1974 Giro d'Italia: Fans of the Giro d'Italia love it for its unpredictability, its difficulty, its confusion. Last week we looked at the documentary about the 1973 race, “Stars and Watercarriers,” and in 1974 many of those same stars returned for a rematch. The results are shown in “The Greatest Show on Earth,” produced by German filmmakers, with a very different viewpoint.
1973 Giro d'Italia: Danish film director (and poet) Jørgen Leth is best known to cycling fans for his iconic “A Sunday in Hell” documentary about the 1976 Paris-Roubaix race but his talent was turned towards racing earlier, one of the results being “Stars and Watercarriers", a film about the 1973 Giro d'Italia. From today's perspective, it is truly a trip down Memory Lane.
The Hour Record: With Belgian fast-man Victor Campenaerts setting a new World hour record in Mexico recently; Ed Hood has been listening to different opinions and has set out his thoughts on the ultimate solo venture. Previous records have been annulled or shelved due to technical reasons, so which is the real and true record?
It's Gent - Wevelgem 1974; you've made it over the savage Kemmel climb twice with the lead group and survived hanging on the back of an Eddy Merckx and Roger De Vlaeminck driven purge on the run-in; there are 17 guys left, so maybe you would settle for a top ten? Not if your name is Barry Hoban and you feel that the 'over-drive' is in your legs.
Today's Readers' Rig is a bike that may be a few years old now but still gets many dreaming about it - a 2009 Eddy Merckx AXM. Decked out in full Campagnolo Record with Bora wheels to complement it's a classic European machine - but actually comes to us from a reader in Hong Kong.
It is an apparent given that cycling requires not so much talent as an ability to suffer. Greg Lemond said that: “It never gets easier. You just get faster.” Now expat Brit Jon Malnick has written a droll and novel book about the relationship between pain and suffering, and riding your bicycle called Into the Suffersphere - Cycling and the art of Pain is a peculiar and engaging read.
Tour Retro: As the 2018 Tour de France is about to kick off, our Grand Tour maestro, Ed Hood, is trying to rekindle his love for the big three week tours after the 'farce' that was the Giro d'Italia. In this attempt Ed has taken a look back on the past Tours that have personal meaning - good or bad. The Tour highs and lows for Ed Hood.
Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Chris Froome are all champions, they are the only three riders to have won consecutive Grand Tours, but is it fair to compare different generations? Ed Hood takes on the thankless task and looks at all the facets of these 'Kings of the Road' to find how they measure up as men, icons as well as bike riders.
NAHBS 2017, Salt Lake City: Next up from the North American Handmade Bike Show is the offerings from Don Walker. Nic Sims also spotted two very special bikes: A custom junior Eddy Merckx and a retro Russian influenced track bike.