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Print + Digital: $5.99/month Chuck Gillis, lifelong cyclist, leans into a sharp right turn along the back roads of NC 902 with immaculate form in April. Updated: Wednesday, July 21, 2021 3:12 pm
PITTSBORO — It began with a race for a $100 prize in Greensboro, circa 1973.
Pittsboro’s Chuck Gillis, who was in school at Guilford College in Greensboro at the time, slipped on his makeshift cycling shoes — cleverly crafted by slicing off the rubber studs on the bottom of a pair of soccer cleats — and geared up for his first race on a racing bike he borrowed from his buddy.
He didn’t win the $100 prize. He didn’t even come close.
But from that point forward, he was hooked.A career, as well as a lifetime hobby, was born.“I showed up on the starting line and everybody’s legs looked really smooth and I was like, ‘These guys look pretty fast, but they’re going to go up this hill and I’ll hang with them,’” Gillis said. “And so the race starts and I just couldn’t believe that I was as slow as I was, but I just fell in love with the sport at that point.”Gillis, now 70 years old, has been cycling for almost half a century. If you were born during or after the Gerald Ford administration, […]