VinoVelo

Apart from family, what could be more important than wine and bikes? Of course, there might be the odd rant about other topics on here too...

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Those were the days

John Wilcockson has captured time and place and so much more once again. His article about the English speakers in the 80's peloton brings me back to when I really started to follow cycling. Despite the success of Sean Kelly and Stephen Roche and the presence of Martin Early and Paul Kimmage in the peloton in Europe, there wasn't much coverage of cycling in Ireland until Roche won the Tour in '87 (and unless you looked closely you might never have known that he matched Merckx's triple crown of the GdI, TdF and Worlds in the same year). Kelly did do quite a few Guinness ads which helped raise his profile, but my lasting memory of that period will be tuning in to watch England's Channel 4 (a new channel then that was covering less mainstream programming) who covered cycling with two commentators by the name of Phil Liggett and (in the third year that we were watching it) Paul Sherwen. Those were the days indeed...