Came across this news article this morning, and it was too good not to share.
Have you ever seen that television cop show where the crooks try to make a getaway, and the cop’s car is disabled in some way, so that the cop flags down a passing motorist and grabs that motorist’s car to continue the pursuit? Yeah, that episode.
Well, we have something similar in professional cycling.
Now to start out – professional racing bicycles are nothing like what we used to ride as kids. Professional cycles are highly-tuned racing machines. They’re built for speed and efficiency and the like.
So with that in mind… there’s a pro cycling event called the Tour of the Gila. Very demanding and dominating race. And in the first stage, several competitors were knocked out of the race when one bike crashed into a dog that wandered onto the track – causing a multi-bike pileup.
Among the riders that landed in that accident was Zack Allison, a racer with Elevate Cycling. His racing bike was damaged in the crash, and there was no way he could finish the racing stage. He thought about carrying the bike on his shoulders and finishing the race on foot … but this is the Tour of the Gila. It’s hotter than Hades’ Hideaway out there.
What to do, what to do…
And then … when all hope seemed lost…
Allison saw a spectator – who was racing down the side of the race course in a 1980’s-era mountain bike.
And in a plotline that would only work if they were making a sequel to Breaking Away… Allison asked the fan for the mountain bike, so that Allison could finish the race. The fan obliged, and Allison continued through the stage.
There must have been some magic in that old mountain bike they found… for when he placed it ‘tween his legs, he made up some racing ground.
In fact, not only did Allison continue the race … he passed a few other riders … and finished the stage with minutes to spare, qualifying for the next leg of the race.
Okay, okay, I hear you. Pics or it didn’t happen.
Will this Instagram image satisfy you?
Here’s the finish bike in all her glory. Crashed into the guys who crashed into the dog. Kept riding, almost made it back, derailleur exploded with 4K of climbing left. Started walking to make time cut, flagged down a spectator with this mint ’82 ish stump jumper, upgrade from walking, left my bike as collateral, he wasn’t going anywhere on it. Rode her in with plenty of time. Picture cred @jkneve #elevatecycling #ridelikecaleb @davetowleannouncer @robear92
That bike looks like it was just a few degrees away from handlebar streamers, a banana seat, baseball cards clipped into the spokes … and he raced it to qualify for the next stage of the Tour of the Gila.
Now that’s racing like a boss.
Wonder if the fan got to keep the wreck of Allison’s old cycle.
It would certainly make for a great story to tell.