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Rodania - For Fans of Belgian Cycling

emaddenemadden Posts: 2,431
edited December 2011 in Pro race
I must admit... I always wondered what that noise was I could hear on the TV at the Belgian races, and some Italian races... the tune.. "ba, ba, ba baaaa Rooo--daaannn--eee-aaah"... always at the end of the race.

So I just read "Belgian Hammer" and there are a few lines in there that has explained: Swiss Watch maker Rodania sponsors the race lead car and that tune is pumped out over and over again... Its an institution in Belgium - apparently.

Probably makes an alternative ringtone (albeit annoying) to the Channel 4 Tour De France Team tune, or the Team Car Claxon

But, I'd hate to be the guy having to drive that car for 6 hours!

Apparently, this started in 1954... and its still the same tune!

The Car in Races: ... re=related ... re=related

Maybe for conversion to an annoying ring tone :-) :


  • DoobzDoobz Posts: 2,800
    ha, clicked on the youtube link and had the speakers on. 5 year old daughter tells me to turn it off because it gives her the creeps..
  • deejaydeejay Posts: 3,138
    Well, well, I always thought they were Belgian Watches with the main sales office in Brussels.

    The infernal noise is a good tell tale when dashing around Belgian Flanders to hear it across the fields and know where the head of the race is.
    Organiser, National Championship 50 mile Time Trial 1972
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