Re: [CR] Tour of Somerville,NJ

Example: Events:Cirque du Cyclisme

Date: Fri, 9 Jul 2010 08:25:53 -0700 (PDT)
From: Peter Jourdain <>
In-Reply-To: <>
Subject: Re: [CR] Tour of Somerville,NJ

Thanks so much for your post, David. Great to hear of your experience. Now that you mention it, I do recall seeing and hearing about the Somerset Wheelmen back then.

So many beautiful, colorful bikes there, as I recall. A feast for the eyes. And, yes, the riders were SCREAMING around the course, all bunched together. A very fast and competitive race it certainly seemed to me. I was amazed that there weren't MORE crashes than there were. It was just an astounding experience for me.


Peter Jourdain
Whitewater, Wisconsin, USA

--- On Fri, 7/9/10, David Neuhaus wrote:

> From: David Neuhaus <>

\r?\n> Subject: Re: [CR] Tour of Somerville,NJ

\r?\n> To:,

\r?\n> Date: Friday, July 9, 2010, 11:01 AM

\r?\n> Peter -


\r?\n> I didn't race in the '77 ToS, but competed as a Junior in

\r?\n> 1974 & '75. That

\r?\n> was a tough, extremely fast race - I didn't finish either

\r?\n> time. I rode with

\r?\n> the Somerville based Somerset Wheelmen/Schwinn team, who

\r?\n> were the sponsoring

\r?\n> team of the race for years. I still have my team jersey

\r?\n> (too small for me

\r?\n> now!), my race numbers, and even the Peugeot PX-10 I raced

\r?\n> on.


\r?\n> I also have a pictures of Sue Novarra on the start line in

\r?\n> her '75 track

\r?\n> sprint rainbow jersey from 1976.


\r?\n> Distant memories!


\r?\n> Dave Neuhaus

\r?\n> Fanwood, NJ, USA






\r?\n> >

\r?\n> > Message: 8

\r?\n> > Date: Thu, 8 Jul 2010 17:21:27 -0700 (PDT)

\r?\n> > From: Peter Jourdain <>

\r?\n> > Subject: Re: [CR] Omelenchuk on ebay (120593108115)

\r?\n> & Tour of

\r?\n> > Somerville, NJ

\r?\n> > To: Amir Avitzur <>,

\r?\n> >, 

\r?\n> Ted Ernst <>

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\r?\n> >

\r?\n> > Hi, Ted---

\r?\n> >

\r?\n> > Ah, the Tour of Somerville, NJ. The 1977 edition was

\r?\n> the first genuine bicycle

\r?\n> > race I ever saw. Home from college in May, I was on a

\r?\n> bicyle tour from my

\r?\n> > native Massachusetts through the Pine Barrens of New

\r?\n> Jersey and stopped for a

\r?\n> > day to visit a college friend in Somerville, who had

\r?\n> implored me to catch the

\r?\n> > race. It was a wicked criterium on a short city street

\r?\n> course as I recall with

\r?\n> > too many riders for the alloted space and several

\r?\n> tubular blowouts and

\r?\n> > flesh-ripping crashes. It was the first time I had

\r?\n> ever seen bikes like Basso,

\r?\n> > Ciocc, Cinelli, and it really opened my eyes to a

\r?\n> whole new world of

\r?\n> > competitive cycling. Wish I had owned a camera back

\r?\n> then!

\r?\n> >

\r?\n> >

\r?\n> > Anybody on the CR List ride in that year's event or

\r?\n> any edition of the ToS?

\r?\n> >

\r?\n> > Cheerio,

\r?\n> >

\r?\n> >

\r?\n> > Peter Jourdain

\r?\n> > Whitewater, Wisconsin