Here at HampCo Towers we’re usually pretty shameless about tying in products with anniversaries and Andy’s bigger wins – see pretty much anything to do with the 1988 Giro or the Passo Gavia – but in the case of his win at L’Alpe d’Huez in 1992 we completely dropped the bidon, as it were. No Motorola Eddy Merckx paint scheme tribute, no jersey mock-up (yet), we’re still keeping it in the 80s.
But our excuse is that we’re busy here with sales, production, Nahbs prep, some Big Plans For Next Year, Tyler’s book (natch), and our skirt got caught in our chain. And, to be honest, the Motorola years maybe didn’t seem quite as carefree and innocent as those early halcyon days of 7-Eleven, at least from where I sit. Some good results, to be sure, but more pressure, more seriousness, bigger sponsors to keep happy. Following Andy’s departure from that team, it appears, a downward spiral began that we’re still learning about to this day.
Be that as it may, there are few single stages in any rider’s career that have filled me with as much sheer joy as that win on top of the Alpe. I still remember joking to a friend about “What if Andy won today?” while out on a ride that day and to come home and find he did – well, that was pretty sweet.