Wheels keep turning for Phillips

October 01, 1994|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer

Almost three decades after winning his first national cycling championship, Bobby Phillips is still pedaling his way to victory.

Two weeks ago in Monticello, N.Y., the 48-year-old Parkville resident won his 12th national title, finishing first among an international field of 45 riders, ages 45 to 49, in the Masters World Cup Championship.

A week earlier, Phillips, a Dundalk native and Parkville High graduate, captured silver and bronze medals at the Masters World Cup Track Championships, which were conducted in Blaine, Minn., on a wooden track with a 45-degree banking.

"It was like riding on the side of a wall," said Phillips, who owns and operates a vending machine business when he isn't riding 35-40 miles per day on his Cadex Giant 16-speed bike.

Last July, Phillips, a member of the Somerset Wheelmen bicycle club based in Somerville, N.J., traveled -- by car -- to Augusta, Ga., for the National Cycling Federation nationals, where he was runner-up in his category.

Phillips, who has maintained amateur status, got his start in bicycle racing at the age of 6 and won his first national title three years later, in 1956. In starting a racing career, he was carrying on a family tradition. His mother, Zay, raced competitively for 15 years, and his father, John, is still competing at the age of 83.

When will Bobby Phillips stop pedaling?

"Never," said Phillips, who is preparing for the 10th annual Bobby Phillips Turkey Day Bicycle Race, Oct. 22-23, at Gateway Plaza industrial park in Columbia. "I'm just going to keep on going."

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