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West Hill Shop Photos by Bob George

An early Tour of the Valleys shot. We're looking for help identifying the riders and the year. The T de V was a great 60-mile one-lap road race we put on for over 20 years until many small problems (road sharing, a few riders being bozos, USCF red tape) brought it down.
Talk about "the old days"! Neil Quinn, Bob Anderson (hidden), and Dick Ring on one of our earliest training rides. Guilford, Route 5, about 1969. Dick's on his Holdsworth, Bob's on his Barali (purchased from the builder in his little shop in Northern Italy), and Neil is on a mystery bike (with, I remember, Magistroni steel cranks) borrowed from Dick.

A wet Tour of the Valleys; Bill Farrell (Stowe), Phil Cormier (riding an FCC/Wurzbuger Hofbrau jersey), and Mike Grotz, Tom Officer. Thanks to Alan Cote for identifying Phil and Mike (we still owe you a water bottle) How about another free water bottle to whomever can identify the rider behind Tom?

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One of the Canadian racers who liked to come down for the Tour of the Valleys. Must have been the munificent prize list, eh? UPDATE! The rider is Daniel Perigny riding for the Marinoni factory team in the late 1970s. Glenn Deruchie, the Marinoni rep, identified him (6/3/05) and reports that he runs a bike shop in Trois Rivieres, Quebec.

Stop at the shop and we'll mark out a ride including this climb. And more.

Free beer! Maybe this was why the Tour of the Valleys was such a popular race.


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A great Canadian stage race in the '70s. See Stan Swaim. Also there were John Allis, Bob Gray, Flip, Bobby, Doug, etc. We have the video of the beautifully done Tom Spain documentary of this race for rent. We think it's a masterpiece.

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It's the 80s! It's Spring, obviously still cold but time to look at the bikes, watch videos of the Spring Classics, think about that lighter, faster bike. See Neil using his hard sell technique on Hal Lier. See Emanuel glued to the video screen. See Bevan looking preppy in Vans. See the prehistoric Burton snowboard.

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A beautiful panorama, eh? Vernon, Vermont, the Miller farm, and a Vermont District Championships field, probably in the late '70s.

 

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