WheelPeople Looking Back

CRW Communications Committee
10 Years Ago - October 2009
Long-time CRW members Linda and Barry Nelson completed their 14th Pan-Mass Challenge in 2009. Recognizable on CRW rides with their tandem bicycle, in two previous iterations of the PMC, they made it a family affair by riding a triple with their son. In regional news, cyclists celebrated the opening of Phase 1 of the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail in Chelmsford on August 29th. The section of the trail that was opened runs 6.8 miles through Lowell, Chelmsford, and Westford. Phase 2A of the BFRT opened in the spring of 2018, connecting Phase 1 to Carlisle and Acton. 
25 Years Ago - October 1994
The unofficial theme of the October 1994 newsletter was ultraendurance cycling, with ride reports from Boston-Montreal-Boston (740+ miles in under 90 hours) and a first-hand account of Rob Kish’s winning Race Across America effort from support crew member Lori Reed. A notable motivational quote from the first day of the race: “At noon, Rob has covered 390 miles and he stops for his first break off the bike but doesn’t sleep. He gets a 10 minute massage while I apply sunblock. 11:00pm At 550 miles, Rob finally sleeps for 2 1/2 hours. I work on his legs while he sleeps. By 2:0am, he’s showered and back on the bike.”
50 Years Ago - October 1969
A Western Mass. Berkshire Foliage Tour was advertised for October 11-12, with options leaving from Westfield and Pittsfield. The 45 mile Westfield ride was advertised as having “…not great [mileage] but the scenery is superb and you’ll get your exercise from hill climbs. If the weather is anything better than AWFUL, the ride will be GREAT.” Overnight accommodations were suggested at Mrs. Ferry’s for $3.00 a night or camping at Bousquets at $0.75 a night.


I love this column! It’s really fun to look back. $0.75 a night for camping is wild. Also, accounts about the Race Across America, no matter from when, never cease to amaze.