Following the Stayer Bonanza of a few months back here are a whole load more stayer images. Once again the celebrity of both the stayer pilots as well as the cyclists themselves comes across. The stayer riders needed great skill to accurately pace their partner cyclist and a good rider knew a trick or two to get his cyclist ahead and stay in the lead.
Paced cycle racing still goes on though is very much a minority sport. There's been a strong revival of board track racing motorcycles of late; it would be great to see a similar renaissance for the stayers. A stayer was always a very limited production machine, not so many years back they were broken up for their motors but appreciation is rising and there are a few survivors out there. Wouldn't it be wonderful to re-create the spectacle of racing the boards. I have a c1910 track cycle - if you've got a working pacer get in touch and let's see what we can do!
|At a guess dating from just before or just after WW1. The
stayer looks like a gentle giant with a big bore inlet over
exhaust v-twin. The cyclist is Seres and the pacer Moreau.
|The caption reads, 'Nat Butler, American stayer lead by
|This Gentleman goes by the name of Cavé.
|German cyclist Karl Wittig with stayer
|Cyclists Dickentmann and Robi with their stayers. Apparently
taken from the book, 'Major Taylor'. If you do not know the story
of Major Taylor you must read it. Try the wikipedia biog.
|Linart, a Belgian rider who was world
champ in 1921.
|This very stylish gent goes by the name