Riding out

Joy Glanzer's bicycling takes her on long tours

Published: Thursday, January 22, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 21, 2004 at 10:54 p.m.
Newberry resident Joy Glanzer's days as one of the first Miami Dolphins cheerleaders ended more than two decades ago. Now at age 48, she continues to achieve, like riding her bicycle 503 miles last fall over mountains, hills and plains in the Cross North Carolina Bike Tour.
For seven days, she rode her bike from Boone, N.C., in the mountains, to Oak Island, N.C., on the coast.
"I had no delusions about finishing," Glanzer said. "I took it one day at a time because training in Florida is very different than riding in the mountains - that's a whole different sport."
But finish she did, even though she realized her own self-imposed training could have been more rigorous. She trained from June through September, riding 20 to 40 miles three days a week.
"It wasn't enough," Glanzer admitted. "And neither were 24 gears on my bike for riding through the mountains."
But she did enjoy the solitude and vistas provided by North Carolina's changing landscape.
"At one point, I was on a 16-mile downhill ride out of Pisgah National Forest," Glanzer said. "It was exhilarating. I would have done the whole trip just to do that."
Glanzer began riding in 1993 in the Multiple Sclerosis tour, which involves riding 150 miles in two days. Her participation in this tour began as a way to help the Multiple Sclerosis Association because her brother has MS. She has participated every year since then.
Many states offers cross-state tours, and while some of the riders hope to do tours in all 50 states, Glanzer does not believe she is that ambitious. But she admits she is hooked on the sport.
"I'm doing the Virginia tour in June," said Glanzer. "But that isn't as big a deal. It's only 400 miles over five days."

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