You may not know her by name, but if you’ve participated in Cycle Oregon, you’ve probably worked with Ingrid Nylen at some point. She’s the friendly voice on the end of the phone with the answers to everyone’s questions. She’s the one who makes rider problems go away with aplomb. And on the ride, she’s one of the friendliest faces at Rider Services.
Jerry Norquist, who hired Ingrid 10 years ago, often referred to her as the heart and soul of the team behind the event. “Ingrid has an uncanny ability to take care of everything and every one simultaneously –including all of us in the office,” he says. “What’s more, she is ALWAYS sweet and cheerful about helping people – even if some of those she’s helping aren’t at their best. Simply put, Ingrid is an amazing person.”
All of us here in the CO office feel the same way, and I suspect most of you do, too. This is why you’re likely to have very mixed feelings to learn that 2013 was Ingrid’s last Cycle Oregon. As of this month, Ingrid is retiring (at least for now).
We’ll all miss working with her, but we wish her well as she takes some time to stop and smell the roses in her beautiful garden – one that will surely benefit from the extra time she can now devote to it. We’ll also miss working with her husband, Mark, who is also great to be around and has worked tirelessly as a Cycle Oregon volunteer for 9 years.
We’re thinking many of you probably have a fond memory or story about Ingrid you might like to share here as a way of showing how much of a difference she made, and that she will not be forgotten. Please feel free to submit your perspective.