Vail TT & Coor’s Reunion

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Yesterday was really crammed packed full of things to do. The Vail TT took a ton of energy. The problem was that they pretty much closed the course down over an hour before the start of the race. I was riding up to the finish and when they told the course marshals to close the course, then they tried to make everyone walk their bikes. It was bad planning. There were a ton of people, 1000’s that would have been at the top, but were not allowed to ride up.

Anyway, watching TT’s is not exactly my idea of super bike race spectating. It was amazing to me how many guys were in their TT position at 500 meters to go when they were going less than 15 mph. I guess they were so starved for oxygen, that they forget to get into a more efficient position.

I followed J-Pow down the course. They were making all the riders stay at the top, but Jeremy didn’t feel like spending the extra 2 hours in his chamois.

Then the Coor’s Reuion was at 6 at the Four Season’s. It was pretty good. I hadn’t seen a lot of the people for decades. I see most that are still involved in the sport pretty often, but saw lots of friends I hadn’t seen since they quit racing. Catching up with Davis was good. Marianne Martin was taking photo (professionally) of everyone. They will be tons coming the next few days.

So, Keith and Catherine drove out from Kansas and are riding over to Vail/Avon this morning to watch the start. We’re hopefully meeting up soon for coffee and making our way over there. We staying here for the finish in Breckenridge on Saturday and then heading down to Denver I guess. I need more sleep.

Frank Schleck made a U-turn at 500 meters where I was sitting.

Here's Danny Pate, local favorite.

J-Pow stopping for a few photos on the way down.

Och (BMC czar) and Sue at the TT.

George settling in at the start of the TT.

Me with Jacque Boyer, Team Rwanda, and Dave Chauner.

Alex Osborne, Davis Phinney, me and Calvin Trampleasure.

13 thoughts on “Vail TT & Coor’s Reunion

  1. Calvin Jones

    Steve, you must recall that Coors with Phil Anderson? He blew up that rear disc in the TT, but he did a nice bike swap and didn’t throw away much time. The thing had a fracture when before it was installed, but he insisted on using it.

     
  2. Jim

    Boyer – typical smart ass American response. In a land of genocide pedophilia isn’t exactly on the list of high crimes.
    Hutus and Tutsis are both on Team Rwanda; that says a lot for Jock’s efforts.

     
  3. jp

    here is another interesting take: http://www.tourdefranceinformation.com/article/0,6610,s1-3-9-18493-1-P,00.html
    I tell you what, as a mental health professional who spends many hours each week working with sex abusers and with victims of abuse (often within the same person), I would say it is a much more complicated matter than a snap judgement would indicate. I am not saying what he did is OK, it isn’t by a mile, but I don’t think any of us are in much a position to judge the situation with as little information as we have about it.

     
  4. H Luce

    From this article, I very much doubt that Boyer is a threat to children – he had a brief affair with a 13 or 14 year old girl which resulted in a jail sentence. With Jerry Lee Lewis, the same thing resulted in marriage: “Lewis’s turbulent personal life was hidden from the public until a May 1958 British tour where Ray Berry, a news agency reporter at London’s Heathrow Airport (the only journalist present), learned about Lewis’s third wife, Myra Gale Brown. She was Lewis’s first cousin once removed[10][11] and only 13 years old. (Brown, Lewis, and his management all insisted she was 15). Lewis was nearly 23 years old. The publicity caused an uproar and the tour was cancelled after only three concerts.” (from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerry_Lee_Lewis#Scandal)

     
  5. Jim

    jp, I’ve known people who’ve propagated the same abuse based upon how they were abused.
    jt, to be clear I wouldn’t let any kid be in the same room with him alone.

     
  6. Anthony Geller

    “The problem was that they pretty much closed the course down over an hour before the start of the race. ”

    They had amateurs (starting with the Governor) ride the course starting an hour before the Pro’s. That’s probably the reason for the early closure.

     

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