Remigio Saavedra - 1938? El Gráfico

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Remigio Saavedra, Argentine, 1911 - 1998

Remigio Saavedra was a fine Argentine cyclist who followed in the footsteps of his older brother, Cosme Saavedra. He came second (after his brother) in the Argentine National Road Race Championships in both 1931 and 1933.

The 5th of December is the Cyclist Day in Argentina. This day is in named in honor of Remigio Saavedra who, in 1981, at the age of 70, cycled the 1,196 km between Mendoza and Buenos Aires in an extraordinary 18 hours 45 minutes (he was using a bike with a huge chainring and cycling behind motor vehicle with an air baffle - but still!). The first time he did this was in 1943, when it took him 17 hours and 33 minutes.

This photo may show Remigio Saavedra bandaged after competing in a Six Day Race in North America - and gives you a fair idea of the hardships of the Six Day circuit in the inter-war years.

Remigio Saavedra - 1938? photo main image