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Tom Demerly

Feb 22, 11 12:16

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I seem to recall a nice looking lad who frequently raced Ken Souza as a bit of an almost alter- ego. He had short hair and was rather straight-laced in appearance to Souza's dashing "rock star" appeal.

Who was this lad?

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WiScott

Feb 22, 11 12:20

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Re: Who was Ken Souza's straight laced nemisis in the 1980's? [Tom Demerly] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

Paul Thomas?

http://www.duathlon.com/articles/205

-Scott


Tom Demerly

Feb 22, 11 12:22

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Re: Who was Ken Souza's straight laced nemisis in the 1980's? [WiScott] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

Well, Paul is around here, but I'm thinking of another lad, a bit of an "accountant" to Souza's "rock star".

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WiScott

Feb 22, 11 12:26

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Re: Who was Ken Souza's straight laced nemisis in the 1980's? [Tom Demerly] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

  
http://www.bradkearns.com/triathlonresults.shtml


Tom Demerly

Feb 22, 11 12:33

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Re: Who was Ken Souza's straight laced nemisis in the 1980's? [WiScott] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

I think it was aerobar early adopter Brad Kearns.

Thank you Sir.

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FF Boots

Feb 22, 11 12:39

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Re: Who was Ken Souza's straight laced nemisis in the 1980's? [Tom Demerly] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

There were a few and they all looked straight laced compared to Kenny.

Jeff Devlin
Brad Kearns
Dr. Matt Brick
There was a young gun out of the AZ area I think before PT as well

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ian moone

Feb 22, 11 12:43

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Re: Who was Ken Souza's straight laced nemisis in the 1980's? [FF Boots] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

mike pig


zeusrun

Feb 22, 11 12:51

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Re: Who was Ken Souza's straight laced nemisis in the 1980's? [FF Boots] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

There was "Big" George Pierce from Arizona. He was @ 6 ft. 5. Also, Benjamin Parades from Mexico. A former world class runner that was very fast! Our very own Emilio DeSoto, too. Jeff Devlin was always in the mix. He was 3rd at Kona one year.


-BrandonMarshTX

Feb 22, 11 12:54

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Greg Watson came later I think. Jeff Devlin maybe, but not quite the same speed, especially on the run.



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Flying Wombat

Feb 22, 11 12:54

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Re: Who was Ken Souza's straight laced nemisis in the 1980's? [Tom Demerly] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

Was it Brent Steiner?


FF Boots

Feb 22, 11 13:00

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Re: Who was Ken Souza's straight laced nemisis in the 1980's? [flying wombat] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

Yup Brent Steiner, I think he works in the industry still.

Nick Radkiewicks was a fast young guy out of Notre Dame as well.

Joel Thompson had that accountant look a well

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MikenUltra

Feb 22, 11 13:10

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Re: Who was Ken Souza's straight laced nemisis in the 1980's? [Tom Demerly] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

I remember Souza back in the late 80s/early 90s dominating everything. In my opinion one of the greatest multisport athletes ever to this day. If he wasn't considered "a stone with arms" in the water, maybe the "big four" would have been the "big five" (or "six" if you count Pigg).

Wouldn't it be great to hop in a time machine and see the top duathletes of today racing a young Kenny Souza?


STJay

Feb 22, 11 13:22

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Re: Who was Ken Souza's straight laced nemisis in the 1980's? [FF Boots] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

Brent does indeed still work in the industry, with Pearl Izumi. He used to be a rep for Softride way back in the day when I was working at Speedway Bikes in Tucson. It's funny, I was a roadie then and had no idea what a legend Brent was until after I became part of the multisport breathren and left the stupid elitist roadie mentality. Paul Thomas could probably tell us, but I think Joel still has an MD practice in Tucson as well. Both great guys. Between Thompson, Steiner and Thomas, I don't know what was in the Arizona CAP water back then... unfortunately it didn't affect me athletically.
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cth

Feb 22, 11 13:24

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Re: Who was Ken Souza's straight laced nemisis in the 1980's? [Tom Demerly] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

I think you are thinking of Joel Thompson.


FF Boots

Feb 22, 11 13:28

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Re: Who was Ken Souza's straight laced nemisis in the 1980's? [STJay] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

Ironic that whatever was IN the AZ water didn't help them in the water, hence they were studs in Duathlon, not tri.

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TriDaveO

Feb 22, 11 13:37

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Re: Who was Ken Souza's straight laced nemisis in the 1980's? [Tom Demerly] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

Greg Watson

I got to ride with him back in '94 when I was still in High School. He happened to be in my LBS when I stopped in during a ride. He was super nice and let me tag along for a one hour ride around town. Super nice. Unassuming. A true class act and a good role model.

He was also one heck of a duathlete back in the day.

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monty

Feb 22, 11 13:45

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Re: Who was Ken Souza's straight laced nemisis in the 1980's? [Tom Demerly] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

Kenny did not have a nemisis in the 80's. Not till he got married did anyone even get close to him, and that was later on in the 90's. Man that wife of his just sucked the life and speed right out of him. I think the other dominant duathlete just after Kenny was Michel Tobin. He was on top for quite awhile, and I see his name in adventuer racing all the time now. Dude could do it all..


Tom Demerly

Feb 22, 11 13:55

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Re: Who was Ken Souza's straight laced nemisis in the 1980's? [cth] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

Joel Thompson- the Thompson Timeless Transition Pedal- that was it....

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STJay

Feb 22, 11 14:14

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Re: Who was Ken Souza's straight laced nemisis in the 1980's? [FF Boots] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

Well, meant that in the sense of CAP (Central Arizona Project) Colorado river water that we were all drinking. But yeah, lotsa tongue-in-cheek there. ;-)
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(This post was edited by STJay on Feb 22, 11 14:15)


stageracer

Feb 22, 11 14:15

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Re: Who was Ken Souza's straight laced nemisis in the 1980's? [Tom Demerly] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

Joel Thompson is a board-certified hand surgeon in Tucson. He still rides a bit and can throw down some serious watts when he feels like it. His practice has a couple of MD racers...Southwest Hand Cycling Team
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Mike Plumb

Feb 22, 11 14:40

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Re: Who was Ken Souza's straight laced nemisis in the 1980's? [Tom Demerly] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

I see you already got your answer but here are some additional names from back in the Coors Light days, I miss those days!

Fred Kelvan
Shane Cleveland
Craig Reynolds
James Curwin
Mac Williamson
Roger Matherly
John Wessels
Mike Scannell

Also to correct some previous posters, it must have been the SoCal water as back in the late 80's early 90's Joel Thompson and George Pierce were living in SoCal, not Arizona.

PS. I have a stack of results books from the Coors Light races if anyone ever wants a peak.

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(This post was edited by Mike Plumb on Feb 22, 11 14:47)


monty

Feb 22, 11 15:05

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Re: Who was Ken Souza's straight laced nemisis in the 1980's? [Mike Plumb] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

PS. I have a stack of results books from the Coors Light races if anyone ever wants a peak.



I don't know if I ever asked you, but I have been looking for duathlon results from I believe the national champs in Anaheim, from 89 I think it was. Pretty sure Matt Brick won it, Kenny was there, Parades, couple of Kiwis, and yours truly. I did it as a lark, but ended up feeling as good as I ever have in a race, Pr'd my 5k on the 1st run I think, and qualifyied for the US world team, I think 5th or 6th American. Think I was 9th overall, but for the life of me I cannot remember what my splits were.. I rememeber comparing them to the really fast guys, and the course looked legit, not short. It was a crit course, so I caught just about everyone except Matt on the bike, and I think I had a pretty good run for me on the 2nd 5k, but my brain has lost most of that race. I need some conformation to fill in the gaps, and let me know if I have been living a lie all these years.. Maybe you did the race??


Oh ya, it was a Scott Zagarino production as I remember too, and I think I asked him once, and he didnt have the results either..


(This post was edited by monty on Feb 22, 11 15:07)


juha-pdx

Feb 22, 11 15:08

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Re: Who was Ken Souza's straight laced nemisis in the 1980's? [Mike Plumb] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

You know what would be cool is to see some footage from the races, if anyone has they could share/upload.

Fwiw, Marty Liquori is on Facebook and I actually sent him a note asking him to put some of it up on YouTube, he asked which stuff from "Running and Racing" and I said the Duathlon stuff. :)

I remember watching that as a collegiate runner fantasizing about the day I could afford a Nishiki Altron with Tri Spokes!
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tigerpaws

Feb 22, 11 15:17

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Re: Who was Ken Souza's straight laced nemisis in the 1980's? [Mike Plumb] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

What ever became of James Curwen? That dude had one of the most beautiful running strides ever. The kind that makes you say 'now THAT is how you are supposed to run'. We used to put on a race called the Bananaman Duathlon and he came one year. Um, he won while sleep walking;)


monty

Feb 22, 11 15:21

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Re: Who was Ken Souza's straight laced nemisis in the 1980's? [Mike Plumb] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

I see you already got your answer but here are some additional names from back in the Coors Light days, I miss those days!

Fred Kelvan
Shane Cleveland
Craig Reynolds
James Curwin
Mac Williamson
Roger Matherly
John Wessels
Mike Scannell



Don't forget Richard Vernay and John Gailson. It was amazing that at one time the Biathlon/Duathlon had a thriving pro and AG base. And it was totally fun for us triathletes to jump across and race with you guys, and it was pretty much 1/2 and 1/2 on who was going to win. Mark Allen, Greg Welch, Bustos, many other tri guys did pretty well at Duathlon.. I miss those days too, what happened to kill the sport anyway?

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