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.
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