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HALL OF FAME
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BikeJournal is now 10 years old and many great characters have shared their biking adventures with us over the years creating a true community of friendship.

Thus, we decided to create a Hall of Fame to honor BJ members have who brought to the site an exceptional contribution.

Here are the Rules:

To be nominated to the BJ Hall of Fame, one must have been on the site for at least 3 years and brought a very special contribution in any way recognized by his/her peers.

Additionally, the HOF nominee must be nominated with a new thread for this purpose, explaning why the HOF nominee should be considered for the BJ Hall of Fame.

The nominee must then receive 25 votes of approval from Premier Members and/or Hall of Fame members only who have been on the site for at least one (1) year. The positive votes must be cast during a period of one month after the nominating thread was created.

If the nominee is successful in receiving 25 votes, then all members who voted for the nominee can propose a picture to be used in the Hall of Fame thread. All BJ Premier Members and Hall of Fame members will be allowed to vote their approval on the picture.

There shall be a limit of 5 new Hall of Fame Members per year.



The Inner Sanctum
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**** INNER SANCTUM ****

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Pansy Palmetto (Nancy Jean Fish) 1950 - 2011


One person stands out head and shoulders above all the rest for her contribution to Bike Journal, and that one is PansyPalmetto.

For the last seven years of her life she took chemotherapy every other week. Since joining Bike Journal in January 2006, Pansy created marvelous joy and entertainment for any and all who ventured onto the Forum. In doing so, she proved to be a marvelous inspiration to those about her, as she berated, belittled, made fun of, harassed, and otherwise pushed many of us off the side of a mountain, and did so with a demonic cackle and razor wit that let each of her "victims" know that she truly loved them.

Quite apart from what she gave to Bike Journal, she was a wonderful supporter of others who were living with cancer and provided hope and inspiration to thousands of people.

Pansy was a lifelong athlete, participating in her beloved Eppie's Great Race, a triathlon in Sacramento for 24 years straight, winning first place in her Ironwoman Division in 2001. She was an avid cyclist, of course, riding with her husband, Mr. Pansy, and daughters, Pansy Jr. and Baby Pansy all their lives together. On every single ride Pansy participated in, she always found friends to laugh and chat with. She usually planted a big ol' smoochie on their cheek.

Pansy welcomed us into her world, openly telling how fortunate she had been to have 7-1/2 wonderful years since her diagnosis as she built wonderful new friendships with people she treasured as dearly as she did her lifelong friends. She knew her time with us could be very short and was not afraid to face what she was going through.

We shall all cherish her words to us in the archives of Bike Journal as we now honor one of the most influential people to have touched so many lives.

For these reasons and for so many others, we hereby add the name PansyPalmetto, aka Nancy Jean Fish from Sacramento, as our first Bike Journal Hall of Fame inductee.


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SloJoeRecumbo

There are a small handful of folks who have truly touched the hearts and lives of so many of us at Bike Journal. SloJoeRecumbo is one of these individuals. Joe is our captain of the good ship Metric Century, and has posted photos of cycling adventures from around the world. And along the way he created a truly unique and distinct persona among a Forum littered with original voices and opinions. Thus, Joe has been selected to join the Bike Journal Hall of Fame. Joe created and has supported the Metric Century thread for several years, even as he's traveled to lands far away, forming the Randonneurs of China (how many of us have one of those jerseys?), and he has been supportive of his cycling brothers and sisters like few here have. Always upbeat and positive, always with encouragement, always with a great sense of Pirate humor and honor... and what can we say in conclusion but that Hall-of-Fame-worthy mustache is simply the best!

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slantz (Sean Lantz)


BikeJournal would not have been possible without the tireless efforts of its owner and creator, Sean Lantz. Most of the friendships that have sprung from his online "home" came about because of Sean's tireless efforts and genuine dedication to providing a family-friendly cycling website. Countless hours of humor and entertainment, and the exchange of cycling expertise, from equipment to training tips, have occurred due to Sean's creation of the BikeJournal forum. For these reasons, Sean Lantz, aka Slantz, has been inducted into the BikeJournal Hall of Fame.

In 2001, Sean created this site with his college pal Get_Bent. (It was actually Get_Bent who first registered the domain name BikeJournal, so he should get an honorable mention.) It was not too long after the site was initially put online that Slantz assumed full control and responsibility. Since March 2001, Slantz has run this site as a labor of love.

The driving force behind Sean's desire to provide and maintain a family-friendly website is his deep belief in Jesus Christ and the Holy Bible. Sean has a deep caring for every member of BikeJournal, and a strong desire to be a comfort, an encouragement, and a source of learning to live life better for each of us.

Sean is driven by thinking the best of people and giving others the benefit of the doubt. He seeks unity with people, not division. Sean has worked tirelessly to provide an excellent website full of the features we all request and enjoy. He continued his efforts despite a growing family and a full-time job. Sean is an electrical engineer with a penchant for programming and cycling.

Sean is a blessing for all of us, and that is why we have inducted him into the BikeJournal Hall of Fame.

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BowWow


In any large group there is a core that creates and maintains the culture of that group. Bikejournal has had an inclusive nature to it from the very beginning, and that lead to virtual friendships that felt like the real thing. BowWow took notice of this and thought a little TRON-like magic was in order. He’d simply gather these virtual friends together in the real world and see where it lead – thus began First Union – a gathering of Bikejournal participants that has morphed into an annual ride-together that has allowed so many virtual friends to meet in the real world. He was unable to attend First Union due to a daughters marriage – and may miss another in 2011 for the same reason – and yet he continues to contribute to this great gathering year after year. The 2nd annual gathering was in Canada, and there he opened his home to international travelers without a place to stay. His hospitality is legendary. Throughout all of his life, cycling humor has remained his calling-card – and has resulted in the creation of some of Bikejournals "classic" threads – the most famous of which is the "Paceline Practice Canadian Style" and "Kids Don’t Try This At Home". BowWow’s writing ability in his ride reports often takes a mundane ride and turns it into an exciting adventure. Travelling with him to a ride-event is an experience both treasured and feared. Genuine Canadian Flapjacks and syrup is his fuel of choice and he’s happy to add it to his fellow riders tanks! Welcome, BowWow, to the Hall of Fame. You belong with this select group.

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post edited on 3/29/2011 at 8:15:51 PM

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KIN


Kin has been present on BJ for almost 10 years! During this time, even while logging thousands of miles, he has been one of the best entertainers of the forum. He was one of the very first to master HTML commands, posting amazing pictures and texts filled with new technical tricks that were very funny to watch. His humor is endlessly ignited with new ways to twist the ordinary into funny .....

In those early days the chat room was a new event and Kin was a primary instigator, unfailingly flashing his Vegas sign to remind us to show up. His contributions were always positive, encouraging us to do our best, and have fun while doing it. It's that spirit that still drives many of us to achieve our own dreams each year.

BikeJournal's First Reunion didn't happen in Kin's backyard by accident. His presence on BJ was what drew the thirty odd lot of us to the Talimena Scenic Drive. We were happy to make that road trip to meet the legend.

Over the years, Kin has had fun with his own dreams. His triathlons show how a person can take something they are uncomfortable with and make it into a soul-satisfying achievement that brings great joy. In one trip to Colorado where he went to tackle the highest paved road in North America, he gave us all memento key/bike chains which we still have and use to this day as primary rings. They are a daily reminder to us of what's important in life: being good to people, stopping to see the world around you, not being afraid of trying something new. Kin is also one of the very best photographers around, and has posted thousands of pics about cycling and natural wonders.

Kin has been a great inspiration to us over the years and it's time to vault him into the first-round promotion of Bike Journal Hall of Famers.


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raleighdon

It’s all about the cycling!

And raleighdon, aka Donald Boothby, is one of the fiercest BikeJournal cyclists in our ranks. We welcome him into the BikeJournal Hall of Fame.

Donald is a proud member of RUSA (Randonneurs of USA) and has tallied a staggering number of epic rides. He is multi-year recipient of the R-12 award (at least one ride of 200K monthly for a year), and his list of accomplishments include RAMROD (152 miles and 10,000 ft. climbing), Grand Canyon 600 (380 miles in 2 days), el Tour de Tucson (109 miles in under 5:30), and Death Ride (128 miles and 30,000 ft. climbing.) The list goes on and on!

This man made all this happen in his late 50s!

When raleighdon joined BikeJournal in June 2005, he not only brought a lifetime of cycling wisdom and experience to our forum, but also a personality that was to mark our site forever in so many ways. Over the years, raleighdon built an incredible network of contacts and friendships with other BJ members. His writing talents and humor have become essentials on the forum. He created an iconic image around his love for pies, donuts, hot chocolate, cappuccinos... and his family.

Donald also held his own against our beloved PansyPalmetto! When struck by illness in the fall of 2011, Donald gave us lessons in resiliency worthy of the most famous member of our HOF. Donald reminded us what LIVESTRONG means. Oorah, Marine!

Thanks to his strength and determination, raleighdon is currently on track to recovery, and there is no doubt that he will kick all our butts again in no time!

It is our pleasure and honor to welcome raleighdon to the Bike Journal Hall of Fame.
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Homey


Bernie Barge, otherwise known as "Homey" to those of us at BikeJournal, has been a member here since 2004. Homey is one of the most accomplished bicyclists we know, and has been a very supportive and prolific participant and communicator on the Forum. For those reasons and more he belongs in the BikeJournal Hall of Fame.

Homey's contributions have always been positive, encouraging all riders, experienced or not, to strive to do their best… and have fun while doing it! It's that spirit that drives many of us to achieve our own dreams each year. His recommendations and helpful advice have been particularly focused toward those interested in long distance randonneuring as well as ultra distance racing.

Homey's impressive curriculum vitae includes three Death Rides, Climb 2 Kaiser, numerous 1200K randonneurs, four RAAM finishes (Race Across America) as a team member, several HooDoo 500s, eight Furnace Creek 508s (he's a member of the FC508 Hall of Fame), and he's even a finisher in the Paris-Brest-Paris 1200K! Bernie is a consistent fixture on the California Triple Crown circuit, and the number of double centuries he has completed is beyond our count.

It is at these extremely challenging endurance events that Homey shows himself to be such a thoughtful individual, offering guidance and assistance wherever he can.

Over the years, Homey has made special efforts to show up at and even help plan many official and unofficial events including BikeJournal's 2009 Reunion and the infamous "Mad March Hare" weekend. He has always been gracious, outgoing, and helpful to all his BikeJournal friends, always remembering his old friends, and making new friends along the way.

Homey has been a great inspiration to us over the years, and it's time to vault him into the BikeJournal Hall of Fame class of 2012!
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Howard


Howard made a remarkable entrance on BikeJournal over five years ago as "the man with no face." We couldn’t know then that this newbie would become one of the most appreciated actors on the forum. During this time, he has been an inspiration to many people in many different ways. If someone needs help during a ride he is there to assist (i.e. beginning riders, organizing rides, helping fix flat tires, helping keep a participation streak going and/or assisting people reach starting locations so they can enjoy organized rides). He is willing to give anyone a push or motivation to reach higher peaks in their own goals. Many people on BikeJournal enjoy Howard's stories of riding adventures shared by words, photos or videos.

He is an accomplished rider who is truly impressive with his annual mileage, which includes a monthly century streak that few could accomplish. While he might try to come across as a serious rider, we have seen photos of several various riding outfits that cause eyebrows to be raised, including tutus, grass skirts and coconuts -- all part of having fun on rides.

He holds the Bike Journal record for personally meeting the most BikeJournal members, having met over 250 BikeJournalists since Jan. 2007, when he met Deadhead (his first and best.).

Since he started bicycling full-time in 2005, he has ridden over 55,000 miles. His cycling accomplishments include: RAGBRAI, MS150 Houston-to-Austin, Ride the Rockies twice, Bicycle Tour of Colorado twice, Tour de Wyoming, Triple Bypass four times, Death Ride, el Tour de Tucson twice, crewed for Team Type II at RAAM in 2010, the 2008 Hoodoo 500 (where he and Deadhead set the 2-man record at 31 hours 57 minutes) and he and Club Hypoxia helped organize and host BikeJournal's 2008 ReUnion.

In the Bike Journal Forum, he created and has hosted the Croix Rouge thread since Feb. 2007, the T.I.B. (Today I Bought) thread, the Ice Bike! thread, and over 100 other threads since he joined BikeJournal in Sept. 2006.

Howard has found the full potential of Bike Journal and used it to make many friends, reach impressive personal goals, and help others reach theirs.


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Dallasbikr

The key to choosing HOF inductees is in recognizing those who have made significant contributions to the goodness of the site. There is a person who occasionally pokes his head out on the Forum, but has always resided in the background of BikeJournal since its inception, as he works to keep BikeJournal fun and functional. Dallasbikr. He doesn't receive nearly enough recognition for his essential contributions to BikeJournal, to his local community, to kids interested in cycling, and to all those focused on cycling as a life-changing activity.

Dallasbikr sorely deserves this recognition.

All who voted him into the BikeJournal Hall of Fame are in agreement that Dallasbikr's contributions have been invaluable, and a little HOF love seems appropriate. So many agreed, in fact, that he was voted in VERY quickly -- 36 hours! That's because he's been appreciated -- perhaps too quietly -- by so many of BikeJournal's active and Premier members over the years. Some may not know what he does behind the scenes to make this place as great as it is, but those of us who do, think he deserves credit. Well... a LOT of credit, actually!

Please welcome Dallasbikr to the BikeJournal Hall of Fame!
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AndreHamel

If we said, "La vie est belle!", some of you might know. But if we said, "Life is good!" most of you would immediately think of one person: AndreHamel, of course. Because he's the BikeJournal ambassador for how good life can truly be if you only set your mind to recognizing the goodness around us all.

Speaking of being an ambassador, Andre has traveled to 17 different states, some of them many times, to ride his bicycle. And many of those bike rides have been with friends he had never met in person before. This might not normally be so noteworthy but for the fact that he lives in Quebec City, Canada!

Yes, that makes Andre our 2nd Canadian to be inducted into the BikeJournal Hall of Fame.

Despite six months of winter in Quebec, Andre rides his bicycle on the road day in and day out, in the cold, in the rain, and in the snow. And don't forget some occasional heat too. Andre rides year-round.

Since breaking his foot playing tennis in 2002, which ended his running career, Andre has bicycled about 40,000 miles, a distance of which he's deservedly proud. He's also proud, as he explains, to "own the most impressive collection of bikes, gears, and cycling clothes you will ever see."

As the creator and head instigator of this BikeJournal Hall of Fame, as he sought to recognize those who have made tremendous contributions to BikeJournal over the years, it's only fitting that AndreHamel would eventually be recognized for his own indispensable additions to this site.

Your HOF Chairman, BJHofman, has personally met and ridden with Andre during one of his many visits to The States, and can attest to the fact that he is a sincere and gentle man, with nothing but love, kindness, and consideration in his heart. It's no wonder that he truly believes and professes that LIFE IS GOOD!

We feel a special honor in welcoming AndreHamel to the BikeJournal Hall of Fame!


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KrateKraig

Since joining BikeJournal in March 2006, KrateKraig has been an avid contributor to our community, and for that reason, his peers have voted him into the BikeJournal Hall of Fame.

KrateKraig's contributions to BikeJournal are legion. In particular, note his Forum thread appropriately entitled The Fat Bike Thread. As of this writing, it's nigh a thousand postings with oodles of entertaining and valuable information... in what might be considered a niche topic of the bicycling world. Note also the annual Mountain Bike Thread which helped establish a community busily tracking MTB miles, photos, stories, and friendships.

KrateKraig is affiliated with no fewer than 10 BikeJournal clubs. He administers five of them.

Outside of his online presence at BikeJournal, KrateKraig is an active member of his cycling community, and he does so despite enduring a rare, undiagnosed degenerative muscle disease that may limit his days as a cyclist. However, he says, "It doesn't stop me from enjoying riding my bikes, and I will continue to keep riding until I can no longer get on and off the bike."

After buying his first mountain bike in 1991 and having the time of his life, he was astonished at his own reaction, exclaiming, "This was the best thing in the world! Like dirt-bike riding and no idiots in cars to deal with! If I hit a tree, it's my own darned fault. I love the solitude, the new challenges, being out in the woods and enjoying nature. And it gets me in shape while I'm having fun!"

KrateKraig then joined his local mountain bike association, went to Trail Building School and week-long camps, and he began building trails around his Illinois neighborhoods.

As for the 1969 Schwinn Apple Krate Sting-Ray shown here, which inspired his BikeJournal moniker, he writes, "I found this restored bike at Blue Moon Bikes in Sycamore on July 31st, 2004. It has some reproduction parts and some incorrect items, but it has a sweet paint job and is a beautiful bike. I like to go to vintage bike show/swap meets and look for 'correct' parts to replace the repop parts."

Written like a true vintage bike connoisseur!

Finally, in his other (non-cycling) life, KrateKraig is a musician and composer, playing in bands from the 1970s until 2006. Musicians and music lovers might check out his website link provided with his BikeJournal profile.

Welcome, KrateKraig, to the hallowed hall and thank you for your continuing efforts at building this community.
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Fredwina (Jana Lingo)


Fredwina, whose real name was Jana Lingo, is the perfect example of a person who used social media to create links with virtual friends, and then transcend these tiny links into real friendships.

She bicycled for more than 15 years, logging 40,000 miles on BikeJournal. She was proud to say she rode in 20 states and met many BikeJournal members.

Fredwina was famous on BikeJournal for her striking photos on the Pictures From A Recent Ride threads, and her ride videos, taken from her recumbent, edited to include soul music.

Born in Missouri, she trained to become a computer scientist. She established herself in CA (Rancho Cucamonga) then NY (Albany) before returning to Memphis to take care of her aging mother.

She was proud to say that through cycling, she lost 100 pounds and kept them off without surgery. She was a model of dedication to ride despite weather conditions.

Fredwina was religious (Presbyterian) and her hobbies included fiction writing, being Elvis's #1 fan, and she was an aficionado of ice hockey.

Her last year was very difficult after she lost her job and was managing her mother's Alzheimer's. Fredwina passed away on July 21, 2014.

She will be missed by all BikeJournal members. Rest in peace, Jana, and say hello to Pansy and Raleighdon.

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Melo


Melo is a very popular addition to the BikeJournal Hall of Fame. Known as Mel Olson to thousands outside of the BikeJournal world, Melo makes his home with his wife Vickie in Moses Lake, Washington. Melo’s achievements as a contributing member to BikeJournal will be detailed later, but first let's see what makes him remarkable outside the cycling world.

A Washington native, Melo graduated from Davis High School in Yakima and went on to graduate from Washington State University. Melo served our country in the Army during the Korean War, where he was awarded a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star with valor. He sustained injuries during the war and was advised by doctors to stay physically active to improve the circulation in his wounded leg. Melo discovered that cycling helped the circulation without causing more wear on his joints that are generally associated with other activities like running. Thus began Melo’s love for cycling.

You have probably surmised from the Korean War reference, Melo is no youngster, but of an age where many have surrendered to Father Time and aching joints. But not Melo. This guy absolutely piles on the miles year after year. Along with his 2005 Specialized Roubaix Comp (over 100,000 MILES on it!), Melo cplaces in the top 100 and many times in the top 50 in the BikeJournal year-end rankings. At this moment, Melo has over 9,500 miles and is #17 in the rankings. Not exactly a lightweight at any age, but at 86 years old, that’s a feat few, if any of us will ever match. And its also important to remember that Moses Lake is not San Diego --- the weather in his part of the world can be intrusive on the efforts of serious cyclists.

Melo has been active his whole life. As wrestling coach of Chief Moses Junior High from 1958-75, he compiled a 140-10 record and had equal success coaching football. Twenty of his junior high wrestlers went on to become state champions at the prep level. He went on to help start the Moses Lake kids’ wrestling program in the early 1960’s and was inducted into the Washington Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2004. In addition to his commitment to local youth sports, Melo was also a former national sailing champion and a National Ski Patrol member. But the most impressive piece of information we found about this amazing gentleman is that he has worked as the radio broadcaster at KBSN doing Moses Lake football, baseball, basketball and wrestling for over 50 years! With the help from his broadcast partner Vickie, he continues to entertain local sports fans.

For several years, BikeJournal members have enjoyed the photos shared by Melo on the Pictures From a Recent Ride thread. He now has about 113,000 miles under his tires as he rolls around Washington State... and he didn't start riding regularly until about 20 years ago. His friendly encouraging words and positive can-do attitude are a source of inspiration to all who have met him, either in person or in the virtual world of BikeJournal. He never ceases to amaze us.

Finally, we recommend this:

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kirkej (Kirke Johnson)


Husband, father, grandfather, friend, cycle ambassador, amazing man. That is Kirke Johnson aka kirkej. Kirke joined BikeJournal in 2005 and quickly became a force with which to be reckoned. Joining many cycling challenges on BikeJournal, Kirke, 70, was one others chose to emulate, both in mileage and demeanor. He consistently rode 10,000 miles most years, and was on pace once again for over 10,000 miles in 2014 when he died in a tragic truck/bicycle accident.

Kirke didn’t ride much at the expense of forgoing time with his bride and partner, Kathi; she was with him for many of those miles. Indeed, she was with him on two adventures that were written about here.

What set Kirke apart was not his attentiveness to miles, but his desire to help others on their own quests, whether it be the quest for a new "bent" bike, the quest to ride more miles, the quest to ride with family members, or more importantly, the quest to make cycling safer. More than one BikeJournal member purchased a recumbent bicycle because of Kirke’s willingness to share his knowledge.

He was one of the most visible cyclists on the road with his bright yellow gear, lights, and handmade-by-Kathi fluorescent bike socks. He routinely organized bike rides and advocated for bicycling safety in his community.

What also set Kirke apart was his obvious love for his wife and partner, Kathi. Anybody who saw the two of them together was struck by the care and attentiveness they had with each other.

Kirke and Kathi attended several BikeJournal ReUnions and made lasting friendships with many of the attendees. And that is really who Kirke was...a good friend! He and Kathi opened their home to more than one BikeJournalist over the years, with those friendships sustaining the test of time.

Kirke fought and beat cancer in 2013, and even then, rode 8,000 miles for the year.

Kirke had just retired and he and Kathi were planning a trans-America bicycle tour when his life was tragically cut short on November 20th, 2014. The world is a lesser place because of the loss of this amazing man. Our BikeJournal lives are enriched because of Kirke, which is why his inclusion in the BikeJournal Hall of Fame is unanimous. Rest in peace, friend.


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GeeWizMan


Old science teachers never fully retire, but sometimes they go on to become BikeJournal Hall of Fame inductees. Congratulations to the amazing GeeWizMan on becoming the latest member of an exclusive club. GeeWizMan is one of the friendliest members, has a strong sense of camaraderie, and epitomizes the caring and quirky community that is BikeJournal.

GeeWizMan is currently at the helm of the 2015 Team Challenge, 1st Quarter & 2nd Quarter, that have people trash talking (in good fun) and riding more than they originally would have in support of their team.

The amount of work that goes into these two threads would send lesser people into fits of apoplexy, but GWM takes it all in stride, with a wonderful sense of humor. He is ever ready to answer a question or clarify a mileage issue. He also supports other challenges, and was the creator of the Weather Challenge. An encourager, he is very much appreciated by all members of BikeJournal.

He is a prolific cyclist, recording a little over 65,000 miles before joining BikeJournal in 2004. It is amazing that in cold and snowy Michigan, GWM consistently rides excellent miles, nearly 9,000 for both 2013 and 2014. That feat alone shows his commitment to our sport.

Reading some of GWM’s past threads and comments, it is obvious that he cares deeply for our sport and wants others to enjoy it as much as he does. He even entered, along with his son, a 2013 Aquabike race. By this time, GWM had become a convert to recumbents, and had to cajole the race officials with many letters, emails, and phone calls, to let him enter the competition with the ‘bent. After training with his son for six weeks, they were ready to face the challenge. He and his son swam and biked to a first place finish in the Aquabike race. It was only after receiving the first place award that he realized he and his son had been the ONLY participants in the Aquabike race. He was still pleased, though, as he had spent quality time with his son, and in his words, they had, "BIG FUN!"

Thank you, George for being a member of the BikeJournal family. Your wisdom, encouragement, support, and sense of humor are very welcome here.
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We wish to add this text written by the hand of our friend raleighdon because it seems to be a touching gesture of friendship and complicity to our mutual friend Pansy Palmetto as well as an eloquent declaration of love to this magnificent sport for which all of us share a passion. - BJHofman



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'' I have my Pansy jersey and have had the opportunity to wear it on several rides. I think the most memorable was RAMROD 2011.What a fine day in the saddle it was. The best weather I'd ever had for the event, rode pretty much by myself all day long, allowing myself to feel the grief of losing my friend and stopping often to take in the grandeur of the mountain and feel the gentle high altitude breezes. As I topped out at Cayuse Pass, I realized that I had completed my grieving process and started to descend. As my speed picked up and I just let the bike take me at the speed it wanted to, I felt all of the wonder of the day, and suddenly I felt like I was being carried along on angel wings. In the 27 years I've celebrated active 12-step recovery, I've probably said the serenity prayer well over 10,000 times. Serenity is an interesting word and state of being: fleeting and elusive most of the time. Once in a while, I have these moments of complete peace as though everything is right with the world, that I am totally at one with my universe and that nothing that could happen could take away this warm glow. Of course, these are brief moments and this was one of them. All too soon, the day was done, life went on and less than a month later I was diagnosed with cancer. For the past 7+ months I have waged my own battle and have been constantly strengthened because of the friendship, honesty, inspiration, role modeling and yes just a little bit of good natured heckling from our beloved Pansy. Every time I put on my jersey, I feel like she's there with me. Little did I know when I first started to meet her just how important her teaching was going to be. I shake my head in awe a lot of days at just how very, very special she was (and continues to be).''

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CIRCA REGIL

BikeJournal is populated by many eccentrics but for sure, CircaRigel aka Belinda Williams was truly a special gentle one.

She was born in Fremont California (1974) and forever has been an athlete (volleyball, cross country running, skiing, etc). She became a clever young woman passionate for active life and she got an offer from CSU to join their track team while at college where she could study microbiology.

Unfortunately, a nasty crash from her bike broke a disc in her neck just before (2009) and on top of it, she developed an illness that made her anemic and without an immune system. But she recovered and returned to a normal life developing a strong interest for medical study that she pursued for the rest of her life.

She joined the Hypoxia cycling club and BikeJournal at the end of 2010 and her wide open chatting on the forum made her a very much appreciated member. She was known for riding a Moots titanium bike at very high speed, she was totally fearless. She was riding a lot for charities and was ready to endorse any valuable cause.

During the 2011 Triple Bypass, she posted a video of her descent that was absolutely frightening as she was passing everybody, including a car at a certain point ....

It was not such a big surprise when she suffered a horrible crash while flying down Mt Evans in Sept 2011, breaking 9 vertebrae, ribs, shoulder blade and lacerating kidney and spleen. In the following months, she had 3 surgeries to fuse the discs and the past sickness came back messing with the treatments she needed desperately to stop pain and get back a certain control on her broken body.

She started posting about her fights, ups and downs and in a certain way became the Queen of BJ as everybody was cheering for her, checking her progress and sending good vibes. There is a post from Howard that was edited along the months with 500 comments!

We are dedicated cyclists here and most of us are tough like nails and returned from crashes and health issues. Pansy, raleighdon, pigman, roborider to name few gave us lessons of courage but CircaRigel's fight was epic.

That crash took everything from her but her life and grit. A few weeks after and still wearing an enormous brace that was keeping her chest together, she jumped on a trainer and made a video of her spinning with little lights attached to her body and bike!

She was basically posting everything of her efforts to recover, she was a trooper and was feeding herself with our encouragement, needing so much our love!

Incredibly, six months after the crash she was back on the road and attended a BJ Reunion in California 3 months later. I will never forget that encounter, she was clearly struggling to spin, indeed a bit overweight but she followed us and on a descent steep enough to make me slowdown, she passed beside me at high speed, yelling a long "weeeeeeeeeeehhhheeeee" all the way to the bottom. She never learned to live safe.

Then in 2013 a third serious crash ended her cycling life.

The last years of her painful life were dedicated to her beloved service dog Galen, a shilo shepherd.

She went to join the bunch led by Pansy in May 2018 at age 44. I know it was one of her dreams.

Welcome into the Inner Sanctum CircaRigel, you had the right stuff.

AndreHamel

Thanks to my friend Howard for inspiration and some suggestions.
Thanks to my wife Ellen for english tweaking
post edited on 8/13/2018 at 2:27:31 PM
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