"The 33"-Road Bike Racing - Well done David Zabriskie...
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Excellent performance by USPS rider American David Zabriskie. He really showed himself yesterday on the way to Zürich. I never heard of him before. Perhaps the American members of the forum can provide some more details. Is he a promising rider for the future?
08-23-04, 05:20 PM
He's from Salt Lake City, where I'm at. When he was a Jr, he was incredibly fast. One of my enduring memories of "Z" (his nickname), was on the Jr. National Team, he came back to SLC for some R&R. While here, he decided to enter the State TT Championship. I was about 5k from home, from behind me I can hear this disk wheel. So I move over. Overtaking me, like I was riding the other direction was Z. He just blew past me.
Another memory I have was riding up one of the canyons here with a friend. On the way up Z passed us. We talked a moment, and he went back to his interval. About 3 minutes later we saw him heading down the canyon. 5 minutes after that he's passing my friend and me once again.
Z is a talented rider. He specializes in TTs, but has good enough power to climb really well. Funny kid. He missed most of last year because of an injury. He was hit by a motorist coming down a canyon. He was doing about 50mph when he was hit. Motorist was cited, and owes Dave a ton of money.
He'll be a good rider. But don't expect him to win any BIG races. He's more of a domestique as opposed to team leader. Good guy to have around though.
Thanks for the info :)
Dunno if anything was broadcasted in the US but Zabriskie rode ahead of the pack most of the race accompanied by a Spaniard. A good way to get some publicity.
08-24-04, 09:14 AM
Unfortunately no broadcast of GP Zurich was available. I only learned about Zs exploits by reading about them yesterday. I was really happy for him. He's really fun to be around, if a bit shy until he knows you.
He's got all of the Utah cycling community as part of his fan base (so do Levi Leipheimer, and Jeff Louder). All 3 of these guys rode, at one point or another, for a local club, call Rocky Mountain Cycling Club.
Pretty cool that they all have become established pros. Some better than others, but still, very cool.
I'll try to keep people updated on Zs progress. With him riding La Vuelta, it'll be awhile before he's back in town.
At this moment I am watching live coverage of the Vuelta on Belgian television and Zabriskie is in the middle of a solo that started early today. He's got a 17' 56" lead over the pack but still 90 km to go. Belgian sports commentators praise him for the considerable average speed Zabriskie develops on his own.
Yep. Check the Vuelta stage 11 thread at the top of the forum.
09-15-04, 04:48 AM
Dave's been a Postie since 2001. He is, if memory serves, in the show "Road to Paris" they did in '01 at one of the early spring training camps.
09-15-04, 08:45 AM
can anybody else do this with your arms?
This style was introduced by Michele Bartoli in 1998, when he was a rider with team Asics-CGA.
LOL. Just remembered that I posted this totally innocent question almost a year ago.
07-03-05, 03:14 PM
This is quite interesting. Is he riding for the discovery team now?
No, he is the current yellow jersey in the TdF for team CSC.
07-03-05, 03:47 PM
Thanks, Timo! Well, this is one case where thread necromancy is a good thing. Nice anecdotes. I've had a soft spot for Dave ever since following the live report of his epic breakaway at the Vuelta, and hearing about the struggles he went through to get there. He's an impressive talent and a memorable character.
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