Merckx Mondays

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Merckx Mondays

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If you’ve been to Austin, chances are you’ve been to Mellow Johnny‘s and seen Lance Armstrong’s two Eddy Merckx-built bicycles hanging by the cafe. I tried my hardest to get a ladder or a stool to stand on to photograph these bikes but the best I could do was stand on Eric Puckett’s back while I shot some images. These two bikes make for a sweet Merckx Mondays, so read on for more photos!

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This is Armstrong’s 1995 Tour-winning Team Motorola Caloi.

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If you remember the 1995 Tour. It was the race where Armstrong’s Italian teammate Fabio Casartelli died in the Pyrenees on a nasty decent.

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To honor his death, Casartelli’s bike road on the roof of the Motorola team car all the way to the Champs-Élysées. What a year!

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Next up is Lance’s 1993 Tour Eddy Merckx Motorola.

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Other online articles have these two bikes reversed. Lance didn’t ride a Caloi in 1993, he was a legit Motorola team bike. This was the year Lance Armstrong won 10 one-day events and stage races. Impressive!

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While the ’93 tour wasn’t as eventful as the ’95, the Motorola team did very well.

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These two bikes hang in Mellow Johnny’s and are the prized-pieces of Lance’s collection. Sure, they may not be Treks but they mark a time in Lance’s career and in my opinion, the golden age of cycling.

Check back tomorrow for a Mellow Johnny’s shop check!