In the 80s and 90s there were a few Australian, British and American riders in the European Pro Peloton, but there were not many Japanese... and certainly none in a Grand Tour. Then Masatoshi Ichikawa came along and finished the 1990 Giro d'Italia, a first. Ed Hood found out more.
Behind every top rider, there is a team of helpers and one of the tough jobs is the mechanic... especially 30 years ago before air conditioned trucks and half a dozen mechanics per team. Steve Taylor was on the 1987 Tour de France with the ANC team, Ed Hood heard his story.
Barry Harvey was a Canadian star of the track in the 60s with National and Commonwealth Games medals round his neck and is now the subject of a new book ‘Inside Cycling’ on the shelves soon. Ed Hood spoke to Barry about his racing career and the production of one of the first titanium frames.
Eddie Salas isn't the first name that comes to mind when thinking of the Australian road stars of the 80s and 90s, but Salas was a double National champion, Olympian, Worlds and Giro d'Italia rider, with a fine palmarès. Ed Hood found out more.