John & Jan Demeo
John & Jan Demeo
- Where do you live, what do you do for a living, and how old are you?
We live in Saratoga Springs and are both retired school teachers.
John: 63 years young and taught physical education for 36 years at Bethlehem Central.
Jan: 58 years young and taught mathematics for 33 years at Saratoga Springs High School.
- What kind of bike(s) do you ride? What are the features you like about it?
John: Parlee Altum – I like the comfort as well as the confidence that the hydraulic disc brakes provides.
Jan: Specialized Tarmac – I love its fast maneuverability, responsiveness and its light weight, especially on long hill climbs.
- How long have you been riding, and how did you get into cycling?
John: I’ve been riding for almost 30 years. My brother-in-law introduced me to cycling as an alternative to running as a fitness workout.
Jan I started riding the fall of 2008 after being inspired by some friends and being part of their support crew while they competed in Ironman Lake Placid.
- How do you typically put the miles on your bike(s)? Do you keep track of your miles?
We try to ride outside 4 to 5 times a week once April rolls around and we continue riding through the late fall, averaging 125-150 miles a week. Our Garmin keeps accurate record of all of our rides.
- Do you have some favorite routes?
John : I love the scenery and the rolling hills that take me to the Saratoga Battlefield. Once there, I enjoy a lap or two with limited traffic before heading home. It’s always an enjoyable ride.
Jan: I love the Battlefield route however I think that I prefer the challenge of heading over to Lake Desolation, Ormsbee and Spier Falls. Another favorite is to get out of town and head up West River Road towards Fort Edward.
- What are your long-term cycling goals?
John : My goal is to be able to ride as long as my health allows and to maintain my overall fitness.
Jan : My goal is to just keep those tires rolling.
- What are your proudest moments as a cyclist?
We were happy to be part of a Team Time Trial last fall on Malta Ridge. It was our first time riding in a serious pace line. The practice prior to the event and the actual event was fun and rewarding. The awards ceremony that followed was a great social event. (There are so many great people in the cycling community).
- What tips would you offer to less experienced riders?
Ride with proper equipment (helmet, lights, spare tube, tools), obey traffic laws, be safe and most importantly enjoy the ride.
- What’s your favorite cycling product/accessory?
John: Garmin Edge 520 Plus
Jan : Garmin Varia RTL510 Rearview radar and tail light that communicates with the Garmin Edge. Can never be too safe.
- How do you fuel and hydrate when you’re in the saddle?
We use ESN FUEL mixed with water in our water bottles and Cliff, Luna or Kind bars for longer rides.
Announcements: Join us Wednesday nights at 6:00 pm for our Blue Sky Bicycles group ride! We meet in the Blue Sky Bicycles parking lot 10-15 minutes before the ride. See you there!