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Legendary Pushers

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TommyK
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Legendary Pushers

Postby TommyK » Thu Apr 22, 2010 3:34 am

Who are the legendary pushers in your org's history?

The whole of the 2001 Fringe team set a tall bar for Fringe pushers for a long time but Chris Stratis stands out as the epic figure. Taking the minimum course load his final semester to get in 2 and sometimes 3 workouts a day, he worked the close-grip bench press and sprint workouts like no one else. His hill 4 on raceday was a calm and focused 16 second blur punctuated by well rehearsed transitions and a 20 yard lead off to hill 5. Brazen was fast enough for victory with a 54 second freeroll ... Banyan could have put them under 2:06 ...

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Also re-popularized the speed-suit which might count as a gamechanger.

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Re: Legendary Pushers

Postby McCue » Thu Apr 22, 2010 4:14 am

Hey Nik, I think I found a thread you'd like.

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Re: Legendary Pushers

Postby BuggyBob » Thu Apr 22, 2010 7:41 am

Depends on your definition of 'legendary', but....... our next door neighbor (the by-gone ATO fraternity - I was an SAE) had a guy named 'Jay' who was a legend at Sunday free rolls. He was notorious Iron City-a-holic, and was a big burly dude. He'd routinely come to free roll in a stupor, and push Hill 1. His performance on Hill 1 was my first visual experience of seeing others demonstrate the term 'Power Barfing'. I think the correct medical term is 'projectile vomiting' (no joke).
* "I love the smell of solvents at Free Roll. It smells like......victory".
* "I'm loosing my mind, but I don't seem to miss it much."

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Re: Legendary Pushers

Postby nbonaddio » Thu Apr 22, 2010 9:45 am


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Stratis
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Re: Legendary Pushers

Postby Stratis » Thu Apr 22, 2010 10:36 am

Our group in 2001 was definitely a unique bunch. For both the guys and girls, we had a core group who wanted the win bad enough that we put in some serious work to get there. For that group in particular, we were fortunate to have been a part of Fringe during the mechanic/design/build renaissance of the organization. It was pretty wild to go from finishing 14th with a 2:23 to 1st with a 2:09 in 4 years.

I would have to agree with mentioning Steve Joiner and Trent Sission here.

What about guys from Spirit's record run? They certainly left their mark, but I don't recall stories about individual standouts on that squad. They must have all been pretty powerhouse. I remember Jerry (2) and Link (4) from the Spirit 1998 win being big motivators for us as well.

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Re: Legendary Pushers

Postby Carl Nott » Thu Apr 22, 2010 10:51 am


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Re: Legendary Pushers

Postby nbonaddio » Thu Apr 22, 2010 12:03 pm


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DangerMike
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Re: Legendary Pushers

Postby DangerMike » Thu Apr 22, 2010 1:19 pm

Ray Ardiere (sp?) from Beta was just a monster.

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Re: Legendary Pushers

Postby the cook » Thu Apr 22, 2010 1:26 pm

Spirit's Jay Glaspy (sp?) was the hill 1 on the record team and was easily the best of his era.

I think that push team was the best ever, or very, very close. They rolled 2:06.2 with a free roll some 3 seconds in arrears of SDC's record run, plus the effects of a very heavy buggy, and heavy front wheel. If I recall correctly the driver wasn't tiny either. And remember bumping the steep hills hadn't been "invented" yet.

The record stood for 20 for very good reason.

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Stratis
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Re: Legendary Pushers

Postby Stratis » Thu Apr 22, 2010 6:11 pm



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