Thursday, December 19, 2013

Pam Leven ... You Will Be Missed

Portrait of Pam May 2013 by Skye Moorhead

This is a place where people who loved Pam Leven may feel free to write a memory they have of her, a story, or to say goodbye to a good friend. Please share your thoughts by clicking on the "Comments" at the bottom of the tribute below. You need not be a cyclist to share a memory here.  Please send photos of Pam that we can share to Chuck Bramwell at cbrams@caltriplecrown.com and to Roland Hoffman at roland@hoffmanplastic.com

Sadly, Pam had a bad accident while riding her bike on Sunday, December 15, 2013.  On Tuesday, December 17, Hugh Murphy wrote:
"Our friend Pam Leven, the President of the Los Angeles Wheelmen, is in need of our prayers.  I just spoke with Kermit Ganier a few minutes ago.  Kermit said she was involved in a cyclist/cyclist wreck last weekend.  She has major head trauma.  Things do not sound good.  Please send lots of prayers and healing thoughts Pam's way."



Roland Hoffman wrote: "Oh NO! Pam and Kermit inspired me to do the quad in 2011. She will be included in our Hoffman family daily prayer towards a complete and speedy recovery. Love ya, Pam!!!!!!!"



On Wednesday, December 18, Roland wrote: "For those that may not know, LA Wheelmen's 2013 / 2014 President, Pam Leven was involved in a cycling incident last Sunday, December 15th, while riding the LA Wheelmen's "Newcomer's Ride" in the West LA / Brentwood area.


I have just spoke with Kermit regarding the incident and Pam's current condition. As the group was making a safe and routine left turn from Sunset Blvd., she got tangled up with another experienced cyclist that was next to her within the group. They both went down onto the pavement. While the experienced rider has escaped serious injury, Pam is currently at UCLA Medical Center in critical condition with severe head trauma.

Let's ALL hold our virtual hands in unity . . . as we send our healing prayers together in hopes our Lord brings his healing hand down onto Pam as we pray with all of our might towards Pam's most challenging moments of her life.

Lord . . . . hear our prayers."



Beautiful collage by Renee Sands of Los Angeles Wheelmen

On Thursday, December 19, Kermit called Chuck.  Sadly Pam was taken off life support at 2:15pm and she passed away at 3pm.

Pam Leven was an amazing woman and a friend to us all.  She has been a major partner for Kermit allowing the LA Wheelmen to organize the Grand Tour and Dead of Winter Doubles so well for many years now.


"When someone dies, you don't 'get over it' by forgetting.
You 'get over it' by remembering."
Leslie Marmon

Let's keep the memories of Pam alive for years to come here.

Pam was a HUGE supporter and organizer of the Los Angeles Wheelmen's Grand Tour.  Her California Triple Crown History Report can be found HERE.


Pam at her 40th High School Reunion



Roland wrote: "Calling our California Triple Crown "family" from near and far, we grasp our virtual hands in unity as the President of the LA Wheelmen Bicycle Club, Pam Leven has left us in passing at 3:00pm today at UCLA Medical Center in Westwood, CA.


She was a dynamic leader with the LA Wheelmen as she would head and participate in many of the club's events, including the original double century in the country, the Grand Tour. She loved to be with her cycling "family" within the club, and throughout the cycling community.

Pam is survived by her loving and supporting husband, Bob Geddes.

As we hold our virtual hands together, we bow our heads in unity as we bless Pam - as she heads into the heavens where our Lord will await her arrival to praise her highly for her dedication, kindness, enthusiasm, and her shear attention to needs and support for us all here on Earth. Her mission on Earth is now complete.

May peace be with you Pam, as you have been and continue to be loved by everyone that had the great pleasure of growing with you, learning with you, working with you, riding with you, and especially knowing you. May the tears from our eyes cleanse you during your "final ride" into the heavens as we praise your name from our hearts and soul . . . with tailwinds - always.

RIP Pam

~Roland Hoffman
California Triple Crown History"







Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Lee Mitchell's Fan Club Page

 
 
Some call him 'Fuzzy'.
 
Some call him 'Santa Claus'.
 
Some call him 'SAG Angel'.

On Sunday, September 1 2013, Chuck Bramwell wrote:"It is with a very heavy heart that I write to tell you that Lee Mitchell passed away Saturday from the cancer he had been battling.

Lee was one in a million. I will miss my good friend who helped me and thousands of cyclists in so many ways. I will miss hearing the fun music from his Red “BIKE VAN” and looking back to see his smiling face.

I know you will as well.

Barbara Anderson, the President of the Davis Bike Club, wrote in an e-mail on the Davis Bike club list this afternoon:

“Lee Mitchell, a dedicated and devoted friend and supporter of cyclists everywhere, but especially of the Davis Bike Club, died this morning.

Lee will be remembered for his unfailing smile, his signature "Santa Claus" look, his never-changing wardrobe, and his red mini-van blasting music to get you over that next hill. Most of all, we'll remember him for his unfailing SAG support, his generosity of spirit, and his single-minded concern for the safety of cyclists on the road.

I understand plans for a memorial service are pending but no definite date is yet set. As I learn more, I will pass it on.

Our heartfelt condolences to Lee's wife, Shirley, to his family, and to all those who counted him among our friends.

Barbara
Barbara Anderson
President, Davis Bike Club"

Lee, you were a great inspiration to me and to many cyclists.

Thanks for being such an amazing example to us.

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.
We will honor you in the days and months ahead.  We will share some of these many stories at the California Triple Crown Awards Breakfast on Sunday September 29, 2013 from 7:30 A.M. to about 9:30 A.M.   The Breakfast will be held under the gazebo in Pena Adobe Park which is where the Knoxville Double will Start and Finish the day before."
 
A memorial service will be held:
Sunday, September 29, 2013
02:30 PM - 06:30 PM
Veterans Memorial Center
203 East Fourteenth Street
Davis CA 95616
 
 
Lee's Obituary in the Sacramento Bell is HERE

Dan Shadoan wrote: "Have you ever found yourself riding a dark, lonely road heading for a finish line, your speed in the single digit range? You're wondering if you'll make the cut-off. You hear some distant music. And then Credence Clearwater booms through the night from the speakers on a red van. Your spirits rise and your bike speed increases exponentially. And this fuzzy-faced guy asks how you're doing from the driver's window.

Have you ever been riding the Davis Double, climbing Resurrection, and spokes start pinging and wrapping around your derailleur? "Is this the end of my ride?" you think. And miraculously a red van, driven by some kind of Santa, shows up with a myriad of perfect wheels in its back end for you to choose from.
 

Have you ever had a burning desire to challenge yourself to ride the Furnace Creek 508 or perhaps even Race Across AMerica and wondered who could help you? Someone says, "Call the red van guy". You do and he says, "Yes, I'll get a crew and organize everything for you. Just train up."


We all can call Lee Mitchell our friend for supporting us on so many big time challenges.
 
Lee Mitchell has set the standard for supporting us on Double Centuries, Brevets, and huge rides like the Furnace Creek 508, Hoodoo 500, and the Race Across America for over 30 years!!
 
In 1989, Lee was supporting John Hughes on the Furnace Creek 508
 
Lee giving Hugh Murphy a water bottle on the
1991 Furnace Creek 508
 
Lee with Steve Born and Rick Anderson at the start
of the 1998 Race Across America

 
With Anne Schneider and crew at 1998 Furnace Creek 508
 
Lee and his Red Bike Van supported us all the way on
 
Lee helps Rebecca Smith with her Windbreaker
 at the Start of the 2003 Race Across America
 
Lee with Jim Penseyres
at the start of the 2009 Race Across America
 
Lee Mitchell interviewed outside
 of Durango, Colorado on RAAM 2009
 
  
Lee with the Hammer Frogs at the 2010 Hoodoo 500
 
Lee on the Hoodoo 500 Course in Southern Utah
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
With Isabelle Drake at the 2011 Furnace Creek 508
 
Lee with John Robbins at the
 2010 California Triple Crown Awards Breakfast

Lee and Eric Smith were recognized at the
2010 California Triple Crown Awards Breakfast

Lee with Doug Goodwin at the
2012 California Triple Crown Awards Breakfast 

Just look HERE at how much he has given back to the Double Centuries in the California Triple Crown and that only shows his good work since 2004 … Lee has been supporting us since way back in the early 90’s!!!!

 

Lee was inducted into the California Triple Crown Hall of Fame way back in 2000 as shown HERE and in the Ultra Cycling Hall of Fame in 2004 as shown HERE

Glenn Mounkes, the President of the Davis Bike club, wrote: "Lee was also honored with the Davis Bike Club's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012.  As a cyclist who has been helped by Lee from, a handy floor pump for a flat tire to a ride to the Hospital after a bad crash, it was my privilege to present him with the Award at the September 14th "Lee Mitchell Day" Event."  

Lee at the start of the 2004 Race Across America 

Lee riding a good stretch on the 2004 Race Across America
 for the Grand PAC Masters 
 
Lee is starting treatment for cancer of the esophagus. It would be great to send cards to: 

Lee Mitchell
26 Clark Ct.
Woodland, CA 95776

Or you can add your stories by clicking "Post a Comment" at the bottom of this page.  Or you can send your stories and/or photos to Chuck at cbrams at caltriplecrown dot com and he'll add them here.
 
Or you can send emails to him at LeeBikeVan at aol dot com

Let's be sure Lee knows that we are on his team supporting him all the way on his challenge!!

Isabelle Drake wrote: “Lee is very optimistic and is a fighter. His Ultra Cycling experience will help him as he faces this unexpected challenge. He has helped so many of us over the years crewing, sagging, etc. and he really needs our support now!”

Let’s keep Lee in our thoughts and prayers!!
 
Chuck Bramwell
California Triple Crown Guy

Thanks to all of you, we turned Lee's house into a House of Cards!!
 
In May of 2013, Lee wrote me:

"Largely because of you our house has become a house of cards!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Many were from bike riders I never met but had heard me coming and were glad to know I was out there sagging, just in case. All helped me fortify myself.

Son Tim helped me sag the Davis DC yesterday. Good thing he was driving--I ended up exhausted early and we came home by 4 PM. Was first sag since fall Death Valley DC.
Will be more.
See you at Knoxville in September!
Hugs, Lee"


From Frank Neal, CTCDataGuy…
I first met Lee at the first time I had a challenge on a CTC Double.  It was Death Valley, the southern route, when it started and finished in Stovepipe wells.  I purposely bought new headlight batteries at the Trading Post because I did not want problems after dark.  Guess what?  The batteries were bad.  I was in that long stretch between Bad Water and Furnace Creek.  My headlight went dark.  There was little moonlight.  That is one dark stretch!  I had to ride down the middle of the road to follow what I could see of the white line to prevent myself from running off the road.  A vehicle came up from behind, so I pulled over to get out of the way.  Guess who?  Lee Mitchell.  He stopped and asked me if I needed anything.  I said, “Yes.  My headlight batteries died.  Do you have batteries?”  He replied, “Sure what size and how many do you need?”  I was ecstatic and grateful to this guy that looked like Santa Claus.  At that point, he was Santa Claus.

I was riding my first Davis double.  I had an eight speed cassette at that time.  I had moved up to a 54-tooth big chain ring because I liked to chase tandems on down hills.  After lunch there is a huge and fast downhill.  I was chasing the tandems.  I was in my 54/12 at the bottom, made the turn and did not realize there was an immediate climb.  I was Way in the wrong gear!  I stood up, but to no avail.  It was too steep.  I tried to shift gears and I twisted and broke my chain.  I kept asking all passing riders if they had a chain breaker.  If I could remove the broken link, I would be okay to finish.  Who showed up?  You guessed it:  Lee Mitchell.  Saved again by Santa Claus.

This next save was at Eastern Sierra Double.  I got up on Saturday morning to get ready for a good day of riding from Bishop to Mono Lake.  The weather was perfect.  One thing was missing.  I did not pack my bike shoes.  I ran up and down the halls to all of my friends to see if any one of them had an extra pair in their trunks.  I didn’t care what size.  No luck.  There was a bike shop on the ground floor of the motel, but it was closed and nobody knew how to contact the owner.  I was wearing court shoes.  That is all I had.  I went ahead and started thinking I could fix it somewhere on the course.  This was a bad idea.  I had the old Shimano SPD’s which are about the size of a half dollar.  The court shoes were sliding off the pedals.  I had to curl my toes just to stay on the pedals.  There was no way I could stand up.  My feet were cramping.  The Eastern Sierra has a big loop south of Bishop in around 25 miles returns close to Bishop.  I knew I was done by the time I got back to around Bishop.  I pulled over to wait for the Sweep SAG to take me back to Bishop.  This would be my first DNF.  Who showed up?  Who always shows up?  Lee Mitchell.  I said, “Lee, you have to take me in.  I am done”.  He said, “Frank, you never DNF?!”  I replied, “Look at my shoes.”  He looked down and saw I was wearing tennis shoes.  He said, “Oh yeah, you do have a problem.”  He got out of his van and opened up the back doors of his van and started going through his many parts drawers.  He said, “I have a very old set of platform pedals, with cages.  What would you think about trying a double century in tennis shoes with platform pedals and cages?”  I said, “Let’s give it a try.  I’m already dust.  I have nothing to lose.”  So he changed my pedals and I finished in tennis shoes.  My feet hurt for two weeks.  I had blisters on top of my blisters, but I did not DNF.  Now, this guy changed from Santa Claus to my SAG Angel.

I never DNF’ed a Double.  Guess who was always there to save me?  Lee Mitchell.

I have now retired from riding CTC Doubles, but have changed to supporting them.  Guess who is always there to educate me?  Lee Mitchell.

Another Lee Story:  I hope this is appropriate for mixed company.  This was last year at Death Valley Spring.

I had a ride share and a room share, so I made it a vacation and did not volunteer.  We stayed in the bungalows at the Furnace Creek Ranch.  The bungalows have patios.  As I walked past, Lee and Veronica Tunucci  were sitting there exchanging tall tales.  I stopped to say, “Hi.”

Lee knows I have followed him as a SAG with his major mentoring.

He said, “Frank, I bet I carry one thing you do not.”  Okay, I am always good to learn from Lee.  He said, “Do you carry tampons?”  Instantly, my mind was in high gear.  Why would I need to carry tampons?  I couldn’t figure out the answer.  I carry first aid and why would I need to carry tampons?  He smiles, “Take four women across the U.S. for RAAM and you will understand.”  Lee is so precious.  He is unassuming.  His smile says a lot.

For you, who know me well, I am Garfield the Kickstand Guy.  I never got to hear much of Lee’s music.  I always have had Garfield sitting on my bike bag.  Lee has a barking dog sound on his loud speakers.  That is what I always heard.  I was always amused because I knew it was Lee and I was well supported.

Lee is my SAG Mentor, my SAG Angel, and my constant goal to learn all I can from him.

My Best to Lee for a Speedy Recovery.  Respectfully submitted. – Frank Neal, a devoted SAG Student of Lee’s.  Thank you for letting me be your student.



On the 2013 Davis Double, John Clare wrote: "It was great to see the legendary Lee "Fuzzy" Mitchell out at the Davis Double. He has helped MANY of us finish rides. He in fact helped a rider with a broken wheel immediately after we took this shot."

Friday, December 28, 2012

Steve Bowen ... You Will Be Missed



"Nothing perfect lasts forever.
       Except in our memories."
            From the poster to the movie: "A River Runs Through It"

This is a place where people who loved Steve Bowen may feel free to write a memory they have of him, a story, or to say goodbye to a good friend. Please share your thoughts by clicking on the "Comments" at the bottom of the tribute below. You need not be a cyclist to share a memory here.

Sadly, Steve passed away while riding his last Century of 2012.  The photo above is one of the last, if not the last picture taken of Steve on his last ride with Marcella Piersol. Hollywood sign in the back, big smile on his face, and of course his CA Triple Crown Jersey!


Steve loved the long hard Double Centuries in the California Triple Crown as shown by his History Report HERE
Steve was passionate about all aspects of cycling and was the owner of Palos Verdes Bicycle Center
Steve was Vice President of the Los Angeles Wheelmen in 2002, 2003, and 2004.  He served as Chairman of the Los Angeles Wheelmen's Grand Tour in 2010.

On December 26, 2012, Tony Musorafite wrote:

"Morning everyone ...
I know some might wonder why I waited to send this important information out, but I did not want to ruin anyone’s Christmas with such sad news. On Sunday, Dec 23rd, Steve Bowen was out with Marcella Piersol doing his last century of the year (he did one a month with Marcela). Somewhere around Skirball Center Marcela stopped to wait for Steve, but he never showed up. She waited a few minutes when a car pulled up next to her and asked if she was waiting for another cyclist? He told her that there was a cyclist down just back up the road a bit, and within a minute she was back with Steve with two motorists already performing CPR.

It was fortunate that one of them was a doctor who continued CPR until the paramedics arrived. They rushed him to the hospital and continued CPR for about another ½ hour, but were unable to revive him.

I was told that Steve will be buried alongside his mom in Maryland, but aside from that I have no further information.

I know some of you have already heard the news, but if anyone has any updated information please feel free to pass it along. And if any SB Wheelmen riders can pass the message along to the club it would be much appreciated. I have already informed Planet ultra, and the LA Wheelmen.
Although I am deeply saddened by the passing of our great friend and riding comrade, I find some solace in the fact that he passed doing what he loved doing best…
 
With heavy heart….
 
Tony"

Seth Davidson wrote a great tribute to Steve HERE

There are many great comments on the Palos Verdes Bicycle Center Facebook Page

On Monday 1/21/13, the Palos Verdes Bicycle Center announced:
"In memory of Steve Bowen, we would like to invite you to his Memorial Service at Wayfarers Chapel on Saturday January 26th at 2pm as we share, remember, and celebrate his life.

Wayfarers Chapel
5755 Palos Verdes Drive South
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

Please feel free to ride your bike to the service.
Please RSVP to events@pvbike.com."

Jim Cook captured this good photo of Steve climbing the steep grade of the White Mountain climb on the 2012 White Mountain Double.


 

 
 
 
 

Marcel Hoksbergen posted this beautiful video of Steve's Memorial Ride on Facebook 
 
 
 

Friday, January 20, 2012

John T. Clare - A California Triple Crown Legend


The California Triple Crown family lost a true legend when John T. Clare passed away on Thursday, January 19, 2012.


Let's celebrate John T's life!!

This is a place where people who loved John T. may feel free to write a memory they have of him, a story, or to say goodbye to a good friend. Please share your thoughts by clicking on the "Comments" at the bottom of the tribute below. You need not be a cyclist to share a memory here.

The California Triple Crown family lost a really good friend
and a true legend of the sport with the passing of John T. Clare
on Thursday, January 19, 2012.
The above photo is from John T. Clare's incredibly impressive

John T. completed 152 Double Centuries in the California Triple Crown series, more than any other cyclist as of 2011!!  And he rode all of those Doubles since 1999!!

Two cycling legends shaking hands.

A memorial ride was held in his honor
on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012, lead by his son, John M. Clare.
Roland Hoffman, the California Triple Crown Video Guy, was there
to interview John's son and wife, Sandye, and create
this beautiful video tribute to this great cyclist.

In Roland's video interview here with Sandye, he asked her what it was like to ride some of the California Triple Crown Double Centuries on the tandem together.  As she wore John's favorite CalTripleCrown Custom Jersey, she explained: "There's nothing like it.  There's nothing like working together, really being a team and really feeling as one.  He brought me up to a level where I could ride the Doubles with him.  We only did 8 together.  I never thought that I could do it and he showed me that I could.  That was something very special about John.  He could bring you up to more than you thought you could be.  He always made me find something better in myself.  Because he was very much that way himself.  Whatever he did, he was going to be the best at it or he wasn't going to do it.  He brought that attitude to me and taught me that."


John's son said, "One of the things he might have been most proud of was when my son, and I and he did the California Triple Crown together.  We did the Thousand Mile Club that year.  There were a lot of things he was proud of.  But he was a family man and very family oriented.  That was a family accomplishment.  He had a lot of things to be proud of.  But I think that might have been one of the things he was most proud of."

The three generations of Clares rode the FIVE Double Centuries together in 2000.  Grandpa John T. rode 15 Doubles that year, son John M. rode 7 Doubles that year, and grandson Ian rode 5 Doubles that year.  One of the FIVE Doubles that they rode together that year was the Tour of Two Forests which has an "EXTREMELY HIGH" difficulty rating!!

John wrote for his Hall of Fame induction in 2003 that his best long distance cycling experience was : "Completing the Butterfield Double with my son John M. Clare (who has now done 33 Doubles) and my Grandson Ian Clare (who has done 6 Doubles, the 1st at 13 years of age).  You just can’t get a better high than doing something like this with your son and grandson!  It was the greatest!"


From his 2003 Hall of Fame induction: "On the bike, he sometimes gets philosophical and thinks about how fortunate he is to be in great health and live in a place where he can just go out and ride my bike like this.  Also how lucky he is to have a wife who has been with me for 41 years and a great son and a great daughter of whom he is  very proud, and 3 terrific grandkids.  What more could a person ask for?

His advice to new riders is:
- Pace yourself (don’t take off so fast, slow down and remember this is 200 miles you’re doing here)
- Eat right (don’t try something new, stick with what works for you)
- HYDRATE
- And remember that trying to gain time by going like a banshee downhill isn’t worth the risk.  It’s wiser to gain your time on the climbs, not the descents

His biggest improvement in the last year has been more consistent training which has given him much better condition.

He shared a funny story with me.  On one occasion, he was riding along with a couple of other guys.  We passed a rider with a flat on the side of the road.  Without stopping, one of the guys he was riding with asked if the guy with the flat needed anything.  He asked for a tube.  Still not missing a pedal-stroke, this guy pulled a tube out of his jersey pocket and tossed it to him, hitting him squarely in the face.   As they continued on, they heard “thanks!” … all of this transpired without the halting of their forward movement. 

Another great story he shared: "I was riding on a particularly windy day in an area covered with tumbleweeds.  At one point, there was a huge gust of wind, and the rider in front of me was suddenly engulfed in this massive 6-foot tumbleweed.  It virtually swallowed up both man and bike.  The poor guy struggled along trying in vain to extricate himself from this thing.  Those of us riding with him finally suggested that he turn around and let the wind blow the darned thing off him, which he did.  The plan worked, but the poor guy was really scratched up, and I don’t think he ever wants to hear the word “tumbleweed” again as long as he lives!" 

He is rightfully proud of cycling at this level at age 62 and still feeling like he's 35.  His personal philosophy is to act young and you will be young. 


He listed his proudest cycling achievements as:
1999 Hemet Double Century:  1st male rider in (along with Marc Patton).
- 2000 Hemet Double Century:  1st male rider in (along with Gregory Somerville)  Time: 10:54:00
- 2002 Fall Death Valley Double Century:  Came in with Craig Robertson, Kenneth Holloway, and Graham Pollack in 10:49:00, two minutes behind the 1st male rider in.
- 2002 Furnace Creek 508:  Team Bluebird, age 50+, second place in under 30 hours.
- He did 15 double centuries in 2001 and 15 double centuries in 2002
and he completed his 50th Double Century this year on the Solvang Double which was a great moment as we rode across the Finish Line together!!

In the 2004 Spring Death Valley Double, it was a pleasure
to climb Hell's Gate in the daylight with John.





I was riding WAY above myself here being towed by John
and my awesome Brother-In-Law, Troy Raffelson

We flew back to Stovepipe Wells together!!

Sandye was waiting for her husband after a fantastic day of cycling!!

John was inducted into the Furnace Creek 508 Hall of Fame in 2009 and you can see some great photos of him HERE.

In this video from the 2010 Camino Real Double, you can see John T. Clare riding east from Oceanside from 0:20 to 0:50.  He was very smooth on the bike.  Later he's seen pulling Chuck north to San Juan Capistrano.

Photo courtesy of Steve Meichtry

On the 2011 Knoxville Double, John looked so young
on the bike.  No one would believe he was 70 years old!!
Photo courtesy of Steve Meichtry

 On the 2011 Knoxville Double, Alan Ptak and I
 were able to hook up with John at mile 150.

It was my 100th Double Century.  I didn't realize it but it was John's 150th Double Century.  I was so happy to come up on him and be able to ride with John.  He was always a good guy to ride with but usually he was miles and miles ahead of me by late in the ride.  I found out that the only reason I was able to catch up with him was that he was recovering from the White Mountain Double which he rode the week before.  He explained that at age 70, it was taking him a little longer to recover from these tougher Double Centuries and the difficulty of White Mountain slowed him down a little on Knoxville.  I was so honored to ride with John!!  To finish my 100th and his 150th with John and Alan was the perfect way to complete these major milestone rides for all of us!!

All smiles at the last Rest Stop of the Knoxville Double.

At the finish, Frank Neal, the California Triple Crown Data Guy,
checked us in.  This was a great moment for John and I, made
better by the fact that we both rode in together.

The next day, John was a very sharp dressed man in his
CalTripleCrown Stage Race Jersey!!
Lynn Katano made the Hall of Famers CalTripleCrown badges with the
numbers of Doubles that each of us have ridden. 
Note than John's badge reads 150!!

John, you were a great inspiration to me and to many cyclists.

Thanks for leading the way.

Our thoughts and hearts are with your family.

We will honor you in the days and months ahead.

Chuck Bramwell
California Triple Crown Guy


John M. Clare and Scott Clare rode the
2013 Camino Real Double and wrote:
"Last weekend my younger son Scott and I got to honor my dad by riding the Camino Real Double. We rode the Calfee tandem that Mom and Dad rode in 8 doubles. We had a great time on a wonderful ride. Dad made sure we had great weather and no mechanical issues. We miss him but it is a privledge to honor him on the road with all of our CTC friends."