As a fan of the now defunct IAM Cycling team, I was glad to post the superb doc, Keep Fighting on last week's Friday File. Larry Warbasse was an American rider with the Swiss team and his final thoughts via his blog are a pretty poignant summary of the team's ethos, Everything good must end. Article here.
One of the stand out cycling jerseys ever, has to be the 80's chic, La Vie Claire. Based on Dutch artist, Piet Mondrian's Composition A painting, it was a design that befitted the powerhouse French team.
"The first idea was an all-black strip like the New Zealand rugby union team. We discarded it because we'd have baked under the hot sun of the Tour de France. Then she came up with the idea of a jersey like a Mondrian picture, bright colours like yellow and red in a geometric pattern of differently sized rectangles. This was something of a revolution, which was just what we wanted. It was a symbol of our intention to stand out from the other teams and to brighten up the peloton."
- Bernard Hinault
Greg LeMond & Steve Bauer
Here's an interesting article on Roy Knickman's La Vie Claire exploits.
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I am and have been following the bike maestro, Giuseppe Marinoni on instagram. I am fortunate to enjoy the merits of my 1987 Marinoni. If you, dear reader, were one of the lucky few who has watched the quirky and uplifting character study of the cycling legend, Marinoni: The Fire in the Frame - then you have been blessed. I'm very excited that he will challenge the hour record (at 80 years old) next August in Milton, Ontario and I plan on attending that. Meanwhile, thankfully, his current exploits are online and since returning from his Japan film screening he is back to what he does so well - build his coveted steel frames!
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Sad that IAM Cycling is gone from the professional peloton. The team had some great wins by talented riders. I just watched, 'Keep Fighting' their fight in the 2015 Tour de France. I loved it. And, in a way, I have a closer understanding of their discipline, hard work and vision going into the hardest sport in the world.