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September 27, 2006 at 4:25 am #35094theanimalsalzmannMember
NICE! I didn’t mean to add fuel to the fire, but since I already did, what took you so long?September 27, 2006 at 2:58 pm #35113
George, for some reason I had not ridden ANY bike for 10 years. Long story short, when I showed up at EHT for the Jack Frost, its a miracle I made it around the track without medical assitance, and somehow did not come in dead last in 35-39 Cruiser.
I finally built a new 20″ in May but decided based on my skills at that point, I was better suited for Novice. After being off the track for nearly 17 years, I did not see any problem with it. Pete Woghelmuth did the same thing, as did Brett Middaugh (he was back first). I busted up several body parts getting back up to speed.
Every National I got better, and almost wished the season was 1 month longer, I might have made it towards the top of the National rankings, but now I am officially back in Expert where I belong. And its just like BITD – once you move up – you rise to the challenge.September 27, 2006 at 3:10 pm #35116
Obviously everyone likes Craig the best since he gets picked on the most, lol.September 27, 2006 at 3:38 pm #35117
Brett, we can hook a brother up. I just thought you were to fragile. 😆September 27, 2006 at 3:43 pm #35118
I figured I would have at least made the village people lineup pic, lol….
I got a thick skin, just a big puss over 20′ doubles, 😆 .
That black suburban thing on vintage was some funny, sh*t!September 27, 2006 at 3:56 pm #35119
The vintage pics were one of my favorite. I didn’t even have to edit them. 😆September 27, 2006 at 5:15 pm #35122
Jess – can you post the link to that thread?September 27, 2006 at 9:03 pm #35132
Start there and read Bretts and my reply. Then jump to page 6.September 27, 2006 at 11:10 pm #35133
Did the Black Suburbans ever track you down?? 😆
That was some funny stuff Jess.September 28, 2006 at 1:45 am #35134
I’ve been pretty quiet lately haven’t I?
…or maybe I’m coming up with something, lol.September 28, 2006 at 2:42 am #35137
Funny thing is when I walked back from work today to the hotel there were 5 black suburbans out on the street. 😯 I almost thought about running.December 12, 2007 at 8:09 pm #53565theLoperMember
You can add me to that list(Mark Lopez). The last 3 races of my racing career(1985) were as a pro. I raced 2 nationals in Conn. and 1 national at Egg Harbor. Raced B-Pro and pro open at those races. Made all 6 mains. The last race at Egg Harbor I was the only B-pro to make the pro open main. The line up was- 1.Stu Thompson
Of course I picked lane 8………………ended up 5th ahead of King,Texas,and Zagars.
Another guy you missed on your list was Ray Hobson. Think he turned pro around late 1983. Was a regular at Howell as a B-pro from 83-85.December 12, 2007 at 8:31 pm #53571loudogg666Member
why did you stop racing pro?
am i like one of the only people w ho didn’t start out racing?December 12, 2007 at 9:15 pm #53574theLoperMember
Didnt stop racing pro. Just stopped racing period. After 6 years on the road following the national circuit I was burnt out on the travel. The only reason I turned pro when I did was for more motivation. The sport took a pretty big hit between 84 and 85. By 85 a lot of factory rides had dried up,race participation dropped off and things started to slowly regress. Several guys I raced against the previous year turned b-pro for the exact same reason including Bubba Hayes,John Tomac,Ken Aman(Tomac and Aman were ex teamates),Dave Cambell, and Mike Hibner to name a few.
After those last 3 races I knew I needed some time away. It was always my plan to come back stronger than ever in a couple years. After all I was still only 17 when I quit. By 1988 I was itching to come back. I had been doing a lot of weight training in those off years as well as riding. I was set to make my comeback in early 1989 when I was struck with health issues. Needless to say I never raced again. In the last 5-6 years I have raced and won several road and mountain bike races but never picked up a bmx bike again.December 12, 2007 at 10:10 pm #53579loudogg666Member
well hope on that bmx bike.
its the best feeling in the world.
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