If you think it's bad on the mountain slopes of a major tour these days then take a look at this amazing clip of the 1974 Giro with José Manuel Fuente riding away from Eddy Merckx to a summit finish at the Tre Cime di Lavaredo. It's unbridled carnage: unsurfaced sections, sub-zero temperatures, outriders running over spectators, cyclists crashing into outriders, team cars getting stuck between parked cars, men in suits chasing the riders up the hill... unbelievable

Dave is a founding father of road.cc and responsible for kicking the server when it breaks. In a previous life he was a graphic designer but he's also a three-time Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling world champion, and remains unbeaten through the bog. Dave rides all sorts of bikes but tends to prefer metal ones. He's getting old is why.