2013  Eddy Merckx Cycles

April 14, 2013

I was told that, sadly, Eddy Merckx would not be around. He'd had open-heart surgery the week before, and was recuperating at home. Walking around the basement of the factory, I turned a corner, and very nearly ran into Merckx head-on*. I asked if I could take his picture, and he agreed. But first he took his glasses off. "They make me look old". Two shots, three seconds, and he was gone.

* Not that it's the same thing, but I once almost kicked Claire Danes in the face while riding the subway in New York City. I had just bought new shoes, which I was wearing. I was standing on the train, and I put my foot up to get a better look at the shoes. I narrowly missed a seated passenger's face. The person reared their head back in fear, and looked up at me. It was Claire Danes, with her then-boyfriend Ben Lee. They were wearing matching, shiny, silver North Face bubble coats that made them look like astronauts.