Roller Spotlight – September 2016: Meet Joy

09/22/2016

Each month we highlight one of our Golden Rollers with a photo and short interview. Our conversations explore personal histories and address how staying active has benefitted their health and well-being as they grow older.. This month we meet Joy Gilcrease.


Name: Joy Gilcrease

Age: 67

Hometown: San Francisco, California (lived in 41 countries before 16-years-old)

Bike Experience: Learned how to ride when young but never owned a bike. Did some beach riding in Galveston years ago.

 

 

Golden Rollers: “Did you find Conely-Guerrero pretty early on after moving here?”

 

Joy Gilcrease: “No, I first heard about it when I saw the article, there was an ad in the paper about the trike program and I said, “I want to do that”.”

 

GR:  “What’s your history with bikes?”

 

JG:  “I never had a bike. I never had time when I was little for a bike… I never got a bike and I never got a dog.”

 

GR:  “Well it’s not too late for either!”

 


GR: “So what attracted you to the Golden Rollers? Was the three-wheeled aspect appealing?”

 

JG: “Yes. So, I always liked bikes, but my cousin came to visit me, and she wanted to see everything and do everything. So I had the bright idea that we would rent one of the [B-cycle] bikes that they have and bike around the lake…  So I got one for her and one for me and we set out. I got on the bike, and I fell down.  And I got on the bike again, and I fell down.  And after several times of this, I said “maybe there’s something wrong with this bike.” So we switched bikes, but I couldn’t ride her bike either…  Every time I would turn the wheel, I would fall down. I never got up enough speed to even get my balance going.  So I was really disgusted and we put the bikes back. But, I promised myself that I would see if I could get back on a bike somehow.  And then I saw the article in the paper and thought, “this is it!””

 

 

GR: “Have you enjoyed riding with us?”

 

JG:  “I enjoy it very very much. I’m still not sure I could ride a regular bike, but the trike makes it really easy…”

 

Listen to the full interview here:


My Tricycle: A film about the Golden Rollers (Special Screening)

You are invited to a FREE Special Screening of the new short film about the Golden Rollers!

When:
Monday September 19th, 2016
11am to Noon

Where:
Conley-Guerrero Senior Activity Center
808 Nile St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 978-2660

What:
My Tricycle: A film about the Golden Rollers
Directed by Louisiana Kreutz

Starring participants of the Golden Rollers and members of Ghisallo Cycling Initiative.

The film is 8 minutes long, with questions and answers with the cast and crew afterwards.

Made possible with a grant from the City of Austin’s Cultural Arts Division!


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