In my long and somewhat checkered career, I have been a Naval Officer, have taught school and have served as Chief Financial Officer for several firms, consulted with a number of others and have served on several boards of directors including ABRA’s. I am currently ABRA’s treasurer.
In 1972, while riding my shiny new Peugeot PX10 in South Bend, I was passed by a couple of riders putting in some training miles. I caught up with them and found that one was the aptly named anesthesiologist, Carl Napper, who was also US BAR in 1956. Carl gave me some words of encouragement, and I have been hooked on cycling ever since. Except for a five year hiatus, when I found that running ruins one’s knees, I was a high mileage recreational cyclist until I moved to California in 2000.
I found cycling in California to be worlds different from cycling in northern Indiana, where I had lived for 60 years. Indiana is so flat that we call it God’s pool table. California has MOUNTAINS! California has flocks of strong, talented riders. I learned to love climbing. I learned pack skills. Roger Young helped me become a halfway decent time trialist. I bought a license and started racing.
In 2005 we moved to Tucson. I have since won 39 state championships and have three podium finishes at Masters National Track Championships on the “Outlive your competition and choose your venues with care” theory. All but three of the state championships were unopposed, including five Match Sprint championships, in which I didn’t even mount my bicycle. Not for nothing do they call them the golden years.