For the first time since the turn of the century, tandem bicycle races were an official part of the World Indoor Bicycle Championships, which took place in Frankfurt, Germany recently. The only reason the tandem events were scheduled is that they are on the program of the 1968 Olympics. Indeed, when the French criticized the "fossils who run the Olympics" they invariably pointed in derision to "their grandpa tandem bike races."
But when millions of Frenchmen (who can't be wrong) watched their compatriots, Pierre Trentin, 22, and Daniel Morelon, 21, whiz across television screens at 45 mph to win the 1,600-meter event, they changed their tune. Crowed the French sports daily L'Equipe, which had heretofore roundly assailed the "old fogeys" who staged tandem races: "[Our boys] have given a new vigor, a new popularity and a new youth to the tandem of our grandfathers by hanging a gold medal on the handlebars. They have led us to rediscover the athletic qualities of this bicycle." In a word, to amateurs passion�s de cyclisme, World Champions Trentin and Morelon looked sweet upon the seat of a bicycle built for two.
The following item appeared in the Baltimore Evening Sun last week under the headline WEDDING BELLS:
"Two Duke football players were married this summer—Junior Tackle Malcolm Travelstead and Senior Guard Rodger Parker."