 75 CC/C 5,314+ 101= 0%=  
Elizabeth GINEXI 46 BB 5,303 107 0%  
Richard EDELMAN 72 BB 5,253 55 0%  
Kim NIELSEN 60 B 5,153 101 14.5%  
Randolph HARRISON 57 B 5,045- 103+ 0%=  
Bob CLAUDE 63 B 5,031- 71+ 0%=  
Don MITCHELL 62 BB 5,026 102 65%  
Peter DeNITTO 45 AA 5,004 112 0%  
Continued Stats:    
Potomac Pedaler PPTC  Rides Date of Mi.5k Big Month Big Week 0-mile Weeks 100 mi. Days
Robert JAMES 1%~ 5/25+ 2,773+ 810+ 2- 67+_
Greg HALTER ?? 5/12 1,770 453 1 16
Micheal BELL 10%- 7/01+ 3,500+ 950+ 3- 40+
Nicholas CLEMENTS 10%- 6/22+ 1,259+ 366+ 0- 16+
Don SCHNEIDER 4%- 6/24= 1,192~ 327~ 0= 1-
Davey HEARN 16%- 7/02~ 993- 337- 0- 18-
Rickey DAVIS 3%= 7/20~ 1,188- 429~ 0= 0-
Mike MCCARLEY 12%- 7/16+ 1,333+ 383~ 3~ 1-
Norman RASMUSSEN 20%~ 7/15+ 1,087+ 259- 0= 0=
Stefan VENTURA 5%+ 8/08~ 1,058- 304- 7= 1+
Steve PALINCSAR 10%- 9/30- 1,206 347 9~ 2-
Jack BICKLEY 0%- 9/??- ~900+ ~300+ 1~ 0=
Karen BERLAGE 80%= 9/01+ 1,127+ 292+ 4- 2+
Barry SHERRY 0.5%~ 8/11~ 1,331+ 469- 0= 5+
Francis DOWNEY 10% 7/26 919 266 0 0
Bruce GOLDBERG 1.2% 8/27 1,501 544 0 4
Howard SPIRA 5%- 9/0x+ 700= 420 3~ 9+
Tim "OldMan" BARRY 15% 9/29- 1.60- 376- 2= 2-
Sergio LEON 2%= 9/17- 741- 260- 1- 7+
Jeffrey ANSPACHER 30% 9/10 1,053 462 2 3
Dave BERNING 1%= 9/06- 1,024- 317- 1+ 0-
Ernie HAZERA 1%~ 9/08+ 1,217~ 351- 14~ 1-
John LYNN 15%~ 9/20+ 863+ 313+ 8= 0=
Tim GUILFORD 80%= 9/26= 922+ 334= 4= 15+
Jack BURESH 0%- 10/05+ 711+ 150 3?= 0=
Jennifer HEARN 50% 10/13 987 327 7 9
Ron ALTEMUS 5%= 10/19- 822- 304~ 5+ 0=
Jim QUINN 39%- 10/15~ 994+ 261+ 12- 3+
Timojhen MARK 3%= 9/23+ 941+ 365+ 3+ 3+
Mike HARRIS 10% 10/16 778 266 0 6
Joan OPPEL 30%- 11/01+ 808+ 407+ 8- 1=
Jeanne HARRISON 10%= 11/02~ 956+ 393+ 3~ 1+
William SENNET 5% 10/15 680 226 3 14
Les CANNON 15% 10/12 970 290 8 1
Mike SKINNELL 10%= 10/06= 677- 288~ 4+ 4-
Ken ROWE 15% 9/02+ 821+ 411+ 7+ 2+
Kelly KAVANAGH 70% 10/16 720 258 2 10
Linda BANKERD 10%- 11/08+ 608- 204- 2- 0=
Richard LOUDIS ~67%= 11/18+ 818+ 398+ 9~ 7+
Bruce PELTZER 2% 11/13 751 390 2 4
Ken OSTERWEIL ?% 10/22 1,641 700 9 2
James NACH 1%~ 11/28- 1,268+ NA ~15+ 0-
William DENNEN 15%+ 11/27- 665- 209~ 7~ 1-
Gene OSTIN 4%~ 11/10~ 871+ 314+ 7~ 1=
Elizabeth GINEXI 90% 11/08 749 257 9 13
Richard EDELMAN 15% 12/04 605 206 2 0
Kim NIELSEN 4% 11/26 698 244 0 1
Randolph HARRISON 50%= 12/25~ 780 393+ 8= 1+
Bob CLAUDE 9%- 12/26- 600- 197+ 4= 0=
Don MITCHELL 10% 12/29 580 161 2 1
Peter DeNITTO 0.3% 12/25 656 304 1 5

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