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Saw a crapload of Freds on Postal bikes today...(20 posts)

Saw a crapload of Freds on Postal bikes today...lonefrontranger
Jan 3, 2003 12:37 PM
Darn these guys, riding in full Postie team kit, on full Postal OCLVs. All 8 of them with no helmets on.

George Hincapie is even taller when he rides past you six inches away. Floyd Landis even commented that my cross bike was "cool"! All of 'em said "hi" as they rode past. George seems to have the same odd looking STI D/A shifters that were on Lance's bike, tho I didn't get a good hard look at them or the rear wheel (I might have been too busy checking out the boys' legs...)

I was out on the Diagonal heading for my usual lunchtime thrash in the wind on the local Colorado pave when the USPS boys rolled past. This rates as the coolest pro sighting I've had to date. Yep, Boulder is a nifty place to ride.
re: Saw a crapload of Freds on Postal bikes today...getoffmywheel
Jan 3, 2003 12:40 PM
What a cool experience. Thanks for sharing.
Wow. That's a tale you can tell your grandkids. Thanks. nmRoyGBiv
Jan 3, 2003 12:43 PM
I know you were on a cross bike, but...PaulCL
Jan 3, 2003 12:47 PM
...did you try to latch on?? Just for fun?? By chance, was there some skinny Texan with them??? Cool story. Yeah, bunch of freds....
no Lance (unsurprisingly) and no, I wouldn't dream of trying to latch onlonefrontranger
Jan 3, 2003 1:04 PM
That's one of those unwritten rules of roadie etiquette: never, *ever* latch onto what's obviously a team ride. As a racer you soon learn to tell the difference between an open (group) vs. a closed (team) ride. Team rides are just that: team only unless you've been specifically invited to join in. Partly it's because there's a lot of private team discussion that goes on, partly because hangers-on tend to disrupt the dynamic. We've had guys do it to our women's team rides and it's annoying as hell. They're usually terrible bike handlers to boot.

Not that I'd have even had a prayer on a dirt bike in a stiff crosswind.

George Hincapie is unmistakable, Floyd Landis was easy because he smoothed on my 'cross bike, and Michael Barry and Christian VandeVelde are both local to the area and I've seen both of them before. Possibly Ekimov, and uncertain who the 3 others were, none were small enough to have been Heras.
no Lance (unsurprisingly) and no, I wouldn't dream of trying toHeron Todd
Jan 3, 2003 1:34 PM
Last year when I was in Scottsdale visiting my parents, the USPS team was in town for their winter camp. I was getting ready for a ride when the neighbor told me that they just rode past. He said "they went by about 5 minutes ago - if you hurry you can catch them!"

Right.

Todd Kuzma
Heron Bicycles
LaSalle, IL 815-223-1776
http://www.heronbicycles.com
Don't be so hard on yourself.djg
Jan 4, 2003 8:18 AM
I bet you could have caught them. In the right car.
Great story!Fez
Jan 3, 2003 1:04 PM
Are USPS pro sightings more common in the winter months or the summer months (excluding July)?

P.S. Hope you didn't call them freds in person.
Pro sightings of all stripe more frequent in winterlonefrontranger
Jan 3, 2003 2:52 PM
A lot of pros do winter altitude training in Boulder and/or Colorado Springs area. To date I've encountered:

* Andy Hampsten (rode with briefly then chatted with at a Saturn promotion). He rides quite frequently in Boulder whenever he's not in Tuscany.
* Frankie Andreu sold me Eki's old Motorola team jacket, then sat on the curb and BS'ed with me for about 20 minutes at the A to Z crit back in '96.
* Will Frischkorn came to our 'cross and spring series races in Ohio back when he was a junior. Even as a 16 year old kid he could give the Pro/1/2 field heartburn.
* Christian VandeVelde caught then rode with me for a couple miles last winter and asked me all sorts of questions about the build on my 'cross bike. This merely proves my theory that OCLV Trek riders secretly pine for Colnagos (kidding!)
* Nelson Vails hooked up with me a couple weeks ago; by his own admission he can't climb, however riding with him on flat to rolling roads is like motorpacing! He's a really, really cool guy.
* Jonathan Vaughters told some of the best funny stories I've ever heard when I worked in his booth at VeloSwap this fall. He's a good friend of my coach so I imagine I'll see him again on a ride or two.
*Michael Creed is possibly the most polite guy I've ever talked to while working race registration. Despite his often riotously cynical journals on bike.com, he is a true class act.
* Ann Trombley (Olympic MTB'er) was our team coach last year and even raced some events with us. She gave me the leadout of a lifetime for a prime at Sara Kay, which to my everlasting shame I blew (well, I basically just couldn't hang onto her wheel...)
* I stood on the start line next to Mari Holden at a race in the Springs last year. I kid myself that I finished in the same zip code.
* Tyler Hamilton has made some token appearances at our local spring races.
* Michael and Mrs (Dede Demet) Barry are neighbors a few blocks down and we frequently see them out riding together.
* Alison Dunlap gets her kicks laying down major pain in the Front Range Women's 1/2/3 road races when she's not off on the world circuit.
Rebecca Twigg :)JaeP
Jan 3, 2003 3:58 PM
I live in San Diego and I remember during the late '80s (or was it the early '90s? Darn my old age!) that there was a rumor amongst my fellow male cyclist that Rebecca Twigg was seen riding her bike in the East county. Needless to say, my buddies and I rode all over the East county hoping to "run into" Ms. Twigg. Sigh. We never got to see her but my hill climbing improved!
re: Saw a crapload of Freds on Postal bikes today...crisw
Jan 3, 2003 4:05 PM
Nice!! Without a doubt, Boulder County is definately one of the smartest places to bike. Check out Graham Watsons calendar (December 2002) photos;) Maybe see ya over the weekend.
where will you ride?lonefrontranger
Jan 3, 2003 5:13 PM
Doing our 10AM team ride tomorrow from Rallysport, but will cut that short to join the BOA winter social offroad Rez Rally Extravaganza. I plan to bring the 'cross bike to both and just switch wheels.

Probably will do Jamestown or similar again on Sunday if the wind isn't too horrible.
re: Saw a crapload of Freds on Postal bikes today...wasabekid
Jan 3, 2003 5:40 PM
Are these the same 5900 riders/posers that I can easily blow by (during their active rest days)?

I just wonder how they would react to a pot bellied washed up wannabe wearing red polka dot jersey blowing by?!? ;-))

W.
If you think thats cool...check this out!!!BigLeadOutGuy
Jan 3, 2003 5:48 PM
I was at a friends house hanging out and one of our buddies came riding over and you wouldnt beleive who he brought with him...george hincapie!!! we all bummed around for awhile and we were talking about nothing particular...cruised around the neighborhood for a bit till they had to hit the road and get some training in.
Too bad all this happened when we were about 15 years old!
hahaha
back then we would have never thought he would be the stud cyclist he is today!
go figure =)
Hey! I know a guy who rode the Tour Dupont w/Lemond!look271
Jan 3, 2003 8:20 PM
That's got to count for something! =) Also, Floyd Landis is originally from Lancaster, Pa, only about 45 min from me. Sorry. I know. This is all very sad. Have I mentioned lately how much I hate you? =) (kidding!)
Dumbest topic headline of 2003 (nm)Breakfast
Jan 3, 2003 9:14 PM
Biggest crabbypants of 2003? (nm)jtolleson
Jan 4, 2003 4:03 PM
Come on the trolls haven't even come out to play yet! (nm)PODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Jan 4, 2003 7:55 PM
re: Saw a crapload of Freds on Postal bikes today...legs
Jan 4, 2003 12:39 AM
there's been a few of them in LA too...coast highway is loaded with em...
re: Saw a crapload of Freds on Postal bikes today...RCA
Jan 4, 2003 7:50 AM
As an old guy newbie who just got a bike that I don't pedal backwards to change gears anymore .I have to ask. What is a FRED? As usual you guys are a veritable cornucopia of information Thanks