Re: [messengers] Cyclist getting his klicks

Date: 10 Feb 2010 16:15:10 +0100
From: "andy duncan" <mcbstrd@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>

I admit to being as compulsive. I have a little book where every bit of data from my bike computer is noted at the end of every trip. Since September 1988 I have cycled 165854 km - which is more than four times round the world. 

Bully for me!


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From: Joe Hendry <messvilleto@xxxxxxxxx>
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Subject: [messengers] Cyclist getting his klicks
Date: Tue, 9 Feb 2010 03:58:32 -0800 (PST)

Cyclist getting his klicks


Spins toward million mark



By: Geoff Kirbyson


Free Press, February 9, 2010


Lindsay Gauld is no astronaut but the mileage he has piled
up over the past four-and-a-half decades is out of this world.


His odometer has just passed the 919,000-kilometre mark and
at his current pace of about 30,000 km a year, he hopes he'll pass the magic
million some time before his 65th birthday in May 2013.


Those numbers might be common for airplanes or a space
shuttle but Gauld, 61, has done it all on a bicycle. (Actually, 50 or 60

If you're not a numbers person, Gauld has essentially gone
to the moon and back and then nearly half-way to the moon again.


Gauld knows how far he has gone because he has tracked his
road work since he took up cycling in 1966. As a competitive cyclist, he
started graphing his mileage to plan his training properly so he could peak at
the proper times. Today, he does it out of habit as a bike courier with Sierra


"It's easier now because I've got a bike computer. I
have that goal of one million kilometres now so I do it to keep track. I've
always been a compulsive-obsessive," he said.


Gauld said he didn't want to put his feet up four years ago
after selling Olympia Cycle & Ski, which he founded in 1981, and being a
bike courier seemed like a logical thing to do.

"It's a healthy way to spend my life. Somehow it feels
righteous to keep one car off the road. It's a way of going out riding all day
with my wife (Lynne's) blessing," he said.

Gauld puts in about 650 km during the work week and then
goes for a few "shorter" rides on the weekend.


"I'm the opposite of most working people," he
said. "They sneak in a little ride during the week and go for longer rides
on the weekend. I need a rest by then."


Gauld said he believes he is still the only road cyclist
from Manitoba
ever to make the Olympic team. (During his 208-km race in Munich, he was one of 24 cyclists involved in
a crash. He ended up crossing the finish line in 61st place.)


"It's more about the journey than the
destination," he said.


As disappointed as he was to have crashed, Gauld said he
quickly realized the relative insignificance of his race, which came three days
after 11 Israeli athletes and coaches plus one West German police officer were
killed by terrorists in the Munich Massacre.

He said the athletes' village consisted of townhouses and
the Canadians were only two rows away from where the Israelis were staying.


"We could see the police commanders on the roof of the
South Koreans' building with machine guns. We were all evacuated from the
village at that point. We went through a large parking lot. It was lined with
soldiers in trucks with large guns. They weren't sure what was going to happen
or where," he said.


"The terrorists cut their way through the fence right
by the end of our building (when they broke in). I felt really badly for the
Israelis. That was the end of innocence in sport."

Nearly 40 years after his Olympics, Gauld still races
competitively. He completed a 135-mile race on snowmobile trails in Minnesota last weekend.
Riding on "big fat-tire bikes" he clocked in at 23 hours and 28
minutes, good for 11th out of 102 riders.


He even takes a bike with him when he goes on holidays.
Sometimes, if it's going to be too much hassle, he arranges to rent a bike at
his destination, as he's doing in Houston
later this month.


"I'll probably just ride 90 minutes a day. We have
other things we want to look at there. If I was just going to ride all day, I
might as well stay here," he said, before adding hastily, "if it was
a race, though, I'd take my own bike."


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