Team Stormy

If you’ve read any of the previous “From the CEO” blog posts, you may recall that I am a pretty active cyclist.  I had a big birthday over Labor Day weekend and I really wanted to “fight” turning 60 by riding in a challenging event.

I learned about the Flambeau 40 – a 35-mile race held in Park Falls, Wisconsin – and I thought I would invite all of my biking friends to join me in riding and supporting a small-town event.

In a previous post, I shared a photo of a few of us sporting Stormy Kromer bike jerseys.  I haven’t kept an exact count, but I believe there are about 40 of these limited-edition jerseys out in the world. Sixteen of them showed up to join me on September 1st.  We made quite an impression in the racing crowd!

It was a gorgeous day.  During the ride, I realized that I was riding in a group with Dave (11 months older then me) and Rick (nine months older than me), two friends who grew up within a block of me.  Who could have imagined that three 14-year-old kids playing football near Ironwood High School would reunite at 60 to ride a 35-mile bike race!

This weekend reminded me what a wonderful life this is.  I’d love to hear any of your stories about how you’ve celebrated a milestone birthday!

8 thoughts on “Team Stormy”

  1. The story is remarkably similar, three 60 year old kids from Forest Park, Illinois had a reunion in the Wine Country of Napa/Sonoma Ca. Mark Rizzo lived four houses down from me, since age four. Mark Mackenzie joined our friendship at 3rd grade, St. Bernadines elementery school. We all double dated and played sports through High school and college. Best man for each other’s weddings. Went seperate ways and started a annual reunion in various parts of the world. I could not ask for better buddies! Regards Daniel F. McAllister

  2. I did a Tri @ Devils Lake WI last weekend. I saw a guy at the finish with one of your bike jerseys. super cool. I asked him where he got it and then i see this nice picture on your web site. Sounds like they could be a big seller.

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