Racing Together: Have I got news for you

Matters were reaching a breaking point and when the riders formed their association IRTA the press followed suit with IRPA. Led by two doyens of the sport, Dennis Noyes and Hans van Loozenoord, there was even talk of delaying the start of a race by putting a line of desks across the start line but revolution was in the air. Things had to change, rather like when the riders threatened with their own World Series, but this time it was the tobacco companies that led the charge. Dismayed by the lack of media facilities provided by the circuits, they brought along their own. A press room with phones and faxes, regular press conferences with their riders plus some pretty lavish hospitality.