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New bikes memorialize longtime Old Town Hot Springs member

Friends of Jonathan Heuberger spin at Old Town Hot Springs Sunday on bikes donated by Heuberger's family. Heuberger was a longtime member of OTHS and died a year ago after an eight-year battle with Alzheimer's disease.
Matt Stensland

— When Old Town Hot Springs members feel that extra burn during their next spin class, they will have Jonathan Heuberger to thank.

On Sunday, family and friends of Heuberger gathered in the spin room to break in 23 new bikes donated to Old Town Hot Springs in memory of Heuberger, who died last year after an eight-year battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Sunday was also Heuberger’s birthday, and Jerry Spring was one of several people who wore one of Heuberger’s bike jerseys for the workout. Spring regularly skied and biked with Heuberger. In 2010, they tackled the Ride the Rockies bike tour in Colorado, and Spring was all smiles doing some winter training.

“I think it’s great,” Spring said.

Tom Drew, another one of Heuberger’s friends, watched the class from the side of the room.

“I think it’s awesome,” Drew said. “He’d be smiling.”

Heuberger’s wife, BJ, cut the ribbon to dedicate the new bikes. Before speaking, she was trying hard not to cry.

“You were his very best friends, and you got us through it so spin hard for Jonathan,” BJ Heuberger said.

She said her husband was a gym rat, and the family was looking for a way to memorialize him. She heard Old Town Hot Springs wanted to acquire new bikes with computers that measure watts and hold riders more accountable.

“I called my daughters, and they said, ‘That would be perfect,’” BJ Heuberger said.

The Heubergers were Old Town Hot Springs members since 2002. BJ Heuberger said when she started bringing her husband to spin class, he would sing although not very well.

“He could come in here by himself, and he was happy,” BJ Heuberger said.

The $38,000 donation allowed Old Town Hot Springs to buy 23 bikes. Pat Carney, the recreation facility’s executive director, said it is the biggest donation the nonprofit organization has received.

“It’s a great story,” Carney said. “It honors her husband, and it helps us.”

A plaque is now hanging in the spin room with dedication information and Heuberger’s photo.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email mstensland@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland


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