Criterium Bike Race Brings Cyclings Best To Shelby, North Carolina

I found this picture of an annual cycling event that took place in Shelby, North Carolina from 1996 to about 2000.  It was called The Shelby Criterium, a closed looped course in the uptown area.  Mike Keeley served as director.  

The above picture is Pro Elite Cyclist, Eric Wohlberg who was riding for Saturn/Timex at the time, myself and my wife, Debbie. Eric finished second during the year pictured. His career spanned at least 20 years.  He is a three time Olympian, winner of the Tour of Gila, a stage race held in New Mexico, and seven time Canadian Time Trial Champion, (1997 – 2003 Gold) and (2004 – 2005 Silver).  Eric has too many accomplishments to list..

Eric became very good friends with both Mike and Rhonda Keeley of Shelby, and would stay at their house when racing in the Shelby Criterium.  Due to this friendship, I too, was able to become friends with Eric, and would share emails with him on occasion, for many years. 

While Eric was here, Mike Keeley and I were fortunate indeed to have been able to do some bicycle rides with this famous cyclist, and also share some good conversations at the Broad River Coffee Shop in Boiling Springs, NC.   Eric is really a great guy and it was very enjoyable to hear him talk about some of his many experiences as a Pro Elite Cyclist.


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