Paris Brest Paris, 80s Highlights

An edit of material from 1983 and 1987.

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Comment by Neil Alexander on March 14, 2011 at 3:30pm

Adrian, if you were alerted to this by Peter McCallum's recent post on the Audax list, you will know what I am about to say. If not... read on.

Not many Aussies in PBP in the 1980s but I spotted two I know in that film, which means it was 1983. (There was only one other known Aussie that year who doesn't appear, Frank Brandon, meaning all three were from NSW).
At 2:52 you can see Stephen Poole on the right of screen, wearing a then-trendy Skid-Lid and riding a bike with a Zzipper fairing.
He appears again at the end, from 3:26 onwards, two bikes behind the tandem as it goes out of picture but not wearing the Lid. It seems to be behind the fairing.
At 2:57 you can see former Audax Australia President Russell Moore in a yellow MSR helmet and yellow jersey with an extended Zzipper fairing with red/white reflective tape on the lower part.

How times have changed!

Comment by Adrian on March 14, 2011 at 3:52pm

No, I hadn't seen that post but thanks for the details. I'd really love to be doing PBP this year but alas, thats another story.

 

How times have changed???

 

Well maybe the fairing thingys, but with retro cycle wear and ironic moustaches.... these guys were the original hipsters.

Comment by Dabba on March 14, 2011 at 4:06pm
what do you reckon the story is with the bloke riding the trike?  balance problem?
Comment by Neil Alexander on March 14, 2011 at 4:28pm

I reckon the trike rider is a Pom. Need I say more?

I once asked one of the Pommie guys riding a trike -- the husband of Sheila Simpson who appears in that video -- why he wanted to ride a trike for 1200 km. "You can suffer more" was his answer. Masochists and Englishmen go out in the French mid-summer sun.

Comment by naomi on March 14, 2011 at 4:54pm
OMG those sunnies LOL!

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