Alums Connect Through Cycling
Posted on Tuesday, March 04, 2014
A passion for cycling will once again unite alums Jennifer Lacker '80 and Dave Hoyle '07 at the Charles Coaching and Nutritional Services (CCNS) Greenville Training Camp.
The week-long cycling camp, which began on Saturday, March 1, features intensive exercises, daily uphill rides and informational instruction on nutrition and training. Greenville's hilly terrain, according to CCNS, makes it a central location for avid cyclists like Lacker and Hoyle.
Hoyle will begin his first year as camp director at the Greenville Training Camp, leading rides through Blue Ridge Mountain, as well as conducting off-bike clinics in stretching and active recovery. He also holds a position as team and development director of the Connecticut Cycling Advancement Program, which aims to improve the lives of young adults through cycling.
"Cycling is engaging thousands of young people, creating local clubs and teams for them to participate in and providing ride and race events that they can enjoy," Hoyle says. Hoyle first became interested in cycling during his first year at HWS, where he was a member of the cycling team.
Lacker, an art history major at HWS, purchased her first bicycle five years ago and quickly developed a passion for the sport. She has since founded Bike Stonington, a bicycle advocacy group that seeks to promote bicycle access, awareness, and safety in her community. The program has involved performing demonstrations in Stonington schools. Because of its inclusivity and outreach, Bike Stonington has become a national model for bicycle advocacy.
"I think that cycling is the most democratic sport," Lacker says. "Everybody is equal, and anyone can jump on a bike."
Lacker, who also holds an M.A. in American studies from Boston University, is the owner of J. London Restoration & Appraisals, which provides furniture restoration and personal property appraisals. She credits her art studies at HWS as a major influence on her line of work. Hoyle graduated from HWS with a major in studio art and currently works as a bicycle sales manager in addition to his work in bicycle advocacy.