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Walter Godefroot Pista         Featured Bike! on 10/3/2012

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Walter Godefroot Pista, Reynolds 531

Cinelli 67-39 Pista bars, Cinelli 1R stem

Walter Godefroot fork, Campagnolo Record Pista headset

Mavic MA rim, Campagnolo Record hub, Torelli Open Tubular

Mavic MA rim, Campagnolo Record hub, Torelli Open Tubular

Camagnolo Record Pista 151bcd, matching 47t chainring, Campagnolo Record Pista bottom bracket

Cinelli Unicanitor saddle, Campagnolo SR seatpost

Gipiemme Super Pista pedals, steel Campagnolo toe clips, Alfredo Binda straps, Wipperman 1/8" track chain

EAI 17t x 1/8"

"Walter Godefroot is the only one of my adversaries who I never beat in a direct fight for victory - Eddy Merckx"

Walter Godefroot aka The Bulldog of Belgium aka The Bulldog of Flanders amassed 155 professional victories from 1965 until his retirement from racing in 1979. Although a specialist in one-day classics, Godefroot was like many of his talented contemporaries and could shine in most disciplines including Grand Tours and track racing. His ten classics victories included three of the ‘five monuments' (Liege-Bastogne-Liege – 1967, Paris-Roubaix – 1969 and Tour of Flanders – 1968 and 1978). In the Grand Tours he claimed 10 Tour de France stage victories, one Giro stage, two Vuelta stages and three Tour de Suisse stages. Of these the final stage of the 1975 TdF is the most historic as he was the first rider to win on the Champs-Élysées. In 1970 he won the Green Points Jersey of the TdF. Upon his retirement from racing he moved into the role of team director. Most notably with T-Mobile during the Ulrich years and more recently with Team Astana in 2007.

The frame is a mystery. There is no official record of Walter Godefroot ever having his own marquee (at least none that I could find). A longtime rider of Colnago frames, the clover cut-outs are of note. Did Godefroot receive parts from Colnago to build a line of bikes following Merckx's post-racing relationshiop with Ugo De Rosa? I'm assuming this frame ws made at the hands of a Belgian builder. But who?

Godefroot owns and operates a successful bike shop near Gent, Belgium. I plan on emailing them a couple of photos in hopes of unraveling some of the secrets of the Godefroot name. Stay tuned.

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Outstanding.

This is one of my favorites on V-space, bar none. Nigh perfection.

Hi, i think the frame is

Hi, i think the frame is made by M.Martens in Zwevelzele for W.Godefroot
I have a Godefroot bike as well

your bike stable is so

your bike stable is so nice
how in the hell do you locate these things (seriously) im trying to find some vintage track joy but not getting anything :-/

I was just about to asy the

I was just about to asy the exact same thing hahah shiit all i find are leaders and conversions :(

I take it...

I take it you never found out the information on this interesting frame. You do have one of the more compelling "notes" sections in a forum that doesn't seem to value anything over a sentence (of course, a complete sentence appears to be optional as well...heh). I just popped back in, remembering this lovely frame, suddenly wondering if you ever fired that promised email off, with a return answer bringing the mystery to a close. I've seen a few more Godefroot bikes, including this sample, complete with horrifying backdrop of depressing couch and slack-jawed tikes. Anyway, it's a wonderful bike and hope you're still taking care of it by riding as much as possible.

frame

Where does everyone get there track frames from????

ditto , i think the guy is

ditto , i think the guy is just a magician or something

JESUS CHRIST!!!!!!

Now that is what I call a f*+!ing Bobby Dazzler!!!

Pretty pretty cOlOr

Very nice bike, I really like the color.
(But careful: that protector thingy on the top tube does NOT show the *belgian* flag!)

Sigh

It does now.

Fantastic frame and story!

Fantastic frame and story! I'm really interested in hearing more about the history of the frame. Please share when you get some more information from Godefroot.

This bike is the TITS!!!

it's perfect.



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