Winston-Salem Journal: Solar Bear Ride

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

Solar Bear Ride

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  • Cycling Saturday - August 16
  • 9 a.m. A 50-mile ride out into the rolling countryside in Yadkin County leaving from the Journal parking lot at Fifth and Spruce streets. A shorter 10-mile loop using the city’s greenways will begin at 10:30 a.m.
    Noon – 3 p.m. A loop of downtown streets blocked off for cycling family fun. Food, drink and music throughout.
    7 p.m. – Concert for Cancer Services at the Old Winston Social Club, 1131 Burke Street, featuring the bo stevens.

    All events are free and open to the public; donations to Cancer Services of Winston-Salem happily accepted.

Amy Canter
  • Amy Canter
  • Education: University of Southern Maine, University of Maine. Master’s, UNCG
    Occupation: Registered dietician
    Family: Married
    Experience: Recreational rider, with a few cyclocross races. But “you never know what the future holds.”
    Why I ride: To spend time in nature, challenge myself to do things I think are a stretch for my capabilities, prevent disease, stress management and enjoy time with my husband and step-daughter.

David Fain
  • David Fain
  • Education: East Carolina University
    Occupation: Business owner
    Family: Married, two sons 15 and 19
    Experience: Bike riding was my primary means of transportation when I was a kid. I rode everywhere...more recently, I've participated in triathlons and in area distance cycling events.
    Why he rides: Fellowship, competition, good health and a love for the outdoors. "I loved riding bikes as a kid and about 5 years ago, after many 'inactive' years, decided to get moving again."
Carl Karpinski
  • Carl Karpinski
  • Education: East Carolina University
    Occupation: Wells Fargo, banker
    Family: Married, three sons ages 26, 24 and 19
    Experience: Has been riding since 1993, triathlete, long-distance rider
    Why he rides: For his health, the camaraderie and being outdoors. "We're not afraid to ask people where we are."
Jim Olson
  • Jim Olson
  • Education: North Carolina State University
    Occupation: Businessman
    Family: Married, two daughters ages 22 and 18
    Experience: Triathlete, long-distance rider, swimmer
    Why he rides: "This will be my first one, so I have no idea what to expect. I do know the Welch brothers like to make you pay. Biking is a feel good sport...remember how great it felt to ride as a kid? It still does..."
Scott Sexton
  • Scott Sexton
  • Education: University of North Carolina at Greensboro Occupation: Columnist, Winston-Salem Journal
    Family: Son, 19, and a daughter, 17
    Experience: Not much – a little over two years. Frequently left behind, but have completed several long-distance rides
    Why I ride: First time crossing the state, I ride for my health – mental and physical – and because it’s fun to see how I stack up.
Jim Vaughan
  • Jim Vaughan
  • Education: Bowling Green State University, Ohio Northern University School of Law
    Occupation: Attorney, Blanco Tackbery & Matamoros, P.A.
    Family: Married, two children – a 18-year-old daughter and a 15-year-old son
    Experience: Started riding in the 1980s, gave it up for 25 years, then started back up four years ago at age 50. Has logged more than 4,000 miles on the road every year since.
    Why he rides: To stay in shape, enjoyment and competition between friends. "I like riding with people of similar ability who push me. It's a good, healthy activity that helps keep you feeling young
David Welch
  • David Welch
  • Education: University of North Carolina
    Occupation: Senior commercial loan officer, Capital Bank
    Family: Married; two sons, 21 and 19
    Experience: Triathlete, long-distance rider for five years
    Why he rides: "I enjoy doing this stuff because I don't know how much longer I'll be able to do it. So I'm going to as long as this old body allows."
Philip Welch
  • Philip Welch
  • Occupation: Financial planner
    Education: Elon College, MBA South College
    Family: One son, 3
    Experience: Has been riding consistently for three years
    Why he rides: "I enjoy this stuff so I can have another sport that I am better at than my brother David … Cycling is a great way to relieve stress, stay in shape and build long-term friendships with people who have the same interests."
Fred Williams
  • Fred Williams
  • Education: Miami (Ohio)
    Occupation: Wells Fargo, sales consultant
    Family: Married, two children, a son 14 and a daughter, 12
    Experience: Some sprint triathlons, cycling for four years
    Why he rides: "With work and kids, there's always something going on, so it's great to be able to let your mind go, enjoy the scenery and get a good workout at the same time."
Matt Canter
  • Matt Canter
  • Education: North Forsyth High
    Occupation: Service manager Ken’s Bike Shop
    Family: Married
    Experience: Riding long distances and racing since 1989
    Why he rides: "Just the ability to go out on a bicycle and come back with a clear, happy head."



Disclaimer: This is not a scientific poll

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