Archive for June, 2007

Lists, are they worthwhile?

Do you ever watch “Best of” shows on the tele? I am ashamed to admit that I do although they usually fairly mindless. Lists of Best Ever bike racers at least purport to be objective and for me the best was produced by Daniel Marszalek and could be found on Cycling4all until the site was shut down. This list awards points on the basis of the value of the race at the time. For example a race like Paris-Brussels was a classic for sixty years and is now a chipper, and this is allowed for. I have shamelessly stolen the top twelve categorisation of one-day riders, which in my opinion is spot on.

Top twelve one day riders

Eddy Merckx (Bel)

Roger De Vlaeminck (Bel)

Rik Van Looy (Bel)

Sean Kelly (Irl)

Francesco Moser (Ita)

Johan Museeuw (Bel)

Walter Godefroot (Bel)

Herman Van Springel (Bel)

Jan Raas (Ned)

Michele Bartoli (Ita)

Bernard Hinault (Fra)

Fausto Coppi (Ita)

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Flandrien: Hard men and heroes

anybody-you-recognise.jpg anybody-you-recognise I ¬†managed to blag myself into Flanders House (the Flemish embassy) where I spoke to Johan Museuuw. I could have asked him any question I liked so I asked an incredibly stupid question about Paris-Roubaix 2001 to which there was only one possible answer which I already knew ! What a dope- No me, not Johan! He did tell me about his range of bikes and said that sales in England are better than expected. He said he supplies the best “younior” (as in Yohan) team in Belgium. He speaks good English and has a rather squeeky voice not unlike David Beckham. He was then interviewd in private by the man from the BBC, who was wearing racing kit. Richard Dimbleby must have been turning in his grave.

There were about one hundred people on the ride across London to the exibition at the Host Gallery EC1 where there was an unlimited supply of Duvel beer and snacks. There was a great band playing typical Flemish music. The photos were terrific. They were for sale, the large ones costing £800 although one of Eddy Merckx in a Molteni jrsey was £1100.

The photo above is of a mystery cyclist who joined in the ride across London. Note the flash trainers combined with Time pedals. Below is my elder daughter Zoe with Etienne de Wilde, former winner of Het Volk and stages of the Tours of France and Spain.

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Beyond parody

I’ll keep this short or my blood pressure will go through the roof. What about Duffield’s commentary at the Dauphine Libere? He must be having a laugh at the viewing publics’ expense. Lets be clear about this, he is absolutely bloody useless. He talks drivel in an endless stream of cliches. You could go in any cyclists’ cafe in the country and say “anybody fancy doing a bit of commentary on the tele ?” and find a bunch of people who would do a better job than that clown. In the old days I put up with his crap as he would occasionally identify a rider I didn’t recognise but now he seems only to know “Vineykrov” so I use the mute button.

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