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Met a pro on the road: your war stories

Old 03-16-09, 05:00 PM
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Met a pro on the road: your war stories

Easy two-hour solo ride. Just before the last turn toward town a tall gangly kid on a fixed gear pulls up alongside me and says hello. I don't recognize him, and ask if he does rides with the local crew. He says not often. Scheduling is a problem, you see, because he does this "full-time."

Lard tund'ring jayzus, I think to myself. A pro!

So I take off and sprint like I never have before. And I drop the guy. A pro! I let him catch up, and he's completely out of breath, and makes feeble excuses like, well, he's been off sick for a while and doesn't have his legs back. Ha! So I drop him again, because I have no mercy, mercy is for fools!

Okay, that last part was made up. It turns out he races for Steve Bauer's team. They don't train around here, though, he was just back for a family visit. Or something. Didn't get to talk to him because we were going in different parts of town, but he did say that the hills around here aren't too bad on a fixed gear. Which is jaw-dropping. The Rocky Mountains we ain't, but we ain't Saskatchewan, either. When I think of the hills he went up on that fixed gear I gulp to myself and think...that's why he's a pro, and I'm not.

So now I feel humble. Tell me...does meeting pros make you feel humble?

The part of the title after the colon is mostly facetious (as is just about anything on the other side of the colon: ba-doom tish!), but it seemed appropriate when I was thinking about what the title of this thread should be, which was just right before I wrote the main body of my post, but seeing as how this is teh internets, that doesn't altogether make much sense.
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I love riding my fixed gear bike. Its much more fun to train on than a geared bike.
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I miss Steve Bauer...he was a cool guy to watch race.
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Every time I see the Rock Racing guys out training I pee sitting down for a week.
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There's a 54 yo grandfather on the 50+ forum who did Ride The Rockies - the whole week - on a fixie w/ 46x16 (as I recall). That included the final day up Independence Pass.
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I saw Michael Ball on the beach bike path. Twice, and both times riding with some RR team member or other. I see the RR guys alot, come to think of it- probably 7 or 8 times in the last year.

Both times I saw the Mr. Ball, he wasn't wearing a helmet. Here to stay? Well, maybe not...
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Come to think of it, the first professional rider I ever met riding was Alexi Grewal back in the mid 80's....was I humbled? No...the guy was 100% pure jerk.
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i see a bissel rider three times a week...
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Once, back in '84 around May I think, out in the hills east of Sac....

I was out for a training ride on one of my favorite backroads towards Placerville. pretty much just covering ground until I spotted two 7-11 team guys pedaling along, two-up, a mile up the road or so. I rode like mad to catch up, slowing down 20 yards short to compose a bit - no point in catching them all dripping and drooling. Once I had my wind again I put the hammer down, relaxed my face so there was no trace of effort, and breezed right by. I kept it up and widened the gap for about two miles, then took a turn-off before the road came to a climb I was too blown out to do by then anyway...the 7-11 guys went straight, and I collapsed in the weeds out of sight...

Pretty funny to think about it. I was like 19 and a complete idiot.
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i know someone who knows andy hempsten's (sp?) brother, does that count?
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i see a bissel rider three times a week...
I've heard that they suck.
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I am always surprised at how small they are in real life. The camera adds 10 pounds...
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Sometimes, when I ride down the strip, I meet up with some of these pros.

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I rode with LA about 3 years ago for about an hour, met him on the road during a training ride. He peeled off from the Disco boys and came up beside me and we just talked and rode till I had to turn for home.
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Can't do a ride around here without seeing someone along the lines of the pro in the op.
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The other day I was riding into the city and decided to take a little break. I plopped down on a bench beside the Potomac. Felt like I sat on something, so I hopped up and spun around to take a look. After digging between my butt cheeks for a bit I pulled out Lara Flynn Boyle. Weird, right?
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Hi,

I'm acquainted with Tony Cruz. His daughter goes to school with my son. I race with his father occasionally too (yes, I am old).

I've never ridden with Tony (yet).
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Originally Posted by Cleave
Hi,

I'm acquainted with Tony Cruz. His daughter goes to school with my son. I race with his father occasionally too (yes, I am old).

I've never ridden with Tony (yet).
Supposedly Tony has been involved in the Long Beach cycling project helping desing bike lanes and paths. I hear from the guys at Jax that he's very nice.
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I fix bikes for Pros.

To tell you the truth, they are just like us, they love to ride bikes. They are just really good at it.
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Originally Posted by rousseau
So now I feel humble. Tell me...does meeting pros make you feel humble?
Meeting them no. Getting my rear droped in a race by them. Yes. Tho we'll see this year how that goes.

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I fix bikes for Pros.

To tell you the truth, they are just like us, they love to ride bikes. They are just really good at it.
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I've heard that they suck.
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What I'd like to see is the pro guy drop the local tri doushebags.
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Originally Posted by Ratfish
I've heard that they suck.
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Saw a dude fixing a flat tire a couple weeks ago. My usual "You got everything?!" yell made is head turn. Turns out it was Freddie Rodriguez in his full Rock Racing kit. Saw him the next week and he waved to me. I felt super cool.

But I realize where I stand on the bicycle totem pole and don't try and keep up with them. That's annoying. Maybe a quick chit chat, but that's all I'm good for.
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Originally Posted by redtires
I miss Steve Bauer...he was a cool guy to watch race.
I don't miss him kickin' my butt in races back then.
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I rode with Frankie Andreu for about two miles (sucking his wheel) when he was overwintering in Dearborn, MI back in 1996. I was riding to work on an old Bianchi road bike and I was cooking alpng at a pretty good pace. The wind was at my back and it was gusting to 25 mph. I was passed by the Frankster. I said Aha, then I passed him back. He soon repassed me back
and said "nice bike" (which it wasn't). I followed his rear wheel until I had to cut off to head North to work.
This was back before everyone went to do off-season training at altitude
and before Armstrong came on the scene. I thought Andreu was the the next great "American Hope" at the time for winning the Tour. Anyway, I never really talked to him, but I was complimented on my "nice bike".
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