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Best Memory of 2001??(16 posts)

Best Memory of 2001??JBergland
Oct 19, 2001 1:33 PM
What is your best memory of the 2001 season?

Was it George winning a classic? How about the Giro... Chipo's 'muscle-suit' was something I hadn't seen before!! I bet this years Tour will get some votes. I'm sure we all recall 'the look', along with many many other GREAT days of racing. Maybe your best memory is an epic ride, a good race result/finish, or something that might not directly relate to cycling (like a marathon, Tri, or family trip). What memory/experience stands out for you in 2001?
Tour de France, stage 10mr_spin
Oct 19, 2001 1:47 PM
The rope-a-dope stage. The bluff. The Look. L'Alpe d'Huez.

If you were one of the lucky ones like me who watched all four hours of LIVE coverage, you know what I'm talking about. The highlights most people saw don't even hint at the underlying drama. From heartbreak to pure elation. What a race. Thank god for OLN.
Yup, that was memorable.Brian C.
Oct 19, 2001 1:55 PM
That and the stage, I forget which one, where Jan crashed and LA let him catch up.
You bet!look271
Oct 19, 2001 2:18 PM
OLN rules! I was thinking, OMG, Lance is fried. Then, wham! Knockout punch. Poor old Jan had no idea......
Best Memory...George H. getting spanked in Paris-Roubaix...Cima Coppi
Oct 19, 2001 2:03 PM
Nothing has been more exciting to watch than George looking like a lost puppy amongst the Domo studs in the queen of the classics.

If he wants to win P/R, he'll have to find another team to help him do it.

Another great memory, Simoni winning the Giro. It's about time, and no rider deserves it more.

Of course, something epic could happen between Dekker and Vainsteins in the Giro di Lombardia, but it's unlikely Dekker will loose the World Cup this year.

Also, how could I forget...My new bike arriving!! (nm)Cima Coppi
Oct 19, 2001 2:05 PM
poppin' some dork with a golf ball.......Phil Ander
Oct 23, 2001 11:49 AM
at the driving range. Man, that was fun.
My top 10, if you'll indulge me...Elefantino
Oct 19, 2001 3:08 PM
The 10 most memorable, if not best moments of the 2001 season for me:

10) Fillmore: Watching the pros tackle the Fillmore Street hill in the inaugural San Francisco Grand Prix. 18 degrees of hell. Some of the world's best were zig-zagging.
9) Phil and Paul: Live coverage of the Giro, Tour and Vuelta this year was long overdue.
8) Robin Williams' monologue at the RFTR dinner: I have never laughed so hard in my life. The joke about taking Viagra and not needing a kickstand still makes me laugh just thinking about it.
7) Buying my daughter her first new big-person bike: A Giant Sedona.
6) Simoni's final TT in the Giro: And he was supposed to suck at time trialing. He became a patron that day.
5) Lance's final time trial of the Tour: L'Alpe was great, but the complete destruction of the field in the TT put the stamp on things. (I'm a sucker for TTs)
4) "The Handshake": "The Look" was epic, but Ullrich and Armstrong together made the most sincere human moment since Coppi and Bartoli.
3) RFTR: Sucking Lance's wheel for .6 of a mile (and riding with Robin Willliams) but, more importantly, having my mom (81, 2-year Stage 3 ovarian cancer survivor) speak at a survivors symposium that weekend. And having her at there when I finished the 100K in a new PR.
2) July 7, 2001: The Saturday morning ride when I broke my neck, almost died, and lived to brag about it.
1) Aug. 11, 2001: My dad died that day, from throat cancer. But since then, dozens of our friends have made donations in his name to the Lance Armstrong Foundation. My dad started me in cycling by buying me a red Raleigh Super Course Mk. II for my 13th birthday. From now on, I ride for him.

Ride on,
Quite a listTig
Oct 19, 2001 3:38 PM
The personal ones will be remembered long after the world ones. Sorry to hear about the loss of your dad. The good news is how well your mom is doing. Having lost my mother to lung CA at least helps to understand it a little. My dad is fighting early stages of esophageal CA, and we found out today that my wife might have intestinal CA. I'm not a super religious person, but that could change soon! Anyway, your list is a good one that puts you high in my book. Soon, you will get to ride again and you'll be amazed at how fast you gain it all back, plus much more.
My prayers are with you and your family, Tig.Elefantino
Oct 19, 2001 3:57 PM
Of course I'll think of your dad and wife, but take care of you, too.
And thanks for the kind words. The cycling community is really a wonderful family, as I found out in Austin for RFTR and here in Jacksonville when I had my accident.
smokers, right?nfm
Oct 23, 2001 11:58 AM
My top 10, if you'll indulge me...Dan-O
Oct 20, 2001 5:04 AM
wow. The top 3 are more than enough... thank god for the good ones.

All the best,

Last 18 miles, Day 4 Alaska.........Len J
Oct 19, 2001 4:14 PM
hardest 18 miles I've ever rode in my life.

Semi-bonked, nothing left in the tank, 2 climbs, into a headwind, already done about 350 miles, everything was the most intense mental effort I've ever done. But I finished, never got off the bike until the end. Came around the last turn, 200 yds from the finish, and there's my daughter cheering me in. I'll never forget how good that felt, to finish, to have her there to share it and to know I did it.

re: Best Memory of 2001??Icefrk13
Oct 21, 2001 2:29 PM
The firt 75 mile day on my local ms150. Only about 30 min behind my friends that hvae been doing this for a year or two. It was my first time riding a Road Bike and first over about 20-25 miles in one day.
the whole season...and *I Love Rain*Js Haiku Shop
Oct 22, 2001 7:35 AM
though i'd MTBd for a few years and ridden road a little last year and the prior winter, this year (my 'season' really started in late January) has been full of good memories. accomplishments, all firsts:

hilly metric
mountain century
ms150, century day one
two double metrics (one hilly)

2001 i started riding with a club, and group rides really drove me for a good part of the year. during the second double metric, i learned to enjoy riding alone, and now am driven just to get on the bike and grind out a few miles. group rides are still enjoyable, but now they're more for companionship and a light competition (a short-course gauge) than a learning experience. it's not rocket surgery, after all.

three independent single-best memories of this year, two involving rain:

may 5, first century, chattanooga. not knowing if i could climb the mountains, but climbing the mountains. that third one forced me off the bike. being asked repeatedly if i wanted a ride up, but walking instead. COMPLETE misery, bruised feet in the shape of look cleats, dehydration, overheating, taking over nine hours total to complete the ride. getting to the end in the saddle, finding my father (traveling companion) had waited at the finish line for hours. suffering like that really put things into perspective. like a rite of passage, now i'm riding these double metrics without performance issues, only a sore butt. may 4 and may 6 i was two totally different people. like a chrysalis. now i want to do some really long rides.

august 18, riding to the group ride wiht a few minutes to spare. raining slow, large drops, straight down. sun shining. meandering through nicer neighborhoods on the bike, burning time before the ride start. fingers of the sun through tree-canopied streets with rain dropping like a soft see-through curtain.

october 20, hanging back for a puncture. new rider in the group, though experienced, and fast to change his tube. strong wind and piercing rain *howling* in an isolated, industrial part of town, on a bridge over a swollen brown creek/channel, treetops leaning over the bridge, lashing my neck, back. one hundred percent wet. standing in water pooled near ankle-high. torn rainjacket, not used. as he struggled with the tube, blowing sideways in the torrent, i listened to the trees as they enjoyed the storm. best memory of the year, by far.
The LookDog
Oct 23, 2001 11:43 AM
"The Look" has to be the number one racing moment. It really showed Armstrong's confidence, competitiveness, and that "I'll kick your butt" Texas attitude.

Personally, moments inluded finishing the Terrible Two under 13 hours, after time trialing the last 20 miles over 22 mph to make it; setting a PR of 32 minutes up the Big Creek climb (part of Climb to Kaiser), truly 20%, knocking a full 5 minutes off my prior PR; and, of course, finishing the 508.

The best moments of this Board have to be the haiku's. They crack me up.