The thugs shouldn't mess with the kid like that,but when LeMond raced here, 15 years old after 1 lap he was gone,solo, broken away. In a short while he would lap the field, against cat 1 riders the best in our area. I have seen that in the old days, guys like LeMond, Howard Neel Mount, breakaway in a crit lap the field and then do it again and again, undoped.BikeCentric said:I think that's a good plan. I would also recommend lacrosse for a sport that one can play in college with little to no pro opportunities. Regarding the kids, I raced the Santa Cruz crit early this past summer in the Elite 3's and saw a very young Junior who was strong enough to race in our field get shouldered into a curb by some jag-off, crash and break his collar bone. The kid was probably 16ish and about 95 pounds and he for some reason had run afoul of some hopped-up mid-20's crit thug who was willing to give it all for his $20.00 podium pay-out.
I will not let my kids race on the road, that is for sure. Maybe I'll let them race CX or MTB, definitely not the road though.
Anyway, on point to Anderson: he was Armstrong's mentor back when they were both on Motorola during the tragic Fabio Casartelli Tour. '97 I think it was or maybe '96. Anderson is the guy who said back then that Armstrong would never win a Tour after shepherding him over the mountains off the back of the autobus. Said Lance couldn't TT or climb but would make a good stage hunter. Pretty interesting that Phil now says good things will come of the Armstrong investigation long term. I kind of have my doubts. I thought good things would come of the Festina affair but here are we are doing the same thing 12 years later.
Different kids develop at different ages and then there are genetic specimens like Greg.