This was an epic battle decided by a plastic bag. Note the results; Joe Parkin finsihed, one of only 4 Americans to do so in the history of the event (name the other 3). I was about to start my second year of racing, and stocking groceries at Cub Foods in Minnetonka. I started the season as a Cat 4 but by season’s end I was a Cat 2. In 1992 I heard rumors that a euro-pro was gracing the roads of Minnesota.. then one day I walked into Flanders so see this lanky, fit and tan rider in full Tulip garb.. APJP.. the man himself. American Pro Joe Parkin.