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    About me ...              
                 
   
       
                                       
   

My name:

 Wim Lemmens        
                                       
   

Greatest hobby:

 Cycling sport          
   

Other hobbys:

 Gardening, NFL          
                                       
   

When did it all start:

 1967 World Championship in Heerlen.        
             The circuit was just around the corner. I was still a kid and my parents took me to the race.        
             The pro race was won by a young Belgian rider a guy called Eddy Merckx. People said he would become a star...        
             Some months earlier I heard my parents talking about a rider that was killed in the Tour de France.        
             But the roots go tens of years back. My dad and his brothers where also very interested in cycling.        
             Immediate after the Second World War they visited all the big races in the region mainly in Valkenburg.        
             And when the Tour or the World's (1952 Luxembourg and 1954 Solingen) where not to far away they rented a bus and together        
             with their friends they visited those races also.        
                                       
   

First race seen on TV:

 Tour de France 1968. Jan Janssen became the first Dutchman ever to win the race.        
             I can remember that we all watched on tv the final outcome of a very tense final stage. What a climax!        
             During the summer holidays I always watched the Tour de France.        
             From the years 1969, 1970, 1972, 1973 and 1975 I can still remember some moments.        
             The 1976 Tour de France was the first race that I watched in total on the television.        
             I also remember that cold and wet 1973 edition of the Amstel Gold Race when Eddy Merckx clinched his first victory in Meerssen.        
             I do remember the world championships of 1972, 1974 and especially 1975 in Yvoir when Hennie Kuiper claimed the title for hostile crowds.        
             In the seventies most of the big races were already covered by Dutch and Belgian television.        
                                       
   

Photo camera:

 I bought my first camera a Minolta slr. in 1985. Almost Fl.800,-. A lot of money that time.        
             The spectacular 1986 Amstel Gold Race was the first race I took some photos.        
             Nobody was interested in my pics; the day before the Chernobyl nuclear power plant had exploded.        
             For almost 13 years Minolta gear was my working tool.        
             In 1998 I switched to Nikon. From 1995 to 2008 I also had a Bronica medium size camera. A Bronica SQ-Ai 6x6.        
             Some of my best photos ever are made with this very special gear.        
                     
   

My website:

 I started my own website in 2005. That was a real challenge then before that time I had never worked with a computer.        
       Now my website contains several thousands of photos.        
                                       
   

Visit to the races: 

 In 1978 I followed the Amstel Gold Race for the first time on my bike.        
             I am still following all the races in my region on my bike. It makes me more flexible and gives me easier access.        
             Early nineties my mobility had increased so I could visit more races.        
                                       
   

Best professional photographer:

 Graham Watson. Unfortunately he went in retirement at the beginning of the 2017 season.        
                                       
   

Most interesting races to visit:

 Paris-Roubaix, Tour de Romandie, Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a Espana.        
   

Most memorable cycling moments:

 Joop Zoetemelk winning the 1985 world championship title in Italy. What a moment!        
       And that day in May 2003 visiting the Giro d'Italia when legendary Marco Pantani signed a serie of photos I took.        
       He gave me a compliment for my excellent work. 'Bella fotos!'        
   

Worst cycling moment:

 Many!        
                                       
   

How long will it go on:

 I don't know, but when my time has come everything will be destroyed. I am not Vincent van Gogh!        
                                       
                                       
   
       
     

 

 

     

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