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In my first race as a Cat 2 in the late 70's I rode a 3 day stage race in Fresno won by former Olympian, National Champ & future Ironman winner John Howard. Second place was 15 or 16 year old Greg LeMond, a junior racing with the Senior 1-2s. Greg went to Europe shortly after that, but I later raced with his dad Bob several times, once in a long but unsuccessful 2-man breakaway.

During my tenure as pack filler in Cat 1 & 2, I had the pleasure of being beaten by many National Champions, Olympians, legends, future greats and industry pioneers including Gary Fisher, Tom Ritchey, Jonathan Boyer, Mike Neel, Dale Stetina, Kent Bostick, Connie Carpenter and Giro helmets founder Jim Gentes.

What's your fantasy? A buddy and I once came across world-class Canadian triathletes Sylviane and Patricia Puntous-smokin' hot identical twins-on a training ride in central California. Making a quick decision to shorten our own ride, we turned around & caught them & rode 15 miles back to town with them, & met them for a recovery ride the next day.
 

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Not sure how famous, but the 2002 Prime Alliance Team. Horner, Clinger, Pate and the gang. They had a "fun ride" with the team before the US Pro in Philly. It was a fun day, with a police escort down a major road (they closed it for us). They took off in a final sprint for the camera's at the end and I just sat with my jaw opened. D*&#^ they were fast.
 

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JohnL said:
:(. I guess I don't post enough.

Maybe we can ride Turkey Hill again in May.
Is that the Turkey Hill processing plant hill? Where you get to the top and you smell whatever it is they are processing.
Good to hear from you on the new board again.
 

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Davis Phinney

Davis Phinney, Connie Carpenter, Ron Kiefel, and Dr. Edmund Burke, PhD while spending a week at the C/P Bikecamp in Colorado. (www.bikecamp.com)

The Governor of Ohio...old whatshisname...started the back to back century ride called TOSRV last year (www.tosrv.com) but bailed after a couple of miles due to rain. I happened to be in the same group of about 40 people who took off at the same time. Bunch of dorky looking politico types on ill fitting hybrids. No wonder they bailed.
 

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Lemond

Okay, so I didn't actually ride with him, I was fly-fishing with him! He showed up at one of my regular haunts and we fished together for the rest of the evening. It was awesome.
 

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Yep. That's the one. It's the first hill of many in the Turkey Hill Classic. Mark and I met/rode together there last year.

I've been around. I just choose my moments to jump in. :)
 

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I was living in Santa Barbara in the late 90's and got to ride with CVV, Kevin Livingston and Lance. I remember one time Kevin and Lance came on one of our group rides and on this hill (the Goob) Kevin Livingston just launched a serious attack that only Lance could follow. We tried to chase but it showed just how big a gap there is between a Cat 3 and a real pro.
 

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Well, let's see

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Well, let's see (now posted in the proper place)

After five years of being involved with Lance's Foundation (www.laf.org), I have been very fortunate. I have ridden with Lance, Tyler Hamilton, Davis Phinne, Connie Carpenter, Robin WIlliams, Mari Holden, Ron Kiefel, Eric Heiden, Chris Carmichael, Eddy Merckx and Miguel Indurain. No kidding.
 

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Sorry! I didn't forget you!

If I didn't get down to the 3 state/3 mountain century in Tenn, It's definately a date :) If not, perhaps we can hook up for the Dream ride (if I don't do the Nightmare tour).
 

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Back in 1990 I think it was, I ride in a group of about 12 riders that completed one leg of a MS 150 Tour. We rode from Shreveport, LA north to the Texarkana, TX area and stopped at Lake Wright-Pattman. Dede was in town showing off her Saturn team colors. She was cool with us asking questions and she was very polite to answer them. At the end of the day, one of her manager people took here to the airport.
 

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I've ridden with Don Myrah (national mtn bike and cyclocross champion) many times. When I lived in the Bay Area, his little brother was dating (and eventually married) my roommate. It was unbelievable how fast and powerful a rider he was.
 

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He's a mountain biker but... Ned Overend

SteveD said:
I had posted this in reply to a comment made about John Kerry, but the thread became better suited to the non-cycling discussion board so I thought I would repost my message and ask about famous/infamous people you have met on the roads.

So, anybody ride with Lemond? Robin Williams? Lance? Bill Walton?

Here's my encounter with Kerry.

I'm not involved in politics, but I can tell you that John Kerry does in fact ride, and ride pretty well.

For the past several years he has participated in the Pan Mass Challenge fundraiser for the Jimmy Fund (www.pmc.org). Two years ago I was riding along at about a 19-20mph pace when a guy came up to me and asked if I would mind if he drafted me for a while. A bit later, I pulled off and let him come through to take a pull. As I was drifting back he introduced himself as John and I introduced myself. We traded pulls a few times before it dawned on me that John was actually John Kerry, the Massachusetts Senator. Pretty funny, I thought. We chatted for a while and he told me of a ride he did with Greg Lemond through Vietnam several years ago. That must have been some experience...

Anyway, Kerry rides a beautiful orange Serotta Legend Ti. His fitness was pretty good considering he probably never has much time to train. Last year I saw him repeatadly on the ride and finished in front of him by only a couple of minutes. What was amazing was the fact that this charity ride has rest stops every 20 miles or so, yet Kerry did not stop even one time. 110 miles straight through. His pace wasn't particulary fast, just steady. For the last 60 miles or so I would pass Kerry before each water stop, then pass him again after I had stopped for a few minutes... We went back and forth like this all afternoon. Kerry rode with no support or Secret Service. He was alone most of the time and really seemed to be riding for the event, and not for publicity. I wonder if he'll be able to do these sorts of rides in the future...
I rode with Ned Overend and a bunch of other mtb pros in Durango, CO for the junior national development camp that I qualified for and attended.
 
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