The Super Bike - an Untold Story
Port Townsend Cycle School launches First Tuesdays Bicycle Salons.
It’s about SuperBike
On Tuesday, September 4, at 7 PM, at 236 Tayler in downtown Port Townsend, Ric Hjertberg presented “It’s About SuperBike,” the untold story of of one of the most ambitious sports development program of all time. The Port Townsend Cycle School is presenting a monthly first Tuesday salon at the Port Townsend School of the Arts in downtown Port Townsend.
In 1993, the SuperBike program was launched with the sole objective of stealing an Olympic gold for U.S. cyclists at the Atlanta Games. A futuristic high tech bicycle, created under a cloak of secrecy, was intended to propel American riders and administrators to timeless glory. After three years, the expenditure of $12 million, and an effort of 40,000 man hours, the technological marvel was unveiled, provoking global controversy: “jingoistic one-upmanship,” “a veritable Manhattan Project,” “characteristic Yankee know how,” and “a blow against the Olympic ideal.”
Upcoming salons include a showing of "The Bicycle Thief," (October 2) and a Cargo Bike Summit (December 4). If you have a request for a salon topic, or you would like to present, please let us know!