Flashback Friday: The First Meat Hand-up (or Crime)?

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Hand-ups might be a crime in the minds of some, but if so, the crime has been committed, mostly uncaught, during a good portion of the last three different decades, and we’re sure back then, the guilty were thinking hand-ups are not a crime.

Meat hand-ups might not make sense in terms of an athletic performance gain, but some swear by the tasty distraction’s psychological boost. With bacon hand-ups being all the rage nowadays, we were wondering when the first meat-based hand-up happened in cyclocross.

Here’s the oldest documented hand-up that we’ve uncovered for today’s Flashback Friday photo, from way back on November 7, 1998 at the Frank-N-Horst cyclocross race in Keene, NH.

A hamburger with all the fixin's captures this racer's eye. Frank-N-Horst, November 7, 1998. © Cyclocross Magazine

A hamburger with all the fixin’s captures this racer’s eye. Frank-N-Horst, November 7, 1998. © Cyclocross Magazine

With cyclocross’ history in the US going back to 70s, we don’t doubt there’s a chance some fan offered up something savory to a unsuspecting racer, and we’d love to see some photos of such cyclocross antics, not that we necessarily condone such activities. We promise to not reveal true names, even if the statute of limitations is over.

Got an idea for a future Flashback Friday photo? Drop it in the comments below.

 

 

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20 comments
Andrew Yee
Andrew Yee

Darn, where was that when I needed it on Sunday? Too bad it wasn't mandatory, as we practice that at cx practice before Thanksgiving.

Cycles FANATIC USA
Cycles FANATIC USA

This weekend it was pumpkin pie on a spoon fed directly to riders mouths. That was funny to watch!

BenColeman1
BenColeman1

How about a pic of the first official fining a racer for a handup?

Scott Livingston
Scott Livingston

Even for a vegan, that is pretty funny. I was at that race. Vive Frank-N-Horst Cross!!!

Steve Fortier
Steve Fortier

I rode with Johs at Putney/West Hill when he was a kid!

Colin Kernan
Colin Kernan

Dave Foley or Mark McCormick, the true historians of NE CX, would know.

Josh Frank
Josh Frank

hand-ups should only consist of two gulps of cheep beer in a solo cup atmo.

Jim Hendrickson
Jim Hendrickson

Mickey it's Cannondale XS800 cross bike. Nice rides...

Manfred Lopez
Manfred Lopez

plus i learned from some fellow racers that bacon is not a good hand up unless you can keep it warm. It gets greasey and gross cold..

Manfred Lopez
Manfred Lopez

I tried Hot dog handups and about half the people said they didnt eat meat... hahaha..

Craig Gietzen
Craig Gietzen

I I told my kid not to take bacon from strangers

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