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Julich continuesto makeGlenwood proud

It’s been quite a ride that has taken cycling great Bobby Julich from Glenwood Springs, Colo., to Athens, Greece.The guy who grew up in Glenwood Springs will compete in the Summer Olympics, capping off a remarkable career that also has included a third-place finish in the Tour de France in 1998.How far Julich has come since he was a youth in Glenwood and discovered his near-endless reserves of endurance, and a particular passion for bicycle racing.When his peers at Glenwood Springs High School were doing the things normal high-schoolers do, Julich already was embarking on what would become his career. Yet he still managed to fit in his studies, and graduated with his class in 1990 before heading off on a path that eventually landed him in Europe, where he rides with the sport’s elite.As Julich rose through the ranks and proved himself on the world stage, Glenwood cheered him on. Amateur local endurance athletes thought back to the days they saw him training on local roads. Some even came to cherish once-haunting memories of breathlessly struggling to keep up with him on a ride.Julich’s dad, Bob Sr., left his own mark on the local endurance scene through the popular trail run and road bike races he organized locally in the early 1990s. And Julich’s mom, Bernadette, continues to do much for our local community through her job at Colorado Mountain College and her abundant volunteer service.Since Julich left Glenwood he has experienced the highs and lows of professional bike racing. His 1998 Tour showing made him the pride of not only Glenwood but the United States as a whole. And he has also suffered through illness, injuries and team upheavals, even as his contemporary, Lance Armstrong, emerged as the most dominant Tour rider ever, with six consecutive victories.But Julich served notice this year that, like Armstrong, he’s not over the hill yet as a professional cyclist, and continues to be particularly well-suited to handling the rigors of the Tour. He rode well in France himself, staying in the race despite injuries, finishing an impressive fifth in the final time trial.He has continued to post strong finishes since then, making him a legitimate contender for a medal in the Olympic time trial Wednesday. He’ll also compete in Saturday’s road race.As he rides, Glenwood will be cheering for him, just as they cheered in the 1992 Summer Olympics for local resident Jeanne Golay. She finished sixth, in only one of her many great performances on the world stage during her racing career. Today, the Glenwood area is fortunate to have her living here, continuing to advance the cause of cycling as she helps promote the creation of new recreational trails in the area.We’re likewise proud that this year, one of our own again will be representing the United States in an event as special as the Summer Games. We wish him all the best in Athens. Ride, Bobby, ride!

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