Featured Cyclist: Bill P.

As the newest guide in the UA team, Bill P. has proven himself as a connoisseur of Boston history.  With ancestors who ventured across the Atlantic in the Mayflower, it is no surprise that Bill enjoys sharing the stories of Boston to visitors from around the world.

Bill with tour guests

Q: How long have you been riding in Boston?
A: I’ve been riding in and around Boston for a little over 30 years.

Q: What type of bike do you ride?  Do you have multiple bikes?
A: I have four road bikes – a 2006 Rivendell Bleriot, a 2004 Cervelo Soloist, a 1992 Fuji Titanium, and a 1978 Claud Butler.

Q: How long have you been working with UA?  Any especially fond memories?
A: I started at UA in summer of 2012.  I especially enjoyed the amazing variety of guests we had on tour.  They were from all over the world and each had a unique story.  They also ask great questions – the simplest are usually the hardest!

Q: What’s your favorite ride in Boston?
A: My favorite ride in Boston is a combination of parts of our City View, Tour de Boston and Fall Foliage tours.  I took some friends on a private version and they saw things that were completely new to them despite having lived here all their lives.

Q: How often do you ride and to where?
A: I was able to ride in all 12 months of 2012, typically several days a week, weather permitting.  I generally use the country roads in Concord, Lincoln, Weston, Sudbury, and Dover.

Q: What is your ‘day job’?
A: My day job is “retired” when I’m not touring with UA guests.

Q: Best advice for beginning city cyclists?
A: My best advice is act like a car but remember that you don’t have 2,000 pounds of steel protecting you!  Stay alert and assume that both drivers and pedestrians will do the unexpected.

Q: What has been your best bike-related memory?
A: My best cycling experience was being a corporate guest of Team CSC at the 2004 Tour de France.  I was there for a week and the excitement of millions of fans is incredible.  Needless to say, the riders are unbelievable despite all the bad news of performance enhancing drugs.  My Cervelo is a retired team bike ridden by Bobby Julich that year.

Q: Anything else you want to add?
A: Since joining UA, I’ve become an avid believer that the best, first thing to do when visiting a new city is look for a bike tour.  If you do it on day one, you’ll get a unique perspective of the city and can return to those attractions that interest you most.  It also is a great lead-in to renting a bike since you have a better sense of where you’re going.

Bill P.

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