Today I had an off-site meeting and got to ride the with the Thursday Daily ride. Three of the five of us were former employees of Godfrey Advertising. I worked there from 1985 to 1998. Mike Zban and Cat Hollenbach both worked at Godfrey from the early 90s until a few years after I left. Both run advertising agencies of their own in Lancaster now.
When Cat and her husband Matt came to Lancaster they were accomplished mountain bike racers. They had been thinking about riding on the road. Both of them got road bikes. We started riding together at lunch and on Saturdays. The office was in Centerville in the early 90s. We had a route back and forth across the ridge between Centerville and Columbia we called the "Thousand-Foot Lunch Ride." It was about 1000 feet of climbing for an 18-mile ride.
Matt and Cat both became great road racers. In 1997, Cat was on the winning women's amateur team at the 24 hours of Canaan, West Virginia. That was Team Alloy Nipples. Later in the year, Cat was the winner in the Altoona Stage Race, the biggest amateur road event of the year in the 90s. Matt was on the top amateur team at Canaan in 1997 and on one of the top teams in the men's Cat 3 Road Race. My family went to the Altoona race and handed water bottles to Matt's team and Cat's team. Today Matt is still racing, Cat is still a strong rider, but is not racing.
During today's ride, Mike Zban reminded me of a ride when, in his words, "You dragged me and one of my friends all over the hills of southern Lancaster County." I rode with Mike when he started riding. He got strong fast and is now a top Cat 3 racer on one of the best teams in central PA. Mike was kind enough to ride in front of the pace line during most of the ride from Turkey Hill to Columbia and to hold the speed of the ride down when we climbed up to Highville.
It was a lot of fun to get back to riding with more friends.