Alto Velo will be hosting a memorial ride for John Peckham at 9:30 AM on Saturday, September 8, 2007.
On the first anniversary of the tragic loss of our friend John, please join us in remembering him at an informal gathering on Old Page Mill Road, followed by a moderately-paced ride through Portola Valley and Woodside, Canada Road to Hwy 92 and back. We will return along much the same route, ending the ride in downtown Los Altos for do-it-yourself post-ride refreshments.
DIRECTIONS & ROUTE: All are welcome. We will meet near the intersection of Old Page Mill Road & Page Mill Road in Palo Alto (where the PA Noon Ride meets) at 9:30 AM. We will allow the Saturday Spectrum Ride to pass by and then we will proceed to the site of the tragedy for a few moments of remembrance and flower placement. We will then ride at a "conversational pace" over the traditional Portola Valley Loop (Page Mill, Arastradero Rd, Alpine Rd, Portola Valley Rd), connecting with Canada Road via Mountain Home Road, then out Canada Road to Hwy 92 and back. We will then retrace our route to Alpine Road, descend to Junipero Serra, and take Junipero Serra/Foothill to Los Altos. The route is ~30 miles of rolling hills, with no steep or long climbs.
PARKING: Please ride to the gathering location, as no parking is available there. Limited parking is available nearby at: the Page Mill/280 Park & Ride; on Stanford Ave, off of Junipero Serra (just north of Page Mill); and in downtown Los Altos (~5 mi away).
PLEASE NOTE: As this is an informal ride and will not be supported or sagged, please familiarize yourself with the route beforehand and be prepared to complete it on your own, if necessary. Shorter routes are also available. Please ride to the right hand side of the road, obey all traffic signals, and stop at all stop signs.
"John Peckham was a member of the Webcor/Alto Velo Elite cycling team. More important than his racing, John was a great teammate who had an easy going manner and was enthusiastic about everything he did. John had a strong presence, and a clear confidence despite being very soft spoken. John's incredible talent, infectious smile, easy demeanor, and positive attitude were impossible to miss on or off the bike. Words cannot express the loss we all feel and what John meant to those he came in contact with. John will be missed greatly by family, friends, teammates, and the cycling community."
Please forward this announcement to all interested parties.
Regards and many thanks,
Alto Velo Bicycle Racing Club