Aug 26, 2016

Friday File: Time for Italy, Classy Tommy Prim & Red Dots Cycling Sale continues

Swedish with Italian class.

Flashback on Friday File...
One of the handful of Swedes riding in the seventies and eighties was the classy Tommy Prim. No respect to Alf Segersall and Sven Ake Nilsson. Prim rode for iconic Italian Bianchi for his six seasons and came close to Italian gold - twice runner up in the Giro d'ltalia in 1981 and 1982. I'm often pulled closer to under dogs, in this case, especially for the Swede Tommy Prim. It must have been a tough 'fit' for a gifted non-Italian to ride on a Italian team, especially the powerful house Bianchi team. Yes, he won some very important victories; Tour of Romandie, Setmana Catalana, Tirreno Adriatico and a stage in Paris-Nice. He was a classy rider, but was his talents more supportive elsewhere?

1984 world's road race, Barcelona.

1981 Giro...

"You have to bear in mind the team philosophy; there were three leads - Baronchelli, Conti and me. For an Italian team it's better if an Italian wins the race and that's what we wanted - but they slipped in the last week: Contini was fourth and Baronchelli 10th and Battaglin won."

1982 A French opportunity...

"It was easy to stay in one place - but now I regret not taking up an offer I had from Mercier in 1982. The French and Belgian style of racing where they went from the gun suited me better than the Italian races was where it was 'piano' for 100 kilometres before they started to go. Sven Ake Nilsson wagon the team and rode the Tour and said it would have been a good team for me."

Stage 6, Vuelta Espana; in memory to Italy...

It's hot, I think it's time for a Red Dots Cycling cap...

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Aug 25, 2016

Throwback Thursday: 1964 Olympic road race

Mario Zanin with the classic Olympic jersey, 

Throw back Thursday: 1964 Olympic road race won by Mario Zanin of Italy.
Here's the classic video here.

Aug 22, 2016

French Panache at 30%

Alexandre Geniez tops it off!
pic: Graham Watson

I love the Vuelta. Today's brutal Ferna climb to Mirador de Ezaro (1.8km, 30% steepest climb in any Grand Tour)  was exciting to watch. Don't think the riders would agreed except for stage winner Alexandre Geniez and second place finisher Ruben Fernandez (now the new leader).  And, the good thing... there's nine more summit finishes to go!

1977 Vuelta: Just Right for Freddy

The 1977 Vuelta was virtually 'owned' by Freddy Maertens along with his Flandrian team. Controlling the race was the theme as Freddy won the opening prologue and put on the leaders' orange jersey wearing it all the way to the finish. His tally: thirteen out of twenty-one stages, the sprinters' jersey and overall victory.

Aug 20, 2016

Cathedral of trees, Goats, Alpacas, Pierces Corners & the West to East Sale.

The welcoming Cathedral of trees on McCordick Rd.
All photos: Cycling Art

Exploring is fun. That's what I did on my morning's ride. The Ottawa Valley is a huge area (6 million acres) packed with many roads to ride. Thankfully, the roads I choose to stay on are service roads and primary quiet. At times as I look down the road, ahead and behind me there's not a soul. The odd car/truck/tractor breaks up the surreal quietness, something I'm still getting used to. It's anything like Vancouver traffic. McCordick Road is yet another quiet rural road, with a slight difference. It's basically flat roads here except this 2-lane road had a difference; a nice climb (again to break the monotony) surrounded by a beautiful cathedral of trees to break the heat. I've already penciled it as my favorite road.

The Southern Ontario Valley is wonderfully diverse agricultural region. I'm enjoying the locally grown peaches, corn and white potatoes - the most delicious I've ever eaten. On my ride I passed endless cornfields, a family of grouse and cool farms; dairy, goats and even alpacas. A fun way to break the monotony.


Pierces Corners

After this morning's ride I enjoyed watching the exciting Olympic women's MTB race. 
Catharine Pendrel crashed earlier on and fought back like a demon for the Bronze!

Red Dots Cycling's - West to East Sale Now on!

Red Dots Cycling has finally moved and we would like to thank everyone for their patience. It's time for our West to East Sale! We'll 'cap' it off by taking 25% off all in stock caps. At checkout use coupon code: RED25

photo: Red Dots Cycling

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