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From his childhood days in San Diego, the basketball legend’s life has been as much about the bicycle as the game that made him famous.
It’s the same way with bikes. I had briefly run into Walton a few years back at a Tour of California stage in downtown Los Angeles, and I was struck by his fever for the sport. This was a guy who once dragged a writer for Sports Illustrated on a two-day, 150-mile odyssey down the Pacific Coast Highway, who speaks lovingly of Hans Ort’s long-gone bicycle shop near UCLA, who has ridden with icons like Tour de France winner Greg LeMond, Belgian all-timer Eddy Merckx, and, of course, the Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir.
Images and words from…HERE!
If you’re a Bill Walton fan, I’d also check out these photos…HERE!