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Old 07-24-08, 09:25 PM   #1
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Frenchie in the house

Hey people...

The name is Richard. I'm writing from Gatineau QC, which is next door to Ottawa Ont. My first tongue is french but i'm perfectly bilingual. Single parent of 3 trying to keep young.

My cycling background:
I got into the sport in 1989 after a failed attempt to tryout for the local junior hockey teams(damn politics). I raced mostly localy, participating once at the Québec Championships in Rigaud. It was a miserable yet memorable experience. I went as a single independant rider with no support. I came in 50th on 175 senior class riders for the TT. Might of done better had i not faced a road block from a huge golden retriever and coming back in pitch black country road. The road race the following day was a disaster as i had multiple mechanical mishaps that just killed any chance of just finishing the race.

Best souvenir was a training trip to Burlington Vermont. We basically did Montréal, then Sherbrooke, then Vermont. I climbed Smugglers Notch. A hell of a long climb compared to the one we have here, and coming down was a blast!! I was 19 or 20 at the time.

I left the sport in '93 cause of finances and i had started a family. I tried coming back for the 1995 season, but i just couldn't find the proper time to train nor had the funds to upgrade my bike and travel solo. Afterwards, i turned my bike into a "fixie" just to get around town. This June of this year, i decided to fix up the old classic and hit the pavement again. I'm just gonna get the miles in and maybe, just maybe...next spring when hockey season ends, i'll train to race in the Veteran class.

My other interests are hockey as mentioned, martial arts, hoops, music and dancing, and whatever else...

Hope i can reminisce with a few, learn about the new, and maybe even help a few

Thx
Rich



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Old 07-25-08, 05:31 AM   #2
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Bienvenue Aller!Aller!
Tu n'est pas le seul Frenchie dans ce Forum. I'm a Newbie myself and also hope to acquire new bike knowledge or transfer some to others.
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Chouette! Un autre! Salut et bienvenue. Trois gamins tout seul--chapeau, mon vieux. Est-ce que tu fais des ballades a velo avec les petits? Le subform Recreation and Family sera peut-etre utile et interresant. Une petite avertissement: les mecs dans le subform Road Racing sont assez cons, mais nous ne sommes pas tous comme ca!
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Hello Richard, you are a very busy person if you are a single parent of three AND trying to fit in training for both hockey and racing.

What old classic are you riding? Do you have photos?

Welcome to BF, and feel free to PM me with any questions !

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Merci! Merci! Thank you for the kind words and advice.

Imasphere...good to see we are in numbers, even if but a few.

Tulip...Je devine que tu n'es pas né à Richmond. I'm not worried about the internet knobs...we have plenty of those on my goalie forums...LOL!

East Hill...thx for the offer. Pics of my bike will follow shortly. It's a late '80s, early '90s all steel cromoly Bianchi, in a purplish wine red. They didn't have any celeste ones left when i bought the frame.

THE FRENCH ARE COMING!!! THE FRENCH ARE COMING!!!
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Don't worry, there will be more members from Québec if you spread the word .

Yes, we will need to see photos of the Bianchi in the Classic & Vintage forum when you have enough time to post photos.

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Forum Québecois

Si vous ne le connaissez pas, il y'a un Forum Québecois très semblable au bike forums:

www.velocia.ca
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Merci! Merci! Thank you for the kind words and advice.

Tulip...Je devine que tu n'es pas né à Richmond. I'm not worried about the internet knobs...we have plenty of those on my goalie forums...LOL!
Non, pas née à Richmond...New Jersey, actually (shhh, it's our little secret!).
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Thx Imasphere, bien apprécié!!
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