We lost Aaron Rodgers and Dave Schlabowske in the same week.
Of course everybody knows who Aaron Rodgers is and every Packer fan (i.e., virtually all Wisconsinites) knows that nine days ago in a game against the Vikings he broke his collarbone and may be lost for the season.
And if you’re reading this blog chances are that you know Dave Schlabowske as well. Dave has worked for the Bike Fed for over a decade and is highly regarded not just in Milwaukee where he lives and works but around the state. I’m happy to report that Dave suffered no serious injuries, but I’m saddened to report he has announced that he is leaving the Bike Fed as full-time employee at the end of the year.
I make the comparison between Rodgers and Schlabowske because they mean pretty much the same thing to each of their teams: they are MVP’s who cannot be replaced.
Dave has worked with me as Deputy Director for the last four years and just in that relatively brief time he has launched and edited the amazing Bike Fed magazine, created what have fast become two iconic rides at both ends of the spectrum: the “tough as hell” Ride Across Wisconsin and the accordion player led Polish Moon, started the Santa Cycle Rampage, the Spring Classics Series and established the Wisconsin Cycling Hall of Fame. And those are just the special projects he has taken on in addition to his daily work running the Milwaukee office.
If you get exhausted just reading that list than you get an idea of why Dave feels it’s time to step back for awhile and spend some time with his wife, Liz. But here’s the good news. Unlike Rodgers, Dave can still play. So, he’s agreed to continue to run RAW, contribute to the magazine and maybe take on one or two more discreet projects.
So, while Dave will be leaving us as a full-time presence at the Bike Fed, he’ll continue to develop some his most important projects. Not unlike Rodgers still showing up in the quarterbacks room.
Mark your calendars for the evening of December 14th at our Milwaukee office when we’ll lift a glass to toast (and maybe lightly roast) Dave. More on that later this fall, but for now let’s thank Dave for all that he’s contributed to the Bike Fed and to the cause of better bicycling in Wisconsin.