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A sad day... "The Legend" will be sorely missed.

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A sad day... "The Legend" will be sorely missed.

Old 01-11-06, 05:52 PM
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A sad day... "The Legend" will be sorely missed.

Rest in peace John Sinibaldi. It was a honor to share the road with you.

http://www.sptimes.com/2006/01/11/So...gend_in_.shtml
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What a great story, and a wonderful figure in American cycling. You must be honored to have known and ridden with Mr. Sinibaldi.

RIP.
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Ever since Bicycling Magazine did a story on "The Legend" a year or two ago, I have always envisioned myself growing old following in his footsteps. A sad day, but a great story and life he lived. For all those lame "True Cyclist" threads, this is a true cyclist.
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Wow, it's been forty years since he had a smoke and he got lung cancer? Pretty harsh. Must have been really cool to ride with such a legend though, somehow the world just isn't the same after people such as him pass.
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Oh man...a sad day indeed. I never met him and I'd only learned of him through the Bicycling article, yet I know he was an inspiration to a great many people.

Rest in peace John Sinibaldi.

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I was inspired reading some of his accomplishments.

http://frankwykoff2.com/john_sinibaldi.htm

I love his tips for a long life. See at the bottom of the article.
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RIP.
What a dude....
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I enjoyed this piece as well. Thanks.
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John Sinibaldi ranks among the "top ten" American cyclists of all time. From 1932 to 1939, he was one of American's dominant road racers, setting a 100k time trial record that lasted almost half a century. Then, after he retired from his full time job in 1975, he began a second career, as one of America's best senior cyclists.

Even at age 92, he was winning championships for senior riders. He is an inspiration to every person who tries to make cycling a central part of an active and healthy life. As a "junior" AARP member, I sometimes wake up feeling less than ready for my morning ride...then I remember that to John Sinibaldi, a guy my age would be "just a kid"...that thought helps get me out on the bike when my legs and back would prefer to remain in bed.
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Originally Posted by odano
Rest in peace John Sinibaldi. It was a honor to share the road with you.

http://www.sptimes.com/2006/01/11/So...gend_in_.shtml
I have never heard of this gentleman but it sure inspires you to ride until the end.

Classy bike too! Still used clips... Can't tell what brand...
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I only moved to St. Pete in June and starting riding with the club in July. At 45, I am just a kid to the many very young at heart riders with the club that were anchored by John Sinibaldi. Then someone told me he was 92 and I about fell over... the guy could still ride like you would not believe. Anyway, the short time I was able to share the road with him was truely inspirational. Here are a few more interesting links:

"...he was the fastest rider in the nation at any age. In fact, he set a record that lasted almost half a century: 100 kilometers - about 62 miles - in 2 hours, 25 minutes and 9 seconds on a one-speed bike. "Oh, I was fast then," he says."

http://www.marathonhospitality.com/sinibaldi2005.pdf

http://www.sptimes.com/2003/10/03/Fl...of_wheel.shtml
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Very inspirational link. There's a cool interview with him the book "Bike for Life:How to Ride to 100". Amazing life Mr. Sinibaldi had and it sounds like he was a hell of a bike racer too! RIP John Sinibaldi.
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Originally Posted by Basscycle
Wow, it's been forty years since he had a smoke and he got lung cancer? Pretty harsh. Must have been really cool to ride with such a legend though, somehow the world just isn't the same after people such as him pass.
I don't think it was pretty harsh. The cycling is what kept him alive longer than he should have been. If he didn't bike at all, he probably would have been gone years ago. Very good article.
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Very sad new. I remember him from the Bicycling article last year. Whether you are a racer or recreational rider he was very inspiring. He was quite a man and will be missed.
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