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Old 01-26-09, 01:23 PM   #1
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60 cycles: superb 1965 movie

The "Tour du St-Laurent" in 1965, directed by J-C Labrecque.

http://www.onf.ca/film/60_cycles/

Seems ahead of its time. Great shots, great music, great image quality. Apparently, for the opening sequence, they used a 1000mm lens from NASA, that was 1m wide!
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Old 01-26-09, 01:47 PM   #2
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WOW!!! That is beautiful cycling footage!
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Old 01-26-09, 01:49 PM   #3
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it is no wonder all the best vintage bicycles in the country are found in Quebec.
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Excellent footage. Thanks for posting that.
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Thanks for that vid.....Certainly one of the best I've seen!
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Great ------ really enjoyable. Lp
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That is some amazing footage, people who were alive to race back then were so lucky, todays racing its disgusting for the most part, no fair!
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Old 01-26-09, 03:54 PM   #8
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That is some amazing footage, people who were alive to race back then were so lucky, todays racing its disgusting for the most part, no fair!
Racing is still beautiful, and I guarantee if you could get in a way-back machine and give any racer from any previous era a modern pro bike and kit they would swap it for the current mount in a heartbeat.

I think the guys that were actually there would think the current riders are the lucky ones.

You can't write-off modern cycle racing on just style. And before you bring up the "D" word, that was going on back in the "good old days" too.
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"And before you bring up the "D" word, that was going on back in the "good old days" too" Those tunes at the end of the flick made me wanna go out and drop a hit of acid. Lp
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What a gem! Thanks for sharing!
Nice to see all those classic racers in a beautiful region Quebec. And the criterium in Montreal was a nice peek at how the city used to look like.
I will miss my time in Montreal, nice city.
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That was fun, thanks.

They sure had a different way of handling injured people, and putting them on stretchers. Guess that was pre-lawsuit days. I liked the one in the middle of the film "Hey, let's get you outta the street!"
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I couldn't wait to get home to watch it!!
Wow!
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That was really neat. Worth the 16:34 to watch it.

Unless you see something to the contrary, I would assume a 1,000 mm lens was 1,000 mmm focal length, not diameter.

Remind me if there's ever a bicycle race through the neighborhood, and it's pouring down rain, to take my umbrella and go cheer anyway. Nobody was out watching in the rain.
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Really good film, thanks for posting!!!!
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Finally got it to load. That is a super cool little film! I thought George Lucas nailed "Green Onions" in the drag race scene of American Grafitti, but the endless loose version here to pedal motion was sublime.

What a hairball course as well, that muddy wood-planked bridge right off a corner was too much. The big American iron for team cars was great too.

Thanks for posting this.
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it is no wonder all the best vintage bicycles in the country are found in Quebec.

lol , now I know where all the Legnanos come from !
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I have no experience with bicycle racing, and have seen only a portion of the Tour de France once or twice on TV. But it seems to me these guys in the film are pretty tough. No helmets, no gay-looking jerseys, no goggles, no rain gear.
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I have no experience with bicycle racing, and have seen only a portion of the Tour de France once or twice on TV. But it seems to me these guys in the film are pretty tough. No helmets, no gay-looking jerseys, no goggles, no rain gear.
Couldnt have said it better. Black shoes, black wool shorts, white socks, wool jerseys. Its the way it is supposed to be. Last summer I'm out riding and I see a guy wearing white shorts, white shoes, and a pink jersey. I didnt know whether to laugh or cry.
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Glad you guys liked it. I surely did.

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(...) Unless you see something to the contrary, I would assume a 1,000 mm lens was 1,000 mmm focal length, not diameter. (...)
It's according to wiki, so it must be true

J-C Labrecque: "When we made 60 cycles, we used a 1000 mm lens from NASA that was more than 1 metre wide. The images were extremely compressed, and that became the first shot of the movie. That film really rocked the boat. It was essential viewing."
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My biggest frustration watching was trying to make out the kinds of bicycles they were riding. Some of the Italian riders were on Cinelli's, and there was something called a Select, but beyond that...

Great footage though. We went to Quebec in 2007, and a couple portions of the route looked a little familiar.
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Thanks for sharing! Great footage
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I think the worst part of racing then was that people didn't take them seriously, I mean, you'd think the cars in the beginning shot would have gotten out of the way and let the cyclists ride without messing up the race and crowding everyone up.

I mean, at least today they can clear off the streets so that doesn't happen.
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Does that race still take place today?
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I got the impression that those were the pace cars, or at least an official part of the race. Could be wrong.
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