Monday, June 3, 2013

Photo of the day: Mann in Yellow.

On a day when an Italian man in yellow gets popped for EPO... let's divert ourselves from the malaise with a bit of nostalgic, little-pharma cycling wielersupporters.


Great retro poster photo of Herman Van Springel, circa 1968-1970.    Riding for Dr. Mann - Grundig.   Dr. MANN magic pills.  

Long socks were in back then...proving that in fashion what goes around comes around.   And check out the bolt on the top of the stem - those things used to wreck havoc on your inner leg in a crash.  Still have a scar from one.   This photo was just before the Cinelli 1-A was in vogue.  

Herman looks like he's in the 53x15...just motoring along.  

His teammate at the back looks like he's about ready to pop.    I know that look.  

The cap with brim up may not aero, but it's very classic.   It says 'Anthracine'.   Hmmm...from what I can figure, it seems that Anthracine was/is some kind of chemical supplement (the kind that's still in some of those non-FDA approved magic pills that are supposed to help digestion and endurance).     No details I could find about that product Herman was billboarding.    

Maybe Santambrogio and DiLuca have secretly hoarding them to help with their problems.  

God knows those two probably are going to need a laxative by the time the Italian Anti-Doping crew get finished with them.  

Not to mention half the peloton.  

5 comments:

  1. A certain brother of mine was invited to the UCI Centenary ride a few years back - I think they rode from Paris to Geneva, mostly in less-than-ideal weather conditions. At one point, Brother Andy found himself pushing none other than Herman Van Springel up a hill - Andy says he figured his life had come full circle then and he could die happy.

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  2. Apropos of nothing, was there a Flandria café rider in the Trois Balons sportive today? I was surprised to see a flandria jersey as I came down the Balon d'Alsace, but couldnt tell if it was a team replica or from this site. Shouted encouragement anyway (I was the idiot with the panniers on)

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  3. Who was the Flandria cafe rider on the roads in the Tiverton/Little Compton area on Sunday? This is a great site. Very informative.

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  4. Quite likely our super strong Eric 'de Goose', escaping yardwork and making surgical strikes on Strava segments for fun. Say hi to him next time!

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  5. Thanks. I will say Hi next time. It is great to see a biking for us older guys.( Another Bike Works customer Peter)

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