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Ladies Cyclo--cross

14 Nov 2013 20:53

http://www.yorkshirefilmarchive.com/film/british-cyclo-cross-championship

Here is an interesting link showing film footage of an early ladies Cyclo-cross race circa 1960's. I wasn't aware that women's Cyclo-cross started this early. Would be interesting to know if it was one of the first?
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epic

14 Nov 2013 22:22

ha ha! do ladies get grubby?

thanks! for posting such a superb film

great! to see the legend that was bb and her daughter who too went on to be world road race champion

ha ha! how I laughed at the competitor hurling their bike over the wall
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like my tantrums when I catch a flat returning home from the pub

Mark L
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14 Nov 2013 23:07

ebandit wrote:ha ha! do ladies get grubby?

thanks! for posting such a superb film

great! to see the legend that was bb and her daughter who too went on to be world road race champion

ha ha! how I laughed at the competitor hurling their bike over the wall
/stream

like my tantrums when I catch a flat returning home from the pub

Mark L


Not very good at northern accents, but how is this Mark L............ay them right mucky lasses!

I agree.......very funny bike throwing.
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whey aye!

15 Nov 2013 10:18

horsinabout wrote:Not very good at northern accents, but how is this Mark L............ay them right mucky lasses!

I agree.......very funny bike throwing.


whey aye hinny.................remember I'm from wallsend

what a different era that film portrayed................it's the british championship and there are like........8 competitors.......and the race is a mere 4.5 miles

hard to appreciate now women were just NOT encouraged to compete

but it is warming to see........not one sponsors name on riders jerseys

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15 Nov 2013 20:21

ebandit wrote:.........not one sponsors name on riders jerseys

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In those days regulations were very strict on amateurs advertising. That is why bike makers (at least in the UK) made some of the bikes so distinguisable - such as Raleigh with their tubular fork crown, Bates with their cantiflex tubing and diadrant forks, and Hetchins with their curly chain stays.

I note in the film how low some womens saddles are relative to the top tube. Maybe it was hard to find smaller frames at a reasonable price for women. Also noticed one woman riding fixed gear.

But very interesting film.
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