Tuesday, January 24, 2006

No. 56, Vol. 5 - Lessons From A True Old-Schooler.

John Sinibaldi
1913 - 2006

John "The Legend" Sinibaldi, passed away in his sleep January 10 at 10:40 am. He was 92 years old, and had a short battle with lung cancer. Luckily he was not in any pain, and died peacefully with his family by his side.

John's legacy as a cyclist will not soon be forgotten, as few if any cyclists will ever achieve what he did: national champion 18 times; Olympian in 1932 and 1936; U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame inductee in 1997; national record holder. His cycling career spanned an amazing 77 years, all on it on top of the national amateur picture. He won his first national-level race in 1928; his last national championship was this year at the USA Cycling Masters National Road Championships. A conservative estimate puts his lifetime mileage at well over a half-million miles.

From VeloNews, CyclingNews and the St. Petersburg Floridian.

John Sinibaldi's secret to a long life:

1. Eat your vegetables.
2. Work in the garden.
3. Listen to classical music.
4. Walk barefoot whenever possible.
5. Avoid TV as much as you can.
6. Read the paper front to back every day.
7. Work the crossword puzzle.
8. Eat red meat sparingly.
9. Don't smoke.
10. Hug all the girls at every opportunity.
11. And ride your bike like crazy. :)

Godspeed, John...


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