Farewell Bicycle Paper
By Claire Bonin
Well, it is time for me to say goodbye. I have been the editor of Bicycle Paper for the past 15 years, which amounts to 119 printed issues, 13 Northwest Race Guides, 12 Northwest Tour Guides, 9 Rocky Mountain Bicycle Paper issues and 8 Rocky Mountain Tour and Race Guides, in addition to countless web posts. It has been quite a ride and I am proud of what we have accomplished during that time.
Over the years I have worked with many great people that have helped shape the paper and expand its horizons beyond the confines of the Pacific Northwest through developing a website, Facebook and Twitter pages, as well as launching new publications in the Rocky Mountain region.
Although I can’t name everyone, I wish to recognize the contribution of a few that have been with me for most, if not all of it. Rick Peterson, who laid out the publication when I first started; still he keeps a watchful eye over every final proof. Valerie Carter and Kristen Wisehart were jacks-of-all-trades in the first half of this journey. Joe Zauner was the instigator of the NW Race Guide. Tai Lee handled sales for a while. Amy Beardemphl joined our team as an intern before taking over design and layout duties, bringing new ideas and her keen artistic sense to our publications. Darren Dencklau brought enthusiasm and passion and was integral to the success of the paper from 2008-2014. Jill Von Buskirk has been eagerly handling distribution for the past four years. Our core group of regular columnists – Dave Campbell, Maynard Hershon, Joe Kurmaskie, Erik Moen, Ellen Chow and more recently Chad Cheeney, Peter Marsh, Katie Hawkins and Kari Studley — as well as our numerous editorial and graphic interns and guest writers, have all contributed to make the paper the best source of Northwest cycling information.
To our readers, event organizers and advertisers – thank you – we wouldn’t have been able to do it without you.