Last month during the Tour de France, we celebrated the nine teams riding bikes equipped with SRAM Red components with our Performance Bicycle Ride Like A Pro Sweepstakes. After sharing their favorite Tour de France moment, past or present, in 140 characters or less, 3 lucky winners were chosen to win a complete SRAM Red, Force or Rival component group!
Here are the three lucky winners (and their favorite Tour moments, all Lance-related) who will be riding SRAM like the pro riders from AG2R La Mondiale, Team Katusha, Liquigas-Cannondale, Pro Team Astana, Team Saxo Bank Sungard, Team Garmin-Cervelo, Team Radioshack, Saur Sojasun and Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team.
Steven Austin – SRAM Red Limited Tour Edition component group
Every time I ride with my buddies & we begin the hill climbs…I stare at them & “beat them down” with my eyes as Lance did a few years ago.
Troy Long – SRAM Force component group
2003 TDF Lance Armstrong climb of Luz Ardiden…crash 1.5 times then win the stage. Plus the helmet pass off at the bottom of last climb!
Michael Lauziere – SRAM Rival component group
Armstrong says it was one of his weakest races but 03 Stage 9 Lance was forced off road and showed the world how amazing of a rider he is.
Since we got so many great entries, we thought we’d share more of our favorites (with a few links thrown in to illustrate the stories) :
This years crash involving a car and a rider going through the barbed wire fence. That had to hurt. Hats off to him for finishing the stage.
the crazy mountain stages.
My favorite moment was just a couple years ago when a big Texan came back from retirement and rode to an incredible Podium finish! Go Lance!
1995 TdF: Team Motorola “wins” a stage together to honor fallen team member Fabio Casartelli who died the day before in a crash.
Thomas Voeckler showing tremendous heart chasing down attack after attack on days where he was “supposed” to relinquish his jersey.
Watching the favorites battle each other up the Plateau de Beille in stage 14. And hoping there is more battles like this in the Alps!
The Look. Nuff said.
watching these teams just grind it out. these guys are machines watching them makes me want to train harder!
Lance Armstrong cutting through the cornfield after Joseba Beloki crashed. It showed exactly why he is a true champion.
Just started biking so all of it so far.
Seeing Hoogerland finish stage 9 and receive his King of the Mountain jersey after that horrific crash. What an inspiration!
Watching Tyler Farrar get his first Stage win on the 4th especially after losing his friend. What a great guy and an inspiration
Thor Hushovd taking off his shoe during a race so the mechanics in the team car could fix his cleat and then putting the shoe back at 38mph
Favorite Tour de France moment would have to have been Thor Hushovd defending his jersey like the giant that he is.
7/24/04-Stage 19: TT @ Besancon. @ the finish 100s of Germans booing Lance. 100s of Americans cheering. Lance wins. Crowd erupts: USA USA
My moment would have to be watching Lance Armstrong win for the first time after beating cancer. I was only 10 or so & it was mind-blowing.
Eddy Merckx soldiering on after having been attacked by a spectator
Watching Greg LeMond overcome a 50-second deficit on the final day of the 1989 Tour to beat Laurent Fignon by eight seconds.
My favorite part of the tour was just watching the progression of Lance Armstrong as he overcame hardships and became the best!
2007 when Marcus Burghardt hit the yellow lab (both were okay) and how all of the cyclists after that only asked if the dog was okay!
Levi Leipheimer winning the ITT in the 2007 Tour de France. Spectacular.
Greg LeMond getting Bernard Hinault back by beating him a year after team orders stopped him from winning
It was a pleasure to see the true workhorse George Hincapie win a TDF stage a couple of years ago, after working his heart out for others!
Stage 16 1995 Armstrong raised both index fingers upward acknowledging Casartelli as team finished together to acknowledge teammates death
High school (early 80’s): I was inspired to ride by “The Badger” Bernard Hinault. Seeing him climb TT & sprint – he is one of the greats!
Eddy Merckx winning all four jerseys in his first tour in 1969
ALL OF IT!!!
Thanks to everyone who entered our Ride Like a Pro sweepstakes, and congratulations to our winners! You can find all of our past contest winners here.