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From the mouths of babes.(9 posts)

From the mouths of babes.CSIguy
Jul 27, 2001 12:53 PM
Here's a proud father story I wanted to share:

My four year old daughter is an avid bike racing fan. She has spent the last 3 weeks curled up next to me in our big club chair watching the TdF footage on OLN. She also watched the ESPN2 footage with me last year. She's also watched the video tapes of the '99 and 2000 Tours with me several times.

Now keep in mind that when I leave the house every morning for my ride she sees me in a wide variety of jerseys.

Today ...I'm so proud...sniff....as Lance Armstrong was in the start house poised to begin his time trial, my daughter looked up at me and said "daddy why does Lamps (sic) Armstrong only have one bicycle shirt?"

I quickly responded "because the Yellow one is the only one he needs darlin'"

This kind of reminded me of the story that Kristin Armstrong told after the 2001 prologue jersey presentation ceremony. When Christophe M. was being awarded the first M.J. of the Tour Luke supposedly turned to Kristin and said "mommy why is that man wearing daddy's jersey"

Maybe my story is only cool to me 'cause it was my little girl, but I thought ya'll might get a kick out of it.
If only they could remain 4 years old a little bit longer. nmBrian C.
Jul 27, 2001 12:57 PM
You should be very proudTommyBoy
Jul 27, 2001 12:58 PM
That's a mighty perceptive lil'n you got there! You should be very proud!
"Lamps" Armstrong! Now THAT'S a keeper! (nm)Greg Taylor
Jul 27, 2001 1:27 PM
Lance jersey story urban legend?Whatever
Jul 27, 2001 3:19 PM
I have heard a second version of that story floating around...this time little Luke says "Daddy, that man is wearing your shirt." Lance's steely reply..."yes, he is..."

Only problem with both of these is that Luke was born October 12, 99...so he would have been 20 months old at the start of the TDF. Most kids are struggling to get their first words out at this age...you can fugeddabout complete sentences...or any concept of possession other than "mine!"

(Father of four here)
Thanks...CSIguy
Jul 27, 2001 4:37 PM
But, the post was really about my little girl and something that ccyling related that made me smile all day. This doesn't really have anything to do with the Luke story other than the fact that my daughters question reminded me of this. It never ceases to amaze me that people like you can turn such a positive experience in to a "I know more than you" discussion.
I know the feeling well.look271
Jul 27, 2001 5:56 PM
My 6 yr old and 9 year old have been watching the tour with me. Today my 6 year old said "go Lancey!" Makes ya smile, doesn't it? (They constantly ask me;"Daddy, why can't you race in the Tour De France?" My answer; "because I'm old and slow!")
Jeeze, chill out, man...Whatever
Jul 27, 2001 8:47 PM
Your story was great...I've got a bunch of small kids, too and know how cool they are. I just have a thing about urban legends and unidentified experts and people who say "the fact of the matter is..." and then give you completely partisan opinions verus the supposed facts...sorry, don't get me started. I was NOT trying to bust your chops, man...I just don't like urban legends. Sorry. Hug your daughter for me. I am going to tuck mine in now.
From the mouths of babes - when your kids do ya proudmr tornado head
Jul 28, 2001 7:35 AM
Great when your kids dig bikes, too, eh?

Last year I court marshalled one of the Wendy's Cycling races (a crit at Easton Town Center). Anyways, when the peloton would go by, my boys would yell "Go, go, go!" During the cool dow laps, Chris Horner stopped and gave each one one of his water bottles.

Thanks, Chris. We'll be rooting for ya!