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Champion 86 Stuart Marshall T shirt

£ 29.00

English World Cyclo X Champions are rare, in fact there may only be one: Stuart Marshall. The Place was a very muddy Lembeek in Belgium 1986. Cyclo cross is intense, hard and lonely. The races are shorter than conventional road racing, typically go off from the gun and are raced at a significantly higher intensity the conditions and terrain typically provide any number of excuses for failure. Stuart Marshall's effort here seems to me the epitome of someone who dared to fail. He must have been very unfancied before the start but apparently unfazed by the prospect of failure put it all in anyway. Chapeau. The photographic image is by Phil O'Connor.

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