Monday, March 14, 2011

Red Bike Diaries

8:24PM Wednesday March 9th 2011
Nick Wade, a retired b.i.k.e Board member and a major donor to the b.i.k.e. program donates his beloved racing steed, a red Specialized to the b.i.k.e. program.

4:00PM Thursday March 10th 2011
Gregory Heights Library
Dey Shaun is on time and on point for his regularly scheduled homework session.

3:31PM Friday March 11th, 2011
Jake Hansen, b.i.k.e. Children's Coach get's the phone call from Dey Shaun Lee reporting theft of Caad 8 Cyclocross bike outside of Madison H.S.

6:51PM Friday March 11th, 2011
Decision is made to give Dey Shaun a new bike, despite unfounded concerns of negligence. Mr. Lee has been the focus of a Team push to get his grades up and was just showing improvement in school and on the bike. He had just been running 9th in the Banana Belt Series at Hagg Lake, and was going to be part of a team plan the following Sunday.

9:52PM Friday March 11th, 2011
Specialized is packed into Dey Shaun's family car in driveway of Atomic Ranch. Auspicious location nurtures a cathartic conversation between Dey Shaun's mother Dana and John and this venerable partnership returns to previous strength. Next, the old partnership in youth development hatches a plan.

10:37AM Saturday March 12th, 2011
Dey Shaun wins team sprint to "Stop Sign Ahead Sign" in an unprecedented burst of speed.

1:54PM Saturday March 12th, 2011
Dey Shaun is fit by Chris at Crank and adjustments are being prepared to be made.

3:32PM Saturday March 12th, 2011
After helping the Director Sportif run team errands, Dey Shaun returns to Crank to continue m
aking adjustments in preparation for the big race.

3:47PM Saturday March 12th, 2011
Having been in communication with Dana Spears-Talbert, the Director Sportif intercepts and greets Herman Lee, walking up the street, and proceeds to call Dey Shaun on his cell phone to come out of the bike shop.

3:53PM Saturday March 12th, 2011
Dey Shaun comes walking out of Crank and is struck warm to see the face of his father from North Carolina who he hasn't seen in years.

4:08PM Saturday March 12th, 2011
After greeting conversation and good cheer, DeyShaun and his father return to the bike shop to procure the item of the last 2 hour's focus.

4:13PM Saturday March 12th, 2011
The Lee gentlemen reemerge, both in favor of the improvements and one in stone cold awe of the sheer quality of such a machine. "I don't think I've ever seen such a bike in all my life," said Herman Lee.

7:11AM Sunday March 13th, 2011
Sandra Clark and her Mark arrive in the dark to take Dey Shaun Lee to Hagg Lake for Banana Belt #2.

11:47AM Sunday March 13th, 2011
Juniors clamber into the car and get out of the rain where we have a meeting about a simple strategy to lull the peloton into waiting to attack. The plan works well enough to get past first lap, as they worked together.

1:41AM Sunday March 13th, 2011
Over a quarter way around Hagg Lake on the second lap, the Juniors of Word-RCB are working together in the pack.

2:29PM Sunday March 13th, 2011

Following some epic driving of their bicycles past the Master's field on the shoulder of the road, the Juniors sprinted against a pack of their peers. It was a sight to see! Dey Shaun was in his very first official road racin pack sprint - certainly the first one I have ever seen where he threw down like this, Racing all the way to the line, you can see he even torques the bike out of alignment for a nano-second. Wow!

That is quite a difference a red bike makes in one kid's life!


Greg said...

Well done! I like this story. The CAAD 8 info should be posted on the stolen bike registry if it isn't already. There's a chance it can be recovered...

Anonymous said...

Drama, suspense and a great finish, WOW. Thanks John. Great job DeyShaun.