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Tell us about Sean Kelly!(18 posts)

Tell us about Sean Kelly!Coot72
Dec 10, 2003 11:19 AM
I'm interested to learn more about the history of pro cycling through rider bios. What was his riding style? I know I can find some info searching the web, but what do RBRers remember?

I have his biography sitting on my deskDave Hickey
Dec 10, 2003 11:29 AM
I found his biography at a used book store for $3.98. I haven't read it yet but here are some highlights

1982- Won Pairs-Nice
Green Jersey at the TDF
Bronze metal at the World Championships

1983- Won Paris-Nice again
Won Tour De Switerland
Green Jersey again
Won Tour of Lombardy

1984- Was the No 1 ranked rider in the offical FICP computer rankings
He was one TUFF SOB...zero85ZEN
Dec 10, 2003 11:54 AM
...he won Paris-Niece(sp?) a ton of times, the Green Jerey in the Tour 5 times, Milan San Remo twice along with a bunch of other Classics. He was an "old school" tuff as nails, "up from the working class" rider. If you want to witness his last, and perhaps greatest, Classic victory go to World Cycling Productions website and order the tape of the 1992/93/94 Milan San Remo races. He won in 1992 in dramatic fashion. My favorite single day race video.
I also have heard that he is a nice guy, and he still rides and races a lot. Kelly is one of my all time favorite professional riders!
A few weeks ago.........Mike Tea
Dec 10, 2003 12:05 PM
.....he won the Nocturn (nightime) criterium race in Newport, south Wales against a load of retired British pros. He outsprinted Super Sid Barras who was the #1 sprinting scourge of the 70s & 80s.

Sean was the best rider never to be crowned world champion.

He was a quiet guy who let his legs do the talking. One raido reporter said "He was the only guy to ever nod to a question on the radio".
Last to give up toe clips ;-)flying
Dec 10, 2003 12:15 PM
I remember he was like the last pro to switch to clipless.
I use to use him as an example as to why I didn't

Also man did he have a thick accent. I have some tapes where he is commentating & also some interviews.
Yeah..........Mike Tea
Dec 10, 2003 1:19 PM sissy clipless pedals for Sean until he had no choice!

The recent pics from the Nocturn he won show him using clipless, a Ti frame, CF fork and Mavic Cosmic wheels!

Of course the bike was provided by his sponsor for the event - Parker International - but it shows even Kelly can accept modern stuff.
funny Kelly story....(off topic)Chicago_Steve
Dec 10, 2003 12:54 PM
I used to own a Kelly Cyclocross bike. These are modern steel frame bikes made in CA by Chris Kelly who has no relationship to Sean Kelly.

Several months ago I was commuting home from work and got stopped at an intersection with a Starbucks on the corner (Wilson & Lincoln for Chicago peeps). This Starbucks typically has a newspaper vendor who's selling Streetwise (newspaper for the homeless in Chicago) to the Starbucks patrons. On this particular night the guy walked up to me and asked if I was Sean Kelly and if I was riding a Sean Kelly bike. I found it pretty cool that a homeless guy selling newspapers knew about the great Irish cyclist.
We have.........Mike Tea
Dec 10, 2003 1:23 PM
....a young cop named Sean Kelly in our town in rural Ontario Canada who has even heard of Sean Kelly the bike racer.
Either Kelly or Roche has a teenage son who is a prettychopper
Dec 10, 2003 1:15 PM
decent rider, I've seen him featured on cycling news a couple of times, I can't remember which one though.
Roche {nmm}Mike Tea
Dec 10, 2003 1:25 PM
re: Tell us about Sean Kelly!SeanKellys-reincarnate
Dec 10, 2003 4:42 PM
a sean kelly post!

I raced as a junior in the late 80's .. and my teammates and i all had our pro's that we liked to emulate.

I was sean kelly! KAS jersey and all. (though my coach hated it when i did my on the bike impersonation of him
all scrunched up..)
he was a tough as nails old schooler.. in the CBS productions of paris roubaix (THE BEST cycling pruductions ever- JOHN TESH RULES!!) Phil ligget would always give him the respect he deserved. he was ranked number one for a long time. the classics were his thing.. and he won the green jersey in the tour at least once. very fun to watch..

i met him in montreal in '90 and gushed "YOUR LIKE, MY FAVOURITE RIDER~~.. " i shook his huge hand..and he replied rather sheepishly "Rubble rubble mumble mumble"

how cool was that?!!!

above my computer are three framed sean kelly items.. a poster, a pic of he and i while he is signing a Winning: ~ bicycle racing illustrated~~ magazine..and the actual Winning mag with him on the cover..
geeky but cool in my geeky world that i live in!

I think too.. and don't quote me on this but again i think, there is a mechanic named sean kelly at LaBicicletta here in toronto.

as i am getting back into the sport i am looking for the modern day equlivent of Sean.. any idea who that might be?

(ulrich is my current "Da MAN!" this coming Tour is going to SO much fun!!)

can't wait till spring
Dec 11, 2003 10:57 AM
current racer who is tough as nails...success in the classics...also does well in the grand tours...hmmm, can't think of anyone like that ;)
You know Kelly has a website through Strikefit...Tom C
Dec 10, 2003 6:59 PM
and he used to be very good about answering emails. You know, a regular guy with no ego problems. I notice he has cleaned up his position on the bike from the photo of him there. Kelly was notorious as one of the most poorly positioned riders in the peloton with his stem way too short and riding low in the saddle. The story I remember most involves Kelly and is related by him but was about someone else. In a mountain stage, mountain top finish, I think it was a mountain stage anyway, Kelly expressed surprise when told that Hinault was throwing punches at reporters for crowding him at the finish saying, "I don't know where he got the strength. If a 10 year old girl had walked up to me with a gun afterward I would not have been able to stop her from shooting me."
Oh I forgot, that's simply ntTom C
Dec 10, 2003 7:01 PM
King Kelly!Tig
Dec 10, 2003 7:43 PM
He's one of my favorite riders of all time. There's a 2-part "Story of Sean Kelly" VHS tape you should watch some time. Some of the interviews can get a bit slow, but watching the clips will make his awsome talent come to life for you. Here's's biography:
Here's a Google Image search on Sean Kelly. (there sure are a lot of Sean Kelly's on the web!)
Nice link to the hall of fame - thankstreebound
Dec 11, 2003 6:15 AM
Somehow I've never come across that link before.
Neat, great, thank you.
World number oneFr Ted Crilly
Dec 10, 2003 11:21 PM
Heard a story from someone in 1990 that at one point in the late 80's Sean Kelly had accumulated so many world ranking points, that not only was he world number one, but he could afford to retire and stil be number one 12 months later. This seemed a bit of stretch to my mind, but the guy telling me this knew a lot more about cycling than I did at the time.
Anyone know if there's any truth to this story?
King of the Spring!teoteoteo
Dec 11, 2003 5:43 AM
Kelly had more than one nickname but the one that stuck with me the most was the King of Spring for his ability to dominate in the spring classics. I remember being a 14 your old and I really liked Kelly. I've had the chance to meet him since and he is nice guy.

He currently works for eurosport (during the Tour at least) and he is easier to understand now but it's still not easy.