Re: [CR] Rebecca Twigg

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Date: Sat, 29 Jan 2011 12:13:07 -0800
From: "Jim Merz" <>
Subject: Re: [CR] Rebecca Twigg

I did not have much to do with Rebecca, but had one incident where I saw her ride. Have no idea on the year, but one time I was at the finish of Seattle to Portland watching the first finishers. I seem to remember she was going with Jocelyn Lovell at the time, and he was out to be first in this ride. He came in first, some crazy fast time. Then about 15 min. later came a tandem team, with Rebecca right behind them. She was not even entered, just went for a ride! Anyway, maybe I am not remembering this correctly but I do remember being impressed.

Jim Merz Big Sur CA

On Sat, Jan 29, 2011 at 11:43 AM, <> wrote:
> Well, I don't have any mementos of Rebecca, except maybe the poster of her
> on her Benotto bike and 7-11 jersey and white Duegis, but I have a lot of
> memories. We were both on the Velocipede team the summer she started
> racing, 1977. She rode in the track nationals that year, a month after the
> first time she rode the track (on a borrowed Davidson track bike, by the
> way), and won her age category. She was just 14, and living back and forth
> between her divorced parents. She was just out of 8th grade, and heading to
> the University of Washington in the fall. Yes, she skipped high school
> entirely. I kept her bikes running, and picked her up at one parent or
> another's house and took her to the races. She was sweet, and naive, and
> determined. Smart as a whip, but not a lick of common sense. Guess that
> had to come with more maturity. We both switched to Rainbow Cycling club in
> 1980, when Kolin and De la Rosa moved to town and started it, along with
> Northwest Cycle, where I we
> nt to work. Through their many connections, they were able to get her
> sponsorship from Schwinn, who made her several nice light bikes. Mike
> hammered at her relentlessly, seeing the potential in her, and saw her
> through a couple more nationals until she got tapped by Eddie Borysewicz for
> the national team. We followed her along in a great career, culminating in
> 16 US Championships and 6 World Championships. I last saw her a few years
> ago at a Marymoor Velodrome dinner, kid in tow, a mature young lady.
> Following along in mom's footsteps, already divorced. She had been married
> for a short time to Mark Whitehead, a hotheaded young racer himself. She
> had attained a PhD from the UW and was working as a biologist.
> Message: 12
> ate: Thu, 27 Jan 2011 13:49:26 -0800 (PST)
> rom: Joe Starck <>
> ubject: [CR] Rebecca Twigg memento for sale:
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> Laddies, gladdies, baddies, caddies, and daddies -- who've I left out? --
> not
> he Australian framebuilder, who fav's the red as much or more as I do,
> ergo,
> I've had me a half bottle o' cabernet see, just right nowso -- a demi or a
> semi
> onthly occurrance? I forget -- and I also happened to be a-diggin' amongst
> me
> ersonals see, and lo and behold, as I held it in my hand, the first thought
> hat entered my mind was, that one o' youse bloody bike aces would shirley
> fancy
> he pleasure of proclaiming, in yer best docent demeanor, "This here is a
> letter
> ritten to Joe Starck, from Rebecca Twigg."
> It's got flowery borders, and if I knew my stationary from my Aunt who'd be
> my
> ncle if she had balls, I'd cough up some accurate descriptive details of
> this
> etter's paper, but I'll leave that to Ole Shiffer, cuz I happens to know he
> nows his crocus from his sharmin better than I do.
> Dated "May 26, 1993," this letter is. Yours for $50. $50.01 if you are
> Ernst.
> Joe Starck
> adison, Wisconsin USA
> Joe asks the Chief a legal Q:
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> Bob Freeman
> Elliott Bay Bicycles
> 2116 Western Ave
> Seattle, WA 98121
> 206-441-8144