Once upon a time bicycles were pretty much built out of steel. Sure, there had been forays into wood, aluminum and even carbon fibre, but steel was real pretty much into the 1990s. A shift began that saw oversize aluminum tubing, titanium impressed, while carbon bikes made a splash with triathletes. Greg LeMond, an early adopter, rode a carbon bike at the Tour de France.
How would today’s pro cyclists compare to the generations of Fausto Coppi, Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault, or Miguel Indurain? And how would those great cyclists fare in the modern peloton? We look to a study done on speed skaters to help find some answers.
In part one of our interview with former Irish Champion, Alan McCormack we covered his junior days, his seasons as a pro in the UK with Carlton-Weinmann and in Belgium with Old Lords-Splendor, and now in part two his introduction to the 80’s US scene.
PeloPics: PEZ photographer, John Thomson, has been going through his old photo files again, this time to put together his GP of the Americas gallery. The Grand Prix des Amériques was a one-day race in Montreal and was part of the UCI Road World Cup with a fine list of winners.
Today's Readers' Rig is from Florida and is a real Classic - A 1989 Greg Lemond. Over the years it has been shod with gears, but now the proud owner, Jeff Ogen, has gone 'fixie' on his steel steed. Campagnolo still plays a big part in Jeff's pride and joy.
Tour Rider Interview: There was quite a few successful Australian professionals in the peloton in the 70’s; Michael Wilson, Gary Clively and Don Allan to name three - but the man who really set the ball rolling was Melbourne’s Phil Anderson. The first ever non-European maillot jaune talks to Ed Hood about the Tour de France, the Classics and his career.
Tour Rider Interview: Jeff Pierce is one of only two US riders to have won the final stage of the Tour de France on the Champs-Élysées in Paris. The other is Greg LeMond who won in 1989, Pierce took his victory two years previously, just ahead of Canada's Steve Bauer. Ed Hood has his story.
If you check out pictures of the diamond in the rough that was the young Greg Lemond you’ll see the words, ‘Della Santa’ on the chest of his racing jersey. Frame builder Roland Della Santa supported the young future Tour and Worlds winner and continued to build frames for him right up until his days with Roger Zannier’s famous ‘Z’ equipe.