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 Information Technology Oldies

Technology

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Advances in Technology since I was a kid
This is all about having fun. So let’s have some fun by reminding ourselves of not very old technology devices, that are obsolete these days.

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 First Yellow Jersey

Retrospective

Source: Bike Race Info portal

Backpedalling through the archives – 1919 Tour Quick Facts:
5,560 km raced at an average speed of 24.056 km/hr, the slowest Tour ever.
67 starters and only 10 classified finishers. Eugène Christophe was leading the Tour until he broke his fork (again!) in the penultimate stage, which alone cost him 70 minutes. He then crashed again in the same stage and then suffered many flat tires in the final stage. In stage 10 Christophe is generally thought to have worn the Tour’s first yellow jersey.

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 First ever Tour de France

Retrospective

Source: Bike Race Info portal

Backpedalling through the archives – The Story of the 1903 Tour de France
110 years ago this July, the first ever Tour de France was raced. The Tour de France started as nothing more than a publicity stunt to sell some newspapers. At its heart, the Tour remains just that, a vehicle to sell tires, shoes, bikes, telephones and countless other items that the eager sponsors of the teams and the race want to promote.

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 The POW WOW!

Aboriginal day

By: Zdenko Kahlina

What is a Pow Wow?
For those not familiar with Pow Wows, it is one of the oldest, most important and colourful Aboriginal ceremonies. I will try to explain this with this blog and following pictures.

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 Atlas Coal mine

Alberta History

Source: National Historic Site ‘Atlas Coal Mine’

National Historic Site the last coal mine in Drumheller, Alberta…the heart of the Canadian Badlands.
The Atlas Coal Mine National Historic Site is famous for fascinating underground tours, train tours, and tipple tours. “Remember to breathe” at this authentic Drumheller attraction, where we tell true tales of mines and men.

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 1936 Tour de France

Retrospective

Source: Bike Race Info portal

Backpedalling through the archives – 1936 Tour Quick Facts:
4,418 km raced at an average speed of 31.045 km/hr. 90 starters, 60 of whom are on national teams and 30 are touristes-routiers (independent riders). For complex political reasons, Italy did not send a team and a team of “Italians of France” was not allowed to start.

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 1924 Tour de France

Retrospective

Source: Bike Race Info portal

Backpedalling through the archives – 1924 Tour Quick Facts:
5,425 km raced at an average speed of 23.972 km/hr. 157 starters, 45 of whom were put in 1st class, 12 were 2nd class and 100 were independent touristes-routiers. There were 60 classified finishers.

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 1914 Tour de France

Retrospective

Source: Bike Race Info portal

Backpedalling through the archives – 1914 Tour Quick Facts:
5,405 km ridden at an average speed of 27.03 km/hr. 145 starters divided in “groupes”, that is, riders on sponsored teams and “isoles” or independent racers. 54 classified finishers. Philippe Thys took the lead in the first stage and held it to the end. Team Peugeot took 4 of the top 5 places.

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 Fausto Coppi and Gino Bartali legacy

Tales from the peloton

 

The greatest Italian duo ever? The legacy of Fausto Coppi and Gino Bartali…

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 Vigorelli velodrome

Retro fabulous

By: Zdenko Kahlina

The end of the track
The Velodromo Communale Vigorelli – the Vigorelli, for short – has perhaps the richest history of any cycle track in the world. Built in 1935, for the first 30 years of its life the Vigorelli was the beating heart of world track cycling.

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 The Hour Record

Retro fabulous

The Cycling World Hour Record is the most famous record in cycling. The hour record is established by riding the furthest distance on a velodrome in the time of 60 minutes. From 1893 to 2009 the best cyclists in the World have held the hour record including legends like Fausto Coppi or Eddy Merckx.

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 Greg LeMond: Cycle of abuse

Cycling Legends

By: Paul Kimmage

The Big Interview: Greg LeMond
In reflections to the latest revelations about continuous drug use in the professional peloton (Rebellin, Pfannberger, Bonnen) this story about Greg LeMond’s view about drugs came to my mind. It is definitely interesting read:

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 Greg LeMond: Ride to glory

Cycling Legends

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Big results from Greg LeMond
Only 5 riders have won more titles in the Tour de France and only 4 riders have won more titles in the World Championship Road Race.

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 VANDERSTUYFT's 1928 Hour Record

VANDERSTUYFT’s 1928 Hour Record

By Zdenko Kahlina

One cold winter evening I went with my family for a dinner at the “Earls” restaurant. In the restaurant there was this big picture on the wall with Belgian cyclist Leon Vanderstuyft during his attempt to break the Hour record on the velodrome.

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 I Love You This Much

Dina, I Love You This Much

When you were just a pup, and you were new to home and heart, I used to laugh so hard and pick you up and hold you squirming and struggling my arms and whisper to you “Dina, I love you this much”.

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