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



gtm

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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
 

swampy1970

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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.
 

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



 

limerickman

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nice post - I've never see this film.

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

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!!