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Re: Cool track photo thread

Postby brentono » Mon Feb 11, 2013 11:29 am

Australian 5-Mile Championship start with Tandem (Hobart)
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Re: Cool track photo thread

Postby mikesbytes » Mon Feb 11, 2013 4:35 pm

Hi Brenteno what's your fathers and the stokers names?
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Re: Cool track photo thread

Postby brentono » Tue Feb 12, 2013 9:09 am

mikesbytes wrote:Hi Brenteno what's your fathers and the stokers names?

Mike,
My father, the stoker was Eddie, and the pilot was Alan Ahern.
(Russell Mockridge had not been included in the Victorian team for
the National Amateur Track Cycling Championships at Hobart from March 7 to 14.
He was not informed of the State Titles and did not compete, so he was not eligible.)
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Re: Cool track photo thread

Postby brentono » Wed Feb 13, 2013 9:20 am

Derny Driver
From our discussion before, great shot of the Vel D'Hiv from Flandria Cafe and the Movie "Rafle"-
(German Occupation of Paris, during WWII, used as a Relief Centre)
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Re: Cool track photo thread

Postby brentono » Wed Feb 13, 2013 10:52 am

DD
To come to the realisation, now, about the Great Figure of Giovanni Borghi "Mr IGNIS" and
a missed opportunity, in my youth. There was not the level of information available, today. :(
Some great excerpts, also from Flandria Cafe.
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An early, successful prototype of the model was Giovanni Borghi: The Milan industrialist founded the IGNIS brand of household appliances. His factories would turn out one appliance every eight seconds, and make billions selling them to Italy's exploding middle class. Borghi was famous for his early support of cycling, and his yellow IGNIS jerseyed squadra won more than a few great races in the late fifties and early sixties.

Borghi was aggressive, flamboyant and flashy. And he took care of his stars - famously buying Spanish sprinter Miguel Poblet a Lancia convertible after his Milan San Remo win. On top of his 25 million lire per year salary.

Borghi kept control of IGNIS in the family. In the paternalistic Italian industrial model - like Ferrari, Maserati or Campagnolo. He later turned the reins over to his son, who in turn finally sold the company to Dutch conglomerate, Philips.

Borghi is still remembered in Italia. RAI even aired TV miniseries about his life this past year, "Mister Ignis". Some say Borghi was a major role model to another young ambitious milanese you've probably heard of: Silvio Berlusconi.


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Re: Cool track photo thread

Postby cotterpin » Wed Feb 13, 2013 11:01 am

Another great informative post. Thanks Brentono.
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Re: Cool track photo thread

Postby Derny Driver » Wed Feb 13, 2013 2:14 pm

Wonderful stuff brentono. Fabulous post.
Yes the most amazing track in the world, vel d'Hiv Paris was pulled down after WW2 out of respect for the Jews, who were locked in there before being transported by the Nazis. The "rafle" or raid was an infamous part of French history. There never was, or will be, a velodrome to rival the size and atmosphere of the mighty Vel d'Hiv.
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Re: Cool track photo thread

Postby brentono » Wed Feb 13, 2013 3:21 pm

cotterpin wrote:I notice in that shot above, 56' Olympic gold medalist, Ian Browne (far left).
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Right there cotterpin :D
Victorian team-
Manager-B. Pearson.
L to R- I. BROWN, H. SUTHERLAND, C. SMYTHE, R. BOWEN, R. ANDREW, R. PLOOG, R. BARCLAY

R. BARCLAY (on the far right of the Vic Team Photo) went on to win 1953 Australian 5-Mile Championship above.
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Re: Cool track photo thread

Postby brentono » Wed Feb 13, 2013 3:32 pm

Derny Driver wrote:Wonderful stuff brentono.
There never was, or will be, a velodrome to rival the size and atmosphere of the mighty Vel d'Hiv.

DD
True, (a sad connection to WWII) but a great venue, and must have been amazing watching
the "big-bike" motorpaced events; Demi-Fond, in there.
Here an old shot of a 6-Day
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Re: Cool track photo thread

Postby brentono » Thu Feb 14, 2013 4:56 pm

Great shot of 6-Day Munich 1976
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Re: Cool track photo thread

Postby cotterpin » Thu Feb 14, 2013 8:15 pm

Great shot Brentono, Rene Pijnen's partner, Gunter Haritz, Another impressive record
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Re: Cool track photo thread

Postby brentono » Fri Feb 15, 2013 2:36 pm

Atmosphere in 1932 of The Berliner Sportpalast (built 1910, demolished 1973)
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Re: Cool track photo thread

Postby foo on patrol » Fri Feb 15, 2013 5:57 pm

brentono wrote:Great shot of 6-Day Munich 1976
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People that have never ridden madisons and six day races, just can't appreciate, how hard it is and how much bike control is required, to sling in another rider on a Velodrome bank. :wink:
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Re: Cool track photo thread

Postby brentono » Mon Feb 18, 2013 4:13 pm

Certainly brings in the extra skills required, than just ordinary scratch races, Gary.
As you are aware, it requires quick decisions, quick reflexes, skill, and strength, to
facilitate the changes, where many things can go wrong. And a missed changeover
can mean, poor results, or worse a fall, which happens, often, in these events.
It took good judgement, to be able to drop in, at the right position on the Track,
to be setup for a Sprint point finish. It's all go-go-go for an hour or more.
And in the Sixes, day in, day out. Certainly a Trackies, delight.
Very exciting, to participate, and many say, to watch. 8)
My best effort was only a State Madison Championship, would have liked more.
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Re: Cool track photo thread

Postby brentono » Thu Feb 21, 2013 10:01 am

The only U.S. TDF winner, during his Track racing. :)
Six Days of Grenoble 1988 (with Doyle)
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Re: Cool track photo thread

Postby foo on patrol » Fri Feb 22, 2013 3:00 pm

brentono wrote:Certainly brings in the extra skills required, than just ordinary scratch races, Gary.
As you are aware, it requires quick decisions, quick reflexes, skill, and strength, to
facilitate the changes, where many things can go wrong. And a missed changeover
can mean, poor results, or worse a fall, which happens, often, in these events.
It took good judgement, to be able to drop in, at the right position on the Track,
to be setup for a Sprint point finish. It's all go-go-go for an hour or more.
And in the Sixes, day in, day out. Certainly a Trackies, delight.
Very exciting, to participate, and many say, to watch. 8)
My best effort was only a State Madison Championship, would have liked more.
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You're lucky Brenton, they didn't have them in the State Titles here, when I was racing. :(

My best was in the Nerang Six Day, where I got third after loosing my partner in a fall on the third night, while we were running in third place, only 20 points off first. I road the rest of that night by myself until they decided to match me up with another rider who also lost his partner. They took half my points off me and a lap also :x and that put me down in eighth position but the worst part was, he was useless as tits on a bull. :shock:

The next two nights were spent getting as many points as we could and then on the last night, I got the lap back on the field. :D Instead of doing a lap or a lap and a half before slinging the partner back in, I was doing two and three along with trying to hammer everyone. :roll: I had to say to him, harden up a bit and bloody help me out by getting some sprint points and I'll do all the hard work and get you positioned for the sprints. :twisted:

Shane Sutton and one of my best mates Evan Dawson one it, I can't remember who got second but I got $145 for third place. :lol:

Fantastic races to be in but if your reflexes were sad well, you were in all sorts of bother and trouble. Two sets of strips for the week and a set of mitts, so it was an expensive week of riding too. :wink:

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Re: Cool track photo thread

Postby brentono » Fri Feb 22, 2013 4:07 pm

Great rap there Gary, and a good finish for third. Must have been a stretch,
as 6 days of straight competition is so difficult when your not used to it.
And with mixed up partners it's ever harder.
My first major Madison (10 Teams), had just turned 16, with another junior,
we took a lot of the early sprints, and took a lap on the best Seniors,
they were peeved, and gave it all, and we were only knocked out of winning,
with 4 laps to go, it was a hoot. Rode many more. Liked it a lot.
Those were the days. Good money (well for the day it was OK) and good crowds.
And so many, very good riders, to compete against.
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Re: Cool track photo thread

Postby brentono » Fri Mar 15, 2013 10:11 am

Newspaper clipping of the Promo for the Madison, when we rode as the Junior Team.
(as discussed)
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Re: Cool track photo thread

Postby foo on patrol » Fri Mar 15, 2013 10:03 pm

Those bloody arm guards were a real pain in the arse to wear. :roll:

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Re: Cool track photo thread

Postby brentono » Sat Mar 16, 2013 9:27 am

True Foo, but a lifesaver when things got roughhouse.
A young bloke might be pressured out of a finish, wise old men, thought. :shock:
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Re: Cool track photo thread

Postby brentono » Sat Mar 16, 2013 10:08 am

The most famous American Track Cyclist you’ve never heard of.
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“Worlds champion bicycle racer who came up the hard way—Without hatred in his heart
—An honest, courageous and God-fearing, clean-living gentlemanly athlete.
A credit to his race who always gave out his best—Gone but not forgotten.”


... a tribute, that any sportsperson, may try, their best, to emulate.
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Re: Cool track photo thread

Postby foo on patrol » Sat Mar 16, 2013 1:20 pm

Boy are they wild looking handle bars. :shock:

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Re: Cool track photo thread

Postby Derny Driver » Sat Mar 16, 2013 2:59 pm

brentono wrote:The most famous American Track Cyclist you’ve never heard of.
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Ive heard of him mate. Ive read the book - several times.
Major Taylor.One of the most inspiring, decent, humble and honourable human beings ever to walk the planet.
And on a bicycle, he had no peer in those days. He was the greatest.

The handlebars bear his name to this day. Google it.

(Again, a truly beautiful photo brentono. Wow.)
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Re: Cool track photo thread

Postby mikesbytes » Sat Mar 16, 2013 6:34 pm

Isn't his bicycle somewhere in Sydney?
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Re: Cool track photo thread

Postby brentono » Sun Mar 17, 2013 3:07 pm

mikesbytes wrote:Isn't his bicycle somewhere in Sydney?


Right Mike (and Derny) :D
Seems Major Taylor's black bike he rode in 1903 and 1904- was owned by Jack Walsh.
(on display, but had sat unnoticed in Walsh's suburban cycling shop for 15 years in 2004)
As to where the bike is now? (Vale Jack Walsh- 2010) :?:

After 1904, Taylor retired, for several years after the birth of his Daughter "Sydney" in Sydney.
His racing number was always 13, and although considered by many to be unlucky,
Taylor always insisted that promoters allot him the "devil's number" on the programme.
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