Jan 302017
We’d like to take this opportunity to shine a spotlight on one of our club members: Richard Verdery

What is your cycling philosophy? > “Don’t be afraid to try new things to challenge yourself. Every couple of years I try to come up with a challenge to myself so I’ll be motivated to stay in shape during the winter months. As an example, I completed two Tri-Shark triathlons (the sprint distance — shortest possible so I wouldn’t drown!), which taught me how to race on my bike. I have also done the Ride Across Indiana (R.A.I.N.) ride twice (164 miles in a single day, from Terra Haute to Richmond, across Indiana). This year I switched to a different style of riding and that was equally challenging in its own way.”

What do you like the most about cycling? > “The friends I have made. Some of my closest friends are the ones I ride with. We have gone on cycling trips together, worked on bikes together, etc.”

What was your favorite ride of the year? > “The Midwest Recumbent Rally in Steven’s Point, Wisconsin. I have always heard how nice cycling is in Wisconsin and now I’m a believer! The scenery was amazing, the weather was spectacular and the road conditions were all you would hope for.”

What are your activities with the Wheelers? > “I am a past president of the club, organized the three club-jersey sales we’ve had, I send out weekly email updates to members, and I track the ‘Big Dog’ miles. I have also assisted on training rides.”

What was your best cycling accomplishment for the year? > “This year I switched to a high-wheel performance recumbent bicycle. I made the change primarily for comfort for my lower back. Other than climbing hills (still a learning curve to dismount) I have found my MetaBike to be superior to my Trek Madone. It’s so much easier in headwinds, is fast on the flats and going downhill, and I can coast and still pass riders who are pedaling. Due to the high wheels (700’s) and the short wheel base, it was difficult to ride at first. It took several hundred miles of riding to develop a sense of comfort and I realized I was no longer concentrating on what I needed to be doing.”