Blast from the Past Part 2

30 Aug

Let’s turn back in time farther than we did the last time in Blast from the Past. This time we’re in Lyon France in 1989 for the World Track Cycling Championships. Okay, we really don’t know who these cyclists are. Nztony’s flickr album was recommended to us by a friend citing some vintage photos of track cycling in the late ’80s. Okay, we don’t really know the track cyclists here or who were the hottest stars back then but the setup for the sport remains pretty much the same, well that’s just assuming based on wikipedia research and some old clips and photos.

The photos above are of the East German track cyclists. You might recognize Michael Hubner, a legendary German track cyclist. Take note that since the popularization of track cycling, there has been no noticeable change in the body build of track cyclists. However, during the ’70s and even in the ’80s, there was emphasis on building large bodies specifically for sprinters. This practice eventually waned with the advent of more endurance events in the track.

The photos above show Russian and French track cyclists. Take note that these cyclists have lean upper bodies akin to that of ectomorphs but their chest and torso are that of a mesomorph.

The above photos show, German, French, British and Australian track cyclists. Hmm.. sounds familiar? These countries still produce top track cyclists today as they have before.


2 Responses to “Blast from the Past Part 2”

  1. nztony November 5, 2010 at 9:30 pm #

    Hello Kean and Anna

    Just stumbled across these today and greatly honoured you have used my photos. I never ever thought that when I took them back in 1989 that 21 years on they would be being published in blogs etc.

    I only scanned these 3 or 4 months ago and had no idea how popular that would become once I uploaded them to flickr.

    All the best with your blog and best wishes from New Zealand.


    • The Fixed Gear November 9, 2010 at 1:20 am #

      Thank you for sharing these old photos. They are indeed a gold mine. The first time we saw the photos we couldn’t help but feel a sudden surge of excitement and wonder at how the sport has and hasn’t changed. We loved it instantly and felt the need to share it with everyone especially those who love the sport.

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