I’ve heard that you skipped the Alpine Feed Zone and attacked, is this true? I remember that just after entering Snake River Canyon, I felt that some of the riders were not sharing their fair share of the load in the breakaway. After one of the steeper sections in Snake River, I surged and decided to do it alone. It wasn’t a feed zone, I don’t remember attacking any feed zones.
Was doing LOTOJA a smart move before heading out to Worlds?This was in 1997, the year I did my first Tour De France. I had to leave the race finish area just minutes after crossing the finish line heading to the airport in SLC. I felt great at the World’s that year. I’m glad I did LOTOJA before the 1997 World Championships!
How did Cat 1,2 riders feel about LOTOJA back then?I think the perception is just about the same as it is now. Many Cat 1,2’s want to complete but may have a tough time committing so early in the year.
Do you think LOTOJA can become as popular as Leadville 100?Sure, why not. With Lance showing up making a movie and winning the event, I think these types of tough races are coming back. Levi Leipheimer has his Grand Fondo. I don’t see any reason why it can’t grow much bigger than it is now.
How many LOTOJA riders have gone on your Cycling Tours?I am not sure.
Any tips for LOTOJA riders? I guess it depends on what type of rider we are talking about. It’s a very long endurance event, obviously, you need to do long training days. Eat some real food a long way. I like ham and cheese. I remember seeing riders so lightly dressed, especially with such a cold start in the morning.
Would you consider riding or racing LOTOJA in the future?I would consider it.
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