In 1987, Joe Parkin was an amateur bike racer in California when he
ran into Bob Roll, a pro on the powerhouse Team 7-Eleven. "Lobotomy
Bob" told Parkin that, to become a pro, he must go to Belgium.
Riding along a canal in Belgium years later, Roll encountered
Parkin, who he described as "a wraith, an avenging angel of
misery, a twelve-toothed assassin". Roll barely recognized
him. Belgium had forged Parkin into a pro, and changed him forever.