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Boyd Speerschneider
July 18th 03, 04:41 PM
(Luigi de Guzman) wrote in
om:

> As our heroes suffer out on the Tour--allez Tyler!--it seems that the
> racing mood has swept far and wide, even as far as Southwark...
>
> Got on bekah to go to the bank today and had just turned up Tabard
> Street. A little girl, maybe 11, on a bike sees me coming the other
> way, rides up alongside me and says "wanna race?"
>
> "sure," i say. "On three. One....two...three!"
>
> She wins.
>
> She also probably made my day.
>
> -Luigi
>

That's awesome.
Hopefully, the exposure this TDF is recieving will help inspire some more
youngsters to take up racing.

- Boyd S.

Claire Petersky
July 18th 03, 10:11 PM
(Luigi de Guzman) wrote in message >...
> As our heroes suffer out on the Tour--allez Tyler!--it seems that the
> racing mood has swept far and wide, even as far as Southwark...
>
> Got on bekah to go to the bank today and had just turned up Tabard
> Street. A little girl, maybe 11, on a bike sees me coming the other
> way, rides up alongside me and says "wanna race?"
>
> "sure," i say. "On three. One....two...three!"
>
> She wins.
>
> She also probably made my day.

My 8 year old declared yesterday that when she wins a stage at Tour De
France, she's going to have a podium *boy* give her flowers, trophy,
and a kiss on each cheek.

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Fabrizio Mazzoleni
July 18th 03, 11:49 PM
Luigi de Guzman wrote in message
>...
>
>"sure," i say. "On three. One....two...three!"

Luigi, you don't do sprints by counting down, the
art of sprinting is in the tactics.

You should have let her led out, and then with 50 meters
or so to go you come around her, if done right she won't
have any more to put into her sprint.

Anyway, with little kids you can always win by changing
the location of the finish line to suit you.

Luigi de Guzman
July 19th 03, 02:20 AM
wrote in message >...

> What kind of a bike is that bekah... not even a recumbent or a
> road bike? Little girls would dare to challenge
> lance/fabrizio-lookalikes on road bikes? :-)

Bekah's my long-suffering London bike: pink and black
eighty-something MBK mixte with a Sachs torpedo 3-speed hub,
mudguards, carrier, moustache-ish handlebars, coaster brake, etc.

I'd steal my neighbour's Waterford, but being the only fat ******* on
a Waterford in Southwark, I'd be a bit conspicuous....

I miss my Aurora at home.

-Luigi

mark freedman
July 19th 03, 12:06 PM
"Fabrizio Mazzoleni" > wrote in message >...

>
> Anyway, with little kids you can always win by changing
> the location of the finish line to suit you.

Poor little kids. Maybe that's what happened to George
W Bush Junior when he was little. :-)

Do you recall the ad for the Toyota Sprinter, in which it
beat the "Green Monster" turbine-powered dragster in
the 579(?) foot dash ?

Toyota and monster at starting line. Light turns green.
Toyota is off and accelerating. MOnster is waiting for the
engine to come up to speed. Toyota is accelerating. Monster
is waiting for the engine to come up to speed. Toyota ...
Monster.....

Finally the engine is at speed, the monster accelerates at
an alarming rate and, just before it passes the Toyota, they
take the picture of the winner (Toyota) in the 579 foot dash.

Zoot Katz
July 19th 03, 06:44 PM
19 Jul 2003 04:06:46 -0700,
>,
(mark freedman) wrote:

> Finally the engine is at speed, the monster accelerates at
>an alarming rate and, just before it passes the Toyota, they
>take the picture of the winner (Toyota) in the 579 foot dash.

Remember the one with the race cars vs. the back hoe.

Cars and backhoe take off on an oval course. Cars disappear while
backhoe starts digging a trench. Cars reappear stopped at trench the
backhoe dug just before the finish line which it had crossed before it
started digging.
--
zk

Charlie C.
July 20th 03, 09:29 PM
(Luigi de Guzman) wrote in
om:

> As our heroes suffer out on the Tour--allez Tyler!--it seems that the
> racing mood has swept far and wide, even as far as Southwark...
>
> Got on bekah to go to the bank today and had just turned up Tabard
> Street. A little girl, maybe 11, on a bike sees me coming the other
> way, rides up alongside me and says "wanna race?"
>
> "sure," i say. "On three. One....two...three!"
>
> She wins.
>
> She also probably made my day.
>


Once I had a couple of kids on BMX(?) bikes riding in the same direction
that I was going. As I caught up with them one of them started accelerating
clearly wanting to race. I pulled up even with him and stayed there for a
while and then raced ahead dropping him. When he caught up I told him he
got up to 20 MPH to which his eyes got really big and he replied "Really?
Thanks!"

Charlie in Houston

Luigi de Guzman
July 21st 03, 03:58 AM
"Charlie C." > wrote in message >...

>
> Once I had a couple of kids on BMX(?) bikes riding in the same direction
> that I was going. As I caught up with them one of them started accelerating
> clearly wanting to race. I pulled up even with him and stayed there for a
> while and then raced ahead dropping him. When he caught up I told him he
> got up to 20 MPH to which his eyes got really big and he replied "Really?
> Thanks!"

the bmx kiddies are always shocked to see me in the middle of the
street. Well-executed merges through SUVs draw stares.

-Luigi

Karen M.
July 21st 03, 05:43 PM
Claire wrote:
> My 8 year old declared yesterday that when she wins a stage at Tour De
> France, she's going to have a podium *boy* give her flowers, trophy,
> and a kiss on each cheek.

This inquiring mind wants to know...
--are the podium babes different each day, or the same? (And how does
one list that on one's resume? "Awards Presenter and Busser,
Centennial TdF")
--how long after the race finish is the podium thing? (Do the gals
have to kiss sweaty yuckky buggy cheeks, or do the riders wipe down or
even change out of their sweaty kit first?
--do they use the same jersey on LA every day and he gives it back
right after the event? Or do they have a new one?
--On the Velo-News site there's a marvelous photo gallery. In the team
time trial podium picture LA has his bibs hanging down under his
(team) jersey. Wassup widdat?

TIA
--Karen M.
who would love to ask OLN for more details of "ther rest of the story"

Karen M.
July 22nd 03, 02:34 PM
Luigi wrote:

> a day in the life of a Credit Lyonnais podium girl:
>
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/other_sports/cycling/tour_de_france_2003/3051288.stm>

Thanks, Luigi!
Podium babe sez: "It got a little boring kissing Lance Armstrong
every day last time and it's already getting boring this year. It
would make a change to see someone else up there."
ROFLMAO!!

--Karen M.
who watched the spectator-induced crash again, and again, and again...

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