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    Longest active racer...

    I know there are some geezers around here. And I know lots of guys who started as kids, took years off for family / work then started up again. But there are a few riders who started young, and never stopped. I know a guy here in the local that was racing in the 1970's and still pulls down W's every year, now as a 60+ racer. That's 40 years, 40 seasons of racing.

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    Longsjo?
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    Some of the Masters in the area were in the 72? Olympics. Although I started in 83 they hit my radar within a few years since they raced as Cat 3s. They've been racing since, at least as far as I know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ridethecliche View Post
    Longsjo?
    The race? Or is that a typo for Longo?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Creakyknees View Post
    I know there are some geezers around here. And I know lots of guys who started as kids, took years off for family / work then started up again. But there are a few riders who started young, and never stopped. I know a guy here in the local that was racing in the 1970's and still pulls down W's every year, now as a 60+ racer. That's 40 years, 40 seasons of racing.

    Who has the most, ya figure?
    theo oudshoorn beats him.



    herman van bruggen as well.


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    Quote Originally Posted by botto View Post

    herman van bruggen as well.

    Sorry I should've clarified, I mean ROAD RACER. Triathletes are not legit athletes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ridethecliche View Post
    Longsjo?
    Art died a long time ago, hence the race is named after him.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art_Longsjo

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    Quote Originally Posted by Creakyknees View Post
    Sorry I should've clarified, I mean ROAD RACER. Triathletes are not legit athletes.
    you're the one who needs the clarification: he's not a triathlete.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carpediemracing View Post
    Some of the Masters in the area were in the 72? Olympics. Although I started in 83 they hit my radar within a few years since they raced as Cat 3s. They've been racing since, at least as far as I know.
    A friend of mine raced in the '72 Olympics and again in '76. He raced until last year when he had a bunch of life changing stuff, but he still rides.

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    Jarabek in Florida started in the 70's and has won more races than most people have started.
    Originally an Oregon guy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by botto View Post
    you're the one who needs the clarification: he's not a triathlete.
    I think it was a joke, gone awry...

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    Do you mean BF members or just old guys who can still generate wattage?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Dopolina View Post
    Do you mean BF members or just old guys who can still generate wattage?
    Either, I guess. I figured Botto would know lots of old Dutchbags. Here in 'merka, I still know a few guys who were racing in the '70's and never stopped.

    At our state track champs a few weeks ago, the oldest rider was 78, he's been around forever. When I was a kid back in the '80's there was a 70+ guy still racing with the 4's and being competitive.
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    I'm pretty sure there are BF members who have been actively racing longer than me but I'll get the ball rolling: I started in '85 and have raced every year since with the exception of partial seasons I lost due to injury.
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    I started racing in 1992 and have done at least one race a year since.
    Although I was reading Winning Magazine and commuting by 10-speed since the mid-80's.

    I even got to race in a "hairnet" my first season in Belgium, as hard-shells did not go in effect until 1996.

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    1983. Did 4 races that year, maybe 8 the next, and since then did a bunch of races every year since then (20 to about 55). Right now doing about 30-35 races a year if I include the Tues Night ones. The first race I went to watch was Tour of Nutley in 1983. It happened to be the National Championships, I went in a team van, and me and a friend read the first Winning magazine there and back (the one with Merckx on the cover). I still have a copy of it, but not that exact one. We also thought "Safety Dance" was the schnizzle. My teammate got shelled in the Juniors and Roy Knickman won even though he rolled a rear tire in the sprint and sprinted on the rim.

    I was allowed to, but didn't, wear a hairnet. I think it was 1986 for USCF when they made ANSI approved helmets mandatory. Until then I used a Brancale Giro because it was "more aero".

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    Tilford says he's been racing continually since 1975.

    http://www.pezcyclingnews.com/?pg=fullstory&id=8781

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    Quote Originally Posted by YMCA View Post
    I started racing in 1992 and have done at least one race a year since.
    Although I was reading Winning Magazine and commuting by 10-speed since the mid-80's.

    I even got to race in a "hairnet" my first season in Belgium, as hard-shells did not go in effect until 1996.
    I started racing in a white cinelli hairnet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Dopolina View Post
    I started racing in a white cinelli hairnet.
    I had a beautiful white Cinelli, until my brothers ferret got hold of it.

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    Hi,

    I'll play and probably "lose." Started doing Tuesday Night Worlds on Long Island in 1973 (no license required). We called them training races back then. Got my ABLA (Amateur Bicycle League of America) license in 1974 as a 17 year-old Junior. Was the co-founder of my college cycling team (RPI) and moved to SoCal after graduating. Raced every year except one year, 1995, the year my youngest was born. Also had some years with just a handful of races -- maybe 5 years but raced nonetheless. So far in 2012 I've paid entry fees and pinned numbers on my back for 57 races if my record keeping is correct. I've won a handful of races over the years with more consistent top 10 places way back in the 1980s when I was a skinny Cat 3. Now I'm a Cat 3 55+ Master that keeps running into former Olympians, World Champions, and National Champions who are in this bow wave of aging Baby Boomers that keep racing too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by YMCA View Post
    I had a beautiful white Cinelli, until my brothers ferret got hold of it.
    A ferret ate your hairnet?

    That belongs on a T-Shirt. I'd buy one just to **** with hipster ******bags.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleave View Post
    Hi,

    I'll play and probably "lose." Started doing Tuesday Night Worlds on Long Island in 1973 (no license required). We called them training races back then. Got my ABLA (Amateur Bicycle League of America) license in 1974 as a 17 year-old Junior. Was the co-founder of my college cycling team (RPI) and moved to SoCal after graduating. Raced every year except one year, 1995, the year my youngest was born. Also had some years with just a handful of races -- maybe 5 years but raced nonetheless. So far in 2012 I've paid entry fees and pinned numbers on my back for 57 races if my record keeping is correct. I've won a handful of races over the years with more consistent top 10 places way back in the 1980s when I was a skinny Cat 3. Now I'm a Cat 3 55+ Master that keeps running into former Olympians, World Champions, and National Champions who are in this bow wave of aging Baby Boomers that keep racing too.
    and you never went pro???
    geez that's a lot of effort, ha

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Dopolina View Post
    A ferret ate your hairnet?

    That belongs on a T-Shirt. I'd buy one just to **** with hipster ******bags.
    yes and yes

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleave View Post
    Hi,

    I'll play and probably "lose." Started doing Tuesday Night Worlds on Long Island in 1973 (no license required). We called them training races back then. Got my ABLA (Amateur Bicycle League of America) license in 1974 as a 17 year-old Junior. Was the co-founder of my college cycling team (RPI) and moved to SoCal after graduating. Raced every year except one year, 1995, the year my youngest was born. Also had some years with just a handful of races -- maybe 5 years but raced nonetheless. So far in 2012 I've paid entry fees and pinned numbers on my back for 57 races if my record keeping is correct. I've won a handful of races over the years with more consistent top 10 places way back in the 1980s when I was a skinny Cat 3. Now I'm a Cat 3 55+ Master that keeps running into former Olympians, World Champions, and National Champions who are in this bow wave of aging Baby Boomers that keep racing too.

    like

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    Quote Originally Posted by YMCA View Post
    and you never went pro???
    geez that's a lot of effort, ha
    AKA I'm sick, demented, and I love this sport. Plus it keeps me out of bars at night.
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