Saturday, September 19, 2009

Cyclist's Ashes to Be Spread on Route 9W

An observance ride is being planned for Patrick O'Donoghue, long time New York City cyclist who died of brain cancer late September last year.

During that ride, his ashes will be spread along Route 9W, the route he loved the most.

The ride will be held next Saturday, September 26, leaving at 9:30 a.m. from the front of Strictly Bicycles in Fort Lee, NJ.

It is being organized by Jim Boyd and other Century Road Club Association members, who will be meeting after the regular am race held in Central Park at the Central Park Boathouse at 8:30 am that day join others in New Jersey.

Originally from Ireland, Pat was an amazing cyclist and an amazing person. He was the only cyclist I knew (at least around here) who could get me up to 35 mph on the flats coming home from Nyack. The last I saw him he told me he had cancer, but he was so strong, I never thought it would kill him.

I have been thinking a lot about Pat lately, and how much energy and gusto he put into life. He was a big man with incredible leg power, he had a big personality, and he was much loved. Wrote Boyd in an email message,
"Pat left word with his wife, Patricia (affectionately known as ‘Trish’), before his death Sept. 23, 2008, that he wanted his ashes scattered on 9W, the road he traveled most. This will be done on Rte. 9W after the observance.
      Pat left an indelible impression on those who knew him. Sometimes one meeting was sufficient. Pat was iron-willed, straight-ahead guy with a fine sense of salty humor spoken in Irish brogue. He was a CRCA board member for one year and raced in club races for many years until he was diagnosed in 1998 with brain cancer."
    Strictly Bicycles is located on Hudson Terrace in New Jersey just north of the GW Bridge. Rain date will be Sunday, Sept. 27, same place, same time. (Thank you Nelson Gutierrez, owner of the shop.)
      Please pass the word to those who may not be regular readers of the online site of CRCA.  Questions can be directed to Jim Boyd, 212.865.5488.

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