A longtime business owner on the Maysville Pike has decided to retire and close up shop.
Mike Schooley, owner of Southside Cycling, will retire at the end of this month. His 22 years in the business started as having no experience with bikes because he was a runner. But what got him started in the bike business is something many are struggling with in today’s world.
"I needed a job. So I started working here and then once I started riding, I loved it. I loved running until I took up cycling and then after I started cycling, I couldn’t stand to run anymore," said Schooley.
Schooley says one of the big highlights he remembers was when Tour de France Cyclist Greg Lemond raced in the Zanesville Bicycle Classic in the early 90’s.
"He was 50 seconds down on the last stage of the Tour de France and won by 8 seconds which is the closest in the Tour de France ever. And about 2 months later, he came in and raced in the race so he was here in Zanesville," said Schooley.
Schooley would like to thank the entire southeast Ohio community for their patronage and support over the years. The shop’s last day for business will be October 28th.