The two Rogers — Roger Bireley via Roger Strauss — passed along the first of the following two videos that flash back to the 1980 and 1981 Battle of the Network Stars competitions from the 70’s & 80’s with Howard Cosell calling the action during the tandem bike relay races.
This is actually a pretty cool retrospective on just how popular cycling and even tandem cycling was back in the 1970’s bicycle boom. I have no specific information on what brand of tandem they were riding, but they look like they could be Peugeot models.
Anyway, what I found interesting in these videos were:
- The Bell V-1 Pro Helmets…
- Running shorts & tank tops vs. cycling gear
- They’re racing on a dirt running track
- The number of captains who clearly didn’t understand how to steer a bike!
- Gerard Oakes in the 1st (1980) video barely keeps it on the track
- Lorenzo Lamas in the 2nd (1981) video gets distracted and runs off the track
- How strong Kent McCord & Joan Prather were in the last leg of the 1980 video
- How strong Jared Martin & Donna Mills were in the first leg of the 1981 video.