by Bob Margevicius, Executive Vice President
Now is Our Time to Excel
It has been an amazing yet turbulent year in the bicycle business. We have gone from the depths of order cancellations to the doubling of purchases in the short span of just 6 months. Gazing into the future, the outlook is encouraging with the current demand continuing forward for years to come.
From Sports Illustrated issue FEB 11, 1985
BACK IN THE EARLY 1900's, BICYCLING WAS BIG AND FRANK KRAMER WAS KING
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BIKE RACER. INNOVATOR. CELEBRITY. MOGUL. CHAMPION.
This is the first biography of the short but exciting life of Albert Champion-record-setting bicyclist and motorcyclist, daredevil racecar driver, early automobile innovator, charismatic ladies' man, and celebrity of the Jazz Age. Though most Americans have heard of the companies Albert Champion founded-ACDelco and Champion Spark Plug-few know much about the charismatic man behind them. Like a Richard Branson of the early 20th century, or an Evel Knievel with a business degree, Champion was a powerhouse whose life was defined by both speed and success.
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Bike racers were America’s media darlings less than a century ago—dashing, eccentric, and very rich daredevils. Until the 1920's bike races drew larger crowds than all other American sports events, including Major League Baseball games. Prize-winning racer and journalist Peter Joffre Nye vividly re-creates this period of sports history, forgotten until now, in Hearts of Lions, a true story of courage, daring, and occasional lunacy.
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Some big news from track cycling in the USA
The first world class indoor velodrome in the Eastern United States is being planned for Coatesville, PA a suburban town west of Philadelphia. The Center is expected to be finished in 2023 and will include a robust cycling program including a variety of developmental programs, and regional, national and international racing. Support for the project is coming in from around the U.S.
Details here: https://velodromefoundation.org/about-us/
What are the benefits of cycling? It depends on how you carry it out. If you use it for a leisure ride, cycling would do little apart from giving happiness. However, if you follow the routine with rigorous enthusiasm, cycling would rid you of the worries which would, otherwise, require medication and treatments. Moreover, in stark contrast to the medical treatments – which require you to spend a fortune, you could gain all the benefits of cycling without spending a dime. Thus, it is safe to say that cycling is the most cost effective method of getting you fit and healthy.
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Cycling is great for both our body and our soul. Cycling keeps us fit, doesn't cost much, reduces our carbon footprint, it lifts our spirits, keeps us connected with nature, and it's a passion shared with family and friends. It's a reliable way to commute without delays and helps us fight the blues and even the Covid blues, too!
Oscar Egg (2 March 1890 – 9 February 1961) was a Swiss track and road bicycle racer. He captured the world hour record three times before the First World War and won major road races and stages of the Tour de France and Giro d'Italia. He was also a noted developer of racing bicycles and bicycle components including lugs and deraileurs. Between 1907 and 1914 Oscar Egg and Marcel Berthet improved the hour record six times between them. Egg's 1914 mark of 44.247 km then stood until 1933. Egg set all three of his records at the Vélodrome Buffalo in Paris. The track was a 333m outdoor track surfaced with concrete. Only Chris Boardman has equaled Egg and Berthet's feat of taking the record three times. The last record, set by Egg in 1914, would stand for nearly 20 years until it was broken in 1933 by Francis Faure on a Mochet velocar. This caused such a reaction that Faure's achievement was disqualified by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) in 1934.
Photo courtesy of the US Bicycling Hall of Fame: https://usbhof.org/
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