Cycling & Distance Running – 1984 – Special – Highlights Of Race Across America +Distance Running In 1984

The Race Across America, or RAAM, is an ultra-distance road cycling race held across the United States that started in 1982 as the Great American Bike Race.  In length the RAAM is comparable to the Tour de France….but the races differ to a great extent. The courses of both races have varied over the years….however, in the Race Across America, the direction has always been from the west…

Cycling – 1987 – Tour De France Stage 11 Special – CBSs John Dockery Provides A Tour Of Bourdeaux

There are several major sporting event that provide a sideshow of scenic beauty that is almost as captivating as the event itself…..and The Tour de France is one of those events…..oh sure, The Masters is played on one of the most spectacularly beautiful golf course in the world….and when the azaleas are in bloom….the golf course become…

Cycling – 1983 – SportsCenter With Bob Ley – Highlights Of Tour De France With Winner Laurent Fignon

DOG ASIDE: In this video ESPN SportsCenter anchor Bob Ley provides highlights of the final day of the 1983 Tour du France….in which France’s Laurent Fignon would win his 1st of two in a row Tour du France road races. Laurent Patrick Fignon (12 August 1960 – 31 August 2010) was a French professional road bicycle racer who won the Tour de…

Cycling – 1985 – Highlights – Battle For The Tour Du France Between Bernard Hinault + Greg LeMond

DOG ASIDE: Bernard Hinault (born 14 November 1954) is a Breton former professional cyclist….who won the Tour de France five times….and he is one of only seven cyclists to have won all three Grand Tours….as well as one of two cyclists to have won each more than once….with the other being Alberto Contador.  He won the Tour de France in 1978, 1979, 1981, 1982 and 1985….as seen in…

Cycling – 1987 – CBSs Tim Ryan + John Dockery Showcase Town Of St Tropez On The Tour De France

DOG ASIDE: Saint-Tropez (Sant-Troupès in Provençal dialect) is a town on the French Riviera….which is 100km (62 miles) west of Nice in the Var department of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region of southeastern France.  Saint-Tropez was a military stronghold and fishing village until the beginning of the 20th century. It was the first town on this coast to be liberated during World War II as part of Operation Dragoon. After the war, it…

Cycling – 1987 – NBCs Bill Macatee Showcases Tour De France In Review – Featuring IRE Stephen Roche

DOG ASIDE: This video excerpt is from an NBC production that provided a highlights review of the year in sports in 1987…..which was hosted by Bill Macatee….as this was his segment on cycling in 1987…..which featured the outstanding season had by Ireland’s Stephen Roche Stephen Roche (born 28 November 1959) is an Irish former professional road racing cyclist….who in…

Olympics – 1984 – L A Games – Mens Track Cycling Sprint Finals – USA Nelson Vails Vs USA Mark Gorski

DOG ASIDE: Track cycling is a bicycle racing sport usually held on specially built banked tracks or velodromes (but many events are held at older velodromes where the track banking is relatively shallow) using track bicycles.  With the exception of the 1912 Olympics….track cycling has been featured in every modern Olympic Games….with women’s track cycling was first included in the 1988 Seoul Olympics….then the competitions…

Cycling – 1986 – CBS John Tesh Interviews USA Greg LeMond After His Prologue In Tour De France

DOG ASIDE: In 1986, USA Greg LeMond became the first non-European professional cyclist to win the Tour de France….then LeMond was accidentally shot with multiple pellets while hunting in 1987…..and missed the next two Tours…..only to return to the 1989 Tour…..while completing an improbable comeback by winning in dramatic fashion on the race’s final stage….then he successfully…

Cycling – 1987 – Tour De France – IRE Tony Roche + ESP Pedro Delgado + FRA Jean-Francois Bernard

DOG COMMENTARY: The 1987 Tour de France was the 74th edition of the race….while taking place from July 1st to 26th….and  consisted of 25 stages over 4,231 km (2,629 mi)….which provided the closest three-way finish in the Tour until the 2007 Tour de France….and was won by Stephen Roche….the first and so far only Irishman to do so….as the winner of…