The BMC Demo van was in town as they followed the Tour of California from Escondido to San Francisco. Marketing Manager, Devin Riley and John Koslosky of Castro Valley Cycles called and they said we should take George Hincapie out for a trail ride in El Corte De Madera park in Woodside, CA.
“Does that guy mountain bike?” I thought. I looked him up online and saw that no photos exist of him riding a mountain bike or jumping one. So my mission was clear, ride with him and capture him jumping or railing a corner.
But there was one problem. How would I possibly keep up with one of the greatest road cyclists this country has ever known. “Maybe he gained a few pounds since his retirement last August.” I hoped. Maybe he’s a scared of dirt trails. Given that he was our best racer in the cobbles of Paris-Roubaix though, I suspected he would have no problem with the loamy Redwood trails of these trails otherwise known as Skeggs.
I wasn’t sure if George was really showing up or just a stunt body double but when I saw these varicose veins, I knew it was really him.
George entered the Skeggs park and I was little concerned that he would break the speed limit for the entire park which is a ludicrous 15 mph. The fine is $400 which really shows their prejudice against cyclists. But I thought it would be entertaining if Big George got ticketed while going uphill.
George said he mountain bikes a couple times a month and it showed. He was comfortable and stayed in front of this elite crew even on the downhills.
He reveled in the glory of the redwood forest and said he will be back for more.
The BMC FS01 bikes performed flawlessly up and down the trails.
Thank you for the ride and we know you will have a fun retirement.