Big Ed says Goodbye

Ed Kohler, aka ‘Big Ed’ is moving to Idaho. The Stockton Bicycle Club is really going to miss him. And those of us who found shelter from the wind riding on his wheel will especially miss him.

Big Ed Says Goodbye

Big Ed is a big guy. He is very fit and can churn away with lots of power for a long time, especially on flat terrain.  So he always had some devoted followers, especially when the ride pointed into the wind.

Ed is a retired Stockton Police Officer, and he is a friendly, outgoing and no nonsense kind of guy. Just a really dependable and strong character. He has been a good friend and riding companion of mine and I was always glad to see him at the start of a ride. I wasn’t alone; Big Ed had a lot of friends.

Lyle Liden hosted a good bye ride, and all the Tuesday/Thursday riders who could attend were there. Ed made a very nice speech, mentioning how much he had enjoyed riding with SBC and all the good times and good friends he had enjoyed interacting with over the years.

He did tell the story of his first club ride, and I recount it because it is typical experience: it certainly was for me my first time. Big Ed had been a bicycle patrol officer, and he came to his SBC club ride thinking he was pretty fit and a  pretty good rider. He was surprised by the difficulty of the hills and the pace of some of the riders, and he was really dragging off the back towards the ride’s end. He says that I stayed behind to escort him home. I don’t remember this, but I know I have done something similar more than once when new riders get dropped. Big Ed quickly became much stronger and better in the hills. These days when the ride is on flat ground I’m the one struggling to hold his wheel. And now that wheel is off to Idaho.

The Club is really going to miss you Big Ed. We wish you all the best in your new home. If/When you come back to visit your kids come join us for a ride. We’ll be happy to see you again!

 

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