Robbed this from another site. Road racing, France 1965.
Check out those team cars.
first, you shoulda told me i'd need to have a doob on me to watch that. far out man.
second, wonder who didn't tell those guys they could shift into a nicer gear for climbing. man, looked like they were churning butter going up that hill...
That was in Kanadia, not France. ;)
Definitely Canadia, which would explain the Plymouths, Oldsmobiles and Fords.
Somebody needs to tell #66 to watch his line (about 2 minutes in). Of course, it might be a little late for that at this point.
Cool vid Zootsuit.
i can hardly imagine racing and climbing when the lowest gear was a 42 X 19. churning butter, indeed.
42-19 was if you were a girly man. 12-18 was what the hard men rode, even up the climbs. A 24 was considered shameful in addition a looking funny.
8 speed STI is when you started to see a 21 or a 23 on the back and not get made fun of.
Don't know how our knees survived, but there was something about the "feel" of a 42 when climbing. I know its just physics but there was something to it
Thanks for the post... gotta love that near the end. Sprinting for the finish with no barricades right into the wavy line of the crowd.....
Interesting...will have to watch this tonight...thanks for posting
"November 2, 2010 - The National Film Board has digitized the historic French-language Canadian cycling film by Jean-Claude Labrecque about the 1965 Tour cycliste du Saint-Laurent. The film gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the race that featured athletes from three continents and 13 countries."
Malgré le manque de ressources, le Tour cycliste du Saint-Laurent voit le jour et finit par attirer des athlètes de partout dans le monde. Madeleine Barbeau, avant de disparaître au début du siècle, a eu le temps de consigner dans un ouvrage, Le Tour du Saint-Laurent, aux éditions La Plume d'Oie, les hauts et les bas de la mise en œuvre d’une compétition réunissant de plus en plus de coureurs le long d’un circuit qui comprenait les principales villes de la province. Après des débuts modestes en 1955, avec la participation des athlètes locaux prenant le départ à Québec à la suite de la messe célébrée en leur honneur, le Tour accumulera succès et hauts faits.
What is striking is how the bars and saddle are set up to be roughly the same height, rather than, as now days, the saddle being many inches above the bar height. (not me, I still use the bar-saddle at the same height!)but some of those riders seem to be mis-fitted and sitting way too low and not getting much leg extension.
Sometimes I can't believe I used to ride 42-23 in the mountains, or later "geared down" to a 41-23 when it became available for campy. These days I just get by with the 34-28 on hills, like Sierra Road, that I used to hammer in the bigger gears!
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