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SPORTS
September 16, 1999 | MARTIN BECK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At the first rest stop of the Amtrak Century, about 27 miles into last Saturday's bicycle ride from Irvine to San Diego, two friends had a brief exchange about how fast they were riding. "You know we're never going to be able to keep up this pace," said one. "I know," said the other. "That's why we have to do it while we can." Not the best strategy, but it illustrates the beauty of the Amtrak Century: It's a ride almost anyone, no matter how inexperienced at long-distance cycling, can tackle.
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SPORTS
July 22, 1999 | MARTIN BECK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's a heck of a long way to go to make a point, but sending a message is among the reasons four Southern Californians will set out today from Irvine to bicycle 2,925 miles across the country. "The message should be," said 69-year-old Mary Brown of Spring Valley, "that people who are 60-plus can still perform at whatever level they make up their minds to do. Age doesn't have to make a difference."
SPORTS
July 20, 1999 | Associated Press
Belgian champion Ludo Dierckxsens, winner of the 11th stage of the Tour de France for Italy's Lampre team, has been dropped by his team after admitting to having taken banned substances, French radio reported Monday. RTL radio said Dierckxsens told Lampre officials he took a banned substance some three months ago to aid his recovery from a knee injury. RTL did not identify the substance.
NEWS
July 17, 1999 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When doctors told Lance Armstrong three years ago that his 5-foot-11 frame was riddled with cancer, with 15 tumors as large as marbles and golf balls in his lungs alone, he was terrified. But he was also determined not to give up. "I've always been a fighter, always," Armstrong said Friday night in a small hotel in this hot-springs town of south-central France. "Always something of a scrapper."
SPORTS
September 13, 1998 | FERNANDO DOMINGUEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
From the rear seat on a two-man racing bicycle, Casey Cook should be able to capture life's streaking images and frame them in his mind. While pedaling arduously over country roads, he should be able to absorb nature's tapestry during workouts and competitions. Most cyclists do. But not Cook, 26, who is blind and deaf. "I've been an athlete all of my life," Cook said. "Cycling is a new frontier for me." Cook, a Ventura resident, is expanding the frontier to Colorado Springs, Colo.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 31, 1998 | JASON TAKENOUCHI
Arms outstretched and smiling after a grueling 37-mile race, bicyclist Norm Carter celebrated his victory in the Ventura Cycling Classic, a high-speed competition that packed downtown Ventura on Sunday morning. Carter, 22, won the 50-lap race in just under 90 minutes, pacing a field of about 60 amateur bicyclists from across the nation. After leading the race in the first few laps and then falling into the pack, Carter made a dramatic comeback in the last third of the race.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 29, 1998 | JENNIFER KNIGHT
Primed for a fast and frenzied race, as many as 100 cyclists Sunday will speed around a rectangular course through the streets of downtown Ventura. "We're hoping to bring bike racing to the community," said Tren Morris, 31, assistant manager of Open Air Bicycles in Ventura, one of the race's sponsors. Known as the Ventura Classic, the event will become annual if Sunday's races are successful, Morris said. The first race, designed for licensed competitors 35 and older, begins at 8 a.m.
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