Great, thanks so much for sharing. When I first started racing bikes I was introduced to BJ c/o the guys at Hillman cycles around 1999/2000. He was a modest rider and gentleman, and could still whip up a great sprint to take A grade at Footscray on a windy Saturday afternoon. My fondest memory was how he unselfishly lent his world championship jacket to a young rider who was freezing on the side of the crit circuit, only for that rider to be yelled at by the old guard (commisaires) on the sideline who were quick to remind the freezing rider that he had not earned that jacket, only Billy Joe deserved to wear it, and he should take it off immediately in the somewhat arctic conditions. Such a great bike. fitting of a great person and rider.
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Hi, a few little mistakes: Karl not Carl, Winter not Winters, Obree not O’Bree. Thanks for the great tale.
Here’s another Euro – currently owned by my bro. http://www.fixedgeargallery.com/2008/july/2/ThomasRayner_3.htm
Great read, I had the pleasure of meeting BJ at Forrest Festival this weekend, I had no idea what a cycling legend he is, such a modest man. I am humbled for the experience.
Nice article and good to see some Aussie Track bikes mentioned and deserved to be in the class of italian makers out there. I also have an Euro Sports Track bike and would like to know how l can get in contact with Bryan Hayes as l need some decals and l think this track bike l have deserves to be restored back to its original glory and ride the wooden board track at Northcote once again.