Our friend Ray Rickard, bicyclist, trail builder, and all-around good guy passed away on a cross country bicycle tour last week. We will miss him. Here are some memories:
From Jeff Potter
It’s hard to believe that my friend Ray is gone. The last I heard from Ray was several days ago after he received a trail work e-mail. He said he was on a ride across the USA and looked forward to trail work when he returned. Ray donated quite a bit of his time working on the Ash to Kings Canyon Trail. Everybody that has worked on the trail works hard, Ray took it to the next level. The guy was a machine. Ray did everything, clearing corridor, tread prep, rock work and finishing. He put his stamp on the trail. Some of my best memories are just the two of us working on the trail, quietly working for hours, then taking a lunch break overlooking Carson City, discussing trails, family, bike rides, politics, retirement, and everything in between. As his loss sinks in the days get more painful. I’m thankful for the time I spent with him over the years and especially the past two years as he became more involved with the trail project. Though he is gone, I know when I hike the new trail there will be areas that are just that much more special because my friend Ray was here. Thank you Ray
From Tim Rowe
I lost a good friend last week, my son Christopher lost his pseudo Grandpa and Carson City lost a good citizen and bicyclist. Ray Rickard died in his sleep last Saturday morning in Elk, OK. He was doing one of his dreams – riding across country. He had just completed day 13 of the 30 day adventure. I wish I had done the ride with him, as it is also a dream of mine. Yes, I had retired too but went back to back work and luckily in a bicycle job. I have known Ray for over 25 years and have ridden many miles with him or behind him. I think I first met him with Carson City Cycle People (CCCP). We always started together, rode together or did our pace but we always regrouped at the end and were even better friends every time. We have done so many rides; the Chico Wildflower, the Delta, the Wine Country, Sweetwater, Fallon No-Hill 100, Death Valley, Solvang, Shasta, Crater Lake and Fall River to name a few century rides. But we also did the Davis Double and the Terrible Two and the week-long Cycle Oregon. The ride with the most memories and stories was “Death Valley-The Hot One”. Ray and another good friend John started the century at Furnace Creek at 9:00 pm and it was still 120 or so (the temperature gets hotter as the years go on). Ray started the ride with a flat but that never phased him and we all went on. We rode to Badwater in a horrific head wind, like riding into a hair-dryer the whole way in the moon light and turned around at 50 miles to still have a head wind – getting back at 5:00am – still 98 degrees. That was the most dangerous ride we ever did due to the very low humidity and keeping your fluids and senses up but that ride had the most story telling.
Ray also helped the Alta Alpina Cycling Club (AACC) and even served on the Board of Directors when I was President. He really didn’t want to be Secretary but he did it for his friend and did it well. Ray also help on many AACC events over the years – The Death Ride, Pinenut Cracker Mountain Bike race, The Carson Valley Classic Race series, weekly road and mountain bike rides, Cyclocross races, and now the Alta Alpina Challenge. Ray was also involved with the Lake Tahoe Mountain Bike Patrol and helped so many riders on the trails over the years. After retirement Ray really kicked in helping with trail building with Muscle Powered. Ray was great with helping kids with the Ski Program and taught my son how to ski and later how to mountain bike ride.
He also helped with Boy Scouts and was involved with Troop 341 with his son Jarrod and later he helped my son with his Pinewood Derby cars and bicycle rodeos. Ray and Char always supported our son and came to so many events, including Christopher’s play at Jacks Valley School and Mulan at the BAC right before he left on his last adventure.
Ray was always there and always with his huge smile, a positive & honest attitude and tons of patience! Ray was a great person to talk with as he always had an opinion but always listened to the other guy. Ray was a huge source or information and did his research and trials with many bicycles in his collection. You could ask Ray anything and he could tell you anything– like on recumbent and now electric bicycles. Many great conversations keep us all awake driving back after many rides. Ray you will be missed but thanks for the memories and pulls in the Paceline of life! We know we will meet and ride again!