PEZ Bookshelf: Bob Addy was a ‘name’ that cropped up regularly in the British results in the 60’s and 70’s. Ed Hood gives us the background on Bob and his thoughts on ‘The Driller’ , Bob Addy’s insight on British racing before the likes of Sky and INEOS. ‘When I were lad,’ the only ways you got your Media fix of cycling in those pre-internet days was through the, ‘Cycling Weekly’ and ‘International Cycle Sport’ magazines. ‘Cycling Weekly’ was printed on basic cheap newsprint and the occasional colour pictures didn’t reproduce well – but ICS was printed on nice glossy paper and the picture quality wasn’t bad. My favourite team colours – bikes and jerseys – from those days were the orange and ‘kingfisher’ of the Holdsworth team. Quality riders like Les West, Colin Lewis, Dave Nie then latterly the likes of Gary Crewe and Nigel Dean.
But the man who was the team’s first recruit was Bob Addy, a big man who always looked good in action pictures. There was one image I remember in particular of him winning a rainy 1969 Vaux Gold Tankard race, arms spread wide showing his sponsor’s name to great effect. However as a pro he wasn’t a prolific winner, rather a guy who was ‘always there;’ but winning in the UK back then wasn’t easy and Addy would spend a lot of time with Holdsworth, ‘in service’ to the team’s big winners, West and Lewis. And then there was Sid Barras to contend […]