Winter 1998

James Brink is a corporate attorney residing in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania who has been cycling for over twenty years. He is a member of the Western Pennsylvania Wheelmen and the Wheeling Area Bicycling Club. Jim's two children, Lauren and Eric, are also budding cyclists. Jim pedals a 1982 Trek 620 and a Trek 820 Mountain Bike.

Alan Ira Fleischmann, 43 years old, has been a serious cyclist since 1989, averaging 2500 miles each year. An accountant and freelance writer by profession, he has written books and articles relating to finance, science fiction, humor, and education. He rides a Trek 1420 road bike and a Fuji mountain bike. He has lived in Connecticut, New York, and Boston, but currently resides in Scott Depot, West Virginia, which he describes as "You're either goin uphill, or you've got a killer headwind!"

Rhona and Dave Fritsch are originally from Peters Township in Southwestern Pennsylvania, but have lived in Keyser, West Virginia since 1975. They are the parents of two children, daughter Kelly in Towson, Maryland and Peter, a senior at West Virginia University. They are hosting Kirsten Muller, an exchange student from Denmark through AFS for the 97-98 school year. Kirsten sampled American culture at the Midwest Tandem Rally in Columbus, Ohio on Labor Day 1997. Rhona is a special education teacher, Dave a special education Administrator. They have been bicycle touring together since 1989, primarily in group statewide tours. Other "big tours" have included a week long tour in the Colorado Rockies, the Canadian Rockies and most recently the Cabot Trail in Nova Scotia. Their most challenging climbs include Red Mountain Pass in Colorado and Logan Pass in Glacier National Park. They purchased their first tandem in 1992 and their second after their cross country tour in 1996. They are members of TOYS, (Tandems of York Society).

James Johansen has been a serious cyclist since 1992, averaging 3500 miles each year. By profession a multimedia specialist with a Fortune 500 company who currently is in the process of promoting a chain of web based cafes named WebTime_Cafe; he has been mountain bike racing for RidgeRider Bicycles in Fayetteville, West Virginia for the past 3 years. James is published in Dirt Rag mountain bike magazine, front cover (0ctober--Halloween--1995 issue) and in BMW Automobile of North America Club Magazine with articles relating to multimedia and bicycling. He also does web site design consulting in his spare time. He rides a Trek 2300 pro roadbike and races a Cannondale KillerV mountain bike. He has lived in Seattle,Washington, Virginia Beach,Virginia, Monterery,California, and Rockport, Maine. But call Lewisburg (WV) his home away from home. You can visit his website, Web Time Cafe, or e-mail him at

Jerry Pearl, a resident of Moon Township, Pennsylvania, is an avid mountain bicyclist and runner. He is 47 years old and works as an occupational therapist. His interests include being outdoors, enjoying the natural environment that "we are so fortunate to have at our disposal."

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