We held our 2010 & 2011 rides to honor two members of our club who have been great friends to all of us, inspiring riders, and hard workers on our annual Tour de Valley Century. Russell Culver was our past president (3 years in a row!) and Mike Solomon has handled our rest stop food and gatorade for many years. Both of these men started with our very first Century in 1989 and both were "charter members" of Milepost Zero Bicycle Club. Our 2012 event is dedicate to them and to Steve.
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Here are pictures of the two stones our bicycle club purchased at Serenity Gardens with some of the proceeds from last year's Tour de Valley Century!
Milepost Zero Bicycle Club is sad to announce that long-time member Steve Bantz passed away May 5th, 2012 at his Richmond home. Steve was an incredibly intelligent and pleasant guy who made us all enjoy riding with him. He will be sorely missed by his many friends in MPZ. Our thoughs and prayers go out to Jeanmarie and the rest of Steve's Family.
BANTZ STEVEN GEORGE BANTZ, 46, died on Friday, May 4, 2012, as the result of an accident at home. Steve was the son-in-law of Lawrence and Dolores Badar of Rocky River. He was born on Sept. 10, 1965 to Wesley and Rose (nee Wrestler) Bantz of Peoria, IL. Steve grew up in Peoria and graduated from Dunlap High School. He received his Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from Illinois College and the University of Illinois. Steve worked for DuPont beginning in 1987 and married Jeanmarie Badar on May 17, 1993 in Cleveland. For the first two years of their marriage, they lived in Singapore and returned to the States in 1995 to settle in Afton, VA, where they lived for the past 17 years. Steve continued his education, receiving his Master's degree in Integrated Science and Technology from James Madison University. He was deeply committed to environmental issues and spent one year in Washington D.C. working in the Clean Vehicles department of the Union of Concerned Scientists. After that, he tried his hand at teaching middle and high school students in Waynesboro and at the Math, Engineering and Science Academy (MESA) of the Albemarle Public Schools. Eventually, his passion for engineering brought him back to DuPont, where he worked for the past year at the Spruance Plant in Richmond, VA. Steve was an avid environmentalist, cyclist, skier/snowboarder, vegetarian, animal lover, banjo player, and loving husband, son, brother, and friend to many. His quiet intelligence, quick-witted sense of humor, love of adventure, and genuine kindness enriched the lives of everyone around him. He is survived by his wife, Jeanmarie Bantz of Afton, VA; his parents, Wesley and Rose Bantz of Peoria, IL; his grandmothers, Dorothy Wrestler and Martha Bantz of Peoria, IL; his sister Lisa Woiwode (husband, Greg) of Manito, IL and nieces, Abigail and Hanna Starnes; great-niece, Ayla; nephew, Brandon Starnes and great-nephew, Kaiden and, of course, his dogs Isaac and Cooper, as well as cats, chickens, rabbits, and a horse, Ginseng.
In addition to losing June Curry recently, Our club has lost 3 wonderful members in the past few years and we dedicate this page AND our Tour de Valley Century to their memory!
In 2010 we lost these two members whom we still treasure and miss:
June Curry -
The Cookie Lady
Milepost Zero Bicycle Club members were saddened to learn that June Curry passed away the afternoon of July 16th, 2012. She had been hospitalized as the result of a stroke and had just recently been moved to Avante Nursing home in Waynesboro. If you don't know who June was and why she was so important to so many cyclists around the world, this is just one of many links available on the internet to tell you more about her:
The good news it that Hope Wood plans to keep the Bike House open to cyclists. Since she works, people will need to get in touch with her in advance. She will need help from the cycling community to get it cleaned up and to go through the extensive memorabilia, and no doubt she will welcome contributions. More on this soon.