About 10 years ago, before heading out on a group ride, Butch Holt asked a fellow female cyclist to join him on his bicycle built for two.
Two years later, and after dozens of weekend rides together , the Matthews couple got married.
"I'll ride the tandem with him, but that's all I'm doing," his wife, Marianne, said at the time.
Obviously, she was wrong.
The couple even considered getting married on a bike.
On Saturday Butch, 62, and Marianne Holt, 52, will participate in Rocky River Road Club's 12th annual Polar Bear Ride. They have participated in the 100-kilometer ride for at least the last 10 years.
The charity fundraiser is open to cyclists of all abilities and takes place the second Saturday each January. This year's 100-K and 50-K rides will begin at 10 a.m. Satudayat Ingersoll-Rand in Davidson.
Hundreds of cyclists are expected to participate and travel through the North Mecklenburg/Lake Norman area.
A portion of the proceeds will go to the Ada Jenkins Center in Davidson, as well as a few area churches and cycling related charities.
"It's a good first-of-the-year-type of event," Marianne said. "It's kind of a reunion of cyclists you haven't seen in a few months. Everyone tends to come out to it."