Today, 1 July, is the hundreth anniversary of the beginning of the Battle Of The Somme. It lasted until 18 November, 1916.
On the first day of the battle, the British army alone suffered well over 57,000 casualties.
|Not much in the way of hills, but in Illinois the wind is your hill.|
|Bet that bike's a bear in a crosswind...|
|A Rainbow for... which event?|
|It was refreshing, actually. Wish it'd lasted all day.|
|i wonder if they'll be filling in that blank page there on the left.|
i'll be checking back in a month or three.
|Classic Old School speed machine!|
|Jacques Anquetil would be envious... T.A. rings, 225mm Bullseye crank arms. Minimal ground clearance!|
The rider had just come in from riding a rather rolling circuit. Looked like he had a 13-25 freewheel mounted. i asked how he got up those hills, and he said basically that he just takes a good run at them. i couldn't imaging turning over that windmill crank at any speed under 25mph! It reminded me of pictures i'd seen of the time trialists in the old British cycling magazines, back when road racing there almost exclusively consisted of 25 and 50 mile TTs.
The guy was probably about my age or so, meaning late middle aged. As i get older my choice of the big rings has gone from 53, to 52, to 48, down to 46T... i have a bit of envy for a fellow whose knees and leg muscles can still turn over those gears!
If i encounter this rider and machine again (and it will probably be in the parking lot as there's no way i'd catch him on the road!), i'll try to take more pics of this unique bike. If you have an idea as to its origins/builder, pass them along? Thanks!