Ah the impetuosity of youth!

I was clearing out some old electronic media to make room for my new full chrome titanium/bamboo 650c disc brake Rene Heine bicycle and found an old ipod nano. Stored on the nano, tucked in between my remixes of inna godda davida and you are invited that I simply find necessary for tolerating long rides, I found the pictures of my summer in France, 1987. The images rediscovered have inspired me to inspire all of you with my adventures in a fine coffee table book for your salon or atelier.

During the summer of ’87 I had just turned 50 and with all of the youthful enthusiasm that accompanies everyone’s second half-century I decided to corral my riding buddies into riding all the grand randonnee’s of France in one summer! I simply cannot remember everything exactly as it occurred, and if I sometimes recall things slightly different than the actual occurrence, I hope that I will be forgiven and that everyone will buy the second, corrected version of my historic book.

I recall that I garnered a clothing sponsorship from Rapha, despite mine and my riding buddies lack of mustachios (Rapha made the proviso that the videos may have mustaches added to our faces electronically for advertising purposes) and our aversion to wearing pastel pink jerseys.

Following is a smattering of the photographic essay of my adventures – my 485 page coffee table book As I Remember It ~ Life of a High Rolleur Rando is scheduled to be released in the fall – if you pre-pay by Easter you will receive an autographed hand-drawn picture of my new bicycle as well. Enjoy!

Second attempt at the Menton/Henday Diagonal – the swamps outside of Bordeaux – Hired pacers Peirre and Fifi lead on.

Second attempt at the Menton/Hendaye Diagonal – the swamps outside of Bordeaux – Hired pacers Pierre and Jo lead on.

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Brasserie in Clermont-Ferrand at 3am (surprised at the crap mustard available) Fleche Velocio. Hired rolleurs Guillaume (center) and Pierre (right).

Group photo at Le Grande Artichoke during the Coupe Herse. we placed 8th – too much Pernod.

Group photo at Le Grande Artichoke during the Coupe Herse. we placed 8th – too much Pernod.

portage, Col du Soulor, Raid Pyrenean before abandoning due to crepe poisoning

portage, Col du Soulor, Raid Pyreneen before abandoning due to crepe poisoning

Gabe laughs at a joke about the size of his ass – Strausburg/Hendaye Diagonal. Almost broke the record for time and narrowly missed getting entered into the ‘grand livre.

Gabe laughs at my joke about the size of his ass – Strasbourg/Hendaye Diagonal. Almost broke the record for time and we narrowly missed getting entered into the ‘grand livre’.

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