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Mick's Picks For Professional Cycling Moments On Video

Updated on February 3, 2011

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.

Paris Roubaix

Paris Roubaix!

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.

Tommy Simpson

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".


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.

Andy Hampsten is Ice Cold | Facebook

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!

It's amazing!

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

Oh my!

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!

Yes! Inspiring!

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.

~Micky Dee~


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    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      7 years ago

      Hi twentyfive! Yeah, this is a full length movie. Get some popcorn and enjoy. I find the time trial featuring Ole Ritter to be interesting but the mountain climbing is the prettiest.

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      7 years ago

      Great collections Mik ;) I'll be back to finish the other vids :)

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      Micky Dee 

      7 years ago

      Hi ExpandYourMind! Lance is known better than any cyclist ever. Tom Simpson is a sad story I've known for decades. It's cycling lore. He gave it all like a race horse.

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      7 years ago from Midwest USA

      Great hub, Mickey Dee. Great cyclists whom pushed themselves to the limit. I'm more familiar with Lance Armstrong and his quests. The story of Tom Simpson is sad-- like a great race horse who gives it their all to win the race.

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      Micky Dee 

      7 years ago

      Yo Rossi brotherman! I love you bud. God bless you!

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      Chibuzo Melvin Mobis 

      7 years ago from Nigeria

      I enjoyed this hub and something of a legend was going right through me while reading it.Micky, you are a legend.

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      Micky Dee 

      7 years ago

      Hi Bobbi. These old videos are what I studied before Lance came along. Nothing is quite like watching the pros do it. I'm not a spectator if the weather is good though. God bless you dear Bobbi!

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      7 years ago from New York

      Love the videos, it makes me feel like I'm riding with them (or it's my old age and my vertigo that kicks in) but seriously, those are great as is your writing on this subject you know so well. I learned something as always. Thanks.

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      Micky Dee 

      7 years ago

      God bless you Peggy W. That story may not be so interesting. We'll see.

      acaetnna please watch out for some of the bikes out here. Some may be hainted. God bless you acaetnna.

      drpastorcarlotta- thank your dear. Prasetio's mother and my mother were both mothers. God bless you dear!

      tonymac! God bless you brotherman. I love you bud. Love and peace Tony!

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      Tony McGregor 

      7 years ago from South Africa

      Brilliant as always my buddy! Such a wealth of information and intelligent comment. You are one of a kind, that's for sure!

      That Tom Simpson vid was just awesome.

      Thanks so much for the time and effort put into this - it really is awesome.

      Love and peace


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      Pastor Dr. Carlotta Boles 

      7 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

      WOW!!! What a HUB! And I did not know that prasetio30 was your nephew! Your awesome!GREAT VIDEO'S.. Voted-Up!

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      7 years ago from Guildford

      What an awesome hub - I learned so much. Probably the lst time I road a bike was when I was 12 and I fell off - it put me off forever. I am still working my way through the videos but I so appreciate how brilliant they are. I shall press your tabs again!

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      You truly have a great video collection! I second the others who think it would be a great hub to see how you got started with all of this. Interesting about the padded biking shorts, etc. I had no idea!

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      Micky Dee 

      7 years ago

      Yo Martie. Let's get that bike back out and peddle around a bit. But please be careful dear Martie. I wish I had a tandem to give you a fast ride. God bless you dear one.

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      Martie Coetser 

      7 years ago from South Africa

      Micky, you are obviously muscle and bone a bicyclist. I think your last words will also be "Put me back on my bike." Thanks for sharing your world with us – If I ever had the opportunity, I would have loved to be a bicyclist. My bike and I were best friends in my pre-teen years, and even during my teenage years, and then again in my forties... Perhaps I should give it a go again? I hope you are fine and ready for the next road trip. See you again!

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      Micky Dee 

      7 years ago

      Yo Mike's Corner! Thank you bud. I'll come by to check on you. God bless!

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      Mike's Corner 

      7 years ago from Maryland

      Wow, great collection of footage Mickey Dee . . .thanks for the hub!

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      Micky Dee 

      7 years ago

      God bless you dear Eiddwen! I'm so glad you enjoy these. I love you dear! Stay warm and well!

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      7 years ago from Wales

      Hi Micky,

      Another great hub and well worth all the hard work that you obviously put into them and it certainly pays off.

      I still have to go through all the video clips.

      As I'm writing this I am listening to the comentary of Milan-San Remo.

      Thank you once more Micky.

      Take care


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      Micky Dee 

      7 years ago

      Yo Katie! The cycling world is pretty small. I've never been a name dropper from magazines or the regional "who's who". But - the cycling world is small. It's very likely that many of the racers in a region such as California will know most of the bigger names. Like here in the East, if one is on the circuit names are just known. Old names are tossed back and forth. If I were out West your brother and I would have passed one another at least. God bless you Katie dear.

      I'll do that Lisa. It will be re-dredging some pain and fond memories.

      Rich! I would bet you're a natural hill climber and don't know it. Most of what you need to be a climber is to have a light weight. I'd love to ride that Leadville 100. There are many of those hills where all it takes is a rock in the wrong place and you're walking. It's much better to ride when possible. Once you stop your heart rate goes through the ceiling. God bless brother Rich!

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      7 years ago

      I love to get out on my mountain bike and just go for rides especially in the summer. I used to enjoy watching the Tour de France on TV when I was younger. Watching the likes of Lance Armstrong climbing those mountains is amazing. He makes it look so darn easy and he's just a beast or human pedalling machine when he's parked on that saddle. I will stick to my relatively flat roads and leave the hills and mountains to the experts. Although maybe one day in the future I will return to cycle in the Scottish Highlands - Now that is certainly a beautiful place to cycle and worth putting up with the hill climbs.

      Thanks for sharing this great hub Micky and God bless you Brother.

      P.S. That Leadville 100 looks tough and even more incredible is actually seeing LA getting off at one point and pushing his bike up for a short while - I've never actually seen him walk with his bike. Cheers Micky!

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      7 years ago from Columbus, Ohio

      Thank you Micky for the explanation. Please do a hub on Micky's beginnings. I am always excited to see how people got their start and why they love something so much. It tells me many things about their character. It kinda reminds me of Forrest Gump for some reason. (a character that I love)Remember how he just walked and walked till he was across the country? It became an obsession but I think he was walking out the inner pain from Jenny leaving him again. At any rate, I am interested in learning about what drives people, so please do the hub. Thank you.

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      7 years ago from I'm outta here

      Cool, I learned a lot about the great pioneers who paved the way for me. When we were just little kids my brother and I would ride and imagine riding all across the country, He made it to tour de france, Jeff lives out in CA, we don't ride together but we both still do and love it. Great bond between friends, big brothers and little sisters. Who knows you may even know him...

      :) Katie

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      Micky Dee 

      7 years ago

      Yo lisadpreston! It's really nice to get a comment like your asking about particulars. Those bike seats can be very uncomfortable. Different butts take different seats. For long rides of 120 miles and more- one might consider TWO pair of cycling shorts with padded chamois. Cycling shorts are a tool. They do look funny and/or attractive, but the cycling short is a tool. A real pair has a padding that cushions the seat and the ride. For long ride and short rides we may use a lube like Noxzema, petroleum jelly, bag balm, etc. That may help. There is also a time for breaking the butt in for riding too.

      My infatuation of cycling began with only one racer riding through my home town. I was hooked at the sight I saw. Self-propulsion, in the best way, was what I saw. I bought a Sears bike made in Austria. It cost $98 and people thought that I had gone crazy. That bike was stolen and I "had to" buy a better bike. People thought I had gone crazier. And so it went. Maybe I'll write a "true beginning of cycling for Micky Dee hub" soon, but that's basically how I got into cycling. There were a lot of lonely years at first. Still are, but early on - there was nobody at all to ride with. So I've moved to places where the "cycling" is great. Thank you for a great comment. I hope to continue this with a hub. God bless!

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      Micky Dee 

      7 years ago

      Hi akirchner! Lance has ben the most tested athlete in the world. "They", whoever they are, "know" he's "on something". They can't find traces of anything so they test also for oxygen in the blood. This is another way to test for dope. Lately Floyd Landis admits to doping and implicates others. Some people hate Landis for his "coming out". I have no problem with Landis or his words. Most racers are hardworking "riders". They don't actually work but they will say their office is on the bike. I know what work is. Most racers are competing for seconds and drugs help with those seconds evidently.

      I'm not an expert on doping. I clearly have a cycling record of not taking drugs. There will always be attempts to cheat. NASCAR mechanics have done it. Baseball, football players, track athletes. The bottom line is - nobody should be put on pedestals for earthly achievements that should be gifts of physical prowess given by God. God bless akirchner.

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      7 years ago from Columbus, Ohio

      wow Micky, you know your stuff on cycling. Now I must be honest, this is the one sport I know nothing about, well a little now because of this hub. There must be something spectacular about it after seeing these guys willing to almost die for it! My thing was riding horses and I damn near died a few times myself, so I do understand the dedication part. I've only used bikes as a means of transportation and they hurt my butt after about 5 minutes of riding. You cyclists have my respect! Tell me how you became enthralled with cycling. When did you start and what was it that made you love it so much? If you've already written about this, please direct me to it. Great hub!

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      Audrey Kirchner 

      7 years ago from Washington

      I always think that ya'll who ride those bikes are incredible athletes. I love biking but unfortunately I have a propensity to end up in the ditch or something else - but I keep doing it!

      Amazing vids, Micky - and thanks so much for sharing. How does Lance always end up in the news and in trouble? He has beaten so much and still he is hounded.

      My hat's off to you who look so wonderful in bike shorts and who are such great athletes!

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      Micky Dee 

      7 years ago

      A M Werner! Cycling has been my life for a lifetime now. It's hard to shake. We need to do that treadmill thing or something 30 minutes a day, a couple times a day. My most creative moments are the first 30 minutes of exercise. God bless brother AM!

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      Micky Dee 

      7 years ago

      Oh vocalcoach! You know you make my day! You watched the videos! They are so inspiring. Most cyclists live some part of what we see here. It may be a walk through some mud or a race with a big dog. God bless you dear one!

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      Micky Dee 

      7 years ago

      SomewayOuttaHere!!! You have the memories! You have the essence of riding! Let's get that bike back out there soon. Let's ride brotherman!

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      Allen Werner 

      7 years ago from West Allis

      You truly are a diehard enthusiast. To assemble such a collection of video and emphasize it with such a wide variety of historical information almost makes me want to jump on a bike and start peddling (but its winter here and that ain't gonna happen). Suppose I'll just have to settle for the treadmill in the basement. Peace

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      Audrey Hunt 

      7 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Unbelievable work of art! I, too started my day by reading your inspiring hub and watching every video. The human spirit! What it can achieve! I am passing this one on to friends and family and bookmarking it as well. Thank you Micky Man, for your masterpiece. I am ready to take on the day. Blessings and love and a whole lot of admiration. Rated way, way up!

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      7 years ago from TheGreatGigInTheSky

      ...good hub....Lance has been an inspiration to me...i watched him throughout his Tour de France rides...WOW! his book...WOW!...i've an old poster of the Tour de France that I framed...riding is great, I just loved it...I've a couple of bikes - road and mountain...haven't ridden in a few years (about 5 i guess)...i should get back was great to ride...great feeling...loved going for a ride in the country with the odd 'farm dog' seeing me and wanting to race and catch've inspired me again...i'm not sure why i dropped it....and where i live, there's a lot of up hill and up and down mountains....when i'd fly my bike to certain places for a different ride - it was a real joy to ride on the flats....forgot too about packing the bags and taking off for a weekend (or a week) of riding and that feel of exhaustion at the end of the was great...thanks for reminding me....i think i get some of the same rush and feeling but just in another way right now...

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      Micky Dee 

      7 years ago

      Thank you Pan. That Greg Lemond finish was pretty exiting. One of the best sprints ever.

      jackavc! Yes sir. Sean Kelly was one of the most feared men ever when the sprint was coming up.

      Your Darling Dim Flaxenwick! Thank you Dim! There's some great history here.

      Nephew Prasetio! You know I love you Bud! I wish we could ride together someday.

      agusfanani, please ask me anything, anytime. If I can help, I will.

      Darlene! It's all good when we're healthy dear. I'm in a little mess health-wise with an abscessed tooth. God bless.

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      Darlene Sabella 

      7 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

      Wonder and such fun, and in a snow blizard, really awesome and have times sure changes. Great hub my dear heart, rate up, love & peace darski

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      7 years ago from Indonesia

      Cycling is one exercise I like best, I wish I lived in your town to be able to consult more about it. thank you for this cool hub.

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      7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Wow..... you did it again, my uncle. I thought this is the best morning ever to visit this hub. I saw many great videos here and you made this so beautiful with your poem. No one can give us satisfaction except our hobby, right. I thought you really enjoy your hobby in cycling. I am the lucky guy from Indonesia who always follow your news. You are the real biker. I give my VOTE to you. God bless you.

      Your nephew, Prasetio

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      Dim Flaxenwick 

      7 years ago from Great Britain

      That was a marathon hub. l need at least another read, maybe two. You seem to find the most amazing old photos, then there´s the videos. Phew!!!!!!

      i´m going back to the beginning. Well done as always ; Micky. xxxx

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      7 years ago from Australia

      Great hub mickey. Sean Kelly is a true champion

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      7 years ago

      I really enjoy this hub, I especially like that video with Lance Armstrong, The cannibal, Benard Eno, and Greg Lamond.That one was a really good video.


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