Cool track photo thread

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Re: Cool track photo thread

Postby foo on patrol » Sat Aug 17, 2013 3:44 am

What a hoot being you and your heritage DD, as I sit here at this ridiculous hour reading my favorite forums. 8)

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Re: Cool track photo thread

Postby brentono » Sat Aug 17, 2013 11:10 am

DD (Marcus)
Thanks for the rundown, you sure must enjoy the family connection.
On the photo?
Im also not sure why De Vlaeminck is wearing the Belgian champions jersey on the track since he never won a national title until the madison in 1972.


Got a idea, the shot is Ghent.
Having been in Ghent, just after that period and found the Belgium people were Cycling-crazy
(as you would be having all the Nationalistic Champions) and Cyclists were "gods"
At that period, the officials would not be that "pedantic" as they are today about jersey wear,
and since De Vlaeminck was "National Road Champion" in 1969,
he was probably "Nationalisticly" promoted as such, at the 6-Day.
I was lucky enough to be around most of the Aussies there in the Seventies (Racing and Training)
... as Ghent was a base.
Ghent was such a "primitive" Village, at the times, with it's "soul" based well and truelly in Cycling.
It was like being at a "carnival" every day, though things were very tuff for all,
as most would attest to, who were around in those days. Brings a smile, to think back on it.
Thanks for you rundown, about your experiences.
Cheers
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thought this was an amusing take...
Only a Flandrien would smoke whilst getting a massage, Rik Van Looy


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Re: Cool track photo thread

Postby ldrcycles » Sat Aug 17, 2013 5:16 pm

Damn look at those quads :) .
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Re: Cool track photo thread

Postby Derny Driver » Mon Aug 19, 2013 6:47 pm

Van Looy and Peter Post
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Van Looy was known more as a roadman, first man to win all 5 one day classic road 'monuments' (along with De Vlaeminck and Merckx) as well as being twice champion of the world on the road. Those quads gave him a killer sprint and he used it to smash his road racing rivals.
But less well known is his track racing prowess - he did ride the track a bit where his endurance and sprint came in handy. He won the Brussells SixDay in 1957 with fellow Belgian roadman Willy Vannitsen, then the Gent sixday in 1958 with my uncle. Then followed about 10 or so six day victories with Peter Post pictured here. My uncle has a photo taken by a track photo finish camera, of him beating Van Looy in a track sprint. He always smiles when he looks at that one.

Peter Post was a good roadman but an amazing track cyclist. 65 sixday wins and from memory, 8 or 9 consecutive European derny championships between 1960 and 1970. He was a good pursuiter too.

My uncle had numerous battles with team Van-Looy-Post, a formidable combination! In the Milan sixday of 1961 with Terruzzi my uncle just pipped them for the victory, a car and a million lira. And in my uncles very last race as a professional, he teamed with the brilliant Peter Post at Antwerp and was able to pull off a second place at age 38.

Van Looy-Post. One of the great track teams of the 1960s.
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Re: Cool track photo thread

Postby mikesbytes » Mon Aug 19, 2013 10:22 pm

Commuting tonight I bumped into a guy commuting who was heading for Paramatta, probably from the CBD. Had a world masters bag and we started chatting. He is 65 and a former national track champion, back in the day. Use to race Kieth Oliver.

Now for the life of me, I've forgotten his name. Hit me with some names
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Re: Cool track photo thread

Postby Derny Driver » Mon Aug 19, 2013 11:06 pm

mikesbytes wrote: Hit me with some names

Dave Wilmott ? He is a world masters champion, about that age, lives in Sydney.
EDIT actually I think Dave is not 65 yet. What about Jim Veal, Ron Boyle, John Hunt, Ron Hickson, Jim Larcombe, Terry Skinner, Ross Hodgson, Darrell Wheeler, Trevor Rollinson, Greg Barnes ...
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Re: Cool track photo thread

Postby bigfriendlyvegan » Mon Aug 19, 2013 11:58 pm

I think Mike would know Dave Wilmott, since he's a RAW regular. Jimmy Veal, I think, is still in a neck brace after face planting at RAW in about week 4 or 5. If it was him, it would be good to know he's back on the bike.
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Re: Cool track photo thread

Postby foo on patrol » Tue Aug 20, 2013 7:22 am

Are we talking Ron Hichson of QLD here? If so I used to know him real well. :)

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Re: Cool track photo thread

Postby mikesbytes » Tue Aug 20, 2013 4:37 pm

Older than Dave Wilmott.

The name is not bouncing out at me, sorry.
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Re: Cool track photo thread

Postby mikesbytes » Tue Aug 20, 2013 4:43 pm

Ah got it, he was carrying a world masters games back pack. So I went to the M7 results for 2009 and his name popped out

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Re: Cool track photo thread

Postby Derny Driver » Tue Aug 20, 2013 7:52 pm

mikesbytes wrote:Ah got it, he was carrying a world masters games back pack. So I went to the M7 results for 2009 and his name popped out

Donald BLACKMAN

Yes my dad knows of him, apparently he owned a couple of bike shops in the Blacktown area back in the day. But no relation to Don Blackman of Blackbird bikes Ashfield.
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Re: Cool track photo thread

Postby mikesbytes » Tue Aug 20, 2013 9:38 pm

Incidentally I found a little bit of info here, but not on Don

http://www.bicyclehistory.com.au/australian%20cyclists.htm
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Re: Cool track photo thread

Postby HLC » Wed Aug 21, 2013 10:11 pm

Derny Driver wrote:
mikesbytes wrote:Ah got it, he was carrying a world masters games back pack. So I went to the M7 results for 2009 and his name popped out

Donald BLACKMAN

Yes my dad knows of him, apparently he owned a couple of bike shops in the Blacktown area back in the day. But no relation to Don Blackman of Blackbird bikes Ashfield.


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Re: Cool track photo thread

Postby DavidI » Thu Aug 22, 2013 11:16 am

foo on patrol wrote:Are we talking Ron Hichson of QLD here? If so I used to know him real well. :)

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If you mean Ron HicKson, formerly of Ipswich, I used to race against his son John when we were juniors. I saw him (Ron, that is) at a track carnival at Chandler late last year, racing for the Rockhampton club. I believe they moved to Rocky when John started University up there.
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Re: Cool track photo thread

Postby foo on patrol » Thu Aug 22, 2013 9:09 pm

Yes that is him, I saw him and his wife at my mates wake 2yrs ago. He is a top bloke and he's not called The Silver Fox for nothing.;)

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Re: Cool track photo thread

Postby brades68 » Fri Aug 23, 2013 11:23 am

foo on patrol wrote:Yes that is him, I saw him and his wife at my mates wake 2yrs ago. He is a top bloke and he's not called The Silver Fox for nothing.;)

The Silver Fox is still racing here in Rocky. I had a match sprint with him and another bloke and after he beat us by half a wheel he was good enough to spend some time with us afterwards giving us some pointers. You can't bottle what Ron knows and being only my second season, I was all ears. He's a damn fine gentleman and i hope to be racing him this coming season.

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Re: Cool track photo thread

Postby foo on patrol » Fri Aug 23, 2013 1:22 pm

Good to hear Mick, say hi to him for me and let him know that I intend to be back track racing in another 4yrs. :mrgreen:

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Re: Cool track photo thread

Postby foo on patrol » Sat Aug 24, 2013 7:19 am

This seat position is soooooo wrong! :shock:

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Re: Cool track photo thread

Postby foo on patrol » Sat Aug 24, 2013 7:23 am

Ok, this is just plain wrong! :?

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Re: Cool track photo thread

Postby find_bruce » Sat Aug 24, 2013 9:23 am

foo on patrol wrote:Ok, this is just plain wrong! :?

http://velospace.org/files/KDH_SOFTRIDE.jpg

Yeah, it should drop bars & a disc wheel :wink:
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Re: Cool track photo thread

Postby ldrcycles » Sat Aug 24, 2013 12:24 pm

foo on patrol wrote:This seat position is soooooo wrong! :shock:

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Makes me think of this :lol:

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Re: Cool track photo thread

Postby brawlo » Mon Aug 26, 2013 12:07 pm

And the stem is way wrong too. I reckon it's because of the SMP seat style. I have a BIG seat to bar drop and tried an SMP I had around. It was really uncomfortable when there was heaps of bar drop. I love my SMP on my roadie though.

The upswept bit in front of where you sit doesn't work for big bar drop and I think this is what that rider is trying to combat with that setup...... either that or they are just plain weird. Any commisaire looking at that would send them packing too!
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Re: Cool track photo thread

Postby brentono » Fri Sep 06, 2013 12:16 pm

Position, position, position... :mrgreen:
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Re: Cool track photo thread

Postby brentono » Fri Sep 06, 2013 12:19 pm

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Re: Cool track photo thread

Postby brentono » Fri Sep 06, 2013 12:23 pm

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