The Greatest Show on Earth (Eddy Merckx & the '74 Giro)


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Jul 27, 2009
Here's a link to the full version of this fantastic film:-

Where to start? I loved the segments with the 'smash'n'grab' soft drinks raid (they don't do that anymore do they?), the cool 70's jerseys, the 20 lb bikes, the breakfast scenes with Gimondi, the dog, the mountain stages, Eddy's distinctive bobbing style etc.

This is a 'must watch' for anyone interested in the Merckx era.

This must be worth a look although I haven't got round to it yet. A Sunday in Hell, a danish film about the '76 Paris - Robaix.
I bet Merckx wished his bike was only 20lbs... ;) Great film though.

A Sunday in Hell is great, especially if you dig morbid cello music. The featured guys are all hard bastards of the highest order.
Mid race, try this on today's forks /img/vbsmilies/smilies/eek.gif

Old school /img/vbsmilies/smilies/cool.gif

nice post - I've never see this film.

thanks for the heads up/img/vbsmilies/smilies/smile.gif
Awesome post! Great videos from the Golden Era! Makes me want to hop on my old steel frame Trek and go for a ride. Friction shifters and toe clips FTW!!