By Meg Gephard
In the cycling world there are many prized jerseys one can wear in the Tour de France: the yellow jersey for the overall leader; the polka dot for the king of the mountains; and the green for the best sprinter. All of these jerseys are signs of unparalleled commitment, strength, and endurance.
But no jersey signals these qualities more than the C2C4 Charlie jersey, especially when it is worn by Arleen and Clif as they push on mile after mile, battling headwinds, climbing steep grades, and at times having the relief of a tailwind or a downhill.
But they don’t do it alone—and while pulling all of us along with such grace, they are supported by the love of family and friends who attempt to pedal along with them to bear witness to their loss and share our grief when it grips us. I had this moment at the top of Logan Pass as Clif, and then Arleen, embraced me after the climb and we had a minute to collectively wish Charlie was with us.
So, as Dom and I head back to Shutesbury, I will continue to wear my C2C4 Charlie jersey as I cycle with others in New England who want to be part of a moving memorial that spans many miles of road across the country.