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.
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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."