Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Ranks and Placards

Creative Commons License

Search Page Section
« unPRO | This is not WWII, Niels. | Main | Cross Racing Week 5 | All the little pieces »

When the stars align...

There are times in life when everything comes together. Everything is perfect. Set up just right. Some analogies come to mind like "setting the ball up on the 'T'". Or perhaps for baseball fans, how the moment Bill Buckner let that infamous ball roll through his legs , it set up jokes for more than 2 decades between Mets and Sox fans.

Such is my current situation. And like any crusty east coaster, I just had to turn the screws to another crusty east coaster.

So my mom is cleaning out boxes in her house back east and came across some old Mountain Bike magazines from the mid 90's. She sent a few of 'em on out along with the kids Halloween goodies. Flipping through then was amazing to re-read all these old articles. I remembered so many of them! Mountain biking was HUGE in the 90's. The money was there and the racing was top notch. In fact, the racing was pre-dominantly a US affair with all the talent like Cadel, Rune and others choosing the States to race than Europe.

And then I flip the page and my Westmalle shot directly out of my nose. An uncontrollable and maniacal laughter erupted from the depths of my gut.

But let me set the stage a little more. Moving to Boulder in 2004, I was amazed at this town and its collection of Olympians and professional athletes. As an example, at my first Wednesday Worlds, I show up, all wet nosed waiting like a lost puppy behind this coffee shop as I was told by friends who had heard of the 'cross ride. Who shows up but Travis, Gully a gaggle of hardened pros and yours truly. D'oh. But, it made me faster...

One of those guys was this tall quiet dude, Pete Webber. We developed a friendship over the years and with each year, the onion unpeeled itself to allow me to learn about this amazingly smart and driven character from an awesome family and growing an equally awesome family of his own. And he was fast...and still is. Pete's given me such great advice over the years and our countless hours of training rides, fun rides and beer drinking escapades.

So with all that history under our belt, and the fact I've seen Pete throw up from swilling too many adult beverages, I feel provide you a glimpse into this PRO's past.

Behold! Pete's glory moment in all of its homo-erotic grandeur.

Get some Pete.

Pete's six-pack and full-body wax pose aside, the same 1997 issue of Mountain Bike yet again provides Pete some air coverage (Jeeze, Pete, you like had a name or something back then). Pete speaks of this thing called 'watts' and using it for training....

Webber, I'll let the picture above be forgotten as you are still my hero. Truly.

Reader Comments (6)

Pete is the man! i have so much respect for him not only as a designer of bike parks and trails...well....all things bike related, but he is a man capable of leading this motivated & passionate generation of cyclists to the next level. He's a good man, great director and f-ing fast role model! cheers pete!

October 22, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterzmo

Pete taught me how to "pre-run" a trail before building it. EPICK skills bro!

October 22, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterbruce friedman

Somewhere I still have a VHS of the 1994 cross worlds. As the winner (Paul Herijgers) gets onto the final stretch to victory, you can see an american pull over to the side of the course to get out of the way. You can then vaguely see him being thrust a beer from a spectator, which almost simultaneously hits his lips and goes down the hatch. Turns out that guy's Peter Webber, also the highest placing american that year.

I won't even start with some of the "tour" stories....

He's pretty much a mythical legend.

October 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFlemish Wonder

Cadel is Australian-no?

Pete was the unofficial winner of single speed world championships in least that's how I remember it...I seem to remember he did 1 extra lap because the "officials" didn't catch him. I also recall he rode from Boulder to Denver>flew to MNPLS/STPL airport and then rode with his crew to Minneapolis for the race.

October 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJason

Nice. Thanks for the eye candy, Greg! Now I don't need to bother going to that Bike Porn movie tonight.

October 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMarty

Mtn Biking in the 90's was huge! Here are some blasts from the past to jog peoples memories!

1994 Vail World Champs

Iron Horse 1994

October 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterForrest

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
Some HTML allowed: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>