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Old 05-09-07, 06:46 PM   #1
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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?
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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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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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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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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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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...
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