by CycleChick on January 22, 2013
“I suppose it’s a testament to a simple or easily amused mind, but I’ve been keeping track of my mileage ever since I started cycling in 1965. I saw a graph in a British cycling magazine in my first week of cycling and thought it seemed like a good idea.
As of today, I’m at 999,111 Kms. I plan to reach a million at some point during the Arrowhead 135. Not sure if I’ll stop to party but I’m probably too competitive for that.”
– Linsday Gauld
A million kilometers. That’s the equivalent of riding around the world 25 times, people. I’m just guessing here, but there probably aren’t many people in the world who have done that.
If you live in Winnipeg and ride a bike, you have heard of Lindsay Gauld. He was, after all, in the 1972 Olympics. Maybe you’ve bought a bike from him, raced alongside him (or probably somewhere behind him), or perhaps even had a package delivered by him. Or maybe you’ve just heard about this amazing guy who just will not stop – a real hero.
From Olympian to bike shop owner to bike courier, to say Lindsay is a cycling legend seems inadequate. After last year’s terrifying Iditarod Invitational, he even has his own Epic Scale of Badassery. Did I mention that Lindsay is 64? Don’t tell him though, I’m pretty sure he doesn’t know.
On February the second at 11:30 am, Lindsay will be riding his millionth kilometer. Since he will technically reach a (very) cool million somewhere in Minnesota, the establishment decided we should celebrate the occasion symbolically somewhere a little closer to home.
As he rides down the frozen Rivertrail into the Forks port, there will be a celebration honouring this achievement. That celebration should involve people on bikes.
As part of the celebration they are hoping to have 1000 riders on their bikes in the Forks port to welcome Lindsay as he rides in. So we will be there. We have been asked to spread the word. So spread it we shall.
Lindsay’s Cool Million
Saturday, February 2, 2013
The Forks, Winnipeg, MB
Bring your bike!!