Below is a picture of 3 of us on the women's TTT. We only had 4 riders
instead of the maximum 5, yet still scored points for the team by taking 11th
That's Meredith on the far left, and Michelle in the middle, who also scored top 20 in the crit as I recall. I can't remember last names. I'm the one on the right.
Here's a picture of me in training, heading down the Goleta Beach path from campus (on "Inga" the wonder bike):
I still ride but no more racing - my site is http://dusk.geo.orst.edu , where I link to UCSB Cycling on my cycling page.
And now for the really cool stuff.
Below are a couple of pictures of the mens TTT squad getting their medals at the 1993 Collegiate Nationals in Boston: from left, Adam Laurent, Dylan Casey, and unfortunately can't remember the name of the other teammate pictured (he was a super nice guy). You'll notice just to the right of them is Tyler Hamilton, who scored gold in men's omnium that year as a rider for CU-Boulder. I should have gotten his autograph *then*. :-) I think another member of the men's TTT was Mike Baldwin but can't remember why he wasn't up there on the podium.
Dylan Casey in downtown Boston holding court with a statue.
Adam Laurent with Michele and our terrific team manager who rode Men's B, but, unfortunately I can't remember his name either!
Have a great season this coming year! Do let me know how I can be of help. I still ride in my UCSB jerseys and would love to help the team in some way. I live in Oregon (a professor at Oregon State and a former faculty advisor for the cycling team here when I first arrived), but would be happy to send some bucks down. By a complete coincidence, I just got an email out of the blue from Dan Nguyenphuc, email@example.com, who was another terrific rider and supporter of the team at the time. He says he's still in SB and getting back into cycling after a layoff of 10 years.
Take care and GO GAUCHOS!!!
Dawn Wright (class of '94, for a grad degree)
P.S. you asked for a short story and a couple are attached below:
[Background was that my original bike (a hand-me-down Cannondale) had been stolen on campus Jan. 4th during an overnight break-in to our lab, and used as a getaway vehicle by the thieves, who were hitting various labs for computer parts all over campus. The police actually found it around 6 years later, as revealed in an article in the Independent about the larger caper of computer thievery up and down the west coast].
Once upon a time there was a candy-apple red, Italian, custom-made frame (a 56 cm Serotta) that hung on the wall in the mechanics' section of Hazard's Bike Shop (our team sponsor). The frame used to belong to Inga Thompson!!! Inga Thompson is this super gnarly cyclist living legend who went to the Olympics in '88 and '92. The frame was custom made for her while she was on the U.S. National Team. She didn't need the frame so she gave it to Davis Phinney (another living legend), who in turn gave it to this guy who lives in Santa Barbara. The reason the guy in Santa Barbara got it is because Davis Phinney was on a club ride with this guy when they were riding from SB to Ventura and back. Davis swerved around this cone on the road but didn't tell this guy that the cone was coming up (bad cycling etiquette). The guy was right behind Davis and didn't have time to get out of the way so he crashed and broke his frame. He said to the living legend: "Hey dude, you owe me a new frame!" So Davis talked to his mates on the national team about getting a new frame for this guy (it had to be the exact same size). Inga, being the cool gal that she is, bailed him out. By that time the guy had gotten himself another bike and so the frame ended up at Hazard's where it has been sitting on the wall, lonely, ever since; that is, until the day that sad little Dawn walked into the store to tell the manager that she wouldn't be able to come up with the 1000 big ones for a new team bike. The kind manager showed her Inga's frame (which is exactly her size!) and said that he would build it up from scratch for $600!!!! Whoa - where else could Dawn get a deal like that, AND with a story behind it like that? So Dawn gave him all the leftover parts that she had to contribute to the cause (tubes, tires, bottle cages, and new pedals donated to her by her loving teammates), and as soon as she can come up with 400 more big ones the bike will be all hers (with Mickey Mouse handlebar tape included!).
The End (sort of)
3 months later about 20 friends or so chipped in the money to complete the payments on the bike at Hazards, and surprised me with it on campus (Girvetz Hall). ...
How goes it kiddo? Hope you are holding forth with your teaching and all-around star faculty member responsibilities! I guess by now you've heard of my attempt to fly off Little Pine Mountain without propellers so I thought I would drop you a line and come clean on the situation.
Chuck Anderson and Grant Lindley (my mtn. bike comrades for the weekend) say that I get the award for the most spectacular crash in history - a dubious, if not infamous distinction indeed. We made it to the top of Little Pine by jeep road and the guys had decided to go down on the narrow single-track. Wow - that trail was gnarly. I had never ridden anything like it before: extremely narrow (1 foot wide) with a pretty steep (~70 deg.) drop-off on the edge, kind of like:
\ \ \* <---- back view of biker ~~ <--- trail | | \ \ \
I'm a naughty pumpkin 'cause I'm supposed to be taking aspirin and hopping into bed right now, so I'd better go.Return to Dawn's Cycling Page