Floyd Landis in Harrisonburg

Emmy -- August 31st, 2007

I had the pleasure of meeting Tour de France winner Floyd Landis this evening at Shenandoah Bicycle Company. The DNR made very little mention of it, and if a friend hadn’t pointed it out, I wouldn’t have seen it. He was very nice; he signed autographs and let me take a picture of him with my boys. They don’t fully understand who he is, but someday they will I suppose.

2 Responses to “Floyd Landis in Harrisonburg”

  1. Jeff Haden says:

    The DN-R didn’t make a big deal out of it because they were asked to keep it low key. Evidently the forestry folks are concerned about lots of spectators attending the Shenandoah Mountain 100 race Sunday, so the organizers have tried to keep his appearance somewhat quiet. Kinda hard to do when he’s the biggest name in US cycling after LA.

    It was also a very generous gesture on his part. He gets nothing out of an appearance like that, and I guess every time he’s out and about the possibility someone will heckle him or, well, be less than kind exists. I hung around for about 30 minutes, and he seemed gracious and courteous and to all appearances a genuinely nice guy, even to the gentleman who wanted to show him pictures of his (Floyd’s) parents house that the gentleman had taken. (As if Floyd doesn’t know what the house he grew up in looks like.) He also held off the D-NR reporter until everyone who wanted to had a chance to meet him.

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