MTB meets PhD
A year or two ago I spent hours with Fred Savre, a French MTB enthusiast who was working on documenting the history of mountain biking. His English is better than my French, but it was easier for him to let me ramble into his tape recorder for future transcription.
Today I received this email:
If anyone is in France in a couple of weeks, it should be a pretty good party. You can use my invitation, because I'm busy that night.
I hope everything is fine for you in Fairfax for you, your family and your friends.
I'd like to inform you that my PHd 's dissertation (575 pages) about mountain bike history is written.
The tittle is:
"The spread and institutionalisation of the mountain bike : from its Californian origins to Olympic recognition (1970-1996)"
The public and official presentation will held june 23th 2009 at 2 PM in Lyon, FRANCE ( UFRSTAPS de LYON, 27 Blvd du 11 novembre 69622 VILLEURBANNE). You are welcome and it will be a pleasure and a honor to see you in France ! After this presentation, your are invited to a friendly reception at 6 PM.
Next year a big abstract (200-300 pages) of this research will be published in english.
Best Regards and All Best Fred SAVRE, the french guy who visited you 2005,2006,2007 !!
That's pretty cool, any way you slice it.
Whether that he sought you out, and you were willing to help, or that some guy decided to do a PHD thesis on mountain bikes.
Hope he sends you a copy of the english translation
Did he mention if the dissertation will be published as a book? It might be a fun read (although likely not as much fun if it's written in French).
Each bicycle owned exponentially increases the probability that none is working correctly.
Most dissertations get published at some level whether it be in a journal, by request through the department he graduated from, or his school's library.
Originally Posted by laffeaux
Originally Posted by Repack Rider
One non-bike-related-question ... does he pronounce his last name like Brett Favre does? Just wondering is all ...
Chasing bears through the woods drunk with a dull hatchet is strongly not advised
Never used his last name in my presence. Called himself "Fred the French guy."
Originally Posted by wv_bob
Originally Posted by wv_bob
Think Fava bean, with a french accent, so says my frog wickipidiot....
Hope you mentioned the golden tablets TR came down off the mount with and then cast out the nonbelievers of whichever version of where what when why of MtB's biblically correct origins...
And then , on the 8th day, TR created the Golden Unicrown + Bull Moose Bar, and then he rested, for he was spent....
Thanx for the open invite to attend the frogpond event, afraid I don't have any pairs left of unwashed levi button pants to try + pass my ol geezer self off as CK.....it woulda been fun.....
Fred took this with him across the pond
I would use your invite CK but, alas, I too am busy "that evening"