George Long, a BIKE CYCOLOGY VINTAGE RETRO SHIRT cycling athlete award-winning Blount County’s famous do attitude and mental acumen has died of complications related to COVID-19 on 5 May 12.
Long, often referred to by the moniker “Rat”, very popular in Blount County, familiar to anyone who joins sticks and shears on the street. For many years, he owned Rat’s Glass, where he built collectible cartons to transport around the world.
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Long’s love for unique bikes fell in with another hobby: cycling, which he started in 2002 at age 62.
Tim Patterson accompanied him on the BIKE CYCOLOGY VINTAGE RETRO SHIRT trip. ride a bike first.
“It’s really funny because I’m 6 years old 4” and my wife is 6 feet tall… and Rat is so small, he was behind us and rushed at us and I didn’t even know he was there. I couldn’t see him, ”Patterson said. “He was literally an inch away from our heels, and I couldn’t even see him, but he stayed with us all the way down River Road.”
Finally, Long loves to ride his bike. In 2010, he competed at the BIKE CYCOLOGY VINTAGE RETRO SHIRTTennessee Senior Olympics and won a gold medal in his age group in the 5K time trial cycling event and the 20K road cycling event.
Over the years, Long, Patterson and several other cyclists will meet at Cycology Bike in Maryville and miles a few times a week.
Long is known for bringing people into group games. Jackie Taylor was one of the people he introduced to join the Blount County cycling group more than 10 years ago.
“He’s been looking for me since Day One, and I thought, ‘I’ll have a good friend at Rat,’ says Taylor.
They remained close friends until his death, and even spoke on the phone during his admission to COVID-19.
Taylor was one of several local cyclists who celebrated the 30-mile trip on October 1 on Long’s 80th birthday. 30 miles is no match for Long, which Patterson says the meter will be in for thousands of miles of cycling every year.
Despite being in good health for an 80-year-old man, Long, like more than 7,000 Count Blounts, fell victim to the coronavirus, Long in mid-November.
“I think he will live to 200 age, ”said his sister Maxine Falls, adding that Long frequently calls her to tell her about new vitamins she should start taking.
Falls said he tested positive on November 19. That day, he went to the East Tennessee Medical Group, where a doctor took him to the hospital in an ambulance.
“When I heard that he had COVID, I thought… ‘Oh my God, please don’t because it could hurt him badly,’ said Taylor.
Falls said Long did not know where he got the virus from.
Long’s condition went up and down erratically. Mr. Falls said he received the nursing plasma on November 29 and was fine, but his condition got significantly worse, and he was placed in a ventilator on the 30th of the month. 11.