Sunday, December 7, 2014

The Santa Cyclist Rampage

The suit transforms you. Yesterday I participated in one of the most fun rides I've done in a long, long time, the Santa Cycle Rampage. Over the past few years, I've considered it, but I never had a Santa suit (since then I've learned you don't need one, but it does add to the fun!). Fortunately, my friend and co-worker Terri Bartlett, Activity and Life Enrichment Director at Luther Manor, offered and set me up with one last week. I had no more excuses! 

Friday after work, I went on a test ride while wearing the full suit, along with snow-white beard and wig. I quickly learned that the suit transforms you. There is an image that anyone who dons this suit must live up to. My only intention was to test the suit while riding. You know, make sure my pants didn't get caught in the chain, stuff like that. But less than one block down the road it became obvious that I had to communicate my new role with everyone who's path I crossed. I was now a superhero to everyone from the kids coming home in their school buses, to the guys driving huge 18-wheelers and blowing their air-horns, to the angry-looking young man on his cell phone who suddenly looked up and yelled with delight, "Santa!!!". 


The Saturday group ride was an unforgettable experience. I got to ride with some pretty awesome Santas on that ride. But my friend Tom Lais really summed it up well when he said, "We're seeing something special here today. We're bringing joy to so many people. And really, isn't that what's we're all here for...to share the joy?"

And it probably doesn't hurt when the fat man is riding a fat bike. ;)

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