In 1990, I had no interest in cycling but had many friends who rode and raced locally. I had vague recollections of some big races taking place back in the day, so I went to work researching them.
The good thing was that the Democrat and the Gazette were battling it out for newspaper market share so there were entire sections devoted to outdoor and recreational activities. The bad news was that my only access to the articles contained in those fat newspapers was to figure out an approximate date and scroll through microfilm at the local library.
Lance Armstrong was an aspiring 18 year old kid from Plano.
Relatively big prize money made these races a draw for top talent. .