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The Nyack Ride loses its one Tifosi

Old 09-27-10, 12:25 PM
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The Nyack Ride loses its one Tifosi

Glen, a local guy who comes out on the Nyack Ride, lost his Dad, who passed away this past weekend. His father used to be out there on the fastest part of the Nyack Ride every weekend with a huge American flag and a cowbell cheering us on. He was the Ride's one and only Tifosi. He's been out there for the past several years on Sunday mornings.

Reports are that the Nyack Ride got to the spot where Glen's Dad used to cheer us on yesterday and they all stopped while Glen said a few words in memoriam. If I had known that was going to happen I would have been there, I would have passed on the race.

Very sad. Very classy of the ride to stop there to remember him. He will be missed.
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Old 09-27-10, 12:36 PM
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Sounds like a real gentleman among gentlemen
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good on the group. sounds like he will be dearly remembered. rest in peace.
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That's too bad. The only people that yell at me are angry or disturbed drivers. No one cheers along the road.

It must have been a cheery sight during the stretch of self-loathing.
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Damn. Sorry to hear about this.

Also, i think you might want to change the thread title to its one tifoso, given your road nazi approach to cycling.
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Sad to hear. It must have been awesome to have someone cheer you on during a group ride where you least expect it. My condolences.
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Originally Posted by mcjimbosandwich View Post
Damn. Sorry to hear about this.

Also, i think you might want to change the thread title to its one tifoso, given your road nazi approach to cycling.
Tifosi, tifoso, it's all Italian to me. I'll miss the cowbell and the big flag as we roll past @ 30 mph (that's the fastest part of the ride).
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right by the school? great guy.
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Originally Posted by fatallightning View Post
right by the school? great guy.
Glen and I both went to that school (Northern Valley HS in Demarest). Glen graduated in 1974, I graduated in 1975. We know a lot of the same people. Another classmate of ours, Glen Fouch (surfer dude from NYC and Long Island) shows up on that ride sometimes too.
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Originally Posted by patentcad View Post
Very sad. Very classy of the ride to stop there to remember him. He will be missed.
Indeed.

And to think that I was expecting a thread about your sunglasses when I clicked on the title.

It's great that Glen's dad showed so much support and enthusiasm.
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Originally Posted by HigherGround View Post

It's great that Glen's dad showed so much support and enthusiasm.
It really was great, and he was out there EVERY Sunday, sometimes with friends.
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It really was great, and he was out there EVERY Sunday, sometimes with friends.
In an odd way, that kind of reminds me of people who come out to cheer on the LiveStrong Challenge riders. I've done the Philly ride for the last 3 years, and I'm recognizing families who wait on the side of the road to cheer on the riders every year. To them, it's not about being a Lance fanboy, it's not about being a pro wannabe, it's not about watching a lycra parade - it's about a bigger cause.

I imagine that Glen's dad saw it as much more than a way to pass time in the afternoon as well.
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May he rest in peace. Peace apart from his cowbell that is! The world needs more cowbells!

Touching tribute from the group.

Thoughts with Glen and his family.

I like that a guy comes out to support his son's passion even when the son is in his 50s. F'n "A"!
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Thanks for conveying that Pcad. I never know what to say when a loved one is lost. But focusing on a great thing like his devotion to supporting his son so consistently is truly touching.
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