GEOFF LOVE, our intrepid board chair, is a life-long cyclist, starting with daily rides to a one room country school north of Toronto. His cycling took a new turn when he and his wife moved to Stratford 10 years ago. His energy is high gear, but he loves being the slowest of the slow while sweeping the “experienced” group's Sunday rides and keeping everyone safe. Geoff is strongly committed to Cycle Stratford's ongoing advocacy work to make Stratford a more bike-friendly place to ride.
RON DODSON loves Sunday morning rides into the Stratford area countryside with Cycle Stratford friends. A retired teacher, he and his wife have also done multi-day cycling in Quebec, and “Bike and Barge” trips through France and the Netherlands, where they learned about history and culture at a leisurely pace. Ron is fairly new to the Cycle Stratford board, and enjoys the club’s positive vibe, while organizing and innovating. You will find him on his Specialized Sirrus road bike.
PETER FISCHER is a very active octogenarian who has been in the saddle since he was ten years old. A retired geologist, he cycles for exercise and fresh air. Every second day for the past 15 years, Peter can be found on Line 29 and Road 122, cycling to St. Pauls and back with the wind at his back in both directions. His “Open” custom-made hybrid mountain bike lets him see the land and smell the earth. He hopes he has passed along his life-long cycling passion to his five grandchildren.
DAVE JASPER started cycling about ten years ago, mainly for fitness, through good weather and bad. He likes to cycle on rail trails or any other pathway where vehicles are not allowed. Since being bitten by the cycling bug (year-round!), he has purchased three bikes, all made by Giant: a mountain bike for off roading through Wildwood, a road bike for longer trips on shared roads and his “just around town” bike for errands and short trips.
ROSEMARY JASPER has been cycling for about ten years and is one of Cycle Stratford’s Ride Coordinators. She gets out on one of her three Giant bikes as often as she can depending on her schedule and weather. Working for an airline has made it possible to explore many places around the world, but her favourite place to cycle is anywhere she can enjoy fresh air, sunshine and interesting scenery.
DENIS MURPHY is a charter member of Cycle Stratford. His family of three boys and one girl were taught to be comfortable on bikes and wear helmets. While working at FAG Bearings, he cycled with a German Junior Champion from whom he learned many skills, and became a member of a CCA-affiliated cycling club. When he retired, he renewed his love of cycling, and has since biked many kilometres around Perth, Waterloo and Oxford counties, knowing the health, social and environmental benefits it brings.
PAT RANNEY has cycled since she was a kid and has hit the road more frequently the last few years on her Liv Alight bike. She enjoys the exercise and people she has met through Cycle Stratford. Born and raised in Stratford, Pat lived in Toronto where she was a Project Manager and Strategic Planner. Retired now, she is a part time usher for the Stratford Festival and Returning Officer at election times. A seasoned traveller, she enjoys short jaunts around Stratford and multi-day cycling trips.
GORDON SHERWIN is a Founding Director and former President of Cycle Stratford. He has been riding for over 20 years, including long distance rides and “century” rides (100 km or miles) in Ontario, California, and Florida, and especially for exercise and camaraderie. He brings to the Board extensive knowledge of Finance and Funds Management and is currently the Cycle Stratford Treasurer. His Trek road bike takes him on country tours to St. Marys, Tavistock, Millbank and elsewhere in the county.
WAYNE SJAARDA is a retired veterinarian who has lived in Stratford since 2008. He has been a Cycle Stratford board member and a Ride Coordinator since 2014. Wayne’s love of cycling started as a child but geared up while he and his wife lived in the Netherlands, where it’s very easy to get hooked on cycling!
Multi-day bike trips were favourite ways of spending their vacations, and that continued since coming to Stratford. Wayne can be seen pedalling a Dutch Batavus touring bike and a Cannondale road bike.
KATE SWIFT has been cycling for close to five decades, starting on the family’s hand-me-down kiddie tricycle. She enjoys the paved shoulders and off-road trails of Washington State and the classic Seattle to Portland event. For her, a great day of riding includes an early start with a big breakfast, and a long ride somewhere scenic with a stop in the middle. Bonus points if there’s a swim at the stopping point and more bonus points if someone else cooks afterward!