Mayer brothers develop ‘incredible legend’ with Iron Horse Bicycle Classic

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Mayer brothers develop ‘incredible legend’ with Iron Horse Bicycle Classic

The true story of a challenge between brothers
Tom Mayer came to the finish line at the top of Coal Bank Pass by himself in the first official Iron Horse Bicycle Classic in 1972. The race was inspired by his quest to ride from Durango to Silverton faster than the train on which his brother Jim was a brakeman.
From left, Ed Zink, Tom Mayer and Jim Mayer came together for a special celebration of the 40th Iron Horse Bicycle Classic in 2011. Zink, the longtime IHBC race director, organized the first official race that was inspired by Tom Mayer’s bet to brother Jim that he could beat the train from Durango to Silverton.
Tom Mayer built a custom 120-speed mountain bike in the 1960s. He rode Hermosa Creek Trail before there was a bridge and recalled the trail being much rougher in those days.
Tom Mayer rides the same 1968 Schwinn Paramount, with a few swapped-out parts, as he did when he rode from Durango to Silverton in his initial challenge to his brother, Jim. Mayer also rode the same bike in the first official IHBC in 1972.
Iron Horse coverage

The Durango Herald staff will bring you live coverage of the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic throughout the weekend.
Stories, photos and results will be posted to durangoherald.com as soon as we have them.
In print: Features and information in Friday and Weekend editions; coverage and results in the Monday edition.
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Mayer brothers develop ‘incredible legend’ with Iron Horse Bicycle Classic

Tom Mayer came to the finish line at the top of Coal Bank Pass by himself in the first official Iron Horse Bicycle Classic in 1972. The race was inspired by his quest to ride from Durango to Silverton faster than the train on which his brother Jim was a brakeman.
From left, Ed Zink, Tom Mayer and Jim Mayer came together for a special celebration of the 40th Iron Horse Bicycle Classic in 2011. Zink, the longtime IHBC race director, organized the first official race that was inspired by Tom Mayer’s bet to brother Jim that he could beat the train from Durango to Silverton.
Tom Mayer built a custom 120-speed mountain bike in the 1960s. He rode Hermosa Creek Trail before there was a bridge and recalled the trail being much rougher in those days.
Tom Mayer rides the same 1968 Schwinn Paramount, with a few swapped-out parts, as he did when he rode from Durango to Silverton in his initial challenge to his brother, Jim. Mayer also rode the same bike in the first official IHBC in 1972.
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