Adding and subtracting in the FRF peloton

14 05 2016

The peloton giveth. And the peloton taketh away.

The most well-attended Fraser River Fuggitivi ride thus far rolled out from River Market powered by 13 pairs of legs. Over the course of the planned 85 km route, we were joined by four more, bringing our peloton to 17. But it’s the 18th rider who wasn’t there that brought us all together for a special Saturday outing.

The FRF prepares to roll out for a special Saturday ride to honour the passing of the peloton's missing man, John Lee, on the anniversary of his death.

The FRF prepares to roll out for a special Saturday ride to honour the passing of the peloton’s missing man, John Lee, on the anniversary of his death.

It’s the one-year anniversary of the passing of John Lee, our peloton’s missing man.

The memory of the FRF's missing man is carried with us on every ride.

The memory of the FRF’s missing man is carried with us on every ride.

John was a devoted family man who made it one of his life’s missions to instil his love for cycling into his daughter.

He brought her along to local races to share with her the excitement of the pack rounding a corner at speed, pedals and spokes whirring, the breeze generated by its passing blowing hair and hats askew.
During our group rides John told us of his cycling adventures with his daughter. Often, if our planned route was a long one, he’d veer off and head for home for an afternoon ride with her.

When word spread through our peloton last year of his sudden passing, we were all in disbelief; John seemed fit, a strong rider whose calves tirelessly pumped like pistons up hills, through the countryside, along the urban bike routes.

Sometimes the clock of life operates on its own schedule.

John made our group stronger in its formative seasons; he was ready to ride in all weather. He wasn’t caught up in cycling’s fickle fashion foibles; he loved his classic steel bicycle and eschewed modern clipless pedals for old-timey toe clips and leather straps wrapped snugly around his vintage lace-up shoes.

But he’d be proud of the group’s growing dynamic and the new kit that turned heads as we rode into the turf of other established groups like Glottman-Simpson on their traditional riding day. It was as if the FRF was announcing its official arrival on the local road riding scene.

The new FRF kit turned heads.

The new FRF kit turned heads.

It’s fitting then, that our John Lee Memorial Ride was also a bit of a coming out celebration for the FRF.

After picking up a few stragglers, the FRF peloton was 17 strong, it's largest pack thus far.

After picking up a few stragglers, the FRF peloton was 17 strong, it’s largest pack thus far.

 

An impressive assembly of bikes as the FRF represents at Dageraad Brewery.

An impressive assembly of bikes as the FRF represents at Dageraad Brewery.

 

Hoisting a toast to John Lee at Dageraad Brewery, which was marking an anniversary of its own with an outdoor party.

Hoisting a toast to John Lee at Dageraad Brewery, which was marking an anniversary of its own with an outdoor party.

 

The FRF peloton will soon lose its cap man, as Richard pulls up stakes to head east and fly the new team kit in and around Ottawa.

The FRF peloton will soon lose its cap man, as Richard pulls up stakes to head east and fly the new team kit in and around Ottawa.

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