Tuesday, November 8, 2016

The bike biz - and other tales

Most of you are probably too young to remember this now iconic magazine cover. Isn't she bellissima? And they dressed up a gorgeous model in a tricolore skinsuit to pose with the DeRosa bike from what many will call the "golden age of cycling" - at least when it comes to beautiful machines. Is it any wonder bici d'epoca events are so popular these days?

In 1986 Greg LeMond won his first of 3 Tours de France, the World Cycling Roadrace Championship race was held in Colorado Springs and Larry saw his first big-time bike race, the Coors Classic with both Greg LeMond and Bernard Hinault. In fact, he still has a water bottle handed to him by "The Badger" at a start line!

These were the early stages of Larry's life-long love affair with cycling. He talked his way into a job as a mechanic with the bike tour operation following the Coors Classic and two years later Andy Hampsten won the Giro d'Italia - adding to the passion so well captured in the Bicycle Guide magazine cover. He met Heather on the plane to Italy to work at the 1989 Giro d'Italia - and the rest is history!

On the subject of history (and the magazine cover) our friends at BikeRaceInfo are running a wonderful multiple part history of the US bicycle industry. You can read it HERE.

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