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General Discussion / Re: Remembering Ken Wilkes
« Last post by John Bachmann on Today at 11:04:39 AM »
The following is being posted on behalf of Frank Sawinsky.

When I was just a wee lad back in mid '80's Ken and the rest of the English gents that ran BCC basically spent a lot of time teaching. I knew nothing. I made every mistake in the book and sometimes more than once. Ken gave me advice on my first real bike purchase - a baby blue steel f**in. I had it for a few months before it was stolen and then I was back getting more advice.
Decades later I was coming back across Eglinton on a solo training ride. I ran into Ken and some other BCC riders and jumped in and started chatting. In the middle of the intersection he falls off his bike at 9th line Literally just tips and lands with a thud. He was so stubborn he refused to go to the hospital or get in an ambulance. I cycled home with him that day I was on pins and needles worried about him and he was all jokes. He was made of strong stuff. A gentleman, great sense of humour and tough as nails.
I will miss him.
General Discussion / Re: Remembering Ken Wilkes
« Last post by Thomas Bruck on November 13, 2017, 02:15:20 PM »
Browsing through John's professional pictures reminds me precious moments we spent with Ken Wilkes on and off bike. Miss you, Ken!
General Discussion / Re: Remembering Ken Wilkes
« Last post by Roy B on November 13, 2017, 10:26:24 AM »
Thanks John.
That was a great photo tribute to Ken.  He will be missed.
Roy Buchanan
General Discussion / Re: Remembering Ken Wilkes
« Last post by mina on November 09, 2017, 06:09:08 PM »
Ken will always have a special place in my heart.  I will never forget the time and place back in October 2003 when I first met him.
I was riding alone not knowing where to go because I was very new to cycling not knowing the roads and that clubs existed .
 Ken was stopped at the side of road. I asked if he needed assistance he said no then I went on my way.
 He rode to catch up to me and took me on a tour of Milton lol it was great. Then he invited me to come on a Wednesday ride and meet some of the BCC members
 then from that day forward I never left.
My deepest sympathy to his family and all of BCC family  for the lost of a great funny man and rider. R.I.P Ken
General Discussion / Re: Remembering Ken Wilkes
« Last post by John Desramaux on November 06, 2017, 08:04:37 PM »
Beautiful tribute John.  You captured a man at his best.  One of my first rides with the club 14 years ago
was with Ken.  He was cursing in the parking lot as he had forgotten his arm warmers and it was a chilli morning. 
I had an extra pair in my kit bag and offered them to Ken and I think he has forever greatful. A beautiful man.
Condolences to his family and all the club members especially Mucker1 Mucker2 and everyone he touched.
RIP Ken.
General Discussion / Re: Remembering Ken Wilkes
« Last post by clair on November 06, 2017, 02:06:06 PM »
Here's a beautiful pic of my buddy.
General Discussion / Re: Remembering Ken Wilkes
« Last post by clair on November 06, 2017, 02:04:10 PM »
Ditto Sue! Some of my very best memories are of riding with my Grandad!! Love him and miss him dearly. Here's a blog post I wrote in 2012, dedicated to Ken and the other old farts whom I owe my love of the bike to:
Everything I learned about Cycling I learned from an "Old Fart"
1. Don't underestimate an old fart - sub 60 min 40k TT in his mismatched kit kicks ass! (Never judge a book....)
2. Riding is always love #2 - old farts have their priorities right. Taking the wife shopping is priority #1 (if things aren't good at home, your ride will suck anyway).
3. "Ride your own ride" - if the cowboy at the front of the pack pushes the pace, let him go. (He's got something to prove, you don't).
4. Break the hill into thirds - save enough (gear and breath) for the top (break things down into manageable chunks).
5. Don't click up the cog too early on a climb, you'll lose power (be patient and don't underestimate your own strength).
6. Singing on a hill intimidates your cycling buddies (relax through exertion).
7. Imitating farm animals also intimidates your cycling buddies (he's nuts better do what he tells you).
8. Yes you will fall when you first learn to ride clipless - pick yourself up and do it again, and again, and again (if at first you don't succeed...).
9. There are about 15 different ways to get to the same coffee shop, all of them worth riding (so many opinions all worth listening to).
10. If an old fart shows up to the ride in 3 layers, booties, balaclava and 2 pairs of gloves - follow suit. (Experience trumps all).
General Discussion / Re: Remembering Ken Wilkes
« Last post by Sue N on November 06, 2017, 01:52:49 PM »
Some of my best times on a bike EVER were with Ken. His humor & brutal honesty(!) always made him entertaining to ride with. Im proud to have been his friend.

Deepest condolences to his sons for losing both parents in such a short time period. Please know that Ken will not be forgotten by his cycling pals.

Sue Norman
Membership Secretary

General Discussion / Remembering Ken Wilkes
« Last post by John Bachmann on November 06, 2017, 11:22:19 AM »
This message has been posted on behalf of Roger Broadwell and Bill Harper

From Roger: Sadly, last Friday morning (Nov 3rd) Ken passed away peacefully.  He will be sorely missed by all of us in the BCC.  Many of you were familiar with his disarming personality, his smooth, easy riding style and his overwhelming love of cycling.
I was fortunate to have known Ken for over 30 years and enjoyed some of my most memorable cycling in his company ... (continued on PDF file attached).

From Bill: I remember both of us loved the Pursuit Race in which we would start in 5-year age groups which meant I was always starting in the Group five minutes behind his. We would always catch them at some point, but being the competitive bugger he was (as you all know) he would always hang on as long as he could!
We have been riding together since ... (continued on PDF file attached).

For a photo tribute to Ken go to:

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