Wednesday, January 21, 2009

George Hincapie, bike commuter

Image of bicycle racer George Hincapie with Lance Armstrong
From the Los Angeles Times, 01.21.09:

Traffic can't stop George Hincapie
After finishing 45th in Stage 2 of the Tour Down Under, Lance Armstrong answered a few questions and then was escorted into a royal blue Skoda car and beat a quick exit from the oval where the team support vehicles were set up....Most cyclists wait until the entire team has settled down, rehydrated, done interviews, relaxed a bit and then get on a team bus and head back to the hotel.

And then there are the smart guys, such as Team Columbia's George Hincapie...He rode his bicycle the 15 miles from the finish in Stirling to the Hilton in Adelaide.

While a particular car full of journalists was waiting impatiently at a stop light and trying to rely on the Hertz NeverLost guidance voice to tell them where to go, Hincapie breezed on by, still on his bike, pedaling on back to the hotel. He beat the car and didn't even need the NeverLost lady. (Read more.)
Bicyclists in California are getting excited in anticipation of next month's big Amgen Tour of California, arguably the most significant bicycle race in the U.S. It begins February 14 in Sacramento, and your blogging correspondent will be there.

Bicycle racing has little to do with bike commuting, except in the sense that it helps raise awareness of bicycling in general. Certainly Lance Armstrong's success in the Tour de France inspired many Americans to take up bicycling, and many have continued as bicycle commuters. Armstrong has since become a proponent of bicycling and bike commuting, most notably with his support of the League of American Bicyclists and the recent opening of his Mellow Johnny's bicycle shop in downtown Austin.

And it's hard not to admire George Hincapie, an extremely talented bike racer and consummate team player, who has subordinated own chances to be Armstrong's most trusted lieutenant on the great USPS and Discovery teams. I had the opportunity to witness Hincapie's victory in the 2001 San Francisco Grand Prix, an important but short-lived one-day race.

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Tip of the Pendleton felt hat to Subcommandant Sasquatch for the tip.


Angus Kingston said...

As a resident of Adelaide I can tell you that the 15kms from Stirling to the Hilton is 15kms all downhill - a very fast run.

Adelaide is a very cycle commuter friendly city so perhaps he got the bug.

Adelaide is the place to be at the moment. It is all very exciting and a wonderful atmosphere.


Anonymous said...

Cool, George creates another positive message. Think the journalists get it? Go George Go!

murphstahoe said...

George is the man.

This is not a first. Here is Georgie commuting back to the team hotel in Pau, circa 2002. I gave him a big GEORGE and he looked back and gave me a thumbs up.

ootyresort said...

nice blog!!

Anonymous said...

Paul, Your post have become infrequent. Is there a lack of cycling news?

Paul Dorn said...

There is certainly no lack of cycling news, just an active life. I hope to resume posting 2-3 times a week next week. Bicycle Commuter Act, bicycle commuters and law enforcement, other topics.

Doohickie said...

While a particular car full of journalists was waiting impatiently at a stop light..., Hincapie breezed on by, still on his bike, pedaling on back to the hotel. He beat the car...

Positive influence? Yikes! The guy is running redlights! Of course he beat the car back to the hotel- HE BROKE THE LAW. What a dweeb.

Membrozer said...

wow. enjoy riding

Cygolite said...

nice post, always like to hear about George