Old Ned wrote:
Grand bit o' film of t'1962 National Champs 'oop 'ere in't sunny West Riding of Yorkshire. Beryl Burton winning t'wimmins event (wimmin ridin' 'cross, whatever next!!) and several old mates and acquaintances - some sadly no longer with us - getting right mucky, laiking abaht in't mud.
It ain't like that now!
Thank goodness http://www.yorkshirefilmarchive.com/fil ... ampionship
By happy coincidence, this weekend's Nationals were also in Yorkshire! Thanks for the link, as an added bonus one of the suggested clips on the site's sidebar was rare colour footage of Billy Liar
being filmed on location in Leeds & Bradford (I used to pass the 30s semi in Baildon used as the Fisher family home on my way to work some years back).
As for the CX film, the sight of bikes being chucked over walls, streams and ditches rather than being carried ("It's bad technique, is that", as Mr. Boycott might put it) made me wince - no way would I treat my Fort in that manner!!
Although maybe 'cross bikes as carefully-built, specific "tools for the job" weren't really as common back then - not many sets of canti brakes in evidence in the film, though they did exist - before the likes of John Atkins and Keith Mernickle came along and made a big impact on the sport.
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