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1993 World Championships - Keirin
This is a brutal Keirin tournament filled with lots of drama. Main contenders include Frederic Magné from France, Marty Nothstein (who’s now the race director at T-Town), Australia’s Gary Neiwand and defending champ Michael “The Beast From The East” Huebner. Watch it and enjoy.
[Photo from Tomity]
Martin from Ertzui Film just left a comment on my post for 125 Jahre Diamant — a beautiful German documentary celebrating 125 years of Diamant bicycles — and I had to post it up. In one part of the documentary, Michael Huebner tells a story in German but there are no subtitles (I commented on how I still have much admiration for his story even though I can’t understand it). Here’s Martin’s summary of Huebner’s story…
« The story Michael Huebner is telling right after his trackstand is about the time when he was racing Keirin in Japan. The officials made him ride NJS material [and] of course and he said to them: “Do you really want me to !zackkkk! ride this?” …He was breaking their stems just buy pulling on them. That’s why he was allowed to ride this famous and rare “Bierhahn - Vorbau" (beer faucet stem). It weighed about a ton but was stiff enough to not break under his power.
That’s why they called him the “Beast of the East”. He even rode jerseys saying on the back “Too fast for you”.
He’s classic! We’ve also had him in Fixed City. »
Thanks for sharing, Martin!
The program runs about half an hour and it’s all in German but even if you don’t understand the language, it’s still well worth watching. I just watched the whole thing and it’s not just a beautiful ode to Diamant bikes and their heritage but also a feature on people who deeply appreciate the art, science and sport of bicycles.
For me, my favorite part is the segment (starting around 17:00) where Michael Huebner is reunited with one of his old sprint bikes and he takes it to the velodrome for a few laps. Watching him tell stories about the bike is great even if I don’t know what he’s saying.
Maybe one day we’ll get a subtitled version but for now, I kinda dig the whole language barrier. Makes the subject matter that much more exotic. Click the pic above to watch and enjoy.
Trailer for the documentary 125 Jahre Diamant from Ertzui Films. It’s about one of Germany’s oldest bicycle manufacturers — Diamant, celebrating their 125th anniversary this year — and some of the great German cycling legends like Michael Hübner are featured. The film already premiered on German TV last month but I would love to get a copy of it!
Found on Prolly.
The Battle Of The Stand-Stills Trailer
This looks like an interesting short film project from Alexander Stewart. It was inspired by one of my favorite race videos so I’m pretty curious to see the finished product. Here’s what Stewart says about it:
"In footage from a 1990 World Championship sprint race, two riders try and hold their bikes in place on the track as long as they possibly can. A second race between two contemporary riders shadows the original race, and a decayed velodrome overlaps with the memory of the stand-still.
The Battle Of The Stand-Stills (16:00, 2010) is part documentary, part structural film, and part found-footage film. As three racing locations and times intersect, images from earlier races are recalled by an announcer’s narration of an invisible race.”
The full short will premier at the International Festival of Experimental Film & Video in Zagreb, Croatia this September.