Lindsay Gauld Clocks a Cool Million

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
11:30 am
The Forks, Winnipeg, MB
Bring your bike!!

18 comments

Isn’t it at Arrowhead 135 in Minnesota that he’s hitting the mill for real?

by Kim on January 22, 2013 at 10:24 pm. Reply #

Yes, my mistake, thanks!I was thinking Iditarod.

by CycleChick on January 22, 2013 at 10:28 pm. Reply #

A real hero indeed. Continuing to redefine what aging looks like. Congratulations Lindsay.

by His Bradness on January 22, 2013 at 10:26 pm. Reply #

He should start competing with Danny Chew, the “Million Mile Man” (he was around 710,000 mi. as of September 2012, his latest monthly stats update)

http://www.dannychew.com

by Jason on January 23, 2013 at 1:06 am. Reply #

Here’s hoping for an Olympic sized turnout of bikers to show Lindsay how huge his accomplishment really is and as you said to show Winnipeg who we think a Real hero is … on his bike – not alone!

by Tom K on January 23, 2013 at 6:45 pm. Reply #

There are a few people around that I admire and respect for their athletic prowess and modesty. Then there are people like Linsday that I am just in awe of. Total different scale of Badassery indeed. :)

by edward on January 23, 2013 at 7:24 pm. Reply #

Awesome and inspiring, Lindsay’s never been one for half measures. Congratulations when you hit it.

by Glenn Allen on January 23, 2013 at 7:33 pm. Reply #

I have a warranty issue on my1981 Bianchi that he sold me.

Maybe if I bring it……

by DOD on January 24, 2013 at 3:24 am. Reply #

You should!!

by CycleChick on January 26, 2013 at 1:20 pm. Reply #

I ride about 5000K per year, so i need 200 years! holy snot.

What an accomplishment!

by Michael on January 24, 2013 at 3:09 pm. Reply #

https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc7/320956_326138244172163_600526441_n.jpg
Cycle Chick… These are you!!

by Michael Lewallen on January 26, 2013 at 6:06 am. Reply #

HAHA! Those are awesome, Michael!

by CycleChick on January 26, 2013 at 1:20 pm. Reply #

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by Scheduling « Athena Bike Club on January 26, 2013 at 7:44 pm. Reply #

Going to have to find some better gloves if the long-term forecast for Saturday holds, but barring something major, I’ll be there. Lindsay deserves all the celebration we can give him.

by Dave Bartel on January 28, 2013 at 5:20 am. Reply #

Nice to see such a positive event to report on after the gloom of the Armstrong confession.

by Trevor on January 29, 2013 at 6:30 pm. Reply #

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