Racing Reportby Michael Seiler, VP Racing
Wow, what a couple of weeks! First, I sat on the edge of my seat for an entire month watching one of the best and most exciting Tours de France (that’s Tour Day France for you Bobke fans). Follow that up with a week of national caliber racing here in Louisville and I have hit overdose level on cycling. I capped the week off by participating in the Men’s 35-39 Road Race. I was in hog heaven.
The excitement of the event here in Louisville was catching as I spent many an hour explaining biking to my friends and coworkers. I even got one of my more sedentary coworkers to make the 8-block walk to watch some of the criterium action. He’s hooked.
More importantly, he left there an advocate for cycling. That is what these types of events do for cycling in Louisville. As we bring more events like this to town, more people will be exposed to cycling and racing. This is good for all of us.
The turnout for the road races was great. We were blessed with beautiful weather and to hear people screaming your name and urging you on was beyond this world.
I feel compelled to express my appreciation to some people and groups:
Dave Stewart – Our former VP of Racing was the visionary and driving force behind this event. In his usual self-effacing manner, he will talk about everyone else but I want to make sure Dave gets his due.
Papa John Schnatter – Louisville’s favorite pizza man has been a fixture on the Tuesday night rides and stepped forward to show his appreciation for a sport that he has fallen in love with.
Volunteers – There were many of you and I won’t risk missing a name. This event was successful because people were willing to give back to the sport. You were there sweeping corners, registering racers and handing out water bottles in the feed zone.
The future for racing in Louisville is very bright thanks to Dave’s vision and everyone jumping on board to help the local cycling community deliver a world-class event. I spoke to racers from places like Boulder, Colorado, who had so many nice things to say about the event. And these people know a thing or two about bicycle racing.
Well, I must get back on the bike. I’ve got a lot of work to do before next year. See you on the roads.
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web posted: 14 July 2003
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