Mick's Picks For Professional Cycling Moments On Video
There are so many "cycling moments" and memories caught on celluloid for most of a century. Even the broken tapes of the past inspire me to ride a less than perfect road or even a muddy road.
Tour de France
God bless those riders and racers of long ago who contributed to cycling.
God bless the cameramen on precarious vehicles trying to get that smooth shot!
Any of the old crude films of long ago will do the trick for Micky Dee.
Official History of Le Tour de France 1903-2006 DVD
There is so much available to us now.
In a flash, we can go deep into the past and see riders with heavy bikes, wool clothing, and more obstacles to riding and racing than today.
Any video should do!
Every year is dramatic.
Every year is epic.
Every year is inspiring.
One of the greatest films on cycling is "Stars And Watercarriers". Stars And Watercarriers is coverage from the 1973 Giro de Italia. It has the greats of that era which are too many to name here. Merckx, Ole Ritter, Francesco Moser, Felipe Gimondi, Bataglin, etc., etc.
Stars and Watercarriers breaks down the race, the team, sponsors, and other intricacies of the cycling world.
Stars And Watercarriers is a must see for any cycling fan.
In 1967, as I was working at the Smith-Corona typewriter plant and contemplating the USMC and Vietnam, Tom Simpson died on Mt. Ventoux on the 13th stage of the Tour de France.
Pierre Chany wrote: "Three kilometres from the summit, in a landscape of stone, where the mountain becomes most arid, the Briton began to wobble. The drama was imminent and it came a kilometre further on. Simpson climbed in slow motion, his face blank, his head tilted towards his right shoulder in his familiar manner. He was at the end of his strength. He fell a first time. Spectators went to him, putting him back in the saddle and pushing him. He went another 300m, helped by unknown arms, then fell again. This time, nobody tried to pull him upright: he had lost consciousness."
Tommy's last words were, "Put me back on my bike."
The Story of Tom Simpson- Part 1 out of 6
The above "Tom Simpson" video is the start of six videos that tell the triumphant life of a man who gave everything for his sport.
It's certainly a great story though tragic also.
But haven't a lot of us given "it all" or tried to in some pursuit in our lives?
Tom took amphetamines to win the greatest race in the world and attain financial freedom.
This is the same pursuit of many people.
My mother took her "diet pills" to better clean our home, cook, and entertain fellow Christians and people of fatih.
Riders/racers will "give it all" often, thinking at the same time, "This could be the big one!" And it may be just for a city limit sign.
Regardless, the Tom Simpson story is a beautiful cycling story.
Cycling With Johnny Cash
The above video speaks to me of sacrifice, pain, and desire.
We can only remain in our nests for so long.
Then we need to participate in life.
We tire. We dare. We tire. We dare. We tire. We dare.
We propel ourselves on funny two wheeled machines that wobble at slow speeds.
We find other people who do the same.
We accept all the parameters or our sport.
There's heat, cold, danger, pain, weakness, failure.
There's camaraderie in misery as well as joy.
Fausto Coppi - Ricordo dell'indimenticabile "Campionissimo"
Watch anything concerning the Campionissimo!
This one has such beautiful music.
Fausto was raised in Castellania, in Tuscany, in Italy.
His racing spanned World War II.
He raced all year, every year.
He fell in love with the Woman in White.
Fausto's story can be beautiful and sad.
Fausto Coppi "tickled the pedals".
DOCUMENTÁRIO EDDY MERCKX
Eddy Merckx was certainly the most filmed bicyclist of his era.
He was the winning-est cyclist ever.
His exploits are legendary.
He was the greatest athlete of the last century in terms of winning.
Watch anything that features the "Cannibal"!
1985 World Cycling Championships Finish
"Joop" Zoetemelk of the Netherlands started the Tour de France 16 times and finished every time, a record. He won the race in 1980 and also came eighth, fifth, fourth (three times) and second (six times). He won the world professional road championship in 1985 at 38.
Zoetemelk won Paris–Nice, the Semana Catalana and the Tour de Romandie in 1974. He then crashed heavily into a car at the finish of the Midi-Libre in Valras-Plage, France. He cracked his skull and came close to dying.The next season he won Paris–Nice again and then caught meningitis. He never fully recovered and the head injury reduced his sense of taste. He nevertheless won 20 races that season, including Paris–Nice, the Tour of Holland and the Dwars door Lausanne and a stage of the Tour de France. He also came in fourth in the Tour de France.
Peter Post said: "Joop would fit in any team. I've known only a few riders who were so easy. He followed the rules, he got on with people. That's the way he is. He never asked for domestiques. Joop never demanded anything."
Zoetemelk had naturally fair skin and a popular joke said was that he never acquired a tan during the Tour because he was always in Merckx's shadow.
Merckx supposedly called him a “wheelsucker” But how many people of that could or today would be able to stay behind Eddy Merckx?
But I saw him pull out the World Championship of 1985 in what was
supposed to be his last season in professional racing. So at the age of 39 years, Joop was wearing the "Rainbow Jersey".
“Joop” Zoetemelk was always the formidable opponent.
The Sean Kelly Story - Cycling Teaser
Watch the entire Sean Kelly story!
The Irishman, Sean Kelly, was perhaps the greatest sprinter of all time.
How can I say this? There are so many!
But - Kelly could time trial. He could road-race for a hundred and fifty miles and more. And - Kelly could sprint at the end.
The "teaser for Kelly's bio-video shows Kelly winning a sprint while leaning against the rider who is pushing Kelly into the guard rail! It's amazing!
Passo di Gavia 1988 - Andy Hampsten Wins The Giro
Andy Hampsten is the only American to win the Giro de Italia.
He won it with his ascent on the Passo di Gavia.
The video doesn't show the struggle so much as the carnage of the cold.
Andy Hampsten now resides in Tuscany and operates a "touring/Cycling Camp.
I've spoken to his brother many times via email. Steve runs Hampsten Cycles.
When I operated the "Inn" Steve sent me several posters of the Passo Di Gavia.
He even suggested that I hold off in getting the posters as Andy was coming in soon and would autograph them. Yes! It hangs on the wall beside me.
I've also spoken briefly to Andy via email. He was very kind. There are a lot of small moments in life that you don't see while you're in the middle of the moments.
Andy persevered when many riders were dropping like flies.
His photo says a lot.
1989 World Cycling Championships Finish
Greg Lemond takes on Laurent Fignon again in 1989!
50 riders, total, are left.
Steve Bauer flats!
Steven Rooks is in the mix.
The feared Irishman, Sean Kelly is there!
This is one of the best finishes ever!
1992 Milan-San Remo
Toward the end of the career of Sean Kelly, the Irishman wins Milan San Remo!
Argentine has gotten away!
But Kelly pursues with an incredible descent!
It's typical Sean Kelly!
It's a must-see.
Marco Pantani-La Leggenda
I love Marco Pantani.
Perhaps the Italian lost his glow for some people.
But I will celebrate his life as millions do.
The exploits of Marco Pantani are legendary!
Any of these exploits should motivate.
Ciclismo - Marco Pantani - Giro D'italia 1998 - Tonkov
Marco Pantani tried to give life his all.
God bless you Marco!
The Best Of Lance Armstrong
Just pick any video about the guy and it should be a bit motivational.
Cancer! Come-back! Come-back! Come-back! Come-back! Come-back! ETC.
I'm not sure if I ever saw one Lance Armstrong victory "live", "on TV live", or any fashion. I am not a spectator.
Having said this, I have all 7 years of his "Tour de France" wins on video.
He was the most visible athlete of his day if not today.
His cycling style on video is art, instructional, and motivational.
Lance Armstrong tried to have fun while being his most demanding slave-master.
Lance was gracious in sharing the spotlightin wins and money to team-mates.
He seemed very generous to all unless you got his goat or you were his foe.
Lance's appearances on camera were mostly excellent.
He's one of the best cyclists ever and while trying to be scientific, a workaholic, his own critic, taskmaster, etal. He tried to have some fun too.
For 99.9% of the riders out here - watch Lance!
Cultivate the "spin".
Spinning is the essence of longevity.
Spinning can make you look stronger than you are.
Spin and win!
Lance Armstrong Sestriere Climb 1999
Lance was wearing the yellow jersey.
But the real test was here on Sestiere in 1999, that confirmed him as one of the most formidable talents the world has known.
Watch the explosion!
Lance Armstrong attack on Mt. Ventoux 2000 Tour de France
When I watch this video of Armstrong and Pantani, I think of Lance passing the Pirate and I believe there was an invitation by Armstrong for the Pirate to follow. Perhaps not, but there was some gesture from one great to another for spending some "quality cycling time" together.
Then I see Lance giving away a win on a prestigious climb, the one where we lost Tom Simpson, to the Pirate.
Lance Armstrong 2001 TDF
A blown time-trial! A bad TT recovered!
Alpe d'Huez! The look"!
Ulrich crashes! Lance waits!
Lance and Ulrich shake hands after Lance gives a mountain stage to Jan!
But take any of many stages of a decade of Lance victories..
Lance Armstrongvs Biloki - 2002 TdF - Stage 12
It's the Armstrong and Beloki battles!
Joseba Beloki proves his mettle!
Roberto Heras proves his mettle!
Armstrong proves his superiority!
Lance Armstrong the Year of 2004
Ulrich, Beloki, Basso, and Armstrong duke it out!
Tour de France 2001-2002-2003 to the tune os Cottonmouth Joe!
Here are a few years set to music.
But each segment or stage that has that "Lance animation" will inspire you tremendously- if it's in your heart to be inspired.
Lance at Leadville
Even on a mountain-bike Lance inspires.
I'm inspired to ride the Leadville 100.
I think it's pretty hard to get an entry for that but I'd sure like to ride the same ride.
But I'm inspired.
For more inspiration check out:
And Micky's Stars And Watercarriers!
Or perhaps: Mickey's Favorite Bicycle "Descending" Videos!
Micky's Cycling Poetry
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