Air Force Cycling Classic Clarendon Cup (Part 1)

by Gregg on June 1, 2009 · 6 comments

This race is one of my favorites.  It’s set up in such a way that one can watch, meet and see their favorite pros get ready for a tough crit.  The team vehicles are set up, and members of the teams are getting the wheels, food, drinks and bikes together.  It’s the real thing.  The other cool thing about this race is that while it has a good following, it doesn’t have the overwelming crowds of something like the Tour of California, thus making the riders the the teams approachable.  I had the chance to meet with a number of Pros including Rory Sutherland and Freddie Rodriguez as well as some local Pros, my favorites (and lets be honest here, friends) Chuck Hutcheson and Ken Young.  I’m excited about the interviews I did get because I asked better questions.  There is a chance I’m getting better at interviewing by asking questions that I would want to know….inside workings of the racers and their roles in such a race.  Throughout the week, I will be posting these.

img_2120So what is the best way to start this up?  In transcribing the interviews and editing the video, something a little tongue and cheek seems appropriate.  There are all types at this race, to be sure.  Additionally it’s summer time and the ladies look beautiful!  But I was most impressed with a gentleman I saw there.  If you were there you saw him too.  I don’t know his name, but to me and my friends, he is Fred.  For those of you not familiar with the term, ”Fred” is a derisive term used by “serious” road cyclists to describe other cyclists who do not conform to serious road cyclists’ norms with regard to dress and equipment, and appearamateurish to them (annotation: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fred_(bicycling).  This, to me, was one of the most fantastic thing I have ever seen.  At first glance from afar, I thought “I didn’t think Slipstream had representation this year…I didn’t see them on the roster”.  At a closer look, I realized that it was all too perfect.  This guy was posing, literally posing.  It’s clear that he spent a fair amount on what he had on, and was riding, but everything was too perfect.  From the strategically placed Cliff bar in the rear pocket to the Slipstream img_2122cycling hat under his Slipstream helmet.  The Slipstream Garmin on his Felt Slipstream bike with Slipstream Zipp Wheels.  It was incredible.  They we noticed that he’s got a bit too much fat to be a pro and his legs were entirely too hairy to even be considered a serious cyclist.  The fantastic thing was that he wasn’t talking to anyone.  He was simply standing around leaning up against his Felt Bike (with a price tag somewhere inthe neighborhood of $6-9K) posing.  No one was talking to him, no one was looking.  He was in the team area trying to look official.  Everyone saw him and everyone was baffled by this man.  But the icing on the cake to me was his hearty mustache.  Sweet!

More to come on the Clarendon Cup!

DC

{ 6 comments }

MB June 1, 2009 at 8:46 am

Gah, how did I miss that guy? Too perfect.

Reb June 1, 2009 at 10:16 am

Once in a lifetime photo for me. We should have interviewed him. Damn…..

emcb1230 June 4, 2009 at 7:13 am

I’ve seen him down at hains point occasionally…hard to miss actually. He always rides with that same kit.

Schiek June 8, 2009 at 7:12 pm

Good stuff. My only hesitation about busting on a guy like this too much is that he may be the person at KBR that convinced the bosses to step up and sponsor a bike race. After seeing some of the CSC execs that pushed for the company to keep doling out the sponsorship bucks, this guy isn’t far from the fold. For all I know it could be Doug Ellis. In other words, don’t scare away the freds, dammit. At least the ones that aren’t riding near you.

joe June 18, 2009 at 10:38 am

Amazing find. Only comment is that the Cliff bar is part of the jersey design. That shouldn’t take anything away from his Fred-ness. He is what might be called a “Fred Savage”.

admin June 18, 2009 at 11:35 am

True, however, he had a Cliff Bar actually placed in the pocket below the Cliff Bar logo. While having the logo on his jersey doesn’t take away from his fred-ness, putting one strategically placed below it certainly adds to it.

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