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    Whatever happened to Ole Ritter?

    The 1968 1-hour record holder was a very strong rider, overshadowed by Merckx, Gimondi, etc.

    Is he still involved in cycling?
    "How did all those 'Keep Off the Grass' signs get there?"

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    Next you'll be asking about Jose Meiffert. "Allez, Allez!"

    Many riders have held the 1 hour record that weren't stars. It is a time trial event and specialists in that discipline did/do well in it. Riders like Chris Boardman. Have no idea what Ritter is doing. Maybe he owns a bar.
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    Weasels ripped my flesh...
    "How did all those 'Keep Off the Grass' signs get there?"

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    Zappa always reminded me of the weird kid in school who would do anything to get attention. Lots of them end up on bikeforums.

    And I don't think Ole was on that album.

    If you're interested in Danish cyclists, one of my all time favorites is Hans Henrik Oersted. Pure, unadulterated form.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sincitycycler
    The 1968 1-hour record holder was a very strong rider, overshadowed by Merckx, Gimondi, etc.

    Is he still involved in cycling?
    Yes. He organizes and races a cycle sportive called "Ritter Classic" http://www.ritterclassic.dk/
    The site is in Danish, but the bald guy with a broad smile wearing a pink trikot is Ole Ritter himself. He is around 66-67 years old: http://www.ritterclassic.dk/00206/00240/

    While the race is just for fun and exercise for amateurs, there is also a competitive element to it. There are always some Pro or ex Pro racers doing the race; Marco Pantani, Miguel Indurain, Mario Cipollini (won the race in 2004), Dietrich "Didi" Thurau (6-day racer), Richard Virenque, Bjarne Riis have all raced it.
    Mario Cippolini races again this year, so if you want to beat him in a sprint you can register for the race

    Ole Ritter also owns a bikeshop and bicycle import company.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skinny
    If you're interested in Danish cyclists, one of my all time favorites is Hans Henrik Oersted. Pure, unadulterated form.
    The bloke was friggin cross-eyed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by classic1
    The bloke was friggin cross-eyed.
    I have an astigmatism. Maybe that's why I like his style.

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    I got those two mixed up when I read the title. Ritter was the one they followed when he tried to break the Hour (I forget the movie but it's along the lines of "La Course en Tete" - maybe the same director?).

    Oested built his own disk wheels and went out and beat the pros to win the pro pursuit title. I dreamed about building some wheels too but didn't know enough to get started. I always wondered what happened to those wheels.

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    Ole was prominenty featured in the double DVD "The Impossible Hour" and "Stars and Watercarriers: 1973 Giro D' Italia". Just curious because he was a second tier star back in the day...
    "How did all those 'Keep Off the Grass' signs get there?"

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