Cyclists Remember Famed Georgia Announcer Killed in Motorcycle Accident
CANTON, GA. – August 29, 2018 (velonews.com) Bicyclists across America this week are remembering a longtime race announcer who was killed in a motorcycle accident. The story is reported online by velonews.com.*
On August 23, Brian Drebber, 68, was set to fly out of Georgia to cover the MotoAmerica motorcycle race. He was riding his motorcycle to the airport from his home in Canton, Georgia, when he struck a deer. Drebber did not survive the accident.
From 1979 to 1988, Drebber was the voice of the Red Zinger and the Coors Classic cycling races, and he covered numerous other professional and amateur events throughout his long career as an announcer. For more than a decade, he was one of the most recognizable announcers in the country, and he played himself in the 1985 film “American Flyers.”
Coors Classic race director Michael Aisner said Drebber was a character with a big personality who devoted himself to making cycling accessible to roadside fans. Drebber was someone Aisner and others trusted to be the face and voice of important races, he said.
In sharing memories of Drebber, Aisner said: “One time, the bike race was taken hostage in Grand Junction (Colorado). The bike race was set up adjacent to the courthouse, and there was a guy who went into the courthouse and took a judge hostage at gunpoint. The SWAT teams came in and cleared the start/finish area, which had music running, and the timing was all set up, and the race was ready to start and go off to Colorado National Monument, which we called the ‘Tour of the Moon,’ and the men and the women’s races were about to begin, and they cleared us out. Brian started the race on a bullhorn two blocks down and did it as professionally as he would have had he been on a microphone. He did a great job with it.”
To read more stories and memories posted about Drebber, visit the article linked above.
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