Most of these pictures were processed in September of 1968, the month this race was held. Click on any picture to see it at full size.

1968 Tour de Graceada


by David Steffen

John Campopiano provided newspaper clippings describing this race, but even with them, it is hard to be sure which Modesto Roadmen participated. A preview of the race said that David Steffen and Jeff Cowdrey were "expected" to ride in the Senior event and John Campopiano was "expected" to ride in the Junior event. David and John both confirm their participation. The Bee did list those riders who placed in all the races, and there were no Roadmen among them.

As with the 1967 Tour de Graceada, the person who took the only pictures focused on David Steffen; the Junior race was completely ignored, and the only Roadman visible in any of the pictures is David. The one exception may be the first picture. John Campopiano provided a newspaper clipping from the Modesto Bee describing the race which did have a picture from the Junior race.


The cover for the program of the race.

The poster Jeff Cowdrey made for the race.

A picture of the junior field from The Modesto Bee. It is not impossible that the rider to the farthest right of the picture is John.

Based on its position in the roll and similarity of the rider's jersey to a photograph in The Bee, we are guessing that this is a photograph of Jose Pardilla winning the Junior race.

Probably the start of the Senior race. David is the rider in the upper right of the picture.

David is the third rider in this group of four.

A picture of three unknown cyclists.

David is the last rider in this group of three. This and the previous two pictures are taken at the first of four corners on this criterium course.

This is the only picture not from the same set as the rest. It was taken by a friend of David's sister and for decades, we had no idea it existed. Recently she shared it with us, believing it to be a picture of David. Actually, it's a picture of the winner of the Senior race, John Allis, the same person shown in the next picture.

John Allis, winning of the Senior division of the 1968 Tour de Graceada.