Leo Stone will never forget the first time he saw the bicycling dance video.
Before I tell you what happened, you need to know a couple of things about Leo.
He’s a renowned bicycle safety instructor in the Pacific Northwest, and founder of Cascade Outriders, a highly skilled group of elite cyclists who provide ride support for Cascade Bicycle Club, the nation’s largest.
When I met Leo last October, he told me how he flat-out cried when he first saw what’s become known as the dance video in the bicycling world.
His story stayed with me. I asked him about it again this week — and glad I did. It’s even more beautiful than I remembered.
In Leo’s words:
I saw that video many years ago — in the dark ages before Facebook. A friend of mine, the guy who qualified me as an LCI, posted the dance in the old Cascade Bicycle Club message boards.
I watched it.
I sat back with tears running down my face.
Because what Keri put in that video embodied what I could not find words for.
Empowerment, knowledge, skill.
I’ve long thought that cycling is the spontaneous joy of childhood overlaid with the wisdom of adulthood.
Keri captured that.
My favorite thing about the bicycling dance video: It’s full of the indicator species. ;-)
Yes! It’ll be a great day when every sister knows this dance.