Serse Coppi, younger brother of Fausto, controversially won Paris-Roubaix in 1949.
Coppi was awarded the victory jointly with André Mahe. Mahe crossed the line first, but only after a detour off the race route caused by incorrect directions from a race official. Coppi crossed the line several minutes later, but had followed the correct route. It took the UCI until November to decide that the two riders should share the win.
The big party was hosted by Sun Tour. Ron Andrews (who this year is celebrating his 20th year since founding King Cage - Happy Birthday Ron!) decided it would be a nice night to go for a drive and explore some of the dirt roads around Crested Butte. See what kind of a rally car the Caddy really was.
Turns out, the Caddy wasn’t quite up to the task, as it ended upside down in a ditch. You know what? They signed up for the optional insurance on the rental car!
Ron hitched a ride back into town and then gave Hertz a call, to tell them there was a problem with the car. The conversation went like this:
Hertz: “What seems to be the problem with the car?”
Ron: “It fell over”.
Hertz: “Ok, we’ll send you a new one.”
Incredibly, Hertz delivered a replacement car to them, and took care of the stranded Caddy. They even apologized to Ron for ruining his vacation. But not until we used it for a trials obstacle (you can see the broken out windows).
The amazing story of Fat City Cycles and Ibis related here
Going AWOL with my friend Karibouski in french Normandy. Awesome week-end, well related by him and his fine shots.
(click on the pics to enlarge and read the captions).
I went AWOL last weekend !
DAY 1, Saturday :
I took off from Versailles on Saturday morning, heading to Rouen to join a good friend of mine and to spend a nice couple of days hanging out with other people too.
It was the second time I was biking to Rouen, and didn’t make the same mistakes twice ! I headed straight from Versailles to Mantes la Jolie by the RD307, saving at least an hour of riding. There is a bit of traffic as you’re approaching Mantes but overall is ok.
I then crossed the Seine in Porcheville and hammered straight to Les Andelys where I took my lunch break. This is where the road begins to be a bit more hilly, and way nicer ! Normandy ain’t flat ! After lunch, I rode to Rouen facing a bit of head wind, and completed my journey with the ripping descent to the city center of Rouen and ended at Guidoline for a coffee, a brioche and a nice chat with a good fella.
135km, 6,5 hrs with 0.5 hrs lunch break.
DAY 2, Sunday :
We were supposed to go to Dieppe or somewhere rather close to Rouen to see the Ocean, with a couple of other people, but we ended up being just the two of us, so my friend suggested a nice route to spend the day.
So we took a rather early start, 8.30AM on the saddle. The day was going to be mild and sunny but the temperature was cold in the morning.
The first climb out of the city get us warm quite fast though ! It was the first time I was riding through these places and really enjoyed it. Normandy has such a nice countryside ! Beautiful old houses, rolling hills, ripping descents…
We finally arrived in Etretat around 1pm, just in time for lunch ! OYSTERS BRO’ ! If it hadn’t take so long to be served, maybe we would have pushed a bit further in the afternoon, but hey…you gotta chill sometime, so we stopped looking at the map and just seat back and enjoyed our oysters and mussels and all.
We had a look at the cliffs, said hi to Arsene and jumped back on the saddle, 2 hours later after this substantial meal. We followed the velo route from Etretat, all the way down to Le Havre and Honfleur. It really is a nice route, quiet, very very few cars, but the only thing that pissed us off quite a few time is the lack of signs ! Either too small or absent, the velo signs are a pain to read when you ride over 10km/h…
We went through Le Havre, down the port area, and as sun was beginning to set, we agreed on stopping in Honfleur after crossing the Normandy bridge. We took a stroll in the city to see the harbor, picked up food and set up camp wild and fast near the city center, without neglecting the view !
163km, 11hrs, 2hrs lunch break.
DAY 3, Monday :
Early start to be out of sight by the sunrise, and off to the nearest cafe and bakery to start this new day properly.
Not neglecting the view had been a good thing as we could admire the sunrise and the skies on fire over the not so far Normandy bridge while packing our stuff in the bags.
We then hit the road, heading back to Rouen, I was starting to feel the kms at this point and the strong headwind on the way back really affected me at some point as we were riding through some long straight sections in the fields. Fortunately enough, my friend gave me shelter behind him and I sucked his wheel to go through this. The fun part was to cross the Seine three times in a row, allowing us to take some rest and eat a bit.
Did I mention we had been really lucky with the weather ? We arrived in Rouen, get off the bikes, and the rain immediately started to pour !
Overall it was a great weekend of riding, we enjoyed the last rain-free days and mild temperatures to camp without too much gear.
I was a little bit anxious to ride with my friend as it was only my second long ride with my brand new AWOL but everything went smooth. Which leads me to some thoughts I had though…While I really love the AWOL, and while I know it still requires some fine tuning on the position, I found it quite hard to ride at a good pace during theses days, making me think it might be a bit too “adventure” oriented rather than real randonnee (brevet pace in mind, here).
All this is food for thoughts but, I picture my perfect brevet bike having a maximum output with the minimum power input from me, meaning a shorter frame I guess, and more lightweight (carbon fork with eyelets ?). I’d also think twice on the cable routing and plan on some serious internal wiring for rear derailleur and all.
Anyway, this could also come from me, maybe I don’t have enough legs yet to push it properly when loaded…as you all know that Eric Nohlin rode a few thousands kilometers on this bike without major issues.
I also know that I still have to get used to ride with panniers, even though the Transcontinental edition bags are cake ! They are light, air tight and sit nice and low on the bike with a Tubus tara front rack. Making it amazingly stable at high speed in fast descents.
Stay tuned for more and RIDE ! And go see the rest of the pictures on Flickr as I just selected 10 pics to post here.
1972 Paradise Drive Cyclocross in Tiburon, CA.
Joe Breeze (#48 and winner of this particular race) should be noted for his well-worn wool shorts and heavily-roped rear tire, which was apparently necessary to gain traction on the slippery course. Rider #47 also has given the same treatment to his rear. Singlespeed was apparently the way to go, as shown by three of the four riders in the photo, including Otis Guy (#45).
Fausto Coppi choosing postcards in Paris.
September 9th, 1969.
During a track show in Blois, France, Eddy Merckx had a terrible crash. His stayer Fernand Wambst is killed while The Canniblal suffers head and spinal injuries and twists his pelvis.
This day changed the man, claiming he will never be the same rider again, suffering from his back in the mountains, constantly trying to adjust his saddle.
I’m swtiching from 34/16 to 34/18 for mtb races, but since I’m quite tall I prefer to spin legs than to have a big ratio.