By: Marisa Herman Associate Editor
Leonard Cline celebrated his 72nd birthday by going for a bicycle ride, one that totaled 100 miles.
Cline bicycled to high school and in college, but when he entered the work force, he was too busy to ride.
He said 30 years he got back into bicycling as a way to keep himself fit both physically and mentally.
“I bike for myself, for health and fitness,” he said.
He doesn’t race but he found himself training for a long haul last year when his friend said he wanted to bike 100 miles before he turned 70.
The two began training together, but unfortunately he said his friend never fulfilled his birthday wish.
Cline decided he would still hop on his bicycle that year and go for a ride for charity. He raised about $1,500 for Relay for Life from donations from Abbey Delray residents.
This year, he wanted to complete the 100 miles on his birthday. So on April 28 at 7 a.m., Cline took off on this “Century Ride” with his friend as well as Abbey Delray Executive Director Mark Trepanier and Human Resources Director Antonieta Caicedo.
They worked up a route that totaled 100 miles and this time they raised about $7,500 for Relay for Life, Cline said.
“It was very satisfying,” Cline said. “The ride and the amount of money raised.”
Their ride ended around 3:30 p.m. and they were greeted by a fan group.
Cline said only time will tell if he will ride another 100 miles next year. Until then, he said he will continue his weekend rides along A1A on his bicycle.