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Best of British
"why some of our greatest riders failed to make it on the Continent".. as Roger puts it.
A great question to ponder! Of course, this was before Chris Froome, Mark Cavendish, and no doubt others that I've forgotten. Apparently someone was working on the problem.
I know that the same question has been asked here in the USA, although we've had success in Europe too... with Greg LeMond. There's also the tragic case of Lance... a bit too much desire to win at any cost?
The question of how to cultivate talent and put together a great team with top riders.. is it more than just a river of money? Good leadership too, maybe? i.e. leaders that don't permit ethical and legal lapses?
... enough digression.. Roger looks at what has been done in the UK...






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Masatoshi Ichikawa, the Japan's first pro road cyclist

OK, it's good time to introduce Masatoshi Ichikawa.

His career:Masatoshi Ichikawa


He finished worlds pro road race 1990, Utsunomiya, Japan




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Charly Gaul, the Angel of the Mountains
A winner of some of the classic day races as well as the Giro d'Italia, his performance in the mountain stages of the Tour de France helped him win that year's Tour and cement his legacy.






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I know that story because I read this, Le Peloton du Cyclisme no. 15.

The pic shows Charly Gaul and Pierre Chany, Giro d'Italia 1960.

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The Closed Circuit Races of the Fifties
Air bases that were built during WW II now sat unused, so why not stage some races on those empty streets??







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Len remains eternally proud that the

Belgian national newspaper write-up of

His efforts in the 1955 race appeared on

The opposite page to an account of Paris-

Roubaix, won by French ace Jean

Forestier, with Louison Bobet and

Fausto Coppi as the headline-makers: “I

Never got to race against my heroes but I

Did appear in the same paper,” he grins

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30 years later

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Charly Gaul, the Angel of the Mountains
A winner of some of the classic day races as well as the Giro d'Italia, his performance in the mountain stages of the Tour de France helped him win that year's Tour and cement his legacy.






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Cycling Goes to the Flicks
Roger provides his opinions on a number of movies that deal with bike racing or bikes in general. He likes Triplets of Belleville, an animation that covers European racing in the post-war years and has little good to say about two movies from the USA. Sure, American Flyers is only a good movie if you ignore any scene without a bike, but Breaking Away is a good story where a lot of the bike stuff should be ignored (at at least don't look too closely).
That's my editorializing... go out and watch/judge these movies for yourself!







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Cycling Goes to the Flicks
Roger provides his opinions on a number of movies that deal with bike racing or bikes in general. He likes Triplets of Belleville, an animation that covers European racing in the post-war years and has little good to say about two movies from the USA. Sure, American Flyers is only a good movie if you ignore any scene without a bike, but Breaking Away is a good story where a lot of the bike stuff should be ignored (at at least don't look too closely).
That's my editorializing... go out and watch/judge these movies for yourself!







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Wow, great article!

I don't know most of the titles.

I watched La Course en Tete on the screen, Tokyo, when Eddy Merckx was invited by Shimano.
After the movie, talk show and autograph session were held.
It was 1985.

I missed the road-show of Breaking Away, oh sxxt.

A friend from NYC had VHS of A Sunday in Hell.
We enjoyed so much at his home.


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Originally Posted by darkmoon View Post
Wow, great article!

I don't know most of the titles.

I watched La Course en Tete on the screen, Tokyo, when Eddy Merckx was invited by Shimano.
After the movie, talk show and autograph session were held.
It was 1985.

I missed the road-show of Breaking Away, oh sxxt.

A friend from NYC had VHS of A Sunday in Hell.
We enjoyed so much at his home.

my collection
I've yet to see a number of these.
Seeing La Course en Tete and then seeing//hearing Eddy sounds like a great experience!

I did see Breaking Away when it came out, and went with a couple of friends who had raced. They both had many instances of pointing out the technical errors... and there are plenty. Still, it's a decent movie about growing up.
Since that time, I've concluded that you should never watch a movie about anything that you know about.
You'll spend much of the movie trying to figure out whether the technical errors were intentional or accidental, or just be so distracted by the errors that you miss details of the plot.

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Cycling Heros
This article may just be an excuse for Roger to reminise about riders and their moments of strength or bravery, but it's also an excuse for us to think about riders who have particularly impressed us. I haven't really latched onto too many racers as potential heros, but a handful stand out. As a resident of the USA, it's easy to think of Greg LeMond as someone who has shown incredible talent and skill, not to mention recovering from a hunting accident. Andy Hampsten also stands out for his Gavia victory in the Giro d'Italia. In my younger days, John Howard was one of the top riders in the nation, competing in the Olymics, winning the Nationals, and later setting a motorpaced speed record. Across the Atlantic, Beryl Burton's story is certainly amazing... including setting a record for the 12 hour time trial that not only set a new UK women's record, but also broke the men's record! Her autobiography, Personal Best, is fascinating!







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For Queen and Country
We all think of the teams that we watch in the Tour or Giro or Vuelta, they are sponsored by companies. Some of these companies make vacuum cleaners, some make sausage, etc., but we cheer those teams with great enthusiasm. In an earlier era, we didn't cheer a sausage company, but a nation! Roger looks at this era of national teams.






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Golden Oldies
Roger cleans out the basement and ends up meeting Mike, who is a dedicated collector of fascinating old bikes and parts.







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Hands Up
What do you do when you cross the line first? What sort of award do you get afterwards? This isn't something that many of us need to worry about, but Roger takes a look at the practices that have been in place over the years.







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Very interesting and enjoyable read
I haven't thought about it.
Japan's citizen races don't allow raising a hand or two at the finish.
Because it's dangerous, they say.

Roger St. Pierre is very knowledgeable, and a phenomenal writer
His columns cried out SILENTLY I love cycling!

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Originally Posted by darkmoon View Post
Very interesting and enjoyable read
I haven't thought about it.
Japan's citizen races don't allow raising a hand or two at the finish.
Because it's dangerous, they say.
that's not a bad idea... although maybe a bit over cautious.
I'll guess that someone got hurt badly doing this once, and someone had to make a rule to avoid future injuries.

I never raced, so I'm only watch races from afar... but it seems like in the Tour de France, the final sprint is much more dangerous than any possible raising of the hands.
That might be why they don't bother to restrict it?
After some of the really bad crashes at the final sprints in recent years, I'm surprised that the rules haven't gotten tighter. No idea how they would do that, though, short of really punitive fines or being kicked out of the race.

Originally Posted by darkmoon View Post
Roger St. Pierre is very knowledgeable, and a phenomenal writer
His columns cried out SILENTLY I love cycling!

Thanks, Steve


Gimondi trade card, it's a digital copy
Roger is clearly fully immersed in the world of bike racing!

Gimondi is looking quite classy! Maybe it's the clean bike, or the Celeste paint, or just the white socks and black shoes?? I still love the look of the white socks and black shoes.

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Another black shoes and white sox fan

My shoes are Shimano SH-RC901, color is of course black.
They look like Cinelli shoes of 1980, which I didn't bought.
Cinelli shoes were rare and hard to find.
I bought a pair of SIDI, which Francesco Moser wore, and he was cool in the peloton.
When he attacked and was flat-out, his back was parallel to the road.
That riding style was stunning and cool.


The pic's shoes are Diadora, hahaha

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Another black shoes and white sox fan

My shoes are Shimano SH-RC901, color is of course black.
They look like Cinelli shoes of 1980, which I didn't bought.
Cinelli shoes were rare and hard to find.
I bought a pair of SIDI, which Francesco Moser wore, and he was cool in the peloton.
When he attacked and was flat-out, his back was parallel to the road.
That riding style was stunning and cool.


The pic's shoes are Diadora, hahaha
I've been able to hang on to some older shoes that I bought in the mid 1990's, and they've held up well. Granted, I only use them for my vintage bikes.
Two are Duegi shoes.. one pair with velcro straps, and one that uses laces. Nothing fancy, but look good enough.






I've got another pair of shoes that are too nice to use. I'm not sure if that is good or bad. These are Detto's with oak soles. So pretty!



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I've been able to hang on to some older shoes that I bought in the mid 1990's, and they've held up well. Granted, I only use them for my vintage bikes.
Two are Duegi shoes.. one pair with velcro straps, and one that uses laces. Nothing fancy, but look good enough.






I've got another pair of shoes that are too nice to use. I'm not sure if that is good or bad. These are Detto's with oak soles. So pretty!



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Wow!, Ti-Raleigh with Duegi shoes!

I don't know much about Raleigh models, is it a Team Pro or something?
Joop Zoetmelk won the 1980 Tour, Gerrie Knetmann won 1978 worlds, Jan Raas won 1979 worlds.
Replica model of 1980 had been sold for 2014 and 2017, I suppose.

Ti-Raleigh team bike of circa 1980 was very impressive and is still one of my favorites

Duegi was was famous for it's wooden sole.
I used them for some years.
And 10-time pro match sprint world champion Koichi Nakano loved them.

I know Detto Pietro's wooden sole shoes.
They were much higher than Duegi, many young cyclists, including me, couldn't afford them.

Hetchins, hmmm.
That curved stays bike of England.
Hiroshi Nakamura bought one and took it back to Japan, 1974.
Nakamura started to work with Shimano in those days, and assigned to work with Flandria Shimano team 1973.
He is the first Japanese who worked with European cycling team.
After 1 year assignment, on the way back, he dropped by England and found a strange looking bike.
It was a Hetchins.

Hetchins is extremely rare and I haven't seen it in person.
The story of Hetchins and Nakamura, I read an article of Cycle Sports mag.
Nakamura's Hetchins is only one Hetchins, perhaps.

Nakamura's last job with Shimano was the director of Shimano museum.

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Originally Posted by steelbikeguy View Post
that's not a bad idea... although maybe a bit over cautious.
I'll guess that someone got hurt badly doing this once, and someone had to make a rule to avoid future injuries.

I never raced, so I'm only watch races from afar... but it seems like in the Tour de France, the final sprint is much more dangerous than any possible raising of the hands.
That might be why they don't bother to restrict it?
After some of the really bad crashes at the final sprints in recent years, I'm surprised that the rules haven't gotten tighter. No idea how they would do that, though, short of really punitive fines or being kicked out of the race.



Roger is clearly fully immersed in the world of bike racing!

Gimondi is looking quite classy! Maybe it's the clean bike, or the Celeste paint, or just the white socks and black shoes?? I still love the look of the white socks and black shoes.

Steve in Peoria
the USA sanctioning body could DQ one for doing the two arm victory salute. They nabbed Tom Ritchey for that and he was under 18 winning a senior road race over 50 miles.
when I won my first race it was in a one man breakaway, I raised my arms After crossing the line.
there were other curiosities, in a Madison race, exchanges had to be by grabbing a jamming tool in a reinforced LH pocket in the shorts. Now, it is hand slings only, now those are deemed safer.
I actually think they are easier, the trick is to have one’s remaining hand on the bar gripped close to the stem.

for me, white socks and black shoes, black shorts. Showing my age I am.
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Wow!, Ti-Raleigh with Duegi shoes!

I don't know much about Raleigh models, is it a Team Pro or something?
Joop Zoetmelk won the 1980 Tour, Gerrie Knetmann won 1978 worlds, Jan Raas won 1979 worlds.
Replica model of 1980 had been sold for 2014 and 2017, I suppose.

Ti-Raleigh team bike of circa 1980 was very impressive and is still one of my favorites
I spent a lot of time looking at the Raleigh catalog when I was growing up, so the Team bike was very desirable! Mine was probably made in 1982, based on the serial number. It was built by the SBDU group, and is made of Reynolds 753. A very nice bike!




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Hetchins, hmmm.
That curved stays bike of England.
Hiroshi Nakamura bought one back to Japan, 1974.
Nakamura started to work with Shimano in those days, and assigned to work with Flandria Shimano team 1973.
He is the first Japanese who worked with European cycling team.
After 1 year assignment, on the way back, he dropped by England and found a strange looking bike.
It was a Hetchins.

Hetchins is extremely rare and I haven't seen it in person.
The story of Hetchins and Nakamura, I read an article of Cycle Sports mag.
Nakamura's Hetchins is only one, perhaps.

Nakamura's last job with Shimano was the director of Shimano museum.
Hetchins was a small shop, but was surprisingly well known!
Mine was built in 1987 by Bob Jackson.
It is surprising how something as uncommon as a Hetchins Magnum Opus can become less uncommon. Another fellow in Peoria has a Hetchins Magnum Opus too, but his is a bit fancier, with chrome head lugs!


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1982 Raleigh!
Jan Raas won Paris Roubaix, riding SBDU Raleigh.
The first Miroir du Cyclisme I bought was 1982 spring classic issue.
And it's cover was Jan Raas.

40 years ago

SBDU, equivalent of Bianchi reparto corse.
Special Bicycle Development Unit
Hmmm, sounds gooood!

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In the Club
What is cycling without belonging to a club? Roger looks back on the various racing clubs he belonged to as a youth.







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What is cycling without belonging to a club? Roger looks back on the various racing clubs he belonged to as a youth.







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I myself raced 5 or 6 times, of course, citizen races.
Riding fast is very bad for the body and health, learned from my racing days, hahaha

>that I learned how to suffer on a bike – fixing my gaze on his whirring chain and mesmerizing myself into an almost out-of-body experience as we slogged up those killer slopes [I should point out that, for me, anything higher than a railway bridge has always seemed like a mountain].

I did it too!
And anything higher than a train bridge is still seemed like Alpe D'huez.
(I haven't been there. A souvenir from a friend, who is mountain biker and raced Mega Avalanche, down from Pic Blanc, 3330m, to Alpe D'huez.
He was working with SR SunTour in those days)


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Last of the Hardmen
Anyone can race on a sunny day in France or Northern Italy. How many routinely race in the rain, the dirt, and wind? Roger looks back at Brik Schotte's career and the races in northern Europe.







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