This just showed up in my inbox:
Hello Ryan, Hope you are well. My name is José and I’m a collector of cycling photos from Spain. As far as I know you were a professional in 1995, I should like to know which was your team or sponsor and if you can provide me with a picture of yours from then. I know it’s much time ago but maybe there’s a chance. Many thanks in advance. Best regards, José.
I get an email like this from time to time. Ordinarily, I would assume it’s a friend or the autobus or someone else taking the piss out of me (which I deserve), but as the email address was from Spain, I’ll assume it’s legit. Of course, being an egomaniac, I sent him some pics and corrected the year thing. Yeah, I am getting old, but I was still a junior in 1995. Then, I went to college. Then, I rode for some D3/Continental teams from 2001-2003. Anyway, I guess my point in posting this is two-fold:
1) I am an egomaniac. The world is lucky I am not actually really good at cycling or you would get a tweet from me every 30 seconds like Lance or something.
2) There are some rabid cycling fans in Europe. Seriously, who am I in the cycling world? And this guy managed to track down my email and ask for photos? That’s dedication.