|Keith Bontrager and me|
I had chance to go to a Trek event for dealers to California last fall. I rode for 4 consecutive days, it was wonderful. One of the days had a great ride up Figuroa pass that was about 4000 feet climbing over 9 miles. On the 15 miles to the base of the climb there was a group of about 30 riders that left together and it was calm enough for about 7 miles. The head of the group was Axel Merckx -- yes the son of Eddy and former Belgian National Champion. Well, I held on as long as I could but after having a moment of "I can't beleive that I am on the wheel of Merckx" I fell off the pace and tried to recover before the climb. The climb was gorgeous.