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Saw this via velonews forum from Slipstream Sports. Senator John Kerry rode with some team members, including Jonathan Vaughters, and really impressed them:

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What I was expecting was the normal 12 mph dawdle with the Senator wearing some ugly Bermuda shorts or whatever. However, when Senator Kerry showed up at Slipstream HQ in Boulder, man, it was a different story.

First clue was he was excited to be wearing the cycling clothes he got from us. (Yes, he bought them, regulatory agencies reading this.) The second big clue was a race cut medium actually fit him well. The third clue was his legs were shaved! Can you do that and still be a Senator??!

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Chugging along at a fair clip, about halfway up to Jamestown, he had dropped half the group and started asking me for ideas on how to improve some of the anti-doping legislation he has been working to introduce into the Senate. Of course I was so excited he had interest in this area, I spoke until I was blue in the face. And he just about dropped me. Conversation at 280 watts at 6500 ft is not the easiest thing for me, much less a 65 year old guy with a job like his.

Turns out Kerry is a very good cyclist, is very knowledgeable about bike racing, it history and traditions, and knows how to ride with a group. He seems to interested in cycling legislation as well.

Great story. Go read it all.

Originally posted to gttim on Fri Sep 05, 2008 at 11:52 AM PDT.

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