Tuesday, January 5, 2010


My friend Jeff is working on building a Raleigh 753 Team frame which lead me to dig through some of our Raleigh memorabilia. Dan acquired quite a few things from the Raleigh-Levis team manager Michael Fatka, who owned a shop in Ames, Iowa. One of my favorite items is a TI-Raleigh Creda team scarf that features photos of eight of their riders.

Cees Priem - 1974 Dutch Road Champ, 2 career Tour de France stage wins

Gerrie Knetemann - 10 TdF career stages, 74 and 85 Amstel Gold, 78 World Champ. We have a commemorative rainbow jersey signed by Gerrie framed on our wall.

Joop Zoetemelk - 1980 TdF Overall (Six 2nd place finishes), 1979 Vuelta Overall, 1985 World Road Champ, 1971&73 Dutch Road Champ, 1987 Amstel Gold, 1977 &79 Paris-Tours. Son of a farmer, began work as a carpenter.

Bert Oosterbosch - 1979 World Champion Individual Pursuit, 6 TdF stages

Henk Lubberding - 1978 Best Young Rider Classification TdF, 3 stages TdF

Ludo Peeters - 3 stages TdF, 1977&79 Paris Brussels, 1983&85 Paris-Tours, 1987 Kurne-Brussels-Kurne, lots of other Flemish semi-classics. TI-Raleigh's George Hincapie.

Johan van der Velde - 1980 Dauphine Libere, 1980&82 Dutch Road Champ, 1980 Best Young Rider Classification TdF, 3 stages TdF, 2 Yellow Jerseys, 3 Giro stages and 3 Giro Overall Points Competition. Lost everything to addictions to amphetamines, gambling, and petty theft.

Jan Raas - 1979 Road World Champ, 5 time Amstel Gold winner, 1979&83 Ronde van Vlaanderen (Tour of Flanders), 1982 Paris-Roubaix, 1977 Milan-Sanremo, 10 stages TdF. Holy crap.

Traditional Dutch revelry.

Unfortunately Urs Freuler was not yet on the team.

Presented without comment.

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