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Uphill and Against the Wind - TransAm E-W
By Dave T

1984-1985: Basketball, Cars, Friends, College..... not much Cycling

In 1984 I was a Senior in high school, my main focus was basketball. We had a great team all returning from last years Varsity, and basketball was everything that year. Our team won the district title and I was a large part of that title run. Being 6'7' I really planned on playing college ball so I joined the track team to stay in shape. That summer I focused on playing basketball and practicing as much as possible. I had no scholarship to play but I probably could have if I called around more.

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#50, dunking my way to the District Championship, 1984. Get out of my way..............

(White man CAN jump)

Cycling was put on the back burner as I spent most of summer 84 getting ready for college basketball, and driving around in my Camaro. I spent so much time cruising with my friends on Gratiot and neighboring cities like Port Huron. I guess my cycling interest was starting to give way to a faster, cooler mode of transportation. Living just outside of Detroit Michigan cars were (are) everything here. Hot rods is what we all did, I had a 69 Camaro, my brothers had a 69 Firebird, and a 65 Mustang, other friends had a 69 GTO, a Cuda and a 72 Cutlass. My friends and I really enjoyed tinkering with cars back then and my Bicycling Magazine was replaced with Hot Rod.

I started college in September and found that college courses are plenty harder than I'm used to. During my first year I really struggled with the course work and I had to get a tutor for calculus. To say the least I learned pretty much nothing in high school and now I was time to pay the piper.

After my first year of school ended I worked at my brother's landscape company, yeah, the same brother as the bike shop. I liken this job to being in prison, doing hard labor for sweat shop pay. I really get the business from my family about this job, they think I only worked like 2 weeks. In reality I worked the whole summer that year, jobs were tight so I was stuck with it, whether I like it or not. That landscaping job was my main motivation for returning and graduating from college.

After the summer of 85, doing a crappy manual labor job I decided next summer will be different. I decided it was time to do the Trans Am, either solo or with a Bikecentennial Group.


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