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

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  1. gtm

    gtm New Member

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    Here's a link to the full version of this fantastic film:-

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8oh9gy7uvs

    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.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4IDCkcnnHg&feature=related
     
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  2. swampy1970

    swampy1970 Well-Known Member

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    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.
     
  3. ambal

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    Mid race, try this on today's forks /img/vbsmilies/smilies/eek.gif

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8oh9gy7uvs&feature=player_detailpage#t=2052s

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

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  4. limerickman

    limerickman Moderator

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    nice post - I've never see this film.

    thanks for the heads up/img/vbsmilies/smilies/smile.gif
     
  5. stevegreer

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    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!!
     
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