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Thursday
Dec242009

The best of 2009: History

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas, or a Happy (Insert whatever it is you celebrate this time of year.)

Weekends and Holidays are a time when the number of hits on this blog drop dramatically.

This is understandable as people spend time with friends and family, or maybe just riding their bike.

I expect to be doing the same between now and the end of the year, so my time posting new articles here will also be limited.

I thought it would be a good opportunity to look back on this past year and take a look at some of what I consider my better posts.

History, and stories about great riders of the past, is a favorite topic of many readers here.

On March 18th 2009, I wrote about French cyclist Louison Bobet, (Picture, left.) who won the Tour de France in 1953, 1954, and 1955.

The first rider ever to record three consecutive TDF wins.

 

On March 26th, Lance Armstrong’s broken clavicle prompted this story about Italian rider Fiorenzo Magni, who fell and broke his collarbone midway through the 1956 Giro d’Italia.

He chose to keep riding with his shoulder bound with an elastic bandage, and amazingly finished 2nd overall at the end of the race. (Picture, right.) 

Two days later on March 28th, I expanded the story of Fiorenzo Magni, and his career.

This fine old gentleman, now in his late eighties, is the living connection to the other Italian greats, Fausto Coppi, and Gino Bartali.

On July 29th, I wrote about Belgian cyclist Rik Van Steenbergen, (Left.) one of the great road sprinters of the 1950s era.

 

These articles are definitely worth a second look, even if you’ve read them previously

 

Reader Comments (4)

Dave,

I really loved all the historic pieces last (and any) year, including those about yourself. Thanks for these. Looking forward to more in the new year. Happy Holidays!

December 24, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterryan

Thanks Dave,
I enjoy your blog for the history and technology insights, and I don't mind the snarky opinion pieces either! I hope you have a great holiday and look forward to your writing in 2010.

December 24, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermercator

Happy holidays to you and yours Dave. Thanks for another year of great thoughts.
-Rob

December 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRedtaildd

Thanks for the recap, this only confirms that you should have never stopped blogging! Tailwinds for the new year, and I hope to find one of your frames in my size soon!

December 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJohn
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