Look Who’s Loving the Bike: October 2011

Stacey Hanna – USA

“I have been fighting alongside my husband in a custody battle since we got married two years ago in June 2009. I have three daughters even though I only birthed two. I was repeatedly told I was not her mother, and we were accused of all sorts of drama and trauma. This fight is over and we have our daughters all together again. I have been diagnosed with diabetes, had kidney stones busted up, and spent time recovering during February 2011. My doctor told me to exercise. My heart said get on a bike.  My mother is now quadriplegic after a medical coma induced on Valentine’s Day. I adopted a dog destined for me while she was sick, and almost gave him away. He is the doggy love of my life.  I turned 40 in April, and I felt my life spinning out of control this winter and spring. I moved into my parents’ home in April in order to take care of my mom full-time, and was able to talk my dad into letting me keep my dog. The only peace I get from all of this is the time I spend on my bike.

I was able to ride my bike pulling a trailer with my 87 pound ten-year old daughter riding in the trailer and her bike strapped to the outside of the trailer. I feel like the world is manageable if I remember to take it slow. On a cruiser, there is no other way.”

Francois Coene – Belgium

“When I was a kid Eddy Merckx won everything. In 1976 it was Lucien Van Impe who won the Tour de France. I was eleven years old en it was the hottest summer so far. Since then cycling impressed me. I did competition at my 15th for 4 years and even now I still like my “iron horse”.  In Belgium cycling is overwhelming, it is like as a hobby. For me it is like a drug.”

Steve Ross - Orange County, CA

“In the mid-west farm area where I grew up, a bicycle was a kids first mode of transportation from A to B… no romance to speak of. However, that all changed for me, back in my mid-twenties when I moved to The Strand in Manhattan Beach, CA. Riding hard all day turned into a romance with not only my road bike, but how I felt after 80 mile ride.”

Ian Redmond – Ireland

“When I was about 10 I tried every sport.  Soccer, (hurling football <- two Irish sports), swimming, handball, racquetball, tennis, karate, I could go on for days, But then when I was in school one day I was talking to my friends and they said there was a cycling club in Ireland.So when the bell rang I went home and told my parents about it.  So one Friday night I went to the local park and they supplied me with a bike for a lend for a few weeks.  Straight away I thought it was very good.  Then I stopped it for a while to go back playing soccer.  But i got sick of the soccer.  It was always Cycling or Soccer.  So I decided to give up the soccer and it was the best choice I have ever made.  I never won a race until I was in the junior ranks and that was last year. I got 2nd on the track in the nationals in 2006 and that was my best achievement up until last year a few 2nds 3rds and 4ths. I got to know so many people through the sport like I got to know Darryl (@lovingthebike) on twitter and he is such a sound person.  Cycling isn’t just about winning its all about taking part, and enjoying your self.  If I didn’t win a race I wouldn’t be upset I’d just go out the next time when there’s a race and  keep trying.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/staceyjohanna Stacey Hanna

    I rode in the Heights this weekend. It was an awesome bike rally weekend. So many little bikers! I really enjoyed seeing them. I go so slow I have time to spot the snow cone trailer!

  • http://www.reasons2ride.com/ Joel Phillips

    Stacey’s story really touches my heart.  She is in tune with the spiritual and mental fitness cycling provides.  Like I wrote once, 

    “Young or old, one thing will always be the sameLife will test you, try you push you to the edgeWell prepared are you though, from the bike lane”

    Way to go Stacey, what a story of inspiration, you have the heart of a champion.

    Thanks Darryl….