Start your autograph collection early

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - At Ommloopo het Nieuwsblad, autograph seekers with the riders

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Autograph seekers starting the season early

And then there are the autograph hunters. I really had no idea about this, but should not be surprised.  There are dozens of people carrying team rosters, cyclist cards and the like, searching out their riders to get the invaluable collectors signatures.

I really did not know this was a thing. It just reminds me that bike racing in Europe is akin to any of the major sports in North America. I should have known thus… I just didn’t.

What shocks me still is the mound of photos carried about the team cars, hoping to get the team roster signed off completely.



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