For this month, Host Susan Tschirhart will have a lively conversation with two cycling enthusiasts.
John D. Copenhaver, Professor Emeritus of Religion and Philosophy at Shenandoah University, stays active by cycling, hiking, and swimming. He started cycling while living in Falls Church,VA near the W&OD trail. When he moved to the Winchester area, he took up road cycling, participating in two Winchester Triathlons. His longest rides were with the “Holy Rollers,” a group of United Methodist clergy and laity who rode their bikes 300+ miles over 4 days to raise funds to support missional projects. Mostly, he considers himself a recreational cyclist who rides for health, for fellowship with others riders, and to enjoy the beautiful scenery of our region.
John Crandell, is a clinical psychologist with a part-time practice counseling people. He is drawn to going outside of the office.He is a Virginia Master Naturalist who enjoys introducing folks to the wildlife ambassadors at the Blue Ridge Wildlife Center. As a husband and father,he did the usual things outdoors: hiking, camping, coaching soccer, with his family. When they left home, he stopped living vicariously and set the goal of completing a triathlon in 2003. Through this, John rediscovered my childhood love of cycling. In 2017,he cycled across the country in 27 epic days. The photos is of his arrival in Georgia.