Oct. 25 ride set for cycling legend Shields
EL CAJON — Two Grossmont College employees will lead a bicycle ride Oct. 25 to honor the memory of local cycling legend Gordy Shields.
Shields, who died at 95 on June 30 of complications after heart surgery, was a longtime Fletcher Hills resident, a counselor at Grossmont College for 15 years and known throughout San Diego County for his cycling advocacy.
Agustin Albarran, Grossmont College’s dean of English and behavioral/social sciences, and Pat Murray, a health science technician, will lead the 11 a.m. bicycle ride, which will start at the front of Building 10 and head to the Fletcher Hills Library and back, a round-trip ride of nearly four miles.
Shields, who served as a counseling instructor at Grossmont from 1965-79, is one of six people honored in a “San Diego Legends” exhibit created by the San Diego County Library and Aging and Independence Services. Shields set many national age-group records after starting his cycling career at age 50. He worked to improve the Bayshore Bikeway, a five-city, 24-mile bike route around San Diego Bay.
Gordy will be missed. A inspiration for all of us. RIP!