Jobst Brandt leaves behind memories to last a lifetime

Jobst Brandt rides up Gavia Pass, Italy. Made into a poster.(Rick Lyman photo, 1978)

Jobst Brandt rides up Gavia Pass, Italy. Made into a poster (Rick Lyman photo, 1978).


Behold the wise Jobst Rider,
Whose unfettered mind
Sees God in dirt
And hears him in the spokes.

(Adapted from a quote by Alexander Pope)

Jobst Brandt, a cyclist who in so many ways influenced the bicycle industry during its glory days of the 1980s, died on Tuesday, May 5, 2015, after a long illness. He was 80.

The day after his 76th birthday, Jobst crashed his bike at the Sand Hill Road and Whiskey Hill Road intersection near Woodside during an early morning ride in a dense fog. It was his last bike ride. His serious injuries added to the burden of other health liabilities.

Jobst exerted considerable influence over those he knew in the bike industry, but he was not an industry insider. Because he never worked in the bike business, he could offer his opinions about the industry without reservation.

His passing is a personal loss for me. I met Jobst in 1979 while working at Palo Alto Bicycles. I’ll never forget seeing Jobst wheel into the store on his huge bike, which he always rode into the shop while deftly opening the door.

He immediately bound upstairs to the Avocet headquarters where he would engage owner Bud Hoffacker in lively discussions (browbeat) about everything under the sun involving bike technology.

Jobst was like that. He believed with 100 percent certainty that his way was the right way. If you disagreed and didn’t have the facts to support your argument, you were just another crackpot.

Consummate engineer
Most of the time Jobst was right. He had that rare skill in a mechanical engineer — he not only understood engineering principles, he could translate theory into meaningful product improvements, whether it be a bicycle shoe, a floor pump or a cyclometer.

Jobst received seven patents (3 cycling), testimony to his abilities.

1 – 6,583,524 Micro-mover with balanced dynamics (Hewlett Packard)
2 – 6,134,508 Simplified system for displaying user-selected functions in a bicycle computer or similar device (for Avocet)
3 – 5,834,864 Magnetic micro-mover (Hewlett Packard, and Bob Walmsley, Victor Hesterman)
4 – 5,058,427 Accumulating altimeter with ascent/descent accumulation thresholds (for Avocet)
5 – 4,547,983 Bicycle shoe (for Avocet)
6 – 4,369,453 Plotter having a concave platen (Hewlett Packard)
7 – 3,317,186 Alignment and support hydraulic jack (SLAC)

He received his first U.S. patent while working at the two-mile long Stanford Linear Accelerator in 1966; he was recognized for his work on suspension for the particle accelerator. There’s a plaque with his name on it in one of the lobbies.

At Porsche he designed race-car suspensions, after quickly moving through the ranks. The way he got his job is classic Jobst. The young Stanford University graduate (his father was an economics professor at Stanford), who spent time in the U.S. Army in Germany as a reserve officer — lieutenant, then captain — in the 9th Engineer Battalion, approached Porsche and told them that their English translations lacked polish. Porsche agreed and he was hired.

Cycling legacy
Jobst blazed trails beyond bike product development. His freewheeling way of thinking led him to do things most people would never dream of — like riding a racing bike with tubular tires on rugged trails in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

It’s not that big a deal, but other cyclists thought it was, so Jobst quickly gained a reputation that drew elite cyclists from the Bay Area to join him on his Sunday rides, starting promptly at 8 a.m. from his house on Middlefield Road in Palo Alto.

By the mid-1970s, Jobst had such a large following that some rides counted up to 20 riders. Most would not complete the ride, mainly because it lasted all day and went through creeks, over rocky trails lined with poison oak (Jobst was immune) and through private property.

While Jobst had an entourage of bike racers, he never had anything kind to say about the sport. I think the only good he saw in it was a test of a person’s mettle (a bike’s metal too) and the ability to overcome obstacles. That’s what Jobst was all about.

He never showed fear or got rattled in difficult situations. These Übermensch qualities came to the forefront when he fell and broke his leg at the hip in 1986 on the rain-slick pavement of Col de Tende. He got up, cursed himself for not recognizing the foam on the road, and ordered me to lift his leg over the top tube so he could coast to the next town.

In Tende, Jobst dismounted and crawled on hands and knees up the steps to the doctor’s office.

On another occasion he was trying to help a snake off Calaveras Road; it bit him and only then did he realize the young reptile was a rattlesnake. He didn’t panic, but rode back to his car in Milpitas and drove to Stanford Hospital for the antidote. The venom mangled his thumb.

One beautiful spring day in 1982 we were bound for Gazos Creek Road when we came upon a scene of absolute devastation. The road had been obliterated by torrential rains that downed redwoods and dislodged boulders the size of cars. Instead of turning around, Jobst urged us on.

So we clambered over trees and followed the creek downhill, eventually reaching a recognizable road after a mile of walking.

The Bicycle Wheel
Jobst wrote a lot (check out rec.bike or Sheldon Brown’s website), but nothing was more important to him than his book on the bicycle wheel. He spent more than a decade writing the book with the intention of producing a tome that would stand the test of time.

I learned to build my first set of wheels using his book when it was still in manuscript form. It was the first time I read a description so well done that I could follow along and build wheels that would last for many years.

Jobst let many people edit the manuscript, but it was Jim Westby, Jobst’s friend and manager of the Palo Alto Bicycles mail order catalog, who did the heavy lifting. Jobst also published a German edition.

The book has sold well since being published by Avocet and is still in print. It could be in print 100 years from now because the principles of wheel building are never going to change. Sure, thanks to new materials we now have 16-spoke wheels, but it’s a number that made Jobst cringe.

Love for the Alps
Although Jobst rode most of his miles in the U.S., he always made time for the Alps. For 50 years he rode there annually, riding many of the same passes year after year, with some variation. He almost always went with another rider.

Riding with Jobst in the Alps tested friendships. He became obsessive about riding all day, every day, and I don’t mean until 5 p.m. He liked to ride until 8 p.m. after starting around 8 a.m., when he could coax the hotel owner to get up that early.

If you rode in the Alps with Jobst, you knew you were going to cover a lot of ground and you could expect some adventure riding, sometimes sliding down snow-covered slopes when crossing high passes on hiking trails. Of course, Jobst rode all but the rockiest trails.

Jobst took many photos of his exploits over the decades, probably more than 10,000 slides. He had a unique ability to capture great photos with his Rollei 35. A few of his photos were made into posters and sold by Palo Alto Bicycles.

He could be obsessive about getting just the right shot, as when we were on the section of road supported by concrete beams looming over Bedretto Valley, Switzerland. Given the right cropping, the road appears to be suspended in mid-air, the village of Fontana 1,000 feet below. Possessed with taking the perfect photo, Jobst hacked away, limb for limb, at a sapling growing next to the road.

Wheel suckers
Although Jobst sometimes had a harsh demeanor, he had his fun side too. He loved to pull pranks and make puns while out on the road. We passed the day telling stories, jokes, and commenting on world affairs.

That was when we weren’t struggling to stay on Jobst’s wheel in his younger days. It was especially true with Tom Ritchey along for the ride. The accomplished racer and frame builder had a way about him that caused Jobst to push the pace; maybe Jobst did it to prove a point or just because he knew he could have some serious competition with Tom.

Whatever the reason, we had some hard and fast riding ahead of us on many a Sunday. It got even worse when other racers showed up, like Keith Vierra, Sterling McBride, Dave McLaughlin, Peter Johnson, Bill Robertson, the list is lengthy.

It got so competitive that we sprinted for city limits signs.

I could go on about Jobst, but it would require a book-length blog. I’ve published some accounts of past rides here (Once Upon a Ride) and they’ll have to do for now.

As Jobst was always fond of saying, “Ride bike!”

Excellent read: The Force Who Rides by Laurence Malone.

64 Responses to “Jobst Brandt leaves behind memories to last a lifetime”

  1. Jan Johnson Says:

    An excellent tribute to an amazing man. Thank you, Ray.

  2. Jim sully Says:

    Thanx for the memories jobst, hope your arguing w another know it all in the great beyond, old friend

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  4. Paul Anders Says:

    So sorry to hear of his passing, but few lived as full a life as Jobst did.

  5. Jim Walton Says:

    Thank you Ray, and thank you Jobst.

  6. Bob Gong Says:

    I’m very sorry to hear of Jobst’s passing. He will be missed. Thank you for sharing.

  7. Mark Studnicki Says:

    Very sorry to here of his passing. That’s the old road up Stelvio. Its still there somewhat but no longer maintained.

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  9. Malcolm Potter Says:

    Although I´ve never met or even heard of him, was lovely reading your piece about his adventures. Must have been quite a character!
    Thanks!

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  11. Larry Fieman Says:

    Thank you Ray.

  12. Andre Jute Says:

    Well done, Jobst! That was an inspiring life.

    Thanks,

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  14. ted pauly Says:

    thanks for sharing ray……and “ride bike!”

    palo alto ca

  15. Corvus Says:

    There are special minds in this world – that can see something and do more than others can. Jobst had one of those minds. Thank you, Ray, for this excellent memorial, and thank you for being honest about Jobst’s personality and social, ahem, tendencies. I still swear by the wheel-building methods I learned from “The Bicycle Wheel”, now some 30 years after I first met the book. I never met Jobst, but I had contact with him via rec.bike. He was an unabashed curmudgeon, and more frequently unpleasant than not. But along with Sheldon Brown, he was probably one of the biggest “names” who participated in those online forums (apologies to John Allen, who, at least to my thinking, was forced to a distant 3rd place, but who has outlived them both).

    Jobst, RIP. Where you are, I will in time be. Until then, I honor your memory.

  16. Gary Waterfield Says:

    He was my hero. His work inspired me to ride and travel and be better. I’m so bummed.

  17. David Hembrow Says:

    Very sad to hear of his passing. Like many, I too have a copy of his excellent book which I bought after reading his robust comments online. There’s a lot of wishy-washy thinking in all fields of cycling, but this is a good fact based guide to bicycle wheels without any bullshit.

    Follow his instructions and you build a wheel which lasts. Each of those reliable wheels a lasting tribute to Jobst Brandt.

  18. Andy Morris Says:

    Thanks you Ray and thank you Jobst.

  19. David Wood Says:

    Another cycling icon gone.
    Sad to hear this.

  20. paul nowicki Says:

    very moving tribute to Jobst; his tour of the alps rides/articles are classics, and can inspire anyone to try such a tour.

  21. Larry Says:

    If anyone can find that fake/lampoon/tribute Jobst ride report posted to rec.bikes back in the day, they should post a link. It’s pretty funny.

  22. Phyllis Says:

    I guess you could call me a groupie from the mid-70’s. Somehow I ended up in Jobst’s Middlefield Ave. living room one evening so he could work on my 3-speed commute bike. There was always a small gathering of devotees hanging about.

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  24. Janet and Jay Says:

    Reblogged this on Peterberger Bike Adventures.

  25. Peter Belew Says:

    I encountered not Jobst himself, but a phantom of Jobst, as the series of postcards he sent home to the Wolfs at Cupertino Bike shop, from the late ’50s until he returned from his army duties and working for Porsche from then until the early 1960s.

    As for riding on sewup tires in the 1960s, that was common among American racing cyclists well past 1965. In that year, I rode around England and Ireland and the Continent from the Hook of Holland to Sarajevo on sewups, which actually surprised British cyclists who rode clinchers at that time unless in “real” races, in which they sometimes used “tubs”, as they called sewups. Some of my cycling friends were still riding sewups in the mid-70s, actually.

    I really enjoyed the tire-patching parties Jobst hosted in the ’70s. Lots of sewup patching, lubricated with beer, unsalted peanuts, and glue. It was really nice of him to host the lowbrow tourists as well as racers.

    He will be missed. Also by some engineer friends who have bought his “wheel” book.

  26. George Dyer Says:

    Nice tribute Ray! I believe the “ride bike” saying might have evolved from Larry Walpole, leader of our Belmont Bike Club, which I joined in 1960.
    When I would ask Larry what I could do to ride and race better, he would simply say “ride a bike, ride a bike, ride a bike”.
    Rest in peace Jobst… but knowing you, you’re on an climb to the clouds in Italy.

  27. karlfun Says:

    Reblogged this on Bike Topeka and commented:
    Ride In Peace, Jobst Brandt.

  28. Christopher Jones Says:

    A friend taught me to build wheels, and later gave me Jobst’s book. I have it with me whenever I’m lacing up a new one.

    I never met the man, but read a good amount of his writing. Rest in peace!

  29. Stephen Smith Says:

    God’s speed and mercy to an old great friend. Our rides started when he went surprisingly fast on his 3 speed with a straight pipe as the handle bar. The memories of the Alps and 23 mountain passes in 17 days will always be with me, as he will. Even the memories of our physical struggle over how my brakes should be adjusted, now brings tears to my eyes.
    May you start a Pedale Alpini in the next world, we will all be there.

    Ciao “Guta”

  30. Jim Merz Says:

    I got to interface with Jobst on several occasions back in the day. He did not suffer fools gladly. As an engineer you better have the correct argument and be able to back it up. One encounter was at a bike show and was all the main bike tire companies and maybe Bicycling magazine. He was representing Avocet tires. All the other tire guys were marketing, I was there for Specialized. He just shredded everyone, but I held my ground and gained his respect. I never rode with him, but did visit him in his house. His house was something else! My wife Heidi Hopkins was the only woman to ever finish one of his rides I think.

  31. Andrew Lawrence Bearman Says:

    RIP. Any more of his Rollei 35 photography online?

  32. Jim Papadopoulos (bicycle scientist) Says:

    Wonderful description, I don’t think I need to add anything. I met Jobst in 1978. He was sometimes frustrating, but always an inspiration, and will be missed.

  33. jsallen1 Says:

    A sad day, but Jobst leaves his legacy — John Allen, for sheldonbrown.com

  34. Joanne Says:

    Thank you Ray for sharing this. Sure brings back lots of memories of PAB and Avocet. A great time in my life. I’ll never forget Jobst on that huge yellow bike. He would ride to work via Portola Valley wearing brown corduroy pants and a musette bag over his shoulder. Always stopped to chat with me when I was out walking my dog. I remember seeing Jobst headed out towards the hills and coast with his followers behind him as I was headed out on my road bike for a training ride. Wish I would have followed him 🙂

  35. George Mount Says:

    Well Done Ray.

  36. Bern Smith Says:

    I got outta the way as Lilian Wolfe gave Jobst the bum’s rush from the Randy Lane shop one day…
    Jobst also showed me one of his favorite springs – he wasn’t carrying a water bottle – just knew where the clean spring water was…

  37. jeff justice Says:

    Well said Ray. Saw him many times during the UPS era at PA Bike Shop. Jobst was also a participant in the longest, most unforgettable and worst ride of my life back in the 80s. That is the last time I ever saw him….

  38. Harrison Piper Photography Says:

    Reblogged this on Harrison Piper Photography and commented:
    I was a member of pedali alpini in the 1960″s I will always remember this giant of a man on a giant red Cinelli he had made in italy from some resistance from the frame builder. i think Cupertino Bike shop learned a little about wheel building from him. No offense to Spence Wolf

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  40. Roman Dial Says:

    “Good Cut” I still mumble when people rudely position themselves in front of me, words I learned from Jobst in the Santa Cruz when we pedaled pavement between forest trails and fire-roads.

    He was only a handful of people I met in the Bay Area who had the power of character I’d grown used to in Alaska but missed in California as a grad student at Stanford.

    I only rode with Jobst for a season or two in the late 1980s but marveled at his style and intellect and still think about his sometimes curmudgeon ways.

    Thanks for posting and reminding me of the legend.

  41. Robert Freeman Says:

    While I had a few email conversations with Jobst over the years, and learned wheel building the right way from his book many years ago, I never was fortunate to meet him in person. I always admired the way he made his point in an argument. You simply could not argue with him, you would lose. 80 was too young. He could have still been riding another 20 years. Tailwinds, honored sir. Thanks Ray for a great tribute.

  42. Thomas Virden Says:

    Sad to hear of Jobst’s passing – he was, and will continue to be, an inspiration to Ride Bike and minimise the BS!

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  44. Rick Burger Says:

    I had several opportunities to speak with Jobst on rec.bicycle and email. He was very helpful and everything mentioned above is true. He was a pure genius and will be missed indeed.
    Rick Burger, TN.

  45. craig maynard Says:

    An awesome write up about a legend. RIP Mr. Jobster

  46. langleyjim Says:

    Thanks for your great tribute to Jobst, Ray. For those looking for more photos of Jobst’s rides, a good selection is here https://fforiwr.wordpress.com/2013/11/06/palo-alto-cycles-jobst-virtual-tour-of-the-alps/

  47. Roger Marquis Says:

    Even though it’s been a few years and we disagreed as often as we agreed there will never be another Jobst Brandt. He taught a generation of peninsula riders about dirt (and many other things) and gave us all an appreciation of long, long rides.

    Saw Jobst’s nephew Mark on the Golden Gate Bridge and an old riding partner Tim Nicholson at CA Eroica just last month. Asked how he was doing and was surprised to hear “not good”. Hard to believe, Jobst was always impregnable to the physical limits that dogged the rest of us.

    Jobst may be gone but his spirit lives on. We miss you Jobst.

  48. Robert Neff Says:

    Ray H. – Thanks for writing this.

  49. Mike Iglesias Says:

    Sorry to hear of Jobst’s passing. He contributed many articles to the old rec.bicycles FAQ and was always tweaking them to get them “just right”. As many others have commented, I used his book to build a couple of sets of wheels back in the day. I still have the book somewhere, but I haven’t touched it in years.

    Ride on Jobst – you will be missed.

  50. Barry Burr Says:

    Sad news. Many got to ride with him, hear his stories, and see his unique variations on mechanical devices.
    Many of us have stories and memories of him, here’s mine.

    ~8 years ago I was introduced to him. Over the following few years, I got to ride Mt. Hamilton with him, talk with him at gatherings, and enlisted him to do his slide show at a bicycle event.

    A few years ago I had an ugly crash, suffering serious injuries when a tire blew out. Was it a road hazard or defective tire that caused the tire to catastrophically blow out?

    When a lawyer asked me if I could get an expert opinion what happened to the tire, I called Jobst. He invited me to his house. A few hour conversation covered his passion for trains and novel locomotive designs, mechanical drawings of and getting to try out his dual cylinder hand made bicycle tire pump, all about tubular tires, wheel spoke count, and numerous interesting tangents I wish I could remember. Then and only then, did he turn his attention to my tires and wheels.
    In not more than a minute, quickly, in a kind of disdainful tone, he said there’s no way a tire should blow out like that. The tire’s design was the problem that led to the square edge of the tread creasing the sidewall fabric, which weakened the cord til it shredded lengthwise. Later on, I learned that Jobst’s assessment of why the tire failed was almost certainly exactly correct, because the tire manufacturer changed their design to strengthen the tread to sidewall boundary and rubber coated the sidewalls, and legal research turned up other times when that model of tire had failed similarly.

    At a recent ride, I was asked why I was riding tubulars? Jobst convinced me that if I was on tubulars and had a blowout like that, the tire would have a much greater chance of staying on the rim instead of blowing off and suddenly sliding out like the clincher did.

    The impression he left on me was of a unique opinionated eclectic genius who made anyone he rode with or talked about cycling to into a better rider in at least some small way.

  51. Peter Tapscott Says:

    Ray, thanks so much for writing this tribute to Jobst. I learned so much from the delightful curmudgeon! I not infrequently reference his Bicycle Wheel book.

    We will dedicate the next Dave Stahl Ride to Jobst since we will be taking the road bikes on miles of dirt. But we will be home long before 8pm.

    I love the comments authored by the who’s who of 80s and 90s cycling on the Peninsula.

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  53. Brian Douglas Says:

    Thanks, Ray, for your excellent memoriam. I’m sorry to hear of Jobst’s passing. He was a giant among us, in many ways. Back in the day at Avocet, there was a whirlwind of bicycle culture: elite and talented riders, racers, mechanics and Jobst right in the center.

  54. Allan Tinkham Says:

    The first years of Pedale Alpini were great fun and Jobst helped make it that way. Thanks to Jobst and Spence Wolf for all the wheel building expertise. Sorry that you are no longer with us.

  55. Ted Mock Says:

    Ray, thanks for the history of Jobst. I was happy to have ridden on Jobst rides, and patched tires over at his house. You really learned a different way of riding and enjoying the roads right in your area. What an adventure every Sunday. I’m sure we will all meant again someday.

    Ted Mock

  56. John McDonnell Says:

    Well written, Ray.

  57. Comarello Says:

    Worthy tribute to an exceptional figure. Thanks for the personal memories of him, Ray. It must have been wonderful to know the man in person, let alone ride with him. I’m a bit envious. I got to know Jobst by means of the Internet, related only to the bike tech, and appreciated him as a fellow engineer and a source from which I could learn, much later, after his “golden era” of 80-s. The Bicycle Wheel is a book that gave so much more pleasure than tons of good fiction.

    Rest in peace, guru.
    Marko

  58. ThermionicScott Says:

    Great tribute, Ray. Reading the ride reports always makes me wish I’d been around to meet and ride with the guy.

  59. Jeanie Barnett Says:

    Thanks, Ray. Brings back a flood of memories…

    A bike ride with Jobst at Gazos Creek in the spring invariably prompted a bit of banter on spying the wispy blue flowers along the road: “What’s the name of that flower? Ummm, I forget….forget-me…?” We certainly won’t forget those moments — watching the swifts over dinner in the Alps, hearing the Yellow-headed Blackbirds on the east side of Sonora Pass, harvesting Chanterelles from secret places in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

    A “training ride” to Jobst was a stop at the Furka Steam Railway or a change in slope that marked an old railbed in the Sierra. Jobst insisted that the objective of riding bike is to have fun, not to recount how miserable you were, and though that often broadened the definition of “fun” for some, it always resulted in a good story.

    Perhaps a worthy tribute to Jobst is to ride bike like a kid again, pedal with our heads up, and keep his spirit of adventure alive.

    – Jeanie

  60. Jon Spangler Says:

    Ray,

    Thanks very much for your moving tribute to Jobst, who was truly an “immovable force” in cycling. I remember working with you at PABS and the days when Jobst would roll in on his tall frame and brighten our days.

    I can only imagine how hard this must have been for you to write.

    Will there be a memorial service or ride to celebrate our lost but never-forgotten giant? Once again, he has left us in his dust…

  61. chris dresden Says:

    As a cyclist I was inspired by Jobst to ride loops through the Sierra Nevada. On one ride over Sonora Pass from the west side I only made it Bridgeport before calling for a day, while Jobst would motor on to Lee Vining.

    One of my chance encounters with Jobst was off Alpine Road and was not bike related but hiking with my dog. I had a great talk with Jobst about birds and local history. My dog was held in rapt attention by everything Jobst said who as an aside said “there are sure a lot of hounds” up here.

    I was cycling on Old Haul Rd in Portola State Park and Jobst was in a long conversation with several birders.

    What made Jobst so interesting was that even though people thought of him as very bike-focused he also had lots of other interests.

    Thanks Ray for the tribute to Jobst.

    Chris

  62. Tom Holmes Says:

    Best rides of my life were with him. So sad to hear of his passing. It must have been hell for him to not ride the past four years. I thought he would ride into eternity.

  63. Ed Hansen Says:

    For years, a framed poster of a tall rider on a challenging Alpine climb graced my workshop wall. On a whim, I added the poster to a Palo Alto Cycles order back in the ‘eighties. Until now, I had no idea who this rider was. Thank you, Ray Hosler, for this amazing memoir of an amazing life. I am grateful for introducing me to Jobst Brandt. Sorry I never rode with Jobst, but so happy to finally get to know him after lo these many, many years. A truly unique individual and a most worthy “elder of our tribe” throughout his life.

  64. Vlado Kuceravy Says:

    I am saddened by the news of his passing. I knew a great man that was confident in his views and expertise. It has been a long time since we saw each other, I think that last time was on his 1993 Tour of the Alps ride, when we were driving over the Umbrail and Stelvio passes and met him riding up the Reschen Pass. I remember the days of racing in 1974 and on, in Northern California and him being present in the races, a man of distinction. Thank you for a nice tribute, and I remember a man that has left a legacy in cycling.

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