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  1. John P.

    John P. Turbo Monkey

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    The post about Lopes that has gradually evolved into a discussion about the dominance of the Aussies and Kiwis got me to thinking. Whatever happened to some of those riders who showed so much promise 6-8 years ago, but eventually faded out of the picture?

    Please chime in if you know anything about the whereabouts of some of these old-school folks, and for that matter, feel free to post up others I have forgotten.

    +Henry O'Donnell (didn't he get a top-5 in the junior worlds one year)?

    +Colin Bailey (always at the top of the NORBA circuit for years, despite his uncanny resemblance to Eddie Munster)?

    +Liam Panozzo (at a very young age (16?) this dude qualified 2nd at a NORBA finals in Durango that had the same roster as most World Cups)?

    +"Suede" Boots (I seem to remember some doping scandal?)?

    +Mike King?
     

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  2. Cant Climb

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    Whatever happened to Pex.....?....:monkey:
     
  3. JRogers

    JRogers talks too much

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    I saw that Bailey was looking for sponsorship this year somewhere.

    King works for USAC, I believe.
     
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  5. John P.

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    His Risse fork blew up when he came up short on an attempt to jump the creek at Plattekill, and the resulting crash caused him lingering pain that could only be curbed by smoking tons of pot. Eventually, his mom got sick of the weed smoke and kicked him out of her basement. Last I heard, he and Dangerous Dan Dickan were putting together a fitness video, selling apres-race headware, and trying to track down Ninenine, who stole Pex's remaining pot and threw his bike in the lake at Mount Snow.
     
  6. Jeremy R

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    I bet the video last 30 minutes, and then the next hour of the video is Dan describing every detail of how awesome the workout was.:rofl:
    Craziest dude ever.
     
  7. Cant Climb

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    hahahaha....:clapping:.....another good one.....those were the days.
     
  8. ChrisKring

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    John: please report to Michigan to clean my monitor. I just spit pop all over it.

    I miss Dan from an entertainment value. I have some excellent video of his riding and his various uses of the F bomb to motivate himself. I really wish I had a helmet cam running when he passed me at Mount Snow in 2002 when I was going about 40mph. He hit a dainage and went over the bars just when he was passing the guy 2 in front of me. I don't think he knew where he was but he was complaining that he couldn't find his bike. Then he proceeded to win the expert 25-29 I think. The he told us how awesome his run was.

    He also appeared in Nitro Circus 2 DVD eating it in the yard sale. I wish I had the audio for it.
     
  9. dw

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    I CANNOT WAIT FOR THIS VIDEO!!

    Oh my god I forgot about that whole drama. Man, the good old days. That might have been one of the funniest things ever on the internet.
     
  10. BC VAN

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    involved with the Olympic BMX push in the States...i think he is overlooking the whole program.
     
  11. klunky

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    Don't think Wade Bootes was doping.... I thought he was busted for taking Disco Biscuits?
    Either way Trek dropped him like a hot potato as a result.
     
  12. Steve M

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    Liam Panozzo is still riding and racing over here. His family is a large part of the mob who are running the national round this weekend at Mt Beauty (his home town), no doubt he'll be on the podium. Insanely fast little bugger.
     
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    King - as EC said, running the USAC BMX program along w/Doug Martin (I think?)

    I've seen Bootes' name in some AU national results in the past year or so, riding for some local garage company frame.
     
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    I heard Dustin Adams is working on an oil rig. What happened to Joe Panzsomething (road for WTB)?
     
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    Joel Panozzo? He's still racing here in Aus non-professionally I think.
     
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    I remember watching him at sand hill, that guy is fast.
     
  17. FrontRangeDH

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    He was a top 5 in the world guy a few years ago
     
  18. John P.

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    Fraser mentioned in another thread that Joel Panozzo had gotten out of MTBing for the most part to work on a rock band that he had put together.
     
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    Yeah, that guy's a classic. There's actually a couple of dudes on one of our Michigan sites that absolutely worship him. Read this for some entertainment: http://highgearracing.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=1612

    You can do a search on there for the two Dickan fans and the posts are, well, it's hard to explain...see for yourself.
     
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    oh my god...these posts have to be a joke.
     
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    I was wondering about O'Donnell recently. He was supposed to be the next big thing, but come the next season nobody knew who he was.
     
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    I spoke to Joel and Liam Panozzos dad the other day. As Socket said , Liam will ride this weekend , he hasn't been doing much DH , but will dust off the bike and ride to a podium no doubt !

    Joel is riding mini motos , apparently he's hooked and getting into racing them.
     
  23. JohnnyBoyDH

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    I heard Mike King is still looking for his wallet....
     
  24. Ian Collins

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    yeah....him and justin havukainen......"the descenders" is the name.....or it was a couple years ago
     
  25. Ian Collins

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    yeah, they are definitely not talking about the same dan dickan
     
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    You hit the nail on the head.
     
  27. SuspectDevice

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    Bootes runs the BMX athlete identification and training program for AIS. He's doing a good job. And he brought the skinsuit to BMX. YAY!
     
  28. jonKranked

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    You will wear the skinsuit.


    You love the skinsuit.
     
  29. Dylan Dean

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    hahaha.. that's hilarious! true,... but hilarious! :D

    spoke to king a few months ago. he hadn't ridden a bike since his last Jeep race apparently. He was kinda interested in getting to ride again & possibly do a few races. but yah, he's the BMX director/coordinator/whatever over at USA Cycling... so that'll keep him busy (especially this year!)

    yah, i used to get newsletter emails from bootes regarding his training younger bmx riders in Aus. haven't seen one lately, but that might be because they were sent to my old Utopia email.


    Joel is probably riding mini's w/ Tai Lee Muxlow - both are crazy into mini's
     
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    henry o is a lumberjack in d-ville.
     
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    I also heard Insane Wayne is still sharting on peoples faces while they sleep...








    ^ Anyone remember that story with Wayne Crossdale and Jake Watson from the Mammoth World Cup in '95? Quite possibly the funniest story I ever heard.
     
  32. dw

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    I say we start our own mountain biking hall of fame. I hereby nominate Dan Dickan, Chris Carleton, and PEX. And maybe Jon Mutiger too.
     
  33. Transcend

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    Don't forget fred bassett.
     
  34. JohnnyBoyDH

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    Hijack: Stik, your photo skills have improved greatly...was just looking on you site. Nice stuff....did Fraser teach you?...hee hee.
     
  35. bizutch

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    if Jeremy R see's this post and takes a crack at it:disgust1:...it's gonna get ugly fast...
    :disgust1:


    Greatest Mt. Snow slalom moment ever:
    "Damn dude...is she racin'?"
    "Yeah! She's pro."
    "Damn...I thought she was just gonna stop and graze." :rofl:
     
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    Second greatest Mt. Snow moment ever:

    Dan Dickan standing course side at the Pro MtnX finals

    In Jeans.

    Spandex National Champion Jersey

    Medal draped on neck

    Alone.

    For hours.
     
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    I always thought that guy was a superdouche, now I know he's a superdouche
     
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    AHAA...is there anyone here that didnt hear how sick his run was that whole weekend? God bless that dude
     
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    my first encounter was when me and Herndon took a trip to Plattekill in 99 maybe? Anyway...we got there super early so we could get in a ton of riding. When the lights got low and the campfires came out...he latched onto us like a case of the clap! That was a classic weekend too. I met "BO", Holly, Hartlove, Whitsell, Recker, Dick Dan, lil Van Dine, Nobman, Lars, Seplavy, Weagle, John P...all at 1 race for the first time.

    Oh..and I was overheard at the results saying "Hey Chris you beat that tall skinny ucker feh Kyle Ebbett" followed by..."Yeah..that would be me." At that moment I realized just how tall...:shocked:
     
  40. Ian Collins

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    dude....mutiger is classic......i gotta get ahold of him....he moved to whistler and got married......last i knew, he had been racing 24 hour four man team harescrambles by himself with no team in semi pro class and getting on the podium.....that's impressive....

    dan's ears are burning.....his brother got out of jail and lives with him now.....don't even get me started on that jive....hahahahahhahaah

    we should all try and plan some sort of east coast reunion....get ahold of all the old school guys from a decade ago and all meet up for a raucous weekend at plattekill or mt. creek.......we could sling vodka soaked ground chuck at people