Good for you bridgeman, I was a frequent member of the Noon/Valley/Spectrum rides in the early-mid 90's when I raced. I know I'll get my rear-end handed back to me, but I'll have to get back out there again.bridgeman said:I had always been into running, but that all turned around when would see this group of cyclist get together for a ride everyday. Some of them had jerseys that had Pedali Alpini on them. Those guys have some history as it turns out. Some days I would run by them as they would roll out to start their ride and we would exchange wise cracks with each other.
The ride was/is the NoonRide in Palo Alto California. I thought it was so cool that I cleaned up my $120 Centurion and showed up. I still do this ride 29 years later.
I knew about some of the pros and the big races before, but nothing resonated like joining a group of riders who wanted to go fast.
I jump in it.
Cool read how you got into racing. From out of nowhere and then watching the Giro and it just totally blowing you away. It usually takes time for people to admire what they see in cycling.CatsNK said:This thread is very educational! I'm new to bike racing as of May but I guess I can still answer. I happened to catch a very early stage of the Giro on Universal Sports. The first thing that got my attention was all the crashes. Every time I left the couch - another crash. Seeing how insanely tough the course was - and the riders - that really made me want to watch more.
After just a few days I was completely addicted. As if it was crack or something. The mud, rain, insane hills - I loved it all. Only took a few days for me to notice Vino and I was just crazy for him right away. Talk about fun to watch!
Since then I've gone into withdrawl every time a GT race ends. Nothing can really take it's place, either. Thank goodness Bode has announced he's racing another season so at least I'll have that!
I liked that day as well and I don't think that one has to let what happened later color one's appreciation of the feat, as it is absolutely certain that Floyd was far from the only rider doping that day (or any other day).Gee333 said:2 things in 2006.
Bought my first road bike to participate in my first MS150 ride in Dallas. I had learned one of my good friends had MS so completing my first big organized ride after only owning my bike for 5 months was an incredible experience. Riding for my friend gave me the inspiration and I felt that any pain I felt was nothing compared to what she was going through with her MS. So I finished for her and I fell in love with the bike.
Before the walls fell down it was Stage 17, 2006 Tour, Landis' miracle comeback after crumbling on Stage 16. It was an amazing ride that was all guts on his part. It felt good to be an American during that Tour.
Too bad it was all a farce... but that's when I really became a fan of pro cycling.
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