|Here is the rest of the Harm Jansen ride story||No_sprint|
Apr 24, 2002 11:19 AM
|It didn't all make it into the post yesterday. Sorry.
3. Harm believes that the Simi Ride is the "toughest
training ride in the world." He won't even do it in
December or January because he says it's too fast. In
Johnny's opinion, this should resolve the dispute that
was going on last winter about whether it makes sense
for we Cat IIIs and IVs to be hammering out at Simi so
early in the season. Harm also complimented Johnny on
his 27 tooth cog (he trains with a 25 himself),
commenting that "it is not possible to get over these
hills in a 23."
4. Harm mentioned that Saturn and Opel were thinking
about co-sponsoring a Tour de France-quality team.
5. However, he says his days of racing in Europe are
over and that racing is too competitive and nasty over
there because of the big money involved: "much
nicer here in the states."
6. His attitude about cycling was great. He seemed
really excited to be out riding, and claimed that
Southern California offers the best cycling in the
7. Watch out un-named racer - your days are numbered. Harm
informed us that he has a brother (also a former
racer) who is going to begin riding Cat IVs later this
season after a several-year hiatus from the sport.
The twinkle in his eye and the smile on his face when
he made this comment seemed to indicate that his
brother will not exactly be pack-fodder in the IVs.
If you run across Harm on a ride, be sure to say hi.
He's very friendly/approachable. And if you're not
sure how to recognize him, just look for the "Jansen"
decal on his bike's top tube.