Monday, August 28, 2006

Old school cross

Great historical stuff posted on the bayareacyclocross email:

... and more: following the link in the comments to that de Vlaeminck photo, I gotta share the following one of Roland Liboton, from the old Simon Burney book on CX ... this shot always got me fired up for cross every season (still does, actually)...


Blogger Rich Maile said...

Dave, have you been hanging out with Bob L. and stole his book, "How To Cyclocross"?

12:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I miss the old sections where you had to throw your bike over the obstacle first, then crawl over somehow after!

5:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah, those sure were the days...

(read with thick sarcastic accent)

7:02 PM  
Blogger ali-la-pointe said...

Christophe was a Tour riding roadie (the toeclips), as was this guy: but coaches won't let their charges race cross for fear of ruining their "base"...(snear)

9:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Harrr...twas a fine time it twas. Aye, I remembers a time when men were men and not "fancy" boys in tight white spandex a showin of thare jewels atop tha podium thare.

Noo, we wore wool. Properly fittin garments. We we're true crossers and not tossers! And our socks, what fine sox. Black sox of course, astride leather saddles, and steel frames with only one gear, fixed gear I tell ya.

You youngin's have gone soft. I tell ya the only redemption for yas it to take up boxing between laps. Ats right BOXING. And during the run-ups, I say a medicine ball should be thrown at ya and you should be able to learn to take a hit like a man, ya daffodils!

Groundskeeper Willie in SC

9:48 PM  
Blogger Dave Carr said...

The old days of surf city:

9:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rumor has it that the CCCX race #1 will use portions of the BMX course at Prunedale to meet UCI requirements for double jumps and berms!~ They need to check out these old school photos for inspiration when marking out their next cyclocross course. I guess Dave Carr is demanding double jumps and berms to make it a UCI official european style circuit??

10:44 PM  
Blogger DeSlug said...

The term isnt 'old' but 'well cultured' :-)

I for one have never been a big cross rider, though do try to get out there at least once a year (or there abouts), I would like to contribute one thing about the history of cross, especially bay area cross.

One of the people that helped bring cross further out was a gentleman by the name of Fritz Lidl. I believe he was one of the people that pointed Clark Natwick in the right direction in his early days, and was also a definite guide in setting up cross events for a number of years.

I occasionally ask about Fritz, and I hear he's doing well, and is probably out at an event or two per year.

Just my 2% of $1


6:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those old pictures really reminded me of the images that Noel Holland (VeloCity on Stanyan, SF) tried to convey to me about the early days of this sport. He was givin' me dismount/remount lessons in the Panhandle in front of all the weary homeless park residents.
Then he and some dude at Mountain Goat Cycles fashioned my first cross bike from an old Motobecane touring frame. What an episode of learning that turned out to be!!

4:48 PM  

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