17 April 2012

Peace Race 2012 - News From Positivo Espresso London Chapter

If watching Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy got you into a nostalgic mood about the Cold War ... get read for more memories of another era.  This news just in from David Jacob of the Positivo Espresso London Chapter:


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Friends and Bikies, 

On the 4th May I am taking my Dad to Germany to ride the 200km from Leipzig to Berlin. We are joining the 'Peace Race Tribute' ride. The peace race was, in the USSR era, the Eastern bloc equivalent of the Tour de France.

Two riders, Alan Buttler and Geoff Wiles, are riding the entire 2200km route of the 1955 Peace Race to raise money for Diabetes UK. 

Alan is organising the ride as a tribute to his father, Alf, who died of diabetes. Alf was manager and mechanic for many British teams in cycle races over 25 years. His first race with the British team was the 1955 Peace Race. The picture attached below shows Alf (far left) next to my Dad in 1960 on the Tour of Tunisia. My Dad also rode the Peace Race in 1962. 

You can read more here:    http://www.pbw2012.cc/ 

If you would like to support this very worthwhile cause please donate herehttps://www.justgiving.com/peacerace 

many thanks, 

David J.


Alf Buttler, far left, and Alan Jacob, next to him in the cool sunglasses.  At the 1960 Tour of Tunisia
Alan Jacob, rated by former British Champion David Bedwell as one of the two most "dangerous men" to face in a sprint.  It is great that we will again have Positivo Espresso riders involved in epic events on two continents during the first week in May.  Stay tuned.

1 comment:

David L. said...

Checking back belatedly at the Peace Race website, I see evidence of David Jacob's participation in a few photos from Stage 8 -- pulling the group, of course, and standing front and center at the group photo at the Brandenburg Gate:

http://www.pbw2012.cc/8-etappe-leipzig-to-berlin-draft

He is easy to spot ... in the leader's yellow jersey.