Paul and many members of OCC

Paul and many members of OCC

Paul Swinburne Fall Memorial Century:

Our newer members won’t get to know Paul and that is too bad. Paul Swinburne was a long-time member and past president of the Onondaga Cycling Club. He was an avid cyclist and usually was up ahead waiting for people to go by for photos. Paul would organize the annual trip to Ottawa for the Rideau Lakes Ride every June that 20 or so of us would do. He started biking to work at the FitzPatrick Power Plant in 1974 where he was a senior maintenance engineer. Paul was an authority on the testing of the motor operated valves at the plant. In fact, he designed a testing system that is still in use today. This was in response to a series of reported valve failures. As you can imagine a valve failure at a nuclear plant is not a good thing.

Paul Racing

Paul Racing

One thing that amazed me about Paul was his sprit during his illness. Never once when I visited was he down. He was determined to ride as long as he could, riding a tricycle near the end that he had modified for him when his strength wasn’t sufficient to shift the gears. He fought the disease as best he could right to the end. I am sure there are others in the club that could tell you more. He was one of the fast riders so most of the time I saw him in the parking lot or as he passed me. We miss you Paul.

Most years we start at Carpenters Brook Fish hatchery. We will again be supporting the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis-Therapy Development Institute in honor of Paul Swinburne. Paul was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) a few years ago. This disease was particularly cruel for someone so active and athletic as Paul. He succumbed to the disease in the Spring of 2010. This ride was his last route creation and is in his memory. I think this is one of his best rides. Last year, through you generosity, we were able to raise approximately $2000 and hope to surpass that, this year. The course will be marked, and there will be water stops along the way. Following the ride there will be a party with plenty of food as riders return. For more information contact Mike Lyon, 689-1931 /

Paul on his Trike

Paul on his Trike

Date: TBA

Distances: 100, 63, and 37 miles

Starting Times: 8:00 AM for the 100 mile ride, 9:00 AM for the Metric 63 mile ride, and 9:30 AM for the 37 mile rides. The park opens at 7:30AM and same-day registration starts at 7:45 AM.

Starting Location: Most years: Carpenter’s Brook Fish Hatchery, 1672 State Route 321, Elbridge, NY 13060 (6 miles west of Camilus on Hwy 321)

Routes: All routes head northwest on the quiet and high-quality roads that Central New York is known for and then east and finally south back to Carpenter’s Brook. The full century route visits the shore of Lake Ontario. Paul laid out much of this route. Details about all routes can be found here.

Route Directions: The route will be marked and there will be cues and maps available as well.

Rest Stops: Two for the full century route and one for the metric century (62 miles). They will have drinks and food.

Post Ride Party: On your return to Carpenter’s Brook, food and drinks will be available for all riders.

To Register:  TBA.

For more information contact Mike Lyon, 689-1931 /