Member of the Month for April 2013

Patti Hale has been an active Wheelmen member since 1999. She served as Vice President in 2000 and later held the position of Ride Chairperson where she revived the stay-together rides. She has been a very active ride starter and along with her husband Steve, has organized and led an annual July 4th ride in Fredericksburg for the past 7+ years. She is currently serving as the Co-Chairperson for the 2013 Easter Hill Country Tour (this is her second time in that position).

Patti grew up in Portland, Oregon and moved to Texas in 1986 to work as a nurse. She started out in McAllen, moved to Corpus Christi and then to San Antonio in 1995. She is currently a nurse with Health by Design in San Antonio, teaching wellness education in the corporate setting. She describes her husband Steve Hale as “my best buddy”!

A Cervelo R3 is Patti’s ride and she does not want anything else – “at least for now”. Her favorite local ride is River Road from Gruene on a quiet weekend morning. You will frequently find Patti and Steve at the regular Wheelmen ride of the day on Saturdays and Sundays.

Patti has done rides in Oregon, California, Utah, Colorado and Germany. She says, “I like to ride in groups and over the years I have found people to ride with almost any day of the week but I also like to go out by myself occasionally – helps me clear my mind. I started riding when I was fairly new to San Antonio and was working crazy hours and it totally changed my life. I get a workout in but cycling opened up my life in ways that I’m grateful for – I’ve met great people, married someone I met in the club and can share common interests with, and I have been able to experience the outdoors in ways that I would never get to in a car!”

Patti has other interests in addition to cycling. She likes to go to the gym where she does Bodypump, and occasionally Pilates and Yoga after doing a cardio workout. She loves to garden and finds yard work relaxing. Somehow she also finds time to volunteer with Meals on Wheels. 

Steve and Patti have a dog and cat – Casey and Sunny – and her mother-in-law says she wants to come back as Patti’s pet in her next life because of the way she spoils her pets and lavishes money, time and love on them!

If you get a chance, join Patti on a Wheelmen ride for some great exercise and stimulating conversation.