Last on the schedule was the IVCA championships" showcase event, the men's one-mile Ordinary final. The six-rider field jockeyed for position in a three-by-three pack for the first three laps. Then, at the bell, 44-year-old Zbynek Simek of Czechoslovakia, by far the smallest man (5'6") in the field and hence riding the smallest bike, broke away to beat Jack Castor by 30 yards. Graber, who apparently never stops pedaling, came in third.
An equipment manager at the Faculty of Sport in Brno, Simek was a member of the Czechoslovakian national cycling team in 1971. His victory in Findlay augurs well for the 1993 world championships and rally, which will take place in Prague, where the IVCA member club that will host the event is 110 years old. In the meantime the Wheelmen will gather next summer in White River Junction, Vt., for their annual meet.
Steve Carter, who won the Hard Luck Award in Findlay and is perhaps a little wiser for wear, is looking forward to the gathering. "This year I took 10 bikes to the rally, and I hardly had any time to socialize," he says. "Next year I'm going to ride to White River Junction and just socialize and relax."
Believe that when you see it.