Edward “Ted” “Teddy” King stopped by our office for lunch today. He rides on the Priority Health racing team and lives here in the “Hell of the North” between racing gigs to be with his lady. It was neat to hear about the Tours of California and Georgia from the rider’s point of view. What was it like to ride with Tyler? What’s the latest scoop on Floyd? You really rode a compact crankset up Brasstown Bald? And it was easy? Yeah, wouldn’t that be nice?
Do you remember the old Pepsi ad on television – the one with the secretaries gazing out the window to get a glimpse of the shirtless workman? That’s kind of what it’s like when Teddy comes to visit. I’m not sure if it’s the bike or the rider, but everything is first class. From the spotless Pinarello to the track stands in the parking lot, this is a guy who was born to ride a bicycle and sure looks good doing it.
“Vicarious thrills” sums it up. Looking like that on a bike, feeling like that. Knowing that when you think back on your life, you weren’t afraid to put the same old, same old on hold to be a bike racer.
So, Edward “Ted” “Teddy” King, all of us at Terry wish you the best in your cycling career. We’ll be watching your blog and reading VeloNews and Road to keep up with you and your team. Feel free to stop in whenever you’re in town — and ride a few miles for all of us!