Sometimes I feel like I am the voice of Long Island on the list. I am home sick today and I had this goofy idea to write a L.I. cycling history quiz with the intent of showing off my vast knowledge of L.I cycling trivia. Winner(s) might get a prize if I can think of something.
1 - Who, in 1899, rode 60 MPH in the slipstream of a locomotive as a publicity stunt in Farmingdale, L.I.? (gift question)
2 - I'm sure you all know that George Hincapie is from L.I. (Farmingdale too). You might not know that his older brother and his father were/are damn fine riders as well. In the 1970's, what was Ricardo Hincapie's nick-name in the peloton?
3 - In 1903, the inaugural year of the T.D.F., what Valley Stream L.I. rider was being touted by many N.Y.C. newspapers as the "Best Road Rider in the World"? Hint; I sold his medals and scrapbook on ebay a few years ago .
4 - What "Patriarch of Cycling" founded the Nassau Wheelman, promoted thousands of training races and helped hundreds of youngsters find their way in this sport? Hint: first he had a barber shop where he fixed bikes and later had a bike shop where you could get a haircut.
5 - What Huntington, L.I. athlete was the first person to qualify for both the Summer and Winter Olympic Games in the same year? (1960 - cycling and speed skating).
6 - Who was the premier (only?) frame builder on L.I (Huntington) in the 60's and 70's?
7 - Actually, there was another frame builder on L.I in the 70's. He "ghost built" Zeus show bikes that had jewels set in the lugs. (Richie, can you do that?) Who was he?
8 - Who was the 3rd (I think) American rider to compete in the Tour de France? (hometown; Dix Hills) Hint; He also won the Coors Classic and was inducted into the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.
9 - What distinguished Canadian rider dropped out (with a stomach virus just like I have right now) of the 1984 Tour of Long Island? (7 stages in 4 days - yikes!)
10 - What blow hard Masters rider beat a Senior cat1 to win the bronze medal at the 1998 New York State Roller Championship?
If this is moronic and/or off topic I'm sorry. At least its short... Jamie Swan - guess where?