I've had more of an influence on the local cycling scene (no pun intended) than I knew. I came to this realization Wednesday night when I stopped in at Sickler's in Exeter to hear ultra marathon cyclist Paul Zbiek talk about preparing to do a century. I first wrote about Zbiek last year when he was doing a “Metric Millennium” as part of a fundraiser. Zbiek is doing another millennium ride later this year as part of another fundraiser. When I previewed Zbiek's talk in Tuesday's Times Leader, I mentioned that he had planned to do another “Metric Millennium.” As I walked in to Sickler's Wednesday, Paul greeted me and thanked me for coining the term. “I did that?” I asked him. I did. I just didn't remember. I used the term in last year's Cycling Scene column on Zbiek. Evidently, it was the first time the term was used to refer to riding 1,000 kilometers. Don't anyone get any ideas. I've got Metric Millennium copyrighted. If you want to read more about what Paul said about preparing to do a century, be sure to read this week's Cycling Scene. He had plenty of interesting stuff to say, but you have to wait until Sunday to read it.