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SunnyCaribe
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He made a snap decision to participate in the race at all, and we benefitted from the exposure he brought. Rather than putting him down, why not revise your expectations? He's known for being a great guy, and he made it clear that he thanked the people of St Croix for hosting the race. Let's take the boost he gave us and make a better race next year.

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Posted : May 7, 2012 12:24 pm
Bombi
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from facebook

Lance Armstrong
Thank you everyone here in St. Croix for supporting this event year after year. Glad to be back 24 yrs later. Beautiful spot you got here. And one big shout out/thank you to all the amazing volunteers. Races like this wouldn't be possible without you all.

and

After Lance's impressive 3rd place finish with an incredible time of 4:07, he stopped to talk to a few reporters before leaving the island.

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Posted : May 7, 2012 12:54 pm
jbatl
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Lance showed his true colors when he didn't have the descency to show up at the awards banquet to receive his award and check. Guess that's what happens when you ride a $150K bike... you forget about your roots and the people that got you there. Quite frankly I could care less if he returns next year.

Interesting, as I read on the Source this morning that he was obviously very disgruntled after the race was over and refused speak to reporters, was hustled away by security personnel. Seems that fame hasn't done well for him where social graces and sportsmanship are concerned.

I'm not rising in defense of Lance, as I do think he should have gone to the awards ceremony, but am rising in defense of the facts. Lance spoke to reporters about 30 minutes after the race ended in the area behind the scale house. There's a picture of it on FB via the St Croix Lime.

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Posted : May 7, 2012 2:50 pm
OldTart
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Lance showed his true colors when he didn't have the descency to show up at the awards banquet to receive his award and check. Guess that's what happens when you ride a $150K bike... you forget about your roots and the people that got you there. Quite frankly I could care less if he returns next year.

Interesting, as I read on the Source this morning that he was obviously very disgruntled after the race was over and refused speak to reporters, was hustled away by security personnel. Seems that fame hasn't done well for him where social graces and sportsmanship are concerned.

I'm not rising in defense of Lance, as I do think he should have gone to the awards ceremony, but am rising in defense of the facts. Lance spoke to reporters about 30 minutes after the race ended in the area behind the scale house. There's a picture of it on FB via the St Croix Lime.

I've no spokes in this wheel, just was reporting what was said in the Source by a reporter who was obviously there. I hope Mr. Armstrong did indeed enjoy his visit!

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Posted : May 7, 2012 3:19 pm
stxrocks
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The cost of the bike was mentioned in passing by someone assigned to protect it. Not sure of the source of the figure. Seems like a lot, but then again who knows? The Facebook entry seems genuine.

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Posted : May 7, 2012 9:22 pm
OldTart
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The cost of the bike was mentioned in passing by someone assigned to protect it. Not sure of the source of the figure. Seems like a lot, but then again who knows? The Facebook entry seems genuine.

A quick google for relevant articles seems to support that the bikes run nowhere near $150K but about $8-$12K apiece and if Mr. Armstrong uses one of them it can resell for up to $20K. Still quite a hunk of change!

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Posted : May 7, 2012 9:33 pm
blu4u
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The cost of the bike was mentioned in passing by someone assigned to protect it. Not sure of the source of the figure. Seems like a lot, but then again who knows? The Facebook entry seems genuine.

A quick google for relevant articles seems to support that the bikes run nowhere near $150K but about $8-$12K apiece and if Mr. Armstrong uses one of them it can resell for up to $20K. Still quite a hunk of change!

I kinda doubt lance armstrong buys his equipment off the internet. Furthermore, I doubt he "buys" equipment at all....
If on the off the chance, his equipment went missing or was damaged, the cost to his team would be far greater than $150K in lost revenue. Why don't you give it a rest and be thankful for the positive PR this year's event brought to the territory.

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Posted : May 7, 2012 10:06 pm
blu4u
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The cost of the bike was mentioned in passing by someone assigned to protect it. Not sure of the source of the figure. Seems like a lot, but then again who knows? The Facebook entry seems genuine.

A quick google for relevant articles seems to support that the bikes run nowhere near $150K but about $8-$12K apiece and if Mr. Armstrong uses one of them it can resell for up to $20K. Still quite a hunk of change!

I kinda doubt lance armstrong buys his equipment off the internet. Furthermore, I doubt he "buys" equipment at all....
If on the off the chance, his equipment went missing or was damaged, the cost to his team would be far greater than $150K in lost revenue. STT resident, Why don't you give it a rest and be thankful for the positive PR this year's event brought to the territory.

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Posted : May 7, 2012 10:09 pm
OldTart
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I kinda doubt lance armstrong buys his equipment off the internet. Furthermore, I doubt he "buys" equipment at all....
If on the off the chance, his equipment went missing or was damaged, the cost to his team would be far greater than $150K in lost revenue. STT resident, Why don't you give it a rest and be thankful for the positive PR this year's event brought to the territory.

Why don't you take your own advice and give your incessant carping and attempts at sarcasm a rest. As easily as I did you can google, "what do Lance Armstrong's bikes cost" or something similar and come up with a dozen relevant/pertinent articles, none of which have anything to do with buying "equipment off the internet". 😀

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Posted : May 7, 2012 10:16 pm
blu4u
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Instead of googling lance armstrong's expenditures why don't you take a look at his philanthropic efforts? Maybe you could learn some class and grace from his example.

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Posted : May 7, 2012 10:22 pm
OldTart
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nstead of googling lance armstrong's expenditures why don't you take a look at his philanthropic efforts? Maybe you could learn some class and grace from his example.

Maybe instead of flaming you might indulge in some reading comprehension and see the post by stxrocks earlier today which prompted a minor discussion of what Mr. Armstrong's bicycles cost.

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Posted : May 7, 2012 10:27 pm
blu4u
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He made a snap decision to participate in the race at all, and we benefitted from the exposure he brought. Rather than putting him down, why not revise your expectations? He's known for being a great guy, and he made it clear that he thanked the people of St Croix for hosting the race. Let's take the boost he gave us and make a better race next year.

Agreed, although I do not pretend to be an expert on Lance's armstrongs finances... bet it's safe to say, it cost his organization more to participate in the race then Lance gained in price money. Good PR for his sponsors, Great PR for his foundation. Excellent PR for the territory.

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Posted : May 7, 2012 10:51 pm
blu4u
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nstead of googling lance armstrong's expenditures why don't you take a look at his philanthropic efforts? Maybe you could learn some class and grace from his example.

Maybe instead of flaming you might indulge in some reading comprehension and see the post by stxrocks earlier today which prompted a minor discussion of what Mr. Armstrong's bicycles cost.

Exactly, the cost of his participation, which is contingent upon having the correct equipment, was my point. Or are you so intent on "being right" based upon a rumor and opinion that you fail to understand the facts?

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Posted : May 7, 2012 11:05 pm
OldTart
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nstead of googling lance armstrong's expenditures why don't you take a look at his philanthropic efforts? Maybe you could learn some class and grace from his example.

Maybe instead of flaming you might indulge in some reading comprehension and see the post by stxrocks earlier today which prompted a minor discussion of what Mr. Armstrong's bicycles cost.

Exactly, the cost of his participation, which is contingent upon having the correct equipment, was my point. Or are you so intent on "being right" based upon a rumor and opinion that you fail to understand the facts?

"Exactly" nothing. A poster said they thought his bike cost $150K, another poster said that seemed very high and, out of sheer curiosity and absolutely nothing else, I did a quick bit of research to see where the truth lay. There was no intimation whatsoever that the cost of his bicycle had any bearing whatsoever on anything to do with his career, his attainments, his philanthropic contributions or the size of his feet for that matter.

By the way, you missed a thread to which I contributed a thought about Delta purchasing an oil refinery. It would be such a shame to let anything I write go unnoted and unembellished by your incredibly keen dissective talents so hop on it. 😀

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Posted : May 7, 2012 11:27 pm
watruw8ing4
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nstead of googling lance armstrong's expenditures why don't you take a look at his philanthropic efforts? Maybe you could learn some class and grace from his example.

Maybe instead of flaming you might indulge in some reading comprehension and see the post by stxrocks earlier today which prompted a minor discussion of what Mr. Armstrong's bicycles cost.

Exactly, the cost of his participation, which is contingent upon having the correct equipment, was my point. Or are you so intent on "being right" based upon a rumor and opinion that you fail to understand the facts?

"Exactly" nothing. A poster said they thought his bike cost $150K, another poster said that seemed very high and, out of sheer curiosity and absolutely nothing else, I did a quick bit of research to see where the truth lay. There was no intimation whatsoever that the cost of his bicycle had any bearing whatsoever on anything to do with his career, his attainments, his philanthropic contributions or the size of his feet for that matter.

By the way, you missed a thread to which I contributed a thought about Delta purchasing an oil refinery. It would be such a shame to let anything I write go unnoted and unembellished by your incredibly keen dissective talents so hop on it. 😀

This is a perfect example of the negativity that was discussed on another thread. It's childish playground one-upmanship and does nothing to help anyone live better in the VI. If I were your mom, you'd both be getting a Time Out.

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Posted : May 7, 2012 11:56 pm
blu4u
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This is a perfect example of the negativity that was discussed on another thread. It's childish playground one-upmanship and does nothing to help anyone live better in the VI. If I were your mom, you'd both be getting a Time Out.

Your not my mom. And my informed adult opinion stands.

Although I do not pretend to be an expert on Lance's armstrongs finances... bet it's safe to say, it cost his organization more to participate in the race then Lance gained in price money.

Good PR for his sponsors, Great PR for his foundation. Excellent PR for the territory.

Tart's BS postings about Lance Armstrong's fictionalized tantrums are in poor taste and have the ability to tarnish the reputation of a generous sport's man who appearance on STX created much positive PR for STX. Why bash him? What's the point?

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Posted : May 8, 2012 12:13 am
blu4u
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Interesting, as I read on the Source this morning that he was obviously very disgruntled after the race was over and refused speak to reporters, was hustled away by security personnel. Seems that fame hasn't done well for him where social graces and sportsmanship are concerned.

http://stcroixsource.com/content/news/local-news/2012/05/06/potts-beats-armstrong-st-croix-ironman-naeth-breaks-record

"A visibly disappointed Armstrong declined to speak with reporters after the race. He stopped briefly to congratulate Potts, but was then immediately ushered out of the transition area surrounded by his support staff and police officers."

Disappointed or exhausted? And nowhere does the article state "that he was obviously very disgruntled after the race".

The truth...as seen in photos from after the race...

www.facebook.com/lancearmstrong

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Smiling Arrmstrong surrounded by reporters and fans.

Lance as quoted in his post race Washington Post interview:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/lance-armstrong-finishes-3rd-in-triathlon-in-us-virgin-islands/2012/05/06/gIQANTf75T_story.html

“To have a setting like this, it’s one of the prettiest in the world and one of the most challenging,” he [Lance Armstrong} said.

The presence of Armstrong in the race was not lost on other competitors.

“I know that Lance Armstrong brought a ton of people and a ton of attention to this race, and for good reason,” Potts {1st place winner} said. “I’m thrilled to put my name on the list of champs.”

Seems as if somebody owes Lance an apology.

watruw8ing4, You may think that this petty, but I disagree (obivoiusly). Lance and his team spent allot of money and time here. He had nothing but compliments for the island on his facebook and twitter account. Geat for STX. Why bash him?

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Posted : May 8, 2012 1:24 am
watruw8ing4
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This is a perfect example of the negativity that was discussed on another thread. It's childish playground one-upmanship and does nothing to help anyone live better in the VI. If I were your mom, you'd both be getting a Time Out.

Your not my mom. And my informed adult opinion stands.

Although I do not pretend to be an expert on Lance's armstrongs finances... bet it's safe to say, it cost his organization more to participate in the race then Lance gained in price money.

Good PR for his sponsors, Great PR for his foundation. Excellent PR for the territory.

Tart's BS postings about Lance Armstrong's fictionalized tantrums are in poor taste and have the ability to tarnish the reputation of a generous sport's man who appearance on STX created much positive PR for STX. Why bash him? What's the point?

I happen to agree with all of your adult opinions regarding Lance Armstrong and his visit. Your citations are not petty, and clearly back your position. It's the snipes at Tart, and her inviting you to continue, that I find puerile, and create the negative tone. If Tart's opinions on a message board have the strength to bring down the Lance Armstrong machine, then we all need to be afraid . . . very afraid.

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Posted : May 8, 2012 1:29 pm
blu4u
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I happen to agree with all of your adult opinions regarding Lance Armstrong and his visit. Your citations are not petty, and clearly back your position. It's the snipes at Tart, and her inviting you to continue, that I find puerile, and create the negative tone. If Tart's opinions on a message board have the strength to bring down the Lance Armstrong machine, then we all need to be afraid . . . very afraid.

"puerile" good word. I actually learned something today. Thanks.

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Posted : May 8, 2012 3:46 pm
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