Cyclists from France, Belgium and East Germany arrived at Ronaldsway airport, Isle of Man June 22, for the Manx International Road Race, due to be held on the Island June 24.
LV Aircraft taxies in
SV Sign 'ISLE OF MAN'
SV Riders leave plane
LV PAN.. Riders towards airport building
CU French team manager arguing with officials
LV Riders board coach
LV Riders collect cycles
CU PAN.. Schur world champion checks machine
CU PAN.. Loerke ditto
SV Eckstein pumping tyres
CU PAN.. Alder checks machine
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Background: Cyclists from France, Belgium and East Germany arrived at Ronaldsway airport, Isle of Man June 22, for the Manx International Road Race, due to be held on the Island June 24. Two of the French team, Henri Belena and Guy Poulen, were not on the aircraft due to muddle at London airport which left them stranded for five hours.
The East Germans brought two extra riders making their number eight although they were only allowed six. They boarded the specially chartered B.E.A. aircraft in Berlin and arrived in London to collect the French and Belgian teams.
When the men came out to the aircraft the Belgian cyclists boarded first followed by the Frenchmen. The last two members of the French party were stopped by an airport official and told there were no more seats on the plane.
Race committee secretary Curwin Clague, said later that he had received a telegram saying that the East German team would bring two extra men at their own expense. He was unable to contact the team in time to tell them all seats on the aircraft were taken.