Fw: [CR]Cirque du cyclisme

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Date: Thu, 09 Jan 2003 10:32:37 -0500
From: "The Maaslands" <TheMaaslands@comcast.net>
Subject: Fw: [CR]Cirque du cyclisme
To: Classic Rendezvous <Classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>

You must be kidding! The famous Lou Deeter was in attendance? WOW! Now I know that I can't miss this event!

Steven Maasland
Moorestown, NJ

----- Original Message -----
From: OROBOYZ@aol.com
To: jvs@sonic.net
Sent: Thursday, January 09, 2003 10:25 AM
Subject: Re: [CR]Cirque du cyclisme

> In a message dated 1/9/2003 1:27:04 AM Eastern Standard Time, jvs@sonic.net
> writes:
> << Please enlighten me as to what cirque du cyclisme is. Sorry if y'all
> have been over this before, but it is new to me. >>
> Hi Jay:
> Thanks for the excuse to tell everyone!
> The "Cirque" started a few years ago (5 - 6?) with a bicycle goods swap meet
> in the parking lot of my shop. I thought "Sellers are not so hard but how do
> I get buyers to come?" so I added a ride, a road ride, leaving in the AM and
> arriving back in time for the swap meet to be up full blast. Also I had
> become absorbed with vintage lightweight bike stuff so I thought, why not add
> a classic/vintage bike show as a further "draw?"
> The first year that we combined all the elements, ride, swap and show, was
> a success but that weekend there were hurricane warnings and heavy
> thunderstorms... so many folks, especially those from farther away, thought
> better than to risk the weather and did not attend. I was bummed as I had
> expended some effort and money to promote the event but the event did not
> break-even ut and I went "in the hole" on the affair.
> So the next step was to "weather-proof" the Cirque by going indoors.. that
> meant renting, in it's entirety, a community recreation center just a mile or
> two away. <A
> HREF="http://www.classicrendezvous.com/images/Events/Cirque/2002/Lewis_ctr_m .j
> pg"> </A>L<A
> HREF="http://www.classicrendezvous.com/images/Events/Cirque/2002/Lewis_ctr.j pg
> ">ewis Rec Center</A> It has a gym, 4 large rooms surrounding, restrooms
> with showers, patio space to expand outdoors, plenty of nearby parking and, a
> new benefit, a mountain bike trailhead just outside!
> Of course this expense made it necessary for me to "up the ante" in
> attracting folks to attend.
> You should spend a half hour looking at the pictures from the last years and
> the schedule for this year..... The real appeal is the people who attend and
> have a relaxing but busy weekend talking riding showing and looking at old
> bike stuff! And we have been privileged to have the top folk in this field be
> a part of the event.
> Attendees have been a virtual who's who in this hobby from around the USA and
> even the world! (apologies to anyone left out, this list is off the top of my
> head!):
> Jim Cunningham, Brian Baylis (rumors abound that these two are brothers!)
> Richard Sachs, HIlary Stone, Ray Etherton, Chris Kvale, Mike Kone, Brad
> Wilmarth, Lou Deeter, Russ Fitzgerald, Alan Bernstein, Peter & Jan Johnson,
> Chuck Schmidt, Peter Paine, Larry Black, Wayne Bingham, Gilbert Anderson,
> Jill diMauro, John Barron, Ken Wallace, Matt Gorski, John Vande Velde, Karen
> Rawls, Alan Schaeffer, Peter Naimann, etc, etc!
> The Cirque is even fortunate to have a West Coast spin-off "cousin"
> (brother?) in the <A HREF="http://www.velo-retro.com/"> </A>V<A
> HREF="http://www.velo-retro.com/vr.html">elo Rendezvous</A> as promoted by
> Chuck Schmidt.. similar and yet different (after all it's in California for
> goodness sake!)
> So now go to the web pages and spend some time looking... <A
> HREF="http://www.classicrendezvous.com/Cirque.htm">The Cirque du Cyclisme</A>
> Hope to see you at the Cirque!
> Dale
> Dale Brown
> Greensboro, North Carolina
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