MIT is loosing one of it’s long time members to the mountains as Jim Nadler moves to BC in the next month. It was great to get a couple of rides with Jim this long weekend. Both rides proved once again how tough he is on rides.
Both days he showed up with his wife’s Trek mountain bike as his road bikes are in BC being acclimatized. Each time we tried to bury him there he was hanging on with the mountain bike. Only when speeds began to get to 40 km plus did he start to fall back on the ride but as soon as we slowed there he was back in the pack.
Many of us have memories of different rides that Jimmy was involved with. Lately it was the 120 km ride he rode with his fat bike to Woodridge or stories of the Morden rides where he got the name ‘two sacks’ because of how he loaded up with riding equipment.
At age 65 Jimmy has been a pleasure to ride with. But maybe the real legacy is all the stories that will be missed. Jim was well read and enjoyed adding too the running commentary to all the different discussions that happened on the ride or at breakfast. Then again Jim was not one to back down from individuals that play loud music while we enjoyed a quiet breakfast.
Jim we have many stories to tell but mostly it has been huge having you as part of our regular Saturday rides. You have shown us that age doesn’t matter in bike rides. You provided us with many laughs, strong rides and mostly supported each of us on our personal journeys as our life trials came up in conversation.
We wish both Rita and yourself well in Salmon Arm as you bring the MIT message to that end of our great country. Looking forward to having you join us again when you are back visiting the kids.