Wednesday, September 1, 2010


Giro founder "Flyin" Jim Gentes was a Northern California Cyclocross pioneer and a Junior cycling phenom. Gentes was the first ever USA Junior National Champion for Cyclocross. Tom Simpson wrote a fine article on California Cyclocross and the history of riders like Gentes, Clark Natwick, & Gary Fisher. This article is worth reading.

Gentes had mad hopping skills when he was a fearless Junior rider...
Not as smooth as before, but still fearless, Gentes FLIES over any obstacle that stands in his way...
Jim Gentes set the standard quite high for any future Nor-Cal Junior rider to chase their dreams of speed and taste success at the National level. Sacramento's Cody Kaiser(Cal Giant Inc./Specialized) lived this dream claiming the Junior National Championship this past season in Bend Oregon.

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