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A Blast from the Past

Every so often I come across an old photo, or someone sends one that looks interesting. I'll post them as I find them in up in my attic.

Here's a really old picture. Let's salute the man who came up with the ingenious idea of putting a pedaled crank on a two-wheeled, upright vehicle. The dapper man in the picture below is Pierre Lallement, the inventor of the bicycle. So forgotten now, but his was the great intellectual leap that made our sport possible. Picture from Bicycle by David Herlihy, Yale University Press. Herlihy's book brilliantly explains how the bicycle came to be.

Gary "Duke" Rovarino raced with Celestino Vercelli, the owner of Vittoria shoes in Italy in the 1960's. He was kind enough to share a couple of wonderful, nostalgic pictures with me and gave me permission to post them. The first photo is when they were 15. Gary is the tall boy on the far left. Celestino is second from the right. The second autographed publicity photo is of Vercelli as a first-year pro. His first pro season was with Sanson. Gianni Motta was the team captain. This would have been in 1969.

This picture was probably taken about 1978 as the Ventura County Bike Club was headed north out of Ventura, California. There is a lot of horsepower here. Left to right: Tom Kelly, Ray Schultz, Charley Powers, Alan Amos (white short-sleeve jersey), (?), Dan Laumann (?), Chairman Bill (white long-sleeve jersey), Jim Ryan. Ray Schultz won several national championships, Al Amos won several Cat 1 races, Chairman Bill lost what little hair he had.

Ventura County Bicycle Club

This picture was taken after the 1976 Lake Sherwood 2-Man Team Time Trial. For years this was the start to the southern California racing season. This is the Ventura County Bike Club with their new Emily K jerseys. The back row standing, from second from the left (those whose names I remember): Alan Amos, Ray Schultz, Dale Bennett, Kevin Parso and in street clothes at the end, Charley Powers. Kneeling, I'm second from the left and Jim Ryan is at the far right.

1974 Lake Sherwood

A friend of Owen Mulholland sent us these two of Owen in a race in Santa Rosa, California, in 1967.

Owen Mulholland

Owen Mulholland