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staff 07-17-2005 02:50 PM

Re: Pleasures & Perils of Bicycle Race Escorts
The horrors of bicycle race support don't even begin there! How would you like to be a podium girl and have to stand next to and kiss -- twice, nonetheless! once per side on some gaunt, boney face -- some salty sweaty guy that's been riding for five hours! Ack!

Not to mention those guys look like refugees that need to gain about 50 pounds so you like like a huge cow standing next to them in front of like 800 billion TV viewers worldwide.


Fenton 07-17-2005 03:32 PM

Re: Pleasures & Perils of Bicycle Race Escorts
I can honestly say that you have opened my eyes to a whole new "Tour" experience. Now I have to watch the end of every stage to see the hot "fat" chicks.

sportbikebandit 07-17-2005 05:30 PM

Re: Pleasures & Perils of Bicycle Race Escorts
My wife said the same thing about these guys. Good thing I have "balanced" physique. :) Sheryl Crowe kiss my well rounded .....

SRMark 07-18-2005 02:23 AM

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I'm an avid bicyclist but what those guys in the tour do is beyond belief. The sevice provided by the motorcycle escorts is unreal. I watched yesterday as a fan refused to leave the roadway and the motorcycle crew slowly but surely ran right over him. He looked no worse for wear and the big rig just sort of lean over to the right. They all got back up without further incident. The fans are nuts but that's part of what makes the tour the tour. With the British Open at St. Andrews this year it sure would have been a great week to be "over there".

longride 07-18-2005 02:47 AM

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I have already seen another athelete like Lance in my lifetime. Better than Lance in many opinions. His lifetime race record looks like this:

5 times Tour de France winner (1969-72, 1974) and 35 stage wins. Wore yellow jersey for a record 96 days.

5 times Giro d'Italia winner (1968, 1970, 1972-74) and 25 stage wins.

Vuelta a Espana winner (1973)

World Champion (1967,1971,1974)

Hour record (49.431 km, 1972-84)

3 times Paris-Nice winner (1969-71)

Tour of Switzerland (1974)

7 times Milan-San Remo winner (1966-67, 1969, 1971-72, 1975-76)

Tour of Flanders (1969,1975)

Paris-Roubaix (1968, 1970, 1973)

Liege-Bastogne-Liege (1969, 1971-73, 1975)

Amstel Gold Race (1973,1975)

Tour of Lombardy (1971-72)

Het Volk (1971,1973)

Ghent-Wevelgem (1967, 1969-70, 1973)

Fleche-Wallonne (1967, 1970, 1972, 1975)

Paris-Brussels (1973)

Henninger Turm (1971)

Grand Prix des Nations (1973)

This man was the best. You can figure out his name.

travisyoung 07-18-2005 04:56 AM

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I thought the cameraman really stuck the landing on the dismount in that "crash"

I've tried to imagine riding race escort in the tour, but I'm probably closer to being able to ride (pedal) in the race itself.

sportbikebandit 07-18-2005 05:34 AM

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Eddy Merckx was before my time.

atk74seattle 07-18-2005 07:14 AM

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Ugh. No Thanks.

If a so-called "professional team's" idea of appropriate response to a escort rider error is vandalism and mayhem, I'll pass. I hope the buggers spent the next night in the local jail.

johnnyb 07-18-2005 08:15 AM

I'm with Joey Dunlop
seems like a long time to go without a smoke.

apwired 07-18-2005 09:39 AM

Re: Great View!!!
LOL! Good one man!

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