Fallen Riders - Future Riders (FR2)
For the past 15 years, Escape Velocity Cycling has been introducing young riders to the sport of cycling through our DEVO youth development program. The sport of cycling is comprised of riders of varying athletic abilities, a wide range of ages, various backgrounds, some of whom also organise cycling events, coach cyclists or develop the sport in some way. Much of the work that is done to build and promote the sport is done through tireless volunteers, without whom this sport would not exist at the level it does.
Over the years, the sport has lost a number of valued and cherished individuals, through illness or accident, leaving a void and causing great sadness within the cycling community. Very often, those people feeling the loss may wish to help out in some way, perhaps with a donation to a recognised charity that was close to the heart of the deceased individual, or by choice of their surviving family. The Fallen Riders – Future Riders Fund is a new initiative by Escape Velocity designed to memorialise those individuals who have passed away while helping to reduce the financial barriers to families whose children wish to participate in the sport of competitive cycling. We have teamed up with the National Sport Trust Fund to provide a means for donors to make a tax-deductible donation to this worthy cause.
Escape Velocity merged with Team Soliton in 2006, bringing the two clubs together into one. As a result of this, some of the inductees in this memorial may never have actually been a member of Escape Velocity. In fact, we don't strictly require that any inductee be an alumni of this club.
With the permission and support of the surviving family members, we would like to present our list of fallen riders with the hope that you may want to donate to this worthy cause knowing that these people or their families, support this initiative. Thank you in advance for your support.
Dave purchased his first road bike from Jubilee Cycle in the spring of 1978 as a way to get into shape. After cycling on the Gulf Islands and through the Canadian Rockies Dave started to get serious about riding. He decided competitive cycling was something he wanted to pursue. In the spring of 1979 Dave got a racing licence and entered his first Tuesday Nighter at UBC and was hooked. Dave raced most of the local races; as well, his job as a travelling salesman allowed him to enter races around B.C. and Alberta. When he was travelling for business, he worked his schedule around the race calendar. In 1984 Dave retired from racing to concentrate on raising his family.
Through the ensuing years he continued to cycle to stay in shape but did not ride competitively. He was always busy with work and family but found the time to put a lot of miles in on weekends and riding to and from work. In 2001 Dave decided he wanted to try Track riding and joined the Burnaby Velodrome where he became a regular fixture in Master’s Races. Dave was given the nickname “Dave Kosick The Kosmonaut” by Jeremy Storey, which he thought was quite an honour. In 2003 he joined Team Soliton and raced as a Master on both the road and the track as a member of Soliton.
Dave became a member of Escape Velocity through the 2006 merger with Team Soliton. Dave continued participating in our E-V Spring Series races, training and racing at the velodrome, Wednesday nights with Phoenix Velo at Mission Raceway and commuting to his work in Gloucester industrial area of Langley. In 2010, he participated in the inaugural Whistler Gran Fondo. He was a tireless volunteer at many local cycling events, and served on the Board of Directors at the Burnaby Velodrome for years. Dave passed away in December 2012 at age 59.
Doug Preston was a long-time member of Team Soliton, coming to Escape Velocity in the 2006 merger. Doug started off in competitive cycling in the 1980s, with the first recorded activity being a time trial on Barnston Island. In more modern times, he had been a regular feature at races in the Lower Mainland, both as a racer and as a volunteer. He spent countless hours working the boards over at the Burnaby Velodrome, permanently fixed on finding a bit more speed and endurance. He definitely put the time in on the saddle.
Doug was something of a free spirit. The earliest recollection of Doug was by the group of time-trialists waiting on the Barnston Island side of the ferry for this new guy to show up for the first time. After some time, the group finally saw a yellow Cannondale approaching, being piloted by a fellow with long, flowing locks of blonde hair. It was Doug. At another time, Doug had just finished a winter group training ride and happened upon a children's learn-to-ride clinic in a mall parking lot. He told his group that we was going to go over and really show the kids how to ride a bicycle. Doug proceeded to pop a wheelie in front of the class, and then promptly over-rotated and fell off the back of his bike.
Doug was never one to turn down an opportunity to volunteer, whether it be the Warp Speed time trial, or the EV Spring Series. Between racing and helping, he was out to virtually every race. One Spring Series race in 2008, Doug was stationed along “0 Ave” at 272 Street. Other than being very windy at times, not much happens at this corner. Being along the Canada-US border, there are cameras located at regular intervals to monitor the security of the otherwise un-challenged line. After hours of watching the race go by, lap after lap, the two noticed that the nearby pole-top camera was no longer trained along the border line. Instead, it was pointing straight down at Doug in the middle of the intersection with his safety vest and stop paddle. He did not want to miss out on the attention, so after making friendly gestures in the direction of the camera for some time, he began giving his best air-guitar act, jumping and gyrating around in the intersection. That was Doug.
Doug died tragically in February of 2009. The cycling community organised a sendoff for Doug, held informally at the Tynehead Community Hall a few weeks later.
Lorne grew up in Mackenzie, BC, leaving to attend UBC in 1978 to play hockey and earn his Bachelor of Education degree. It was in the early 1980s that cycling took its hold on him. He spent a year cycling and travelling around the South Pacific and when he returned to Vancouver, he was back to racing his bike. He was one of the founding members of the Team Soliton Cycling Club, a powerhouse racing team, and together the Club worked hard at giving back to the cycling community. Lorne and Soliton team-mate Peter Reid organized a Learn-to-Ride program for little ones. In 1988 during Lorne's tenure with the UBC Intramural program, he and Peter organized the team selection races for the National Olympic Road Team, with events held in both Whistler and the Vancouver area. A teaching opportunity took Lorne to New Zealand and while there he was an active racing member of the Southland Cycling Club. Lorne organized a cycling group at the high school where he taught. By 1990, he was back in Vancouver, but did return to New Zealand in 1994 with three Soliton teammates to ride the Tour of Southland for a second time.
Back in Canada he continued teaching and eventually became a school administrator. He organized and coached a variety of school sports and was constantly encouraging the sport of cycling among staff and students. He was a great supporter of youth and cycling and always did what he could to get kids on their bikes. Lorne felt a need for Team Soliton to give back to the community so the annual Toy Ride was born in the early 1990s. This was a chance for riders to get together for a relaxed social ride while making a contribution to the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau. This event continued under Escape Velocity following the merger of the two clubs in 2006.
Throughout his career Lorne met students who were battling cancer, so when the Ride to Conquer Cancer came to Vancouver in 2009 Lorne was one of the first participants to sign up. He had planned to repeat the ride in 2010 to continue to help in the battle against cancer. In a tragic turn of irony, Lorne was diagnosed with cancer himself in May of that year and was unable to participate in the ride again. Lorne passed away in January 2011.
Lorne will be remember as a kind and caring individual, who was always willing to help others. He was the quiet worker who often stayed on the sidelines to avoid unnecessary recognition. Many family, friends and colleagues continue to honour his legacy by riding every year on Team Bodin to raise money for cancer research. Fellow administrators in the Richmond School District organize the annual Bodin Bike Ride to raise money for a scholarship fund in Lorne's name.
Jeremy Storie has a special place in our hearts at Escape Velocity Cycling. In addition to knowing many local cyclists personally and developing the sport within the Vancouver area, he was also the creator of our DEVO youth development program and its coach for a number of years. Many of the riders he coached over the years either went on to compete at elite levels or in turn became cycling coaches themselves.
Jeremy's achievements were vast. His resume would fill volumes. At the Burnaby Velodrome, he was involved in coaching, program development, organising races and playing colour commentator at those races. People will remember his wild nick-names for every rider on the track, making a play on the person's name or some personal characteristic. Jeremy came across as a strong-willed individual; you either loved the guy, or you didn't. He would have given you the shirt off his back to help you out and safe to say that most people in the cycling community would have reciprocated.
As much as Jeremy was enthusiastic about getting youth out on their bikes, he was also strict in having them ride on safe equipment and would not hesitate to send a young rider home if his or her bicycle was not up to the challenge that day.
Jeremy was always a trickster and would never miss a laugh at someone else's expense. Like the time at a 2007 Spring Series race when he gave a portable toilet a minor tilt when one of his former DEVO riders, now the race organiser, was inside.
The magnitude of this loss really became apparent a few weeks after we lost Jeremy when a gathering was held in his honour. More than a few hundred close friends and cyclists shared their grief and funny stories, just how many people cared a great deal for this man. Through his coaching tenure, he developed some very close relationships with riders and their families. In many cases, he was a part of young riders' lives as they transitioned into adulthood and in a way, taught them much more than just about competitive cycling. Brother and sister Marsh and Noe Cooper told the crowd about their experiences in cycling with Jeremy, both starting out in the program at very young ages.
Noe's first big race was Enumclaw when she was only fourteen years old. He was there for her at the start, and helped her out near the end when she went down. "Jeremy created a safe community where all us kids could grow up and transition into adulthood. Jeremy taught us about things that are bigger than bike racing. He taught me how to be a good friend. .. Jeremy taught me to care unconditionally. Jeremy made us feel incredibly special, confident and loved."
Marsh Cooper met Jeremy in 1999 at a local race and was invited to join the DEVO program. His first event was also Enumclaw. Marsh move up through the junior ranks under the coaching supervision of Jeremy. Jeremy telephoned Marsh on a regular basis to discuss training and drove Marsh and other riders to races. Through Jeremy's guidance and dedication, Marsh competed at the 2003 Canadian National Championships for qualification and earned a spot to represent Canada at the Junior World Championships in Russia. As Marsh put it, "He inspired and demanded total commitment by setting his expectations high. We all worked hard to try and meet those goals. He believed in us and inspired us to believe in ourselves. He has touched many lives."