Scud Continues To Inspire And Guide Us

I wanted to to share here a post I recently created for the more website. As most everyone knows Scud was instrumental in helping build what is now one of the most well regarded local mountain bike organizations in the country. It amazes me almost daily how Scud continues to guide us and inspire our work. The MORE leadership team recently worked with IMBA (another favorite orginization of Scud’s) during a leadership retreat. The following post shares some of the work that came out of that event and shows yet another example of Scud’s inspiration and motivation.

Introducing The Four Pillars Of MORE

Written By: Jason R. Ashmore
MORE Vice President

Like many in our community, I have found myself thinking about Scud a lot lately. His death left a hole in many hearts, but his life was full of inspiration.  As someone serving in a leadership role on the MORE board I find myself reflecting a great deal on the work Scud did for our community over the years. His influence is resulting in many of us seeking ways to turn this inspiration into positive action and to ultimately embrace the lifestyle Scud exemplified.

The MORE board, in partnership with IMBA, recently traveled to Sedona for a developmental retreat. The idea was to come together as a team with our peers and partners to become better leaders and stewards for MORE. I approached this trip with a great deal of hope and determination, but most importantly, with the goal of following Scud’s example by serving our local riding community. While it sounds like a cliché I do often ask myself “what would Scud do?.”, and by my estimate one could do far worse for a role model than Scud.

As I prepared for the retreat, one of the things I focused on early was to point out to all in attendance that this would be a weekend of hard work, not a vacation. While there certainly would be time for mountain biking and fellowship, work would come first and foremost. I drove that point home to my traveling companions Martin and Ernie when I refused to let them disperse to aisle and window seats of their choosing. Instead I pulled them to the back of that crowded Southwest flight placing a reluctant Martin and his MacBook right in that middle seat, and we got to work.

Initially we set out to work on some basic artwork for an upcoming Scud related project we had been discussing. Ideas and Scud adventure stories flowed between us, and pixels slowly transformed into a shared vision. As we got deeper into exploring what Scud meant to each of us and in particular, to MORE; this project took on a life of it’s own. These ideas continued to flow together becoming icons of the ideals that embodied our friend, and by extension created a vision of the inspiration we’ve been feeling. Below is the end result of several hours of some of the best collaborative work I’ve ever been a part of.

Some of the original inspiration came from the IMBA icons design you often see. Speak, Build, Respect and Ride. While the IMBA icons fit Scud pretty well; they just didn’t hit the mark. After some time we came up with these words and icons to represent his life of service and spirit. Ride, Build, Serveand Mentor. These words and symbols represent what we are now referring to among the board as the four pillars of MORE. Each of these covers a core ideal of the club. These ideals remain as true and relevant today as they did when the club was founded back in 1992.As we chose these words and symbols we also paid a great deal of attention to how they were arranged in the design. Notice how Ride flows into Build to Serve and finally to Mentor. We think this represents the natural journey many of us take within the community. When you think about how people find MORE, it almost always starts with a love of riding our bikes.  It’s always first and foremost among our motivations and it always comes back to the ride at the end of the journey.

As we begin to ride, most of us soon come to love the trails and the community and we naturally transition into building.. It’s important to keep in mind that building here doesn’t’t only mean trails. Building also means building communities and relationships and as everyone knows, Scud excelled at building both!

From Build we move on to Serve, which many people have found to be among the most powerful messages here. What does Serve mean and who are we to Serve? These are very personal questions, with answers unique to each individual.  In a generic sense we begin serving the local riding community, by leading rides, volunteering at events, advocating for more trails and even serving MORE in a leadership role.

Finally, out of service is born the desire to Mentor.  The concept of becoming a Mentor is the idea that resonated most with me as I worked on this message. One of the areas I foremost wanted to capture was the iconic symbolism of Scud in his Superman costume sharing his passion for riding with kids. I still get teary eyed every time I see those photos and at no other time do I feel a greater sense of loss than when I realize my kids won’t get to ride with Superman. Scud was a mentor to not only our local kids, but he also mentored so many of us in the mountain bike community. If you begin speaking to the prominent volunteers in our club you will find nearly all of them were recruited and or touched by Scud in some profound way.

I believe mentoring our kids, getting them on bikes, helping inspire and grow new volunteers, sharing this passion for trails and bikes; all while building up those around us sums up so much of what made Scud special to us.

As I sat staring at these newly created pillars, I began to get a sense something was missing. These were all great examples of how Scud did things and conducted his life but what ties it all together? As I thought on it more the answer came into focus. Above all things; our friend Scud LIVED. Scud had an unmatched passion and exuberance of spirit, which ties back to these pillars and makes us love our sport of mountain biking.

I’d like to challenge you to take some time and reflect on these ideals as shown in this artwork. Think about what each means and how they flow together and can be used to define us as a club and as individuals. The 2014 board has adopted this work as the symbol for all we hope to achieve in the coming years. With spring around the corner, let’s all Ride MORE, Build MORE, Serve MORE, Mentor MORE and most of all LIVE MORE in our own unique ways.

In closing I challenge you to ask yourself; do you Ride, Build, Serve and Mentor to LIVE or do you LIVE because you do these things?

Shown Above the 2014 MORE Board of Directors. We continue to find inspiration
and guidance from our friend Scud.

You will always be with me…

Dear Family, Friends and SCUDFRIES Supporters,

I have tried over and over to write something about Dad…yet I am still stuck.

My heart is happy for his peace but I am still so sad he is gone. I am moved by all of you for reaching out to us. Thank you for comforting us and supporting us during his funeral services and this difficult time. I have so much I want to share with you about Dad and our family, but it will have to come out of my heart when I am a little stronger. Thank you for loving my dad and for all your thoughts and prayers.

Here is a poem that reflects where I am at right now and fills my heart with hope. Struggling through the cold winter and rainy days, I try to mourn his passing with grace and strength. May you too find comfort in these words.

Love,

Jen “Scudamore” Rodriguez

Your Spirit – A Tribute to My Father
by Tram-Tiara T. Von Reichenbach

I know that no matter what
You will always be with me.
When life separates us
I’ll know it is only your soul
Saying goodbye to your body
But your spirit will be with me always.
When I see a bird chirping on a nearby branch
I will know it is you singing to me.
When a butterfly brushes gently by me so care freely
I will know it is you assuring me you are free from pain.
When the gentle fragrance of a flower catches my attention
I will know it is you reminding me
To appreciate the simple things in life.
When the sun shining through my window awakens me
I will feel the warmth of your love.
When I hear the rain pitter patter against my window sill
I will hear your words of wisdom
And will remember what you taught me so well’
That without rain trees cannot grow
Without rain flowers cannot bloom
Without life’s challenges I cannot grow strong.
When I look out to the sea
I will think of your endless love for your family.
When I think of mountains, their majesty and magnificence
I will think of your courage for your country.
No matter where I am
Your spirit will be beside me
For I know that no matter what
You will always be with me.

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Upcoming Rides To Honor Scud

Join us for two upcoming rides to honor Scud.

First come out to Fountain Head new years day:

http://www.more-mtb.org/events/scud-memorial-ride

Then join us at Catherine Furnace; a ride that has been an annual scud tradition for many years: http://www.more-mtb.org/events/scuds-catherine-furnace-ride-january-5th

Come celebrate the life and times of Scud as he continues to do what he did best; inspire us to get outside and ride our bikes.

Dearest friends, family, and “Scud” supporters

Our hearts are heavier today than at any point since Scott’s accident on September 22nd. For the past 10 days, Scott’s struggle to overcome his injuries sustained on that day had progressively worsened as he battled infection, some bouts with delirium, and ultimately pneumonia. It is with incredible sadness that we must tell you that Scott succumbed to his injuries early this morning. A beloved husband, father, brother, uncle, friend, compatriot, leader and inspiration has left us here on earth and is now among the other angels in Heaven.

We have spent the day today making final arrangements and want to invite you to say farewell to Scott and join us in a celebration of this man and his life.

There will be two viewings at Thacker Brothers Lake Monticello Funeral Home (138 Heritage Dr., Palmyra, VA 22963).

The first will take place on Friday, January 3rd, 2014, from 6 PM – 8 PM.

The second will take place on Saturday, January 4th, 2014, from 9 AM – Noon.

A funeral service will follow the viewing on Saturday at 3PM at Grace And Glory Lutheran Church (683 Thomas Jefferson Parkway, Palmyra, VA 22963).

We welcome you to join us as we bid farewell to Scott. And we thank you for all the love, support, hope and prayers you have given us throughout this entire ordeal. While we are weak and in great pain now, we know that Scott is no longer suffering and is in a better place, and we will become stronger and the pain will subside with time, your support and God’s love. And we also know that the very reason Scott touched all of your lives is because you are such incredibly special people. We were all blessed to have him on this earth and in our lives. His purpose is now fulfilled in Heaven, in the hands and with the mercy of God.

Bless you all,
The Scudamores


A graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Monday, January 6, 2014 at Quantico National Cemetery in Triangle, VA.


In lieu of flowers the Scudamores would like you to please make a donation to one of Scott’s favorite charities, Trails for Youth or the Lake Monticello Volunteer Rescue Squad.

You in Your Scud Jersey

Do you have a picture of you wearing one of Scud’s Jerseys? Then please Share it with us. If you don’t have a Scud jersey? Then order one! Did you get an “I Ride For Team SCUD” Sticker? Show where you stuck it!

Gratitude

Dear Dad,

I can’t believe Thanksgiving has come and gone and now it is Dec 1st. I’m up late tonight, not able to sleep. I’m thinking of you and Mom and I am overwhelmed with such amazing memories of Thanksgiving and a warm heart because of it.
I loved seeing the pictures today of the Christmas Tree that we sent with Carlos and Margaret. Marie and I carefully handpicked those ornaments from past Christmas’s that I know we all hold dear to our hearts. We wanted you to be able to look over and see your own home ornaments and Christmas decor.

This past week has been such a crazy one. As I reflect on all the highs and lows, I can’t help but feel this intense GRATITUDE towards you. We couldn’t go to visit you at Kessler, and that was very disappointing. It didn’t stop me from remembering what Thanksgiving was all about. You weren’t feeling well, we weren’t feeling well, the weather was crazy cold and traffic to Jersey was insane!!!! Instead of being in the dumps, you post pics of how you make the best of a Holiday that most people in your situation would deem not worth celebrating. Your core positive outlook on life never seems to let me down and continues to inspire me every second of the day. You have always been that positive light in my life and nothing has changed. Well, maybe a few things. Because of how you chose to live and explore every new adventure there is to be found…Carl and I (and I’m sure many others) have been effected by your positive light. We have met some incredible people with amazingly huge hearts and even bigger intentions of generosity. Your SCUD ARMY was at it again, led this time by Anne Mader, Christina, Julie, Lynn and many others that I don’t even know about. They not only provided you with a beautiful Thanksgiving dinner spread (which I heard you ate a lot of) but they also showed up early Thanksgiving Day on my doorstep with an amazing Thanksgiving dinner, drinks and desserts! These are all people that Carl and I grateful for because of you. Thank you SCUD’S ARMY! God Bless!

Without you in my life I would be heart broken. I’m so blessed to still have you in my life. You still teach me so much. Even in your toughest hours, you are changing my life. I feel like in the last three months I have learned so much, felt so much and grown so much. My dearest friends have come forward to help us here, your friends are hard working behind the scenes to prepare the perfect house upon your return. I feel a sense of rebirth with some of our family relationships and I am so grateful for that. You are a loved man and I am proud that you are my father.

I have Gratitude for many things. You are one of them!!! Keep fighting to move those thumbs. Keep trying to find the right wheelchair. Keep eating those meals with (5) YES!!! I said FIVE swallows. Don’t forget to be easy on mom when she follows the rules. Your the rebel in the family~She’s the Saint. Remember that. Keep your winning attitude no matter how many steps forward or back that you take. Trust your Doctors, Trust your wife, Trust God.

I love you Dad with all of my heart. Thank you for being you and moving forward no matter how difficult it may be.
The kids and Carl and I miss you very much and soon the day will come where none of us will have the sniffles, Strep throat, watery eyes,mono,the flu or hives. I promise.

Love you, Hugs and kisses!!!!
Jen

Something to be Thankful for..

It spite of all that has happened,I have much to be thankful for: I have amazing friends and family,amazing and caring wife,fantastic medical staff and therapists at Kessler. About an hour ago, I moved my right thumb witnessed by two people. Thank you for all your card,donations and prayers. It is much appreciated. Scud

It’s Scott Scudamore Day At Niner Bikes!

If you know Scott you know he’s a big fan of 29ers and in particular Niner Bikes. Well apparently the Niner folks are big fans of Scott too! Check out the Niner Facebook Page today! I continue to be amazed at how many folks Scud touched as an ambassador to our community and this is further proof.

This makes me prouder than ever to ride a Niner bike myself, and I’ll continue to support them even more so to say thanks for supporting our pal Scud.

Thanks Niner! You guys rock welcome to team Scud!