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Woody Miller memorial ride set for August 14th

Friday, July 30th, 2010

Woody Miller leads the 2009 Tour-de-Troit Metric Century ride

The details have been set for the Woody Miller Memorial Ride. It will take place at the Belle Isle Beach at 9:30 AM on August 14th.

From the Facebook event page:

Join family and friends in celebrating the life of Woody Miller (September 28, 1944 – July 17 2010). Woody was an avid cyclist: serving on the board of The Hub of Detroit, mentoring new riders, and advocating for the cycling community. He was a great promoter and supporter of the arts, most recently lending his skills to the creation of Cyclists can join him on his last lap around Belle-Isle following the ceremony. Please wear casual summer attire or cycling gear.

If you are on Facebook, they are asking that you RSVP.

Detroit cycling loses an advocate, a coach, and a friend

Sunday, July 25th, 2010

Woody Miller volunteering at the 2008 Tour-de-Troit

We recently received some terribly sad news. Detroit cyclist Woody Miller passed away on Saturday.

Here’s more information from fellow cyclist Reg Modlin:

I discovered yesterday evening by accident, that Woody Miller passed away in Seattle on Saturday [July 17, 2010]. From what I can piece together, Woody had cancer. He apparently had it for a while and fought it. I saw and spoke with Woody in early June and he did not mention it.

However, by mid to late June it had spread, putting Woody in hospital for surgery. Following that he went to Seattle to continue chemo treatment and to be with his son, David, his daughter in law and grandson. Apparently, the cancer spread to his liver and Woody passed last Saturday.

According to his family, his remains will be cremated in Seattle and a memorial service will be held in Detroit at a later date.

Woody will be remembered by a great many people in the Detroit area. Many cyclists rode with Woody over the past twenty years or so, on rides all over the metro area and Canada. We trained for racing and high speed riding on Belle Isle, and made many, memorable Sunday rides from Dearborn to Ann Arbor, and from Windsor to Colchester (Canada).

Woody mentored many young riders even up through this year, and I recall him riding through the winter this past year to his workplace at the downtown Bolle YMCA. Woody also coordinated the rider support for a number of years in the annual Tour de Troit.

Another great Detroit cyclist will be missed, but will never be forgotten in the peleton.

Woody was an active and dedicated bicycle advocate both on and off the road.?He was at city council to help repeal Detroit’s onerous bicycle registration ordinance and pass the non-motorized transportation plan.

And we never saw him not wearing cycling clothes. In fact we teased him for addressing city council in Lycra once. He made no apologies and said, “Hey, I’m a cyclist and this is what I wear.”

As of now, the memorial to Woody will be occurring at Belle Isle on August 14th. As more details become available, we’ll post them.

And in spirit, he will certainly be on the Tour de Troit again this September.