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Dave Bonner - Condor Mackeson

Sporting Cyclist Magazine - Dave Bonner


The sixties was the era of the Condor Mackeson team and Condor bikes were ridden on the track in world cups and the Olympics. Names such as Hugh Porter (1968 World Pursuit Champion), Colin Lewis, Dave Bonner and Tom Simpson all graced the track on Condors.

Mackeson Stout is a dark sweet beer also known as also known as milk stout because it contains lactose, a sugar derived from milk. The stout was believed to be a great recovery drink, one of the first sports drinks. Soon the world of science was getting involved in improving sporting performance and by the seventies riders were no longer necking stout post-race.

In the 1970s Condor supported the legendary Milk Race, then in the 1980s became the bike sponsor for the UK Pro team Percy Bilton that featured National Road Race Champion John Herety.

Through the 1990s team sponsorship continued in th e form of the AngliaSport-Condor team and individual sponsorship of promising riders, most notably Olympic medallist Bradley Wiggins.

Cycling Weekly magazine paid a visit to Condor Mackeson rider Dave Bonner at his home in Andalusia to get the low down on what it was like racing in the sixties and find out more about his Spanish training route in Sierra Bermeja.

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