A clip from an American short film about different aspects of cycling in the Netherlands, pointing to the fact that cycling isn’t a new thing for the Dutch city. 

Jens Voigt back in the early days. Voigt has stated that the USA Pro Challenge will be his final race and he will hang up his wheels after Sunday’s final stage to Denver.

Jens Voigt back in the early days. Voigt has stated that the USA Pro Challenge will be his final race and he will hang up his wheels after Sunday’s final stage to Denver.

Willy Tierlinck, Eddy Merckx, Gerben Karstens and Hennie Kuiper at the 1977 Tour de France in a photo from the FranceTV forum

Willy Tierlinck, Eddy Merckx, Gerben Karstens and Hennie Kuiper at the 1977 Tour de France in a photo from the FranceTV forum

Raleigh advertising poster from Caspar Drenth’s Flickr stream.

Raleigh advertising poster from Caspar Drenth’s Flickr stream.

The frustration of Paris-Roubaix. 

The frustration of Paris-Roubaix. 

Ron Goods’ photographs from the British Empire & Commonwealth Games in Wales in 1958. The cycling road race was held on a 120 mile course on the Glamorgan coast and was won by Ray Booty (England) who is widely regarded as the most famous cyclist to ever not compete in the Tour de France. The car  is of the only support vehicle in the entire race, something of a contrast to today’s professional racing scene with its own peloton of support vehicles. Pictures come from the Leeds Gallery where prints can be purchased from. 

Dutch ride Jan Nolten climbs the Col d’Izoard during the Tour de France.

Dutch ride Jan Nolten climbs the Col d’Izoard during the Tour de France.

Eddy on the rollers…found on Wednesday Legs.

Eddy on the rollers…found on Wednesday Legs.

Jacques Anquetil and a rather imperious looking director sportif

Jacques Anquetil and a rather imperious looking director sportif

"It’s not just a new bicycle…" Early advert for Specialized Stumpjumper found on Spoke Sniffer.

"It’s not just a new bicycle…" Early advert for Specialized Stumpjumper found on Spoke Sniffer.