From the German perspective, yesterday’s Olympic velodrome was a place of joy and happiness.
But have you heard of the Klappodrome before, the place of the annual World-Klapp? It’s the place and time for the original folding bikes (or „Klappräder“ as the Germans call them) of the 70’s having the chance to rise and shine again, at least for a day
Although the technical standards of 40 years ago have to remain unaltered (no Bromptons allowed!), an upgrade to today’s looks of cool is allowed, of course:
In terms of the rules that apply to the rider, though, there is a bit more lee-way: Although no rider without a mustache is allowed at the start line, it is okay to line up there with a fake or even stenciled one. Still, the real ones are the best, of course – especially when they are in complete harmony with the rest of the outfit as exemplified by many of the World-Klapp contestants
Other may be a bit less stylish – but that’s their trade-off for being extremely serious about coming in with a great result, I am sure:
The really serious ones, though, go for even more than the Klapp race – they go for the Klapp-Decathlon including snatching, lifting, gymnastics and some track and field disciplines. Ah, yes, and Klapp biking, too:
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