Maureen Brydon was a charter member of the Maine Coast Cycling Club, the group organizing the Four Leaf Clover Ride She served as an officer of the club, but what was unique about Maureen was her ability to encourage new riders, make them feel welcome and teach them the skills needed to ride safely and effectively in a group ride.
Maureen lived with cancer from many years. From her obituary in the Portland Press Herald; “Maureen considered her having cancer as opening doors that she never would have entered; for example, her love of biking. She rode in the Pan Mass Challenge from 1999 to 2007 raising $45,000 for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. This led to her joining the Maine [Coast] Cycling Club which became a very important part of her life. In her discussions with others she always stressed the positive side of her having to deal with cancer and celebrated the connections and relationships that resulted from this experience.”
Maureen was a member of the Master Gardener Association of York County and shared her skills with others in the communities. She last worked at T.D. Bank as a consultant, retiring in 2011. Maureen passed away on July 24th, 2012.
Peter Sargent well known as the owner of the Cape-Able Bike Shop in Kennebunkport. Most every cyclist in the area visited Cape-Able to buy a bike, get their bike fixed or just talk bikes. Peter started the century ride to Lake Winnipesaukee, the predecessor to the Four Leaf Clover Ride, many years ago. A number of local youths working at Cape-Able became bike racers, including a collegiate Division I national champion and another racer who rode for a US national team in Europe for a season.
Peter travelled extensively by bike, touring New Zealand, France, England and Portugal with his family. They also biked in Canada, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. For many years his bike was his mode of transportation, not owning a car.
Peter also was a founding member of the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust and served on the Youth Services Commission and volunteered with the Kennebunkport Emergency Services.
Peter passed away on October 19th 2014 after a long battle with Younger-onset Alzheimer’s disease.
In the fall of 2015 Peter’s widow Karen donated all of Peter’s remaining inventory of bikes and bike parts to the Nasson Community Bicycle Center.
Tom Noble was a multi-sports enthusiast. Many of us knew him as a mountain biker and road rider. He was also a skateboarder, surfer, snowboarder and hockey player. Our connection to Tom was the Maine Coast Cycling Club Sunday morning ride. Tom started the ride with others in the mid 1990s. As a mountain biker, Tom raced and also built many of the trails used by local riders.
Tom owned Wheels and Waves, a bike and surf shop, for a number of years. He also founded WHO Skateparks in 1987, a skate park construction company building skate parks around the country.
His wife Sandy is a bike racer and his daughter Ellen won the Junior National Championship in cyclocross a few months after Tom’s death. In 2015 Ellen won the National Under 23 cyclocross championship, also placing 6th overall among the elite women racers in that year’s National Championships. In 2016 Ellen again won the National under 23 cyclocross championship, and placed 6th in the under 23 world championships.
Tom passed away on May 9 2012 after a brief battle with colon cancer.