Friday, November 25, 2011

Style... You've either got it or you ain't

Testing the legs...

This is a little race story about a Kiwi called John Harris who raced
Quebec - Montreal in 1991, race distance 275km.

After racing solo for 190km John was caught by Gervais Rioux and some of the Evian Team , he went on the attack again and got away to win by 30seconds
John never drank much and only had 2 bidons for most of the race but in the last 25km he drank nearly 4 liters of coke
After the race John spoke to the media about his win
" I almost cried, having won such a classic race.Our manager had told me that I had to win, because they had entered a Team 12 times and not won it yet "
This is John just after the race.
Thanks to John for the photo and gayle for the little story .
I love the solo breakaway !!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Mixing it with the guys

During the early post-war years,
many randonneurs participated in competition. Here Lyli Herse leads
Lucien Detee (right) and R.Martinez (left) as part of the winning team in the Coupe Rene Herse 1951, a 100km team time trial.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Together as one...

Many Rene Herse tandems were used in competion.Here,Jean Dejeans and Paulette Callet descend at speed in the 1943 Poly de Chanteloup hillclimb race on their way to second place.
Photo courtesy Paulette Porthault.

Rene Herse

In these publicity photo's from 1962
Rene Herse demonstrates the very first " Demontable " in front of his shop.The shop window lists the first five of eight French championships his daughter Lyli won throughout her professional cycling career.
Photos courtesy L.Herse

Wednesday, November 16, 2011


" After your first day of cycling,one dream is inevitable. A memory of motion lingers in the muscles of your legs,and round and round they seem to go. You ride through Dreamland on wonderful dream bicycles that change and grow "
H.G. Wells

Monday, November 14, 2011

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Friday, November 11, 2011

Lest we forget

What will you say of the bond we had, tender comrade
Will you say that we were brave
As the shells fell all around us
Or that we wept and cried for our mothers
And cursed our fathers
For forgetting that all men are brothers

Tender Comrade Billy Bragg

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

There's a storm brewin

"Hath fortune dealt thee ill cards? let wisdom make thee a good gamester. In a fair gale, every fool may sail, but wise behavior in a storm commends the wisdom of a pilot; to bear adversity with an equal mind is both the sign and glory of a brave spirit."


" I wonder if it's possible to have a love affair that lasts forever "
Andy Warhol

Frank Viva...

has cycled his way along the streets of New York, through the desert of India, up the hills of Ireland, under the Moroccan stars, and around the vineyards of France and Italy.
He is an award-winning artist and designer, this is his first children's book .

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Out with the old and in with the new

' The notion that two rivals can coexist has always been difficult.
But the multitudes who love the explosion of competition hope that they can remain friends off the bike.On occasion it even makes sense to pretend to be,though it's much better still if you manage for real.'
Gino Bartali

Thursday, November 3, 2011