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Sitting on a veranda overlooking Lake Maggiore, Andy Hampsten, one of America's best professional cyclists, watched fireworks light up a starless sky in northern Italy. Taking in the surroundings, Hampsten smiled. Perhaps it was the fresh night air, or the fairy-tale feeling of the Italian resort villa where he was staying last month. Or maybe it was that Hampsten had completed the two most difficult days of the Giro d'Italia, as the Tour of Italy is known, with a modicum of success.
The man pulled up in a broken-down station wagon outside the Maverik Country Store in Flagstaff, Ariz. Noticing a group of people in a gravel lot next door, he wandered over to see what was happening. He seemed stunned when told that 45 bicycle riders were racing cross-country from Irvine to Savannah, Ga. And that any minute now they'd be passing through town. "Are they drunk?" the man asked. "All the way across the United States of America? On bicycles?"
If you don't follow bicycle racing--and let's face it, few of us do--chances are you don't know anything about the La Habra Flyers. The Flyers are an amateur racing club that just happens to do very well. There are 21 kids on the team, most of them either 15 or 16, who have built a reputation as a power on the local racing circuit. They also are getting good at winning medals in the national junior championships, the most prestigious competition for young riders.
July 24, 1988 | Associated Press
John Frey of Albuquerque, N.M., the U.S. record-holder in the 40-kilometer individual cycling time trial, won the national title in the event Saturday, boosting his chances for a berth on the U.S. Olympic team. Norm Alvis of Sacramento, the defending national champion, finished second, and John Stenner of Boulder, Colo., was third. Frey's winning time on the 24-mile course was 50 minutes 26.16 seconds. "I think we have a chance for a medal (in the Olympics)," Frey said after the race.
June 29, 1992 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Cyclist Bart Bell of Anniston, Ala., was unconscious and in critical condition Sunday night following a crash during the tandem sprint race at the U.S. Olympic cycling trials and national championships at Blaine, Minn. Bell and tandem partner Tom Brinker of Washington, Mo., the 1988 national champions in the event, collided with Marty Nothstein of Trexlertown, Pa., and Erin Hartwell of Indianapolis. The riders were competing for the national championship.
September 25, 1988 | Scott Ostler
The myth of female frailty dies hard, nowhere more so than in the Olympic Games, where for decades the only women's event was victory-dinner cooking. Through the first 88 years of the modern games, for example, females were deemed too delicate to be allowed onto bicycles, unless they were carrying parasols and picnic lunches. In 1984, the year of the first female Olympic marathon, the first women's bicycle road race was also held.
October 9, 1989 | ROBYN NORWOOD, Times Staff Writer
Janie Eickhoff is a 5-foot-2 college freshman who has legs to put you in mind of Bo Jackson, and a repertoire of accomplishments to match. Janie knows cycling. She became a track cyclist five years ago, after a knee injury ended the soccer career she had begun by making the Los Alamitos High School varsity as a freshman. After a year as a competitive cyclist, she was a junior national champion. "I didn't decide I liked it until the junior nationals in '85," Eickhoff said.
August 3, 1987 | WENDY OLSON, Times Staff Writer
When the United States matches wheels with the Soviet Union in a dual track cycling competition Oct. 2-4 at the Olympic Velodrome in Dominguez Hills, it will be the first time the two have ever met in head-to-head cycling competition, and, depending upon next year's international cycling calendar, it may be the last time they meet before the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea.
March 25, 1989 | SHAV GLICK, Times Staff Writer
Seven years ago, Barbara Buchan was a world-class cyclist, a promising candidate for the 1984 U.S. Olympic road-racing team. In June 1982, she was entered in a 32-mile race across the Santa Monica Mountains on a course that Olympic Coach Tim Kelly called "the most severe for women cyclists in the world." Buchan was in the midst of a tight pack of riders, descending a steep, curving hill on Mulholland Highway in pursuit of the runaway leader, Pat Hines.
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