Some great research, images and quotes from Carlton Reid of “roads were not built for cars”. “Indoor roller racing – called Goldsprints to some – became immensely popular in the 1930s and could pack out dance-halls and ballrooms right through until the late 1950s” Full Article here.
Over 300 competitors took part in Friedrichshafen, Germany apparently!
Just found this video of the Drink Floyd event, note crash in race that starts at 1m27s!
I don’t know how we missed this during our research on Manfred, but here it is on Swiss TV. “Pascal Richard is well behind” is what I think she says, and the Olympic champion doesn’t look best pleased about it either! And while we’re at it, here is Manfred powering 100 electric razors.
Austrian couriers, Tour de France pros, Endurance superstars and Air Race pilots gathered to compete in the small village of Fuschl am See in the foothills of the Austrian Alps in the first ever “Battle Cranks” roller race event, here is the official video and TV Report: Battle Cranks 2010: The Crankiest Bits from HerrNick [...]
Manfred has held seven Guinness world records for roller racing related cycling. He has won over 80 roller races most of these between 1983 and 1990, in June1984 he won six events (and six bikes) in one month! The records Manfred has set are pretty mind-blowing, will he come out of retirement to take on [...]
Featuring Rollapaluza’s Caspar, Buffalo Bill and 1950′s roller race professional Eddie Wingrave, this video features footage from the early London courier goldsprints and roller races. Roller Race from Jono on Vimeo.
This is it, THE event at the Cyle Messengers World Championships that started the Goldsprint Revolution and inspired Greg Tipper from London and New York couiers to create goldsprint events in the USA and London (later became Rollapaluza)