Sunday, January 19, 2014

Second Annual Dave Martinez Memorial Ride

Very hard to believe it's been a whole year since Dave Martinez has left us to go ride with the cycling legends. Dave was the heart and soul of our group of old steel and wool riders and is missed greatly. You will live forever in our hearts and minds, Dave. Say hello to Fausto and Gino and the gang for us...

I'm also hoping that Dave's eldest brother Leonard doesn't mind if I post his email to Bob Freitas a few days ago. I continue to be impressed and amazed at Leonard's strength to Linda, the boys and his whole family in their time of need and the respect he shows us as Dave's friends:

"Hello Bob,

Thank you for posting the Woodside ride agenda on David Martinez' memorial page.

As we approach the 1st anniversary of our brother David's passing, I'd like to take this opportunity to thank you and the entire cycling community, near and far, for sharing their comments, sentiments, memories and many photos of David.

David's loss continues to be felt deeply by our family. We take much comfort knowing that David's passion for classic cycling is memorialized in the enthusiasm and camaraderie within your fellowship. This is evident by the smiles displayed in the group photo currently posted on the Classic Rendezvous Events page that supports our sentiment:

My brother Dennis tells me that he plans to attend the afternoon dinner. I am unable to attend the dinner but I plan on attending the Sunday morning Woodside School pre-ride gathering.

I have shared your agenda information with David's wife Linda and their sons Chris and Ryan. Linda continues to rely on other family members for internet assistance so I made a printout of Sunday's ride agenda. I also encouraged Linda to contact you directly on your cell phone if she requires additional information.


Leonard Martinez"

Thank you, Leonard, for honoring your brother, Dave, and befriending us as we all work through this loss. It was a comforting pleasure to see and talk with you this morning.

A few more pics here:

Leonard's pics are here:

Please let me know if you have more pics and I will link here.

'Til next time, "Have a Nice Ride"...


Leonard Martinez said...

The morning was blessed with radiant smiles and sunshine. It was a pleasure to reunite with so many of Dave's cycling pals. While listening to the pre-ride introductions, stories and remembrances, I placed myself in Dave's shoes for a moment and immersed myself into the spirit of the day. I truly felt Dave's presence there among us that morning. He embraced us and bid us all a fond farewell. To you Dave we bid you "Ciao, addio caro fratello. Pedale en pace".

Leonard Martinez said...

Sun. 1/19/2014 Dave Martinez Woodside Memorial Ride Flicker Photo Upload: