Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Way Back Wednesday--John Tomac!!
1984: A 16 year old Tomac wins his first major race, a National BMX Cruiser Class Title. Tomac rides for the Factory Mongoose Team.
1985: Tomac turns pro at age 17 and races only one year as a privateer in the pro ranks.
1986: Tomac moves from Michigan to Southern California and starts riding and racing Mongoose mountain bikes full time. His first major win happens in the fall of 1986, when he wins The Ross Fat Tire Stage Race in Massachusetts. He also wins the L.A. Coliseum Supercross Mountain Bike Exhibition Race.
1988: Tomac wins the NORBA World Mountain Bike Championships overall title at mammoth. This title was won by earning the most points in DH, XC, and Slalom. Tomac also becomes the USCF National Criterium Champion on the road, the NORBA National XC Champion, the NORBA Dual Slalom World Champion, and wins at Stage at the Tour of the Rockies. Still in Mongoose on dirt, Tomac rides for the Sunkyong and Celestial Seasoning’s team on the road.
1989: Another pheonomenal year for Tomac, he again wins the NORBA World Mountain Bike Championships overall title, but adds the NORBA Downhill World Championship, European XC World Championship, German National XC Championship and a USCF National Team Time Trial Championship in road to his belt.
1990: JT races both the road and mountain bikes again in 1990, with two major team contracts. His mountain bike contract is with Yeti and his road contact is with the 7-11 pro team. Tomac is living in Belgium, traveling back and forth from the US to Europe to race NORBA National events, major US road events, World Cup mountain bike events, and also major road racing events in Europe. Tomac races over 100 events this year, including the Tour of Flanders, the Tour of Italy and Paris-Roubaix. He finishes in the top 20 at Ghent-Wevelgem. On the mountain side, JT wins the World Mountain Bike Championships overall title. At the Durango World Championships, he finishes 4th place in the DH event on a Yeti C-26 with "drop bars" and with first generation Manitou mountain bike forks.
1991: Another busy year for Tomac, he changes sponsors on both the road and the mountain sides. On dirt, he begins his stint at Raleigh, and on the road signs for the Motorola professional road team. Tomac wins the World Championship in XC in Ciocco, Italy and finishes second in DH. He also is the UCI World Cup XC Champion, NORBA National DH Champion and wins two World Cups in XC.
1992: After a stellar mountain bike season in 1991, Tomac decides to devote all of his attention to mountain bikes. Still riding for Raleigh, he finishes second in UCI World Cup Overall XC points, wins two XC World Cups in Belgium and Switzerland and finishes 5th at the World Championships in DH. Johnny T hit a spectator at Mount Snow, 3 minutes ahead half way through the race, and a spectator ran across the course and Johnny tacoed his wheel, stayed in, got back up to second and Frishy won the World Cup championship because of it.
1993: Tomac and Raleigh introduce a signature John Tomac racing bike. Litespeed made the front head lug and rear triangle that was mated to the carbon main tubes. The bike was decked out in full Tomac-sponsor gear from Tioga, RockShox, Shimano, Grafton and Grip Shift. This bike retailed for $6300 in 1993 and there were approximately 60 made. Tomac finishes second in UCI World Cup Overall DH points, second in NORBA National XC Series points and wins a DH World Cup in Canada and two NORBA National XC races (Indiana and Michigan).
.content from Tomac.com