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….

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"

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