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    Veni, Vidi, Vomiti SteveE's Avatar
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    I'm posting this event taking place tomorrow - Oct. 10th - if anyone in the SF Bay Area is interested:

    Saint Bede's Episcopal Church
    2650 Sand Hill Road
    Menlo Park, California 94025
    650-854-6555
    July 2004

    Dear Publicity Director or Ride Coordinators:


    I write to ask your help in publicizing our planned "Blessing of the Bicycles"
    on Sunday, October 10, 2004. As you can see from the enclosed materials, we are
    honoring bicyclists in the year of the 101st anniversary of the Tour de France
    and because we have two European shrines to bicyclists to emulate.

    We are hoping for a robust turn-out of bicyclists of all persuasions and
    abilities. We hope that the publicity provided will encourage groups or
    individuals to plan a bike ride that day which would include a stop at Saint
    Bede's in time for the scheduled blessing at 9:30 a.m. We anticipate that all
    riders will all be on their respective journeys by 10:00 a.m. Last year, the
    Alto Velo Cycling Club arranged to stop at Saint Bede's to receive a blessing
    before continuing on with their Sunday ride and we look forward to their return.

    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Rev. Dr. Dennis S.
    Tierney, Associate Rector, at (650) 854 - 6555 or dst@s....

    We look forward to seeing all interested bike riders on Sunday October 10, 2004
    at 9:30 a.m. in the parking lot of Saint Bede's Church, 2650 Sand Hill Road at
    Monte Rosa Drive.

    Second Annual Blessing of the Bicycles October 10, 2004
    Saint Bede's Episcopal Church of Menlo Park California announces the second
    annual "Blessing of the Bicycles." In honor of the 101st anniversary of the
    Tour de France and following the example of European churches, Saint Bede's will
    bless bicycles and their riders on Sunday, October 10, 2004 at 9:30 a.m. in the
    church parking lot at 2650 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park, located one-half mile
    from I-280.

    Sand Hill Road is a major bike corridor with hundreds of cyclists passing by
    Saint Bede's each week. In honor of this increasingly popular sport, and on the
    occasion of the 101st anniversary of the Tour de France, Saint Bede's will
    recognize these athletes with an annual blessing for them. In so doing, Saint
    Bede's follows the examples of two other churches, one in Italy and one in
    France.

    The Italian Shrine
    The patron saint for cyclists, Madonna del Ghisallo, is located near Como,
    Italy. Her feast day, established in 1949 by Pope Pius XII, is October 13th.
    The church in Ghisallo is equal part museum to cycling and shrine with an
    eternal flame that burns in memory of deceased cyclists. The church is at the
    top of a hill and historically was associated with the protection of travelers.
    As cycling became more popular in Italy, many cyclists stopped to pray and give
    thanks for having made it to the top of the hill. After World War II, Father
    Vigano, pastor at the shrine, petitioned to make this church the Italian shrine
    for cyclists.

    The French Shrine
    2.5 kilometers from the tiny Landes town of Lasbastide-d'Armagnac sits an 11th
    century church dedicated to the Tour de France and to cyclists. Following the
    Italian example, the local priest, Father Massie, determined that his church
    would become a shrine to the Tour de France and to cycling in general. After
    much effort, he convinced Pope Pius XII in 1959 to grant his church an official
    designation as the French shrine to cyclists and the Tour de France. Since then
    many cyclists, including such Tour de France winners as Lance Armstrong, have
    left momentos of their victories at the church, honoring Notre Dame des
    Cyclistes. In 1989, the Tour actually passed by the church in honor of the
    efforts of Father Massie.

    Saint Bede's Church
    Saint Bede's, as an Episcopal Church, envisions a more modest recognition of the
    joys and challenges of cycling. While a shrine might be possible in years to
    come, for now, the goal is to acknowledge and recognize all those who take to
    our roads and highways on bicycles. Please join us on Sunday morning, October
    10, 2004, at 9:30 a.m. for prayer and a special blessing.
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    Is there any way I can get my blessing by e-mail? I don't think I can make it to SF tomorrow.
    Tom

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    It's supposed to be a relatively flat ride right? I'll probably show up for the ride if I don't run into the problems I had before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigFloppyLlama
    It's supposed to be a relatively flat ride right? I'll probably show up for the ride if I don't run into the problems I had before.
    It should be. Tandems aren't great for hills (not that I'm riding ours as my wife is out of town this weekend.) Last year we did the Polhemous Loop afterwards. The Kevster said he was going up Alpine & Joaquin. On the way back, I guess. If you haven't done Joaquin before, you should give it a try. Short and sweet!
    "Life's journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting ...'holy *****...what a ride!'"

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    We passed by this morning, and it looked like there was a good turnout. We were riding with a group from our club who were going to stop, but since we were on the tandem, and since we doing Kings Mountain afterward, we kept going while they turned off.

    Great day for a bicycle ride! After the ride, the club had an Octoberfest picnic with brats, sauerkraut, german potato salad and beer. Nice wrap up.

    Be interested to hear a report on the blessing, Steve.

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    It was a great day for a bike ride! The club assembled at the usual jumping off point. We went out 10 minutes later than normal so we would reach St. Bede's a few minutes before 9:30am. I think almost all the riders were from our club. I didn't notice many folks from other clubs there. BigFloppyLlama showed up.

    Rev. Dr. Dennis S. Tierney presided over the ceremony. He asked for donations of any old bikes that we might have lying around collecting dust, so they could be sent over to Half Moon Bay to be provided to farm workers in the area for transportation. He also showed us the special stole that was made for him with a bicycle on it. There were four short prayers that were said and we joined in on the recitation of two of them. After the prayers were said, we got on our bikes and rode single file in front the the Reverend who sprinkled us with holy water and said a blessing as we passed by.

    There was bottled water for anyone who wanted it but since it was only 6 miles into the group ride we didn't really need it. After the ceremony, we continued with the rest of our ride.
    "Life's journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting ...'holy *****...what a ride!'"

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