Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: living in the moment
Bikes: 2005 Litespeed Teramo, 2000 Marinoni Leggero, 2001 Kona Major Jake (with Campy Centaur), 1997 Specialized S-Works M2, 1992 Specialized Rockhopper
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BAck when the Super 7 was 34 million -- and yes, I paid out my voluntary tax for a ticket -- I had this plan...
1. Put about half the money into secure moderate growth investments.
2. Put a chunk of the money into a fund that would pay me a steady income of $75,000/annum and do the same for my family members.
3. Buy the guys in my club each a no-compromises bike. [Actually, only one would get the ultimate no-compromises bike, the others would have to content themselves with Litespeed Classics or De Rosa Meraks, or whatever, with Chorus or Ultegra].
4. Buy my GF me no-compromises road bikes and no-compromises 'cross bikes.
5. Buy a simple non-SUV automobile [a Subaru Outback] with a bike rack and learn how to drive it.
6. Hire a lawyer to get me out of my teaching contract.
7. Take the car on a road trip this summer to visit all of my BF friends and ride the roads of North America with our very cool bikes [sorry, Poullula and Nathank, Europe will have to wait].
8. Buy a small villa in Rimini or San Remo and a pied-a-terre in Brussels or Ghent and relocate to Europe for much of the year. I would ride like a demon through Italy in the summer, winter in a rented place in Spain in the winter [with trips north for cyclocross] and follow the spring classics from home base in Belgium in the spring. I would come back to North America frequently, so I'd have to keep a bike here, I guess.
9. Write books... teach part-time at the local university... ride my bike. You'd all be invited to visit.
10. Partially fund a Canadian division 1 pro squad when Gord Fraser's, Michael Barry's, Charles Dionne's, Eric Wohlberg's [etc.] contracts expired with their current teams.
Alas, it never happened.