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  • Dennis Talbot - ex-professional racing cyclist
    who were a much larger concern He competed for them on a Dayton Elite see image left equipped with Simplex gears Tour de France rear and rod front changer until the end of 1951 The Elite made use of Dayton s lugless brazed bike system known as Amalgam they were only produced for about a year and the team knew them as Bubble Gums By now Dennis was hankering after a full professional contract and realised that to fulfil this ambition he would need to hone up on his track skills and switch to the NCU Coincidentally the NCU had organised a one year training school for professionals at Herne Hill track for 1952 This school was run by Johnny Dennis and was held mainly on Saturday afternoons providing exciting racing in the Herne Hill Saturday Series To this day Johnny Dennis organises events at the Palmer Park track at Reading There were 20 professionals racing every weekend and the events were very popular attracting vast crowds of spectators Events included Madisons of 60 100 laps Omniums Devil take the hindmost and sprint races of various lengths Dennis and Clive took the European Madison Championships with Reg Harris and Alec Taylor coming second As a pairing they were also very successful in the tandem track events Above Dennis ready to pounce on Reg Harris Whilst engaged in this training scheme Dennis and Clive Parker were sponsored by Rivetts of Leytonstone who supplied their team with track and road bikes See the image of them in the Rivetts team colours They both took part in the track racing on Saturdays and road races on Sundays The Rivetts frames were built at Leytonstone by Slash Beales ex Paris Rensch using Reynolds 531 tubing and Nervex Professional lugs During this period V CC member Neil Palmer was team mechanic Two other riders taking part in the school were Dave Bedwell and Derek Buttle who were sponsored by Claud Butler Clive Parker left and Dennis with Rivetts track machine at Herne Hill in 1952 In 1953 Derek Buttle approached Hercules Cycles with a proposal for the formation of a four man professional team to take part in races both in the UK and on the Continent This would be the first four man professional road racing team to be formed by a British manufacturer Hercules responded enthusiastically and the team comprising Derek Buttle Dave Bedwell Dennis Talbot and Clive Parker was duly formed and raced until 1955 It was very tough for the four riders to ride against strong Continental teams who were on their home ground so Len Whiteman of Polhill CC was drafted in for his hill climbing and road racing ability However he retired in 1954 and his place was taken by Freddie Kerbs from Cambridge Another rider to join the team was Ken Joy On the Continent the Hercules team competed in Kermesse single day road races Tour of Luxembourg Tour of Holland Paris Nice Tour of Calvados Six Provences

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  • E W Higgins
    the track had beaten many of the world s top sprinters Amongst his wins was the 1000 yards British Empire Championships held at his home track Fallowfield In 1931 he represented Great Britain at the World Championships in Copenhagen and recorded the fastest 220 yards time of the event This was a good year for him as he went on to win both the London and Derby Grand Prix events

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  • Clyde Rimple
    fact an original Grandini as conceived by Pete Benedict and made by Bill Philbrook The cost was 70 Autumn 1959 he enrolled at Woolwich Polytechnic as an engineering student but was still making tea urns when he saw an advert for the RAF which he decided to join Posted to RAF Locking near Bridgewater close to the famed Bridgewater Flats 25 course he like a lot of other National Servicemen was able to race regularly in local and RAF events in which he performed quite well In 1960 through the auspices of his camp Sports Officer he was selected by the Trinidad and Tobago Cycling Federation to represent them in the 1960 Rome Olympics where again he rode everything road and track clocking 1min 16 08secs in the Kilometer TT a good ride for the day and became good friends with several of the continental riders and personalities Back in the UK he continued to ride for the RAF and was posted to a station within comfortable riding distance of Welwyn stadium The article finishes at this point as it was at the time up to date but I am sure I have read other articles which describe him riding at Paddington and Herne Hill on a regular basis How long he stayed in the UK or if he even went back to Trinidad I don t know Perhaps someone else will be able to complete the story of this fascinating character Duncan Hall adds I came across your web site looking for information about Clyde Rimple rather strangely I met Clyde yesterday lunchtime I ll keep it short I d ridden in to Thatcham town centre to go to the bank in my lunch hour As I neared the cashpoint I was approached by an elderly but spry and

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  • Graham Jones cycle racer
    other riders and stayed away to the finish finishing in third place He also held the King of the Mountains Jersey and did a good ride in the time trial which Hinault won He finished this race feeling he could hold his own against anyone it was a great boost to his confidence In 1978 he again rode the Scottish Milk Race but had to retire due to sickness He also rode in the Sealink International 2 Day which started and finished in his hometown of Manchester In this race he won the Prologue Time Trial which took place on Barton Dock Road part of his old training circuit By now he was unsure just which direction his career would take but towards the end of the season this was resolved by a telephone call from Paul Sherwin Paul had spent a year racing in France and had been offered a professional contract He told Graham that the A C B B club in Paris were looking out for a top amateur to add to their team he suggested that Graham should contact them He did so and was signed up Once more he packed his bags and left home The A C B B Athletic Club de Boulogne Billencourt is not as many people think purely a cycling club but is a huge multi sport organisation and the cycling section is just one part of the whole organisation The club provided riders with bikes clothes accommodation and expenses leaving the rider with the job of training and winning races There were stories that the club looked after their riders only when they were winning but quickly lost interest if they hit a losing patch At first the club was for French riders only but in 1977 they changed their policy and started their Foreign Legion English speaking riders who used this club as a stepping stone to greater things were 1977 Paul Sherwin 1978 Graham Jones 1979 Phil Anderson and Robert Millar 1980 Stephen Roche 1981 Sean Yates and 1982 Allan Peiper The trip to Paris was for Graham a nightmare He travelled by bus and heavy snows made the journey never ending He arrived at the pick up point late to meet the manager Claude Escalon who was very annoyed The manager soon cheered up however when Graham won the second race he rode in their colours the Grand Prix de Toulon Graham was now living the life and had the training schedule of a full blown professional and it was necessary as now he was racing against the best amateurs in the world He had some problems with the language at first but quickly picked up enough to understand most of what was being said although it was some time before he found the courage to string words together to form sentences By the end of the year he was getting by without too much trouble To his surprise he found the A C B B didn t race their riders as much as he had expected and during his first season rode in about 65 races winning 15 of them The two victories which gave him most pleasure were both time trials The Grand Prix de Nations which is the world s top time trial starting and finishing at Cannes on the Cote D Azur There are two sections in this race amateur and a professional both which take place on the same day over the same course The race goes inland from the start into the mountains with plenty of steep climbs and twisting descents a course just made for Graham Although he won the amateur section of this race which was a great feather in his cap it was the less important Grand Prix de France which gave him most pleasure This race took place in the north at Boulogne over narrow country lanes and Graham beat many of Europe s best riders This sort of success was getting him noticed and with the season only half through he was approached by the manager of the Peugeot Professional Team with a good contract on offer As Graham was leading in the season long competition the Merlin Plage Trophy he agreed to sign for Peugeot only on condition that he could complete the season as an amateur as there was a lot of prestige in winning this trophy 1978 came to a perfect end when he won the trophy and was named the top amateur in France His dreams of riding in the Tour de France had come a step nearer THE PEUGEOT TEAM 1979 After spending the winter at home where he rode several hours each day building up a huge total of miles in training it was off to the South of France to meet all the other members of the Peugeot Team There were a total of 22 riders in the team and Graham was one of four new signings Pascal Simon was another new boy whom Graham had met before many times in amateur races He had also crossed paths frequently with another member of the team Jean Rene Bernaudeau and a deep friendship developed between the two a friendship that lasts to this day Bernaudeau was the man all France thought would win the Tour de France but he didn t quite live up to expectations Although he had many great wins to his credit he never managed the big one The leader of the team was Hennie Kuiper with Vandenbrook the leader for single day races Another member of the team but nearing the end of his career was Bernard Thevenet who had won the Tour de France in 1975 and 77 The first few weeks were spent training but instead of the cold and damp of a British winter it was the warm sun of the Mediterranean much nicer Graham s first race as a professional was the Grand Prix St Raphael This was a single day event over a very hilly course There were about 150 riders and keen to impress his new boss Graham finished in second place The next few months were spent training racing and getting to know his teammates He now had little trouble with the language and no problems being understood by the others He was not expected to ride in the Tour de France in his first year as a professional so as the other members of his team prepared for the biggest event of the year Graham returned home to England where he rode in a few races and was featured in the Manchester Evening News He followed the news of the Tour in the papers Bernard Hinault winning the 25 day race his second victory in masterful style On his return to France and keen to do well Graham was struck down with some mystery illness which ruined the rest of his season He was still racing frequently but without much success and was glad when the season came to an end and he returned home for a rest before the start of training for 1980 Graham always says that training starts on January 2nd with Christmas and the New Year out of the way So on January 2nd 1980 he set off to meet Paul Sherwin at Knutsford for a few hours of steady riding It was cold and frosty with ice on the roads near Mobberley he hit a patch of ice and crashed to the ground the pain in his leg telling him it was more than a simple tumble At hospital he was told his leg was broken and he would be in plaster for several weeks This was a disaster and he fretted at the loss of training As soon as the plaster was removed he tried to make up for lost time but there were still more problems ahead for he started to suffer with his knee which swelled up and became very painful Back at the hospital he was told an operation would be needed but there was an 18 months waiting list He could see his new career as a professional racing cyclist in ruins The only way out was to go in hospital as a private patient which he did although it cost a great deal of money The operation was a complete success and he had no further trouble from his knee As soon as the dressings were removed it was back to France and into training with a vengeance and was racing by mid April Three weeks later his manager gave him the news he had been dreaming about He would be riding in the 1980 Tour de France Hennie Kuiper would be team leader and all other members of the team would be helping Kuiper in any way they could Right Graham riding in the World Championships in a Great Britain jersey The Tour would be over 3949 kilometres 2452 miles spread over 25 days and there would be 130 starters They would face both the Pyrenees and the Alps before the finish in Paris Graham had raced before in the Alps but this would be different as they would be racing for two weeks before reaching the Alps As was to be expected Graham found the Tour very hard but so did many other riders Instead of the hot weather usually associated with the Tour de France it rained and was very cold Many riders had slimmed down losing every ounce of superfluous weight and they suffered as the cold attacked their legs Many fell by the wayside including the race leader Bernard Hinault who retired at Pau much to the disgust of the French press Graham s friend Bernaudeau was another who called it a day but Graham found the weather much as it was at home and was quite used to it He was doing a fantastic ride and during the final week was all set to finish in the first ten Unbelievable in his first Tour However he was struck down with sickness and although he struggled on lost a lot of ground to finish at Paris in 49th position but still a great ride What were Graham s feelings during his first Tour de France As the Tour progresses he said You feel sick and tired of the same routine day after day and you look forward to the end However when it comes you have a feeling of anti climax and you think God It s all over There is still plenty of racing to be done after the Tour as every village in France invites the stars of the Tour to ride in their local race This is the way that many riders earn their wages as a good ride in the Tour will ensure plenty of starting money at the races In addition to the local races Graham found the end of his season coming good with a second place in the Grand Prix D Isbergues a single day race in northern France and good rides in the Grand Prix Fourmies the Paris Brussels and the Paris Tours He closed his season with 11th place in the Tour of Lombardy in Italy the race known as The Race of Falling Leaves His season ended in October then it was off for two weeks lying on a beach in Spain WITHOUT HIS BIKE He wintered at home again going out on his bike twice a week until the New Year when it was back to his usual punishing training routine 1981 was a full season without any serious problems and Graham rode in more races than any other member of the team Hennie Kuiper had left the team and Australian Phil Anderson had joined Graham rode all the early season classics including the week long Paris Nice the Race to the Sun Most years he rode the Paris Roubaix This race was one of the most popular with spectators but not with the riders as it took place over some of the worst roads in Europe smashed bikes and crashes being the norm little wonder that it is known as The Hell of the North This was not Graham s type of race but he rode in order to be available to help his team mates by giving up his wheels when necessary He usually called it a day about 50 kilometres from the finish He had a good ride in the Tour of the Mediterranean 5 days finishing in second place and beating Bernard Hinault in the overall result as well as the in the Mountain Time Trial His biggest disappointment was during the Criterium International 2 days The first day was a 130 mile road race which was won by Hinault The second day was in two parts with a very hard road race in the morning and a time trial in the afternoon There was no doubt that after winning the first stage Hinault was expected to win overall but Graham had other ideas There were several tough climbs during the second stage and Graham felt that it was just made for him He attacked early in the race and Hinault tried to go with him but was unable to do so It is very satisfying to drop Hinault says Graham with a smile He powered away building up his lead and going hard by the penultimate climb he was thinking that a good time trial would win the race for him On a steep descent a television motorcycle failed to take a bend and crashed right in front of him As he was moving so fast he could do nothing and fell off sliding along with the motorcycle By the time he picked himself up battered and bleeding and put his bike to rights he had been caught by a smiling Hinault and his chance had gone Graham had won every Prime hillclimbing prize and felt that with luck he could have won the race His near victory had proved that Graham was going well and was ready for his second Tour de France This year the Tour was slightly shorter at 3766 kilometres 2338 miles but still over 25 days and there would be 150 starters Jean Rene Bernaudeau was the team leader But it was Phil Anderson who surprised everyone by taking the Yellow Jersey off Hinault In the Pyrenees Bernaudeau went through a bad time and a number of times Graham and other Peugeot riders had to drop back to help him On the 19th day of racing which was the longest stage at 143 miles from Morzene to the summit of Alp d Huez the climb with 21 hairpin bends Graham was again called upon to drop back to assist This time it was Anderson who was in trouble Hinault had regained the lead but Anderson was in second place In this stage the riders faced four severe Alpine mountain passes Hors Categorie and Graham was with the leading group when news of Anderson reached them The Team Manager instructed Graham to go to his assistance he had to wait several minutes for Anderson to catch him then coax him up the next couple of passes but it was soon clear that Anderson was finished so Graham left him and set off to try and pull back his lost ground By the start of the Alp d Huez climb he had caught the second group but by the finish he had still lost a lot of time and dropped down the General Classification Anderson however finished 17 minutes behind and dropped from 2nd to 19th position In spite of all his team duties Graham reached the Champs Elysees in Paris in 20th position overall and his number one fan faithful Ken Cope was waiting to cheer him over the line How did Graham feel when instructed to drop back to help other members of the team You just do it it s part of your job he said You are part of a team The Peugeot Team won the team prize and therefore rode the Tour in Yellow hats Graham tells you with a smile that he has worn yellow in the Tour but only a yellow hat Once more after the Tour came the round of local races and by now he was being recognised by the public and chased by youngsters with autograph books He had set up a home in the north at Lille but spent little time there due to his racing commitments Still he felt it was important to have a base to come home to Towards the end of the season Graham was dog tired and looking forward to a rest but this was not to be The manager pressed the team into riding the Tour de L Avenir 14 days by offering extra bonuses This race took place in September and was won by Pascal Simon and the team finished the year with a lot of money in their pockets but totally exhausted During this year he had raced more than any other team member 140 days of racing with most days over 100 miles With hindsight he thinks he was racing too much and should have been more like Robert Millar who refuses to race in events which don t suit him This heavy workload was to have its effect the following year A short holiday away from his bike then it was time to start training for the new season Little wonder that he felt shattered and below par CHANGING TEAMS 1982 On his return to France he could still feel the effects of the previous hard season and yet the year started with a bang in the early classic Het Volk in Belgium The race had been hard and fast and a small group had built up a lead but in the closing miles the race came together again In the confusion

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  • Alf Engers (aka King Alf, The King)
    take pace from another rider but there was no chance of this with Alf as such a practice would hold him up no end as he just swooped by most riders he caught Another no no is taking pace from cars but here the RTTC carried on holding events on busy roads in order to boost fast times This would create a scene where Alf would be doing close on 30 mph in a situation where cars may not be doing that much more at times less The RTTC seemed to think that Alf should just crawl along the gutter going slowly so as not to be travelling at the same speed as the traffic Being competitive Alf wanted to keep at maximum speed and this would entail overtaking slower cars pottering down to the coast with granny in the back In a dual carriageway it could entail using the centre of the road and overtaking between two lanes of cars logic not a known quality of cycling governing bodies would dictate that there was no where else to go if events were held on busy roads He entered his first National Championship this year aged 19 and finished third in a time of 56m 22s and he broke the National 25 mile TT record with a time of 55m 11s Alf Engers at speed on an early Alan Shorter with fixed wheel one brake and obligatory bell The wheels are 28 spoked sprints on Airlite hubs and the gear probably 84 The Engers story is a tale of two halves which have a gap of some five years in between The gap was enforced by cycling s powers that be who banned him from the racing scene thus depriving cycling of an absolute star at the peak of his career His offence was to turn independent which was a stepping stone class meant to act as a testing step between the amateur and professional ranks Logically one would assume that if for some reason being an Independent didn t work out for a rider then it would be possible to revert to amateur status after a short time say 12 months Alf took this step to the Independent ranks in 1962 when he was sponsored by a Barnet CC man Ted Gerrard who had gone into the cycle trade in quite a big way and sponsored a team consisting of Engers Woodburn and Harvey all from the Barnet CC 1962 however was the wrong year for Alf to do this as he soon found out He was married had a young child and was starting his own business in the bakery trade He only took part in a few races during that year many less than his norm as an amateur and at the end of the year Gerrard s business crashed sensationally Gerrard ending up in prison for fraud Alan Shorter took over the almost defunct company and for a short while Alf raced in his name However he soon realised that his other commitments meant that he would never be able to devote the time needed to compete amongst the established road racers and he quit the independent ranks at the age of 24 His fate was now in the hands of the racing officials who for years had been embroiled in a constant battle with Alf over his conduct on the bike in races and here was the chance to settle some old scores It was possible to apply for reinstatement as an amateur after one year but this was turned down by the blazer brigade Every year Alf applied to be reinstated and probably anyone else would have been successful but the authorities doggedly held out until Alf decided to give it one more go at the end of 1967 At last he was considered punished enough and his licence was granted Alf returned to racing at the age of 28 years in 1968 and Alf was naturally above his racing weight and not at his normal level of fitness after his years in the wilderness or on the riverbank However he entered his first race in the early spring which he won with a time under the hour probably sending shivers through other riders This result may have given him the impetus to get into a serious training regime and set about wiping out the agony of those wasted years and to get back the Blue Riband 25 mile record Yet again the Championship jinx hit Alf and he didn t become National Champion until the following year 1969 when again he took a stranglehold on the 25 mile record and whittled it down to 51 minutes dead A stunning result for Alf was in beating Peter Post in the London 6 day at Wembley During a 6 day extra star events are put on and in this one Alf dished out the ultimate beating in the pursuit by catching him before the event was finished As a youth Alf had ambitions to become a 4 minute miler in the world of track running now his ambition was to knock another minute off his record to become the first British rider to break 50 minutes for the 25 mile time trial out and back record He was to win the National Time Trial Championship at 25 miles in 1969 72 73 74 75 and 76 During these years Alf also did some track riding in the 4 000 metre pursuit and kilometre time trial He had some successes but was never prepared to compromise his time trialling regime to concentrate on these even shorter events One reason for this was that the authorities in the UK had decided that they would never allow him to compete in International or Olympic events which is where successful track racing led to Although Alf may have seemed to pay dearly for his short excursion into the world of Independents on his return to the sport there was to be no let up by the RTTC in what was becoming more than ever like a vendetta against him As Alf s businesses were doing well he was able to live a rather flashy lifestyle arriving at events with big cars and his famous fur coat one can imagine the effect this would have on aged officials who had been brought up in the world of cycling in complete secrecy and dressed from head to toe in black attire Over the years of his comeback period the officials were to disqualify Alf three more times to the consternation of most riders in the world of UK time trialling Each time he was disqualified support for Alf would flood into the cycling press of the day There was very little backing for the official point of view Almost every time he rode he was shadowed by RTTC officials often blatantly following him by car in a sport doing all it could to keep cars relating to the event off the road In 1976 Alf was once more suspended for one year after being fined 5 for dangerous riding after again being put in a position where he had to overtake slow cars on a busy road in a 25 mile time trial in Kent Following this last enforced season of fishing he took this up when not racing he returned to the sport at the age of 38 for one last try to break the 50 minute barrier He was now riding for Unity CC Hireconomy but Alan Rochford was still regarded as a great friend and was still supplying Alf with his frames During 1978 he kept himself tuned to perfection so should the right conditions arise he would be ready to take advantage and eventually on 5th August that chance arrived on the A12 in Essex Alf told his story to Peter Whitfield In the bakery trade Friday night is the busiest of all with all the extra work for weekend Usually I finished at four in the morning but this time I rushed and was away by three At home I ate a couple of cheese rolls and a tin of rice pudding and went to bed until six Considering the circumstances I didn t feel bad I never eat breakfast anyway and contented myself with black coffee eating mint cake on the way to the race When I got to the start I heard that three girls had beaten the hour I glanced at the main road and there seemed to be a lapse in the traffic a short time later it seemed heavy I went for my usual hour long warm up at slow and medium speed and looked as usual for signs that would indicate super form As usual there were none but instead I had an incredible and inexplicable feeling of well being Back at the start I met my friend Alan Rochford and we discussed the morning Another rider told us the traffic was very heavy early on and that there wasn t any wind about To me it seemed quite windy and it was trying to rain Left another image of Alf Engers at speed on his all chrome Shorter Photo courtesy Cycling Selection of wheels came next We had three pairs with us all small flange 24s a pair shod with road ones with a 12 up block another with threes and a 13 up block and a third with track ones and a 13 up block I plumped for the third pair because having ridden the course before I felt I would be able to ride the 13 sprocket up the hills On top of this I am always tempted to leave it in top gear so for the first time that season I had only a 13 top As I changed for the race I reckoned that all I could do had been done I taped over the lace eyelets on my shoes as the final touch and was ready to go We had arranged for three time checks all on Derek Cottington but as he was a non starter because of a calf injury they turned out to be on Eddie Adkins As I was waiting at the start I noticed that the traffic flow was increasing and also that it was beginning to rain As the pusher off held me I became aware again of a kind of inner calmness something normally unknown for me in such circumstances The timekeeper s count seemed spaced out then came the off After the initial starting effort it seemed very fast even into the wind Then it started to rain quite hard and my first thought was that this would allay the wind so obviously it would be most advantageous to get to the turn as quickly as possible The wind dropped and the rain almost stopped by the time I reached the first turn Having rejoined the A12 I overtook a couple of vehicles Looking ahead I could see a solid block of traffic and behind it was the same Descending the turn I engaged the 13 sprocket and as it turned out I stayed on it for the rest of the ride During the descent I thought what might happen if I burst a tyre now then decided that it wasn t worth worrying about as I would surely be a dead man ten times over I was now overtaking droves of holiday traffic and as I got to the flat stretch adjacent to the finish area where everybody watches the riders through first time traffic I had overtaken started to gain on me and up ahead I could see a solid block of traffic in both lanes I was acutely aware of the spectators as I started to catch traffic up so as not to take pace I kept as far out as I could in the inside lane overtaking cars as I went The dilemma was whether to stay where I was and risk breaking regulation 48 or to get off the road At this point a handful of spectators put their own slant on the race and coupled with race reports this had a devastating effect later on I was first accused of riding in the middle of the road then taking pace and also of receiving help from a moving vehicle Going through the finish area I caught my minute man and got a shout of 15 seconds up from a spectator in a blue and white track suit After this the traffic seemed to thin out and the gear was going over easily even up the hills In my mind s eye I felt as though I was controlling myself from within as if I was the driver of an alien force deciding if and when more power should be turned on perfectly relaxed yet at the same time aware of everything It was a strange feeling something I have experienced only twice before I have since found out that Americans are experimenting with this almost transcendental state for all sport and they call it the inner game As I approached the second turn I began to wonder if the wind would drop At the top of the slip road Bill Houghton the club sponsor was waiting to give me a check on Eddie which turned out to be 1 30 up Then someone else shouted 25 30 which was the 15 mile mark The wind hadn t completely dropped but it seemed possible to cut through it OK a thin air day as I ve come to call it On reflection on the previous occasions that I ve broken the record 1969 and 1969 the same type of conditions have prevailed always dull and stormy plenty of oxygen in the air Heavy traffic alone is now enough Ideal conditions seemed to prevail still at six miles to go Now I get a shout of 1 20 up and there s still no sign of a sell out The wind is still there but bearable Five miles to go and club mate Jack Lacey is holding up a sign which reads It s on Between there and the finish the road drags and I wonder if I ll make it Up over the last rise and only the slip road to go The marshals at the top are going mad waving their arms I m over just and the legs still in one piece Left into the finishing straight and I can see Mike Fagg and at this point I get a shout of 48 minutes With a wrench I m up and past him and in the distance I can see the finish My legs feel like lead with a hundred yards to go I m at my limit and still I m not there Everything goes blank but I still look for the flag Suddenly it s there I kick and it s over People are clapping Have I done it I stop and my stomach heaves Everywhere people are running Alan runs up kisses me and says You ve done it a forty nine I m surrounded by people shaking my hand and I can t believe it s over Ten years of trying the disappointments the bad luck are over I look at the sky expecting to hear a heavenly chorus Instead somewhere a dog barks This extract is from 12 Champions author Peter Whitfield published by his own company Wychwood Publishing email peterwychwood at hotmail co uk Alf Engers his 1978 machines Peter Underwood thanks to Paul Kimberley for access to his Engers archive 1978 was to be the peak of Alf Enger s time trial career the year he finally beat the 50 minute barrier for a 25 mile time trial For all of his competitive years Alf had been thinking about the technical aspects of the machines he rode much of this with the cooperation his frame machine builder mentor Alan Shorter Leading up to this year Alf had concentrated a lot on weight issues and was famous for having machines with many components radically drilled to reduce weight it was possible to see straight through some of his handlebars for example and he even cut off the brake stirrups below the block mounting nuts whereas I have been nervous at the thought of filing an extra mm to drop the block to the correct position In 1976 7 Alf was yet again under suspension from the RTTC and he would have spent a lot of his time fishing and probably thinking about the way forward with his bikes while waiting for a bite In the record braking year Alan Shorter supplied him with two new machines each one slightly different to the other for use on different types of courses both were painted rather than chromed and were transferred Shorter Below the first description is of the early machine built which in use threw up some unforeseen problems resulting in the second machine produced later and was the record breaking machine Alf had realised that his drillings were creating drag and turbulence over surfaces ruining the aerodynamic flow and that this was outweighing the advantage of the weight savings A pair of Alf s bars from the drilled all over era image Nigel Scott Aerodynamics become exponentially more important as the speed rises for the average computer cyclist say they would have no bearing at all on his or her performance Once the speed increases beyond 25 mph this is where every little counts A simple way to test this is if freewheeling downhill with a friend and speeds are equal or if the other rider is slowly pulling away Assuming a machine stable at speed then assume a tuck position with the hands clenched together in front and rest the foreams on the top of the bars Tuck in the elbows and try

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  • Brian Haskell
    gear lever bosses Bike is equipped as for the 1959 season Derek says that he is sure that the frame was re furbished probably around 1958 At this point he thinks that the origional Agratti plain dropouts had the Cyclo hanger brazed on and probably the gear lever bosses also The mettalic grey and blue was retained but rather than two broad blue panels on the seat tube narrower bands with a gold edging were put on Wheels Fiamme 32 40 sprint rims on Airlite small flange QR hubs Chainset Stronglight 49D with TA adaptor ref 2175 T A rings inner ref 104 44t outer ref 106 51t see below Pedals Philips steel quill Gears Rear Cyclo Benelux MK7 front Cyclo Benelux Brakes Mafac Racer levers half hoods Bars Stem Cinelli steel model 17d engraved Giro de Italia bars on Cinelli steel 3 stem Saddle seat pin Unica Nitor model 1960 on micro adjust pillar Extras Pump Bluemells 18 alloy Bottle cage French Vit model 731 downtube mounted Viking advert from the 1958 B L R C handbook The advert shows just how dominant the Viking team were in the 1957 season and the bulk of the victories would have been scored by Brian Haskell who was the top independant for most of the late 50s I did race against the Viking team through this period however they were so much superior to my abilaties that I never got to really know them Later in life I called on Brian s company Salamander Fabrications and got to know Brian very well he told me that on three occasions he was invited to be a member of the Great Britain team in the Tour de France He turned the invitation down as although he was a dominant force in the UK

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  • Peter Southart - Pennine Cycles
    http theflyingwheel blogspot co nz Wolves of the Road A history of New Zealand Six day Tours 1953 85 http wolvesoftheroad blogspot co nz 2013 06 01 archive html Peter Southart at speed on a Pennine notice braze on at top rear of seat tube This braze on takes a clip for the Pennine CO2 pump Peter riding for team Adorior with their 50s estate wagon complete with woodwork on body He finished in 4th place in this 1951 Brighton to Glasgow 6 day stage Race organised by the BLRC he also won the King of the Mountains prize Pete Southart in Pennine top front left pulling along a group with Les Gill and Frank Garvey Image above from Pennine Catalogue Derek Browne Charlie Mather right ready for a feed from his team in the Buxton Road Race 1957 Hitter Hill Debyshire G Barlow Stone Wheelers is the other rider Ready to go racing the bike has one bar end gear lever plus one down tube both fitted on right hand side Early 1970s MG M sports car Peter checking the gap R A F Mass Start Championships R A F St Athan 1948 Airfield buildings can be seen in the background Adoria Road Club team no date Golden Horse Kermesse 19 September 1948 Standing Stones a popular hillclimb choice It s between Langley and Wildboarclough not far from Macclesfield on the fringes of the Peak District Ted Redmond Manchester Velo adds I have a couple of photos of Pete Southart taken some time in the late 50s which might interest you My club at the time was Manchester Coureurs now defunct and we had an association with Pete through Irene Evans who was in the Coureurs My clearest memory of those times is of riding a hilly route around

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  • Benotto 'Cromor' 1978
    it with appropriate equipment for that date and will submit new images when it is done Frame Benotto Columbus Cromor frame with chrome forks 56 5cm Benetto s signature grooved turned knurled tubes Pantographed fork crown top tube and seat stays Wheels Campag Record Strada rims on Campagnolo First Generation Super Record hubs with Clement Strada tubs Chainset Campagnolo First Generation Super Record double chainset outer ring with Benetto pantograph

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