He was asked about Scott, how it felt to finally beat him. "I kept thinking about the Florida race," Allen said. " 'Could that be happening again?' I knew Dave was behind me. I figured he would pass me any second. When he's in a race, unless you're on the finish line, you can never count him out. I want to improve, and to do so I need a goal. I might as well go after the best, and Dave's the best there is."
The winner's reception was held the next morning. Upon being presented with his check for $10,000, Allen said, "I may have had the fastest time out there yesterday, but I think everyone who completed that course is a champion."
It is an oft-repeated sentiment these days, heard at every sort of endurance event, but it seemed to have a special relevance on this day. Triathletes are truly pioneers of sport. Every race they enter is a journey into the unknown, and that was never more true than in Nice on a torrid September Saturday in 1983.