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An evening with Greg Lemond, a ham, and some other boob. . .(14 posts)

An evening with Greg Lemond, a ham, and some other boob. . .js5280
Aug 12, 2002 6:31 AM
Uh, make that Greg Lemond, Andy Hampsten, and Bobke. Not a bad line up, eh? For those that didn't hear about this event. Greg Lemond was in Boulder this weekend to start this year's Saturn Cycling Classic. The night before the race, he was to give a personal recount of the 1989 Tour de France. Bet some Denver/Boulderites wish that had come along now! I was really surprised that Lone Front Ranger wasn't there, or at least I didn't see her. The place was a sell out though so it would have been easy to miss people. It was very enjoyable night essentially centered around Lemond, Hampsten, and Roll commenting about a replay (approx 2-2.5 hours long) of the 1989 Tour de/day France. Let's say that Phil and Paul aren't losing sleep at night about losing their jobs to these guys. It was more like a group of guys at the bar reliving their glory days. Entertaining definitely, but you have to be a little suspect of the actual factual content. In their defense though, I don't think any of them had really watched that tape anytime recent or perhaps at all. They also didn't try to hide that fact that many names and moments where lost in brain cells left along the road somewhere. Still great stories to be told! A lot focused on the rivalry tween Lemond and Fignon and you could tell they were very proud of their success as Americans in the peloton. In some ways, it almost felt like a patriotic celebration of American cycling.

Andy turned out to be quite a jewel to the proceedings. He had some good stories, was very funny, and provided some good insight and validation to of many of Lemond's comments. It also looked like he could hop right back into racing; he is still in incredible shape. Surprisingly I thought Bob was kind of quiet given his reputation. I'm thinking that maybe he was just showing his respect to Andy and Greg though. He did have a pretty funny story though about the Tour of Holland. I guess it traditionally follows a few other small tours and many of the riders don't take it too seriously. Kind of like that last week of school. Anyways, hi-jinks were a popular past time in the Tour of Holland. Bob decide to up the ante by sprinting ahead, discard his, uh, kit. . . and ride back into the peloton. Everyone loves a streaker right and after all this is anything-goes Holland? Well, the race commissioner heard about this and dashed off to put an end to this but was unsuccessful. Bob managed to get back to the peloton and back into his kit but received a fairly substantial fine. One of the largest ever given in the sport he said. He swears though that he didn't pay a cent because everyone took up a collection because they thought it was hilarious.

Anyways, I'm only telling you what I heard. I'm just starting to learn about the history of bicycling so what might be news to me, could be common knowledge. Oddly enough, the first time I was ever introduced to professional road cycling is back in 1989 when a good college buddy, who was a cyclist, got the video of the tour and we watched it in the dorm. I remembered enjoying a lot. Who knew I'd find so much enjoyment and fulfillment from the sport almost 13 years later?

Finally, I wanted to say that Greg was very humble, didn't whine, and was a very likable individual. The crowd was also very appreciative of his accomplishments, twice giving standing ovations at his introduction and when Fignon crossed the line 8 seconds late in the video. Perhaps this is really what Greg was missing and thought that people had forgotten his accomplishments with all the Lance publicity. You could tell though he loves the sport and was genuinely happy for Lance's success. He mentioned that cycling's popularity in the U.S. did wane between his and Lance's reigns so it's good to have the sport back in the spotlight and people excited about the sport. It's even good for business; Greg said that his road bike sales have been going up where as mt. bike sales have been flat lately. Ultimately
re: An evening with Greg Lemond (Part 2)js5280
Aug 12, 2002 6:33 AM
. . .Ultimately though, what was most important is that cycling's popularity be enough that future American cycling champions take up the sport, and not necessarily reach the popularity of the other American sports.

So, there you have it. There's a ton I didn't cover, mainly cause I just couldn't remember all that was talked about. It was well worth the price of admission, I learned a lot, and had a really good time. If any others did attend, I'd love to hear your impressions of the evening too!
we were invited, chose not to golonefrontranger
Aug 12, 2002 6:57 AM
The cost of admission was a little steep for us. The last couple of pro nights I've gone to were both free - our contacts at VeloNews were able to swing us entry. I'm a cheapskate, what can I say.

Out of the crew, Andy H. would have been the one I would have been interested in hearing. Never was a huge LeMond fan. At any rate I've met Andy in person a couple of times and even once out on the road. He even thought my 'cross bike was cool and spent some time asking me about the setup, so I can officially die a happy woman :-)
LOL. . .js5280
Aug 12, 2002 8:01 AM
. . .die a happy women. He did seem like a really likeable and down-to-earth guy. Is he a Boulder local? Anyways, sorry you couldn't make it and also just wanted to say hope your healing up quickly here.
Did Andy talk about his Giro win...Djudd
Aug 12, 2002 8:07 AM
an underappreciated feat from a quiet rider.
Unfortunately, no. (nm)js5280
Aug 12, 2002 8:59 AM
Bike tour w/ Hampstenpmf1
Aug 12, 2002 9:33 AM
I did one of his bike tours in Tuscany a few years back. He's the nicest guy you'd ever meet and still looks like a pro rider (apparently he rides with the winter Mapei training camp every year near his home). I got in late and was putting my bike together hurredly when I looked up and saw him carrying my bags to my hotel room! He ate every meal with us and rode every mile with us for the entire 10 days. The group was small (14 people). He told great stories about riding in the pro peleton. Man, I'd love to do that again.
not technically a "local"lonefrontranger
Aug 12, 2002 9:43 AM
Andy H. lives in Tuscany (Italy) most of the time. He hangs out in Boulder a lot, don't know if he still has a house around here. He used to live here before he moved to Tuscany.

Speaking of former 7-11 guys, we saw Ron Kiefel at Bannock yesterday.
Does he (Kiefel) own a local bike shop? nmLen J
Aug 12, 2002 9:55 AM
Yes, Wheat Ridge CycleryTJeanloz
Aug 12, 2002 10:13 AM
Or his dad may still own it- but Ron runs it for all intents and purposes.
not technically a "local"js5280
Aug 12, 2002 10:59 AM
That's right, I do remember hearing that. Doesn't he have his own bikes/frames as well? Actually a number of famous riders there. Ron was there, Davis Phinney, I believe Nelson Vails who won silver in 84' Olympics (also an African-American, I know that topic was hot around here not too long ago), a few more, including women, whom I can't remember. Of course, if I ran into any of them, I wouldn't even recognize them.

Hey it's Fignon's (42) and Beloki's (29) birthday today according to http://www.cyclinghalloffame.com !
some pros look 'different 'nowColnagoFE
Aug 12, 2002 12:14 PM
some of 'em have a bit more--shall we say--substance to them than in their racing days?
not technically a "local"PaulCL
Aug 13, 2002 5:28 AM
If Davis Phinney was there, so was his wife: Connie Carpenter - the 1984 Olympic road champion. They live in Boulder but run their camps out of Frisco. Frisco is just down the road from Breckinridge. I think their Summit camp was completed around the 8th of August. Paul
was gonna go but it was sold out (nm)ColnagoFE
Aug 12, 2002 8:05 AM