Happy Presidents Day

It is once again time to celebrate Presidents Day (even though the Federal holiday is actually still called Washington’s Birthday, and not Presidents Day after all).  But it got us thinking, there must be some way that we can tie in cycling to a celebration of our first president (and to Abraham Lincoln as well, if we are using the popular definition of this holiday).  Since the earliest successful commercial bicycles date to the 1860s, we can probably assume that George and Abe never got to try out our favorite 2-wheeled pasttime, notwithstanding this photographic evidence from the Performance HQ Halloween costume contest:

But that doesn’t mean that we can’t find some some connection to cycling.  Take the world of pro cycling, where we find multiple-time US national champion George Hincapie on target to start the Tour de France for a record-tying 16th time (and who last year sported the most patriotic bike/kit imaginable):

Photo copyright Tim de Waele

And of course we can’t forget world road and time trial champion Abraham Olano of Spain (as long as we are making rather tenuous connections to Presidents Day, that is):

Here at Performance, we’ve got our own presidential connections, as we have 5 retail stores in Washington state, plus 2 (soon to be 3) stores in Georgia (a bit of strectch, but go with it).  Plus you can’t forget our store in Lincoln Park, Illinois!  And if you want to show off your Presidents Day pride on the bike, we’ve got 2 Washington, D.C. short sleeve jerseys to choose from, including this sharp-looking number:

Item #10-2788

And if none of our roundabout reasoning really makes sense to you this Presidents Day, you can always just head over to our site to take advantage of our online-only Presidents Day sale!  We’re sure that George and Abe would have wanted you to.

Flashback Friday – Cover Model Lance

Way back in 1992, before the big comeback with Team Radioshack, before the 7 Tour de France titles, before the comeback from cancer, even before turning pro and winning the World Road Championships in 1993, Lance Armstrong was a Performance Bicycle cover model for our Summer catalog!

This catalog cover dates to a time way before Lance was a global icon and standard fare on many a magazine cover, although he was already a highly successful amateur bike racer in his own right.  As you may have guessed from the Skittles USA team jersey, this catalog came out during the lead up to the 1992 Summer Olympic Games, where Lance would go on to finish 14th in the Road Race (the top American).  Performance was the official bike supplier of the US Cycling Team for the Summer Games, so we took the opportunity to give a young up-and-comer some exposure on our catalog cover, oddly enough modeling our Synapse mountain bike!

But this wasn’t the only time we put Lance on the cover in 1992, as we also used this group shot of Lance and 3 other riders from Team USA (cropped from what was actually a promotional photo for Descente clothing).  Can you name the other 3 riders in the photo (the answer is below the photo)?

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