On this day in 1997, having been a popular sport for two decades, BMX was finally fully accepted by and integrated into the British Cycling Federation.
Happy birthday to Karl Köther, born in 1942, the German representative in the Sprint and 1km time trial at the 1972 Olympics in Munich. Karl's father - also named Karl, born 1905 - was an Olympian cyclist too, riding the 2km Tandem Sprint at the 1928 Olympics in Amsterdam.
On this day in 2009, Team Rabobank entered a new contract with Giant and began riding the company's top-of-the-range American-produced bikes after several years with the Italian Colnago manufacturer.
Happy birthday to Tristan Hoffman who rode Paris-Roubaix three times and came 2nd in 2004. Since retiring, he has been a directeur sportif for HTC-Highroad. He was born in Groenlo, Nethelands in 1970.
On the first day of 1939, professional cyclist Tommy Godwin (born 1912) set out to achieve a new record in Cycling magazine's annual distance competition. One year later, he had ridden 120,805km - a record which still stands. By May 1940, he had reached 160,000km (100,000 miles) and decided to do his bit for the war by joining the RAF. He had to spend weeks relearning to walk.
Happy birthday to Rabaki Jeremie Ouedraogo of Burkina Faso, twice National Champion and overall winner of the 2005 Tour du Faso. He was born in 1973.
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More birthdays: Jamal Ahmed Al-Doseri (represented Bahrain in the Individual Road Race and 100km Team Time Trial at the 1992 Olympics, born 1970); Youssef Khanfar Al-Shakali (represented Oman in the Individual Road Race at the 1996 Olympics, born 1972); Bernd Barleben (represented Germany in the 4km Team Pursuit at the 1960 Olympics, born 1940); Mario Benetton (represented Italy in the 4km Team Pursuit at the 2000 Olympics, born 1974); Danial Kaswanga (Malawian Olympian in 1984 and 1988, born 1960); Arturo Friedemann (represented Chile in the 1912 Olympics, born 1893); Enrique Heredia (Mexican professional, born 1912, died 26.06.1996); Otto Jensen, (Danish Olympian, born 1893, died 25.12.1972); Alvin Hjalmar "Al Loftes" Lofstedt (American bronze medalist in Team Road Race at the 1912 Olympics, born 1890); Hans Olsen (Danish cyclist, born 1885, died 04.12.1969); František Řezáč (Czech professional, born 1943, died 04.05.1979); Prajin Rungrote (Thai professional, born 1953; Asyat Saitov (Russian Olympian, rode for USSR in 1988, born 1965); Anthony Young (rode for USA in 1920 Olympics, born 1892, died 1969).