Reading this post on Bikeradar.com made me remember an encounter last year in Beijing, during the Olympics.
On the second day of the track events, in the beautiful but remote Laoshan Velodrom, I was sitting in the second or the third row in the middle section. An American family sat right next to me and we exchanged some niceties after a few hours.
It soon turned out that they all belonged to Taylor Phinney – mum, dad, the whole lot. They shared with me that he`s a big promise in cycling even though he`s only 18. Though he finished 7th in the men’s individual pursuit qualifiers, but his folks insisted to keep an eye on him as there will be big things to come. Later Phinney himself joined them so I shook hands with him and carried on watching the event.
And now he`s a World Champion, congratulations! I guess this is just the beginning.