A long-time friend of our shop recently made the big book of bike racing. Lil Pfluke smashed the Masters World Record for Best Performance in an Hour (Bicycling) at the Manchester Velodrome in Manchester, England on 10 September 2006. She rode 41.2397 kilometers. The old record for women 30+ years old was 40.7556 kms and for 40+ years old was 40.7110 kms. Lil, who lives in Paris, rides for the team sponsored by the Paris Metro. The record comes three years after completion of her treatments for breast cancer.
While on a short visit to the States many years ago, Lil and the kids stopped in to find their long-awaited triplet sold out from under them. Instead of smiling, they frowned in unison. Santana and Mt Airy Bicycle scrambled the engineers and builders and came up with a brand new S and S Cabriolet in record time for Lil to take back across the pond. Two years ago, Lil was one of only 20 people chosen out of nearly a thousand applicants to ride in the LA-to-DC Tour of Hope organized by Bristol Myers and the Lance Armstrong Foundation.
Larry happened to be in LA to see Lil, meet her folks, and help send her off. The following week, having just returned to DC the easier way (via Jet Blue) he rode down to the Ellipse to see her arrive.
We are all very proud to have Lil as a customer and are among her most devoted fans.
We hope Lil can be our guest stoker (or Captain?!) next year at the Tandem Masters Nationals in PA.
I will be first in line for the mixed 90 plus!
Another National Medal for Mt Airy Bicycles and Calfee Tandems!
This time it's gold and came with a pair of Stars n' Stripes jerseys
Pictured here is Ron Sutherland with proud tandem sponsor Larry Black of Mt Airy Bicycles. Along with NCVC
teammate Bernie Sanders he captured the Gold at the USCF National Championships on July 16 in Seven springs, Pa.in the 110 year combined event.
Black is former NCVC president, director sportif, Sponsor, and is one of a handful of life members in the club that is the oldest and largest in the National Capitol region
Since they built up and loaned out their first Calfee 'Tetra Tetra 26lb carbon tandem in 1999, they've had over 5 medals come back, with black having captured one himself in 2000 in Linton, Indiana
Black is planning to sneak away from the shop long enough to make a comeback in the events in the near future." A little training, a reliable lightweight tandem, and oh, yes - a very strong stoker is all it takes" advises Black, who has been one of the world's leading tandem retailers for over 20 years.