And The Grand Finale;
Scott Franklin (The Boss) The creator, originator and the reason the club exists, Scott had a dream. Scottie dreamed that one day there would be a cycling club in the city where he lived that would meet only a few feet away from where he slept and ate. The club would have no membership dues, would have the most awesome colors in the universe and would design kits that were not only noticeable on the road but also comfortable to sleep in.
I will dare say that Scott’s Dream of Dreams was for cyclists to meet only a few feet away from his front door in 2004. Slowly the meeting ground migrated to the parking lot at Crownover Middle School and is the unbelievable grouping that it is today… a bunch of cyclist meeting in middle school parking lot.
Scottie is a true cycling aficionado. A proponent and strict follower of the rules developed by the Keepers of the Cog, he measures speed and distance only in kilometers; he does not want “mileage” measurements mentioned and refuses to hear it.
Additionally, European spring classic races should only be referred to in their true native tongue. It’s not the Tour of Flanders you silly American, please refer to it by its true name Ronde Van Vlaanderen (pronounced, ron-duh vahn vlahn-der-in) much easier right? The true spring classic Ghent-Wevelgem, Scott pronounces just like it reads, just make the g’s phlegmy-sounding. How about Driedaagse van De Panne, now that’s a race! Scottie will give you turn by turn descriptions. Especially the 1976 version, but we all know that one.
Seriously, without Scottie we would have no Corinth Cycling which led to the Corinth Cycling/Harden Dental race team. Before Corinth Cycling, many of us were traveling and wandering in many different directions and had no real purpose in life (actually this was just me and Rick Phillips). With the creation of Corinth Cycling came local rides every Saturday and the coveted Big Steamer series every Tuesday and Thursday night during the summer. We all became great friends and stronger cyclists.
We all owe a lot to Scott Franklin for starting this club. He is one of cycling’s strongest advocates; he gives his time, money and expertise to the local cycling community every day.
To one of my very good friends, teammates and riding buddy…Thank you for all you have done and continue to do for the cycling community. Thank you Scott Franklin!