If you think it's bad on the mountain slopes of a major tour these days then take a look at this amazing clip of the 1974 Giro with José Manuel Fuente riding away from Eddy Merckx to a summit finish at the Tre Cime di Lavaredo. It's unbridled carnage: unsurfaced sections, sub-zero temperatures, outriders running over spectators, cyclists crashing into outriders, team cars getting stuck between parked cars, men in suits chasing the riders up the hill... unbelievable
Dave is a founding father of road.cc, having previously worked on Cycling Plus and What Mountain Bike magazines back in the day. He also writes about e-bikes for our sister publication ebiketips. He's won three mountain bike bog snorkelling World Championships, and races at the back of the third cats.