Roger Pingeon died on 19 March 2017 aged 76. Famous for winning the Tour de France in that fateful year (1967) when Tom Simpson collapsed and died on the slopes of Mont Ventoux, he was prolific in the years 1965 to 1974.
Kübler and Koblet
Ferdi Kübler and Hugo Koblet, both of Switzerland, won the Tour de France in consecutive years – 1950 and 1951. They were both tremendous stars but were perhaps overshadowed by the great Italian Fausto Coppi and Frenchman Louison Bobet. Continue reading A Special Swiss Pair from the Fifties
Of all the cycling records, I thought Tommy Godwin’s 1939 “Highest Annual Mileage Record” (HAMR) of 75,065 miles (120,805 kilometres) could never be broken. But it was – in January 2016. Continue reading Tommy Godwin’s HAMR Record Broken
If you want to know what kit UK bikies were using in the 1960s, look no further than this small booklet published by Holdsworth of Putney in 1967… Continue reading The 1967-8 “Bike Riders’ Aids” Booklet
For vintage bike lovers, there are really only four contenders. This is for those yet to have the pleasure of watching these films. Continue reading The Best Cycling Film Ever?
I wrote this for my school mag in 1966 aged 15. “Why don’t you write something about your passion for cycling” my father said.
It’s interesting (almost amusing) to read, and to think how things have changed, but some of my precocious (and rather derogatory) comments make me look like a bit of a sage foretelling the future…
Cycling Weekly published (22 March 2012) the 50 Greatest Bikes of All Time. Here we pick ten Vintage Road Bikes from that list. Continue reading The Greatest (Vintage Road) Bikes of All Time?
I refer to Jacques Anquetil’s fantastic 1965 double, winning the eight-day Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré and the 560 km Bordeaux-Paris one-day race the very next day.
It’s an amazing story, and well documented. J.B. Wadley tells it beautifully in the July 1965 edition of Sporting Cyclist (where these black and white photos come from). And there’s British interest in this year’s race, with two Brits taking part: Tom Simpson and Vin Denson. But this year it was all about Anquetil. Here’s the story in brief. Continue reading The Greatest Cycling Achievement Ever?
Robert Marchand sets a new Hour Record of 22.547 km just months after his 105th birthday. Continue reading A target for us all to aim at
A no-brainer, you might say. It was Jacques Anquetil, surely. Or was it? Continue reading The Best Cyclist Ever (apart from Eddy Merckx!)