Dec 9, 2017

Tip of the cap: Major Tom

Major Tom, 1962

"Occasionally, Tommy was annoying. When it was rolling along at 30 kilometres an hour - paf!
He'd attack. Oh, leave us alone! There's still 150 kilometres to go, pipe down. But often, he wanted war."
- Jan Janssen

Dec 8, 2017

Friday File: Tip of the cap, Red Dots Cycling winter sale

Sartorial elegance in training: Roger De Vlaeminck

Mr. Paris-Roubaix:

Winter is fast approaching. For the lucky ones to continue riding as the weather turns colder and unruly we can only look up to certain riders to give us encouragement. I personally look up to the sartorial elegance of Roger De Vlaeminck. He won many races, considering his classic palmares, many the top classics. He was known to train as hearty as he won. Before Paris-Roubaix he would ride 100s of kilometres before the actual race. He rode the great race fourteen times, never finishing worse than seventh, and failing to finish only once. De Vlaeminck won the race four times, finished second four times and finished third once. 

Red Dots Cycling's sartorial winter collection is on sale:

Winter Blues Winter Cap
photo: Red Dots Cycling

Dec 1, 2017

Friday File: Tip of the cap; A Sunday in Hell: 40 years on

The final four rush:
Moser leading Kuiper, De Vlaeminck and eventually winner Demeyer over the infamous cobbles.
via: Offside/L'Equipe

Jorgen Leth's iconic sports documentary film on the 1976 Paris-Roubaix, 'A Sunday in Hell' is over 40 years old. I first saw this film in a repertory theatre in Edmonton back in the eighties. Shown in an artistic environment was a testament to Leth's artistic hand at film making and story telling. I was left awestruck. To this day, I re-watch the film countless of times and still marvel how wonderful it glorifies provincial France, the riders and Paris-Roubaix. We should all celebrate.

"I wanted to create a poetics of it, to portray sports heroes as representing old-fashioned virtues, such as courage, sacrifice, and extreme loyalty."
- Jorgen Leth

Jorgen Leth in Paris-Roubaix

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