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Well That Was Fun -- US Postal Service Team Kick Off(12 posts)

Well That Was Fun -- US Postal Service Team Kick OffGreg Taylor
Jun 1, 2001 11:30 AM
I just got back from the U.S. Postal Service Cycling Team's Tour de France kick-off here in Washington, D.C. The Team (and about 100 other riders) met at the Capitol and rode down Independance Avenue to the Postal Service Headquarters in Le Enfant Plaza. There was a pep-rally and an autograph session. I got some good pictures, and autographs from Frankie Andreu, George Hincapie, Christian Van De Velde, and a boatload of others. What a gas...
really glad...jbrown2036
Jun 1, 2001 12:43 PM
to find out they were such nice guys (no big heads) and they signed pretty much anything you put in front of them. George's legs were huge-and I was spec'in their bikes and was suprised to see them riding Mavic Classics. I guess it was their choice for DC's pot holes:)
Hey! I was the idiot...Greg Taylor
Jun 1, 2001 1:05 PM
...in the "Team Lardbutt" jersey and a red messenger bag.

I got to talk with Frankie Andreau very briefly -- I agree, all of the guys were VERY nice, and seemed genuinely pleased to see folks come out.
Hey! I was the idiot...jbrown2036
Jun 1, 2001 2:06 PM
I was the one with the yellow aids ride shirt and black glasses standing next to the redhead.
was lance thereishmael
Jun 1, 2001 1:28 PM
you didnt mention him...
Lance was not there...Greg Taylor
Jun 1, 2001 2:10 PM
He did send a video greeting. Interestingly, they had Sally Jenkins give a short speech -- she was Lance's co-author for "It's Not About The Bike".
so that was cool, huh? I heard about it last night andbill
Jun 1, 2001 12:47 PM
considered going. For all I've accomplished today, I should have gone, but I'm a wimp. I'll be checking out the races in Clarendon on Sunday (although probably not tomorrow downtown -- sounds a bit wet). Good deal. I can't believe that no one is making any kind of a fuss over pro racing locally. Nicole Reinhardt won the Clarendon race I think the past two years -- the silent auction on Sunday benefits her foundation.
Do you know anyone racing?
Nicole Reinhardt --Greg Taylor
Jun 1, 2001 1:17 PM
-- was an absolute sweetheart. She signed autographs after she won the woman's portion of the Clarendon Cup, and made a special fuss over my 6 year old son. He had just finished the kids race, and was decked out with his medal.

I have a few acquaintances on teams that will be racing, but I don't know if they are riding.
I was there too!Duane Gran
Jun 1, 2001 2:51 PM
I also did this little event and it was pretty fun. Greg - I noticed you in your jersey (not knowing you from the board) and almost commented on the humor of your jersey. I was the guy on the Trek 5200 postal bike (yeah, felt kinda goofy) wearing blue & yellow for my team kit. I had to represent. ;)

It was a pretty cool little event, and riding just a mile down the street with those guys was a thrill I'll remember. Tomorrow I'll be marshalling at the Capitol Cup and should get some really good views of the race!
See you Sunday! (NM)Greg Taylor
Jun 1, 2001 2:55 PM
Saturday, actuallyDuane Gran
Jun 1, 2001 3:04 PM
I'm marshalling the pro race on Saturday, but I may not get to see the Sunday race.
Oh, another thingDuane Gran
Jun 1, 2001 3:03 PM
I swung by my LBS and they told me that they saw the postal team ride by, along with a throng of NCVC riders. Grrrr... I wish I would have hung around a while longer. Possibly I could have gotten into that. Damn... I'm going to have to ask some guys for some stories now.