Sacrificing for Kona: Ben Dugas and family
Matthew Dale profiles an inspirational Ford Ironman World Championship qualifier
Published Wednesday, July 9, 2008
The salesman at the high-performance bike shop tried to steer Ben Dugas toward a road bike. "No, no, no," said Dugas, a Ford Ironman Hawaii lottery winner this year. "I want a tri bike."Never mind that Dugas’ next triathlon would be his first. The San Diegan knew he would one day dive into the swim-bike-run scene. So off he pedaled three years ago aboard a high end titanium tri-bike for a test ride on South Coast Highway, one of the area’s most popular running and cycling roadways. About 2½ miles into the ride, Dugas hung a U-turn, pedaled a bit farther, came upon some sand, skidded, hit a curb, somersaulted and crashed.
Dugas walked the remaining two miles back to the shop, hoisting the busted bike, doing a nice imitation of Christian Sadowski at Kona in 2004. Upon reaching the shop, Dugas showed the salesman the crumpled bike and said, “I’ll take this one.”
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