Before Merckx started his own company in 1980 his bikes were made under licence.
In Belgium Kessels was known as distributor, in Great Brittain Falcon made Merckx bikes and
in Germany in the late '70s Hans Schauff also builded frames.
(Many thanks to Steve)
The firm was founded in 1933 by Etienne VERmeersch (married with Mathilda DALle).
De watches were made in Switzerland by Pronto watches co. Distribution first from Bruges later on
from Antwerp. The most florishing period was 1950 - 1980. Many well-known cyclists had a Pronto Verdal on their wrist such as Van Steenbergen, Merckx, Gimondi, ...
Sales were stopped in 1997.
Heading for the Mont Ventoux in the '70s- '80s style.
A Rossin, a Superia and a Merckx on top of a Renault R4 GTL Clan.
1050 km seperating Bruges from Sault and a lot more
on secondary roads ...
Team Flandria in the Tour of '76, a team others were afraid or jealous of.
Ten victories and a green jersey.
The team cycles with the numbers beginning with a 7.
As a 'kopman' Freddy Maertens had number 71, Michel Pollentier had 75.
Who would have had number 78 and 79 from these fotofinish-plaque?
SPORT revue from 1935.
Tour of Flanders Winner: L. Duerloo.