Who is Grand Poobah?
The one, the only, Grand Poobah (on the left, not right). Yes, Todd agreed to a phone interview and below is the transcript, as best I could record it. Coming next, an interview with Kenda Janet!!!!
Blog: How did you acquire your nickname, Grand Poobah?
GP: Well, I asked for it. I wanted a name that reflected my esteemed standing in the local, errr.... regional, errr....national cycling community. Actually, I wanted "Grandest Grand Poobah" but decided that was too much. I also do not like it when some refer to me as "Grandpa Poobah".
Blog: So how did your cycling career get started?
GP: My dad liked to tell me I was conceived on the back of a tandem.
Blog: Hmmmm, I'm having a hard time visualizing that and really don't want to think about it so let's move on.
GP: Wait, I want to tell you about a race I did a few years ago and how I attacked...
Blog: Wait, we'll get to that later. First, what is the best bike you've owned?
GP: I've never truly owned a bike. I've always been given bikes by various sponsors, most recently the good folks
at Kenda. Now, let me tell you about the time I attacked out of a group of 12...
Blog: Hold on dude, the readers want to know more about you first. You have a reputation as a bit of a ladies' man, correct?
GP: Ladies, men it doesn't much matter to me but there was a time when I attacked out of a group of 15.....
Blog: Yeah, but what about you posing for all those images of you groping women in the parking lots prior to rides?
GP: Geesh, get over this "lounge lizard" act you are trying to portray me. Yes, I am a serial groper but about that time I rode away from a group training for Pelotonia.....
Blog: You have a bit of a reputation as guttering the cyclists behind you, true?
GP: What? It's called superior bike handling skills, just like I showed the time I attacked out of the group riding TOSRV. Man, I just jumped on the schoolhouse hill and no one over the age of 60 could catch me.
Blog: You seem to relish the challenge of winning sign sprints.
GP: Well sure, I draft for 50 miles and then emerge fresh to capture the sign sprint. I am just very crafty, just like the time I took off on the Tour of Ohio and cruised to a 5th place win in the citizens division.
Blog: Todd, thank you for taking the time to give the readers some insight into the Grand Poobah of central Ohio cycling. Long live the Poobah!
GP: Wait, I thought we could talk about the time I.......to be continued.....