I didn't race in the '77 ToS, but competed as a Junior in 1974 & '75. That was a tough, extremely fast race - I didn't finish either time. I rode with the Somerville based Somerset Wheelmen/Schwinn team, who were the sponsoring team of the race for years. I still have my team jersey (too small for me now!), my race numbers, and even the Peugeot PX-10 I raced on.
I also have a pictures of Sue Novarra on the start line in her '75 track sprint rainbow jersey from 1976.
Dave Neuhaus Fanwood, NJ, USA
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> Hi, Ted---
> Ah, the Tour of Somerville, NJ. The 1977 edition was the first genuine bicycle
> race I ever saw. Home from college in May, I was on a bicyle tour from my
> native Massachusetts through the Pine Barrens of New Jersey and stopped for a
> day to visit a college friend in Somerville, who had implored me to catch the
> race. It was a wicked criterium on a short city street course as I recall with
> too many riders for the alloted space and several tubular blowouts and
> flesh-ripping crashes. It was the first time I had ever seen bikes like Basso,
> Ciocc, Cinelli, and it really opened my eyes to a whole new world of
> competitive cycling. Wish I had owned a camera back then!
> Anybody on the CR List ride in that year's event or any edition of the ToS?
> Peter Jourdain
> Whitewater, Wisconsin