Friday, June 30, 2006

Chased by the devil

Local cycling enthusiasts had a sneak preview at last Sunday's race of EL DIABLO. Being relatively new yet to cycling as sport, I wasn't up on the original devil, one Didi Senft.

Though not quite as smokin' as our notorious socal demon David Lee, an interesting character....long time cycling/racing enthusiast and fixture at the Tour de France, first donning the devil suit in 1993 because:

"They always called the final kilometre of a criterium [stage] the red devil's lap. I never saw a red devil, so I became one."

Mr. Senft is also known for building gynormous bikes. He's had at least 10 entries in the Guiness Book of World Records including the worlds largest and longest (bike), a recumbent double-decker tandem, and a giant rickshaw. Rad.

Photo here of Riley McAlpine, smiling through the pain as she took 4th, an amazing feat as she was riding solo against a field of teams looking to shut last years winner out. You go girl!

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