May 1, 2015

Friday File: Nineties Profile: Scott Moninger, Love the Tro Bro Leon, 1975 Tour, Giro, Romandie Roar






Friday File opens with nineties hair profile of Scott Moninger who rode for the Coors Light Team. That's where I'll stop about his hair, one of the by-products of that time. Not that I ever had a doo like that. Scott Moninger racked up a prolific career winning over 275 races. Why the nickname, Iceman? For his poker-face demeanor on the bike.

Here's an excellent profile on Scott Moninger and his striking neon yellow (one of the other by-products of the time) Coor's Light Serotta Colorado.







Fight for pink!







The Tro Bro Leon race is one of my all time favorites. It's not in the same rank as Paris-Roubaix, but to me it is. First run in 1984, held in Finistere and dubbed, Breton Paris-Roubaix or the Hell of the West. Raced on the rural back roads of western France. The best placed Breton rider gets a piglet. And, this video shows second place, Benoit Jarrier happily receiving the piglet. Also, you will see extraordinare commentator, Daniel Mangeas (formerly the distinct voice of the Tour de France) interviewing the winners...






40 years ago, innovation...



The 1975 Tour was the year of innovation...

1. Creation of the polka dot jersey; won by Lucien Van Impe
2. Creation of the white jersey; won by Francesco Moser
3. 1st finish on the Champs-Elysees; won by Walter Godefroot





Merckx gave Thevenet a ride... 
via Quercus




... only to finish in second on the podium.
via Michel Ginfray





Just one more...


One question needs to be addressed... Why the stuffed polar bear?




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