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post #1 of 6 Old 11-23-2005, 9:39 AM Thread Starter
 
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"Eat my dust" says President Bush

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Actually, I would not be surprised if the president could take care of things himself. What we learn from this picture of Bush on the trail in Beijing is that he's a pretty serious mountain biker. The bike is a carbon-fibre Trek, with Rock Shox front forks. Not totally top-end, but you get an awful lot of bike for $3,000 these days. He's wearing Sidi off-road shoes - $200 items designed for competition: light, stiff, with ski-binding-style cleats. Admittedly, the president's jacket and shorts are bulky and baggy, compared with the Chinese cyclists' more professional all-in-one Lycra suits. But, in fact, his style is mainstream for off-roaders - and, arguably, Bush wins brownie points for not wearing those wussy tights the Chinese team have on. Even the President of the United States must sometimes have to stand bare-legged.
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We have already heard from Sir Christopher Meyer's memoirs, DC Confidential, that intellectually Bush is not the lunk we took him for. But now we discover he's a kick-ass cyclist too. And that's a thoroughly dispiriting thought: not only does the most rightwing American president since, well, Ronald Reagan, clearly love cycling as much as I do, but he's a real bikie, not some loafing nodder. We always knew Bush spent an inordinate amount of time home on the range, but we just thought he was a bit workshy and easily bored with ruling the free world. It turns out he's been honing himself as a two-wheeled athlete.
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Re: "Eat my dust" says President Bush

So....

Who would win a single track battle....Bushy or Kerredy....

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Re: "Eat my dust" says President Bush

Well, I'm getting to like Bush more by the minute, but I'm guessing Kerry would "whup his ass", (is that the corretct spelling? I only have the English spellchecker enabled on my PC) on longer road rides. Kerry allegedly rides the occasional century which is quite a long way. Off road, no idea, Kerry is a big fellow to be off roading
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Re: "Eat my dust" says President Bush

Kerri is a roadie, so my money is on G. W. "To Hell w/ yer Mountians; Show Me yer" Bush.

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Re: "Eat my dust" says President Bush

Bush has a resting heart rate in the 40's.

There's an article in a mountain bike mag recently talking about a ride he invited some bike journos on. Apparently Bush is quite the cocky athlete. He'd call out for heart rate readouts at the tops of climbs, and was normally the lowest man. He was able to drop some of the journos on the road.

They talked about his gear, and apparently it's torn up, abused mt biking stuff. With nice Sidi shoes. After that crash that left him haggard to speak at his daughter's graduation, he also now wears a mouthpiece while riding.

He has a Trek roadbike (that Lance gave him) on a trainer in AF1, but it's such a hassle to go roadriding due to security, he sticks to mountain bikes.

At the end of the ride he passed out the Presidential biking socks that read: "Peloton One"

I definately think Bush would whip Kerry's ass. Road or single track.




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Re: "Eat my dust" says President Bush

I would think that all the blow would have his heart pounding... must have built up a pretty good resistance.

I wish my head of state was athletic. Then again, waffling, dithering, and making excuses probably burns some calories.

And then there's this asshole...
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