By: Tom Fee
Sandy Beach, Oahu; 6:25AM Sunday Morning, September 28, 2013. The sun was just coming up behind Moloka‘i across the Ka‘iwi Channel when Tom arrived to start setting up the Sandy Beach Aid Station to support the annual Honolulu Century ride. Sandy Beach is at the 12.5-mile turnaround from Kapi‘olani Park and is the destination for most of the beginners and family riders. The HHF crew consisting of Wendie, Rick, Regina, Cory (and her son, Nainoa), Gail and Pat began to arrive and the tents were expertly erected, and the bananas and donuts were set out for the first riders to enjoy by 7:00AM. Pam arrived with fresh coffee and a light breakfast for the crew a half an hour later. The Century Ride (yes, some riders go all the way to Swanzy Beach Park before turning around) is in its 33rd year and is hosted by the Hawaii Bicycling League with the help of 250 volunteers. HHF has sponsored the Sandy Beach Aid Station for the past seven years – volunteers are always welcomed!
Tom’s a board member of HBL and supports HHF’s bicycle planning practice (e.g., O‘ahu Bicycle Plan, Honolulu Bicycle Plan, ‘Ewa Bicycle Master Plan). He’s a member of the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals and the League of American Bicyclists and is a League Certified Bicycling Instructor. He also serves on the Honolulu Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Bicycling.