About Eddy Merckx
- Founder: Eddy Merckx
- Country: Belgium
- Year of foundation: 1980
Eddy Merckx produced vintage bicycle frames
Edouard Louis Joseph Merckx, more commonly known as Eddy Merckx, was born on 17 June 1945 in Meensel-Kiezegem, Belgium. He is regarded as one of the most successful profesional cyclists of all time having won many of the biggest titles in the world of cycling. He dominated all major cycling events: six day races, alpine stages, time trials and sprints. Between 1965 and 1978 Merckx won 530 races, of which 445 were professional races. When he was just 18, Eddy Merckx entered the Belgian national team. On 5 September 1964 he became the youngest amateur world champion and in 1966, when he was just 20 years old, he won the famous Milano-Sanremoprofessional race for the first time.
Merckx road race success
Just two years later he won the world-renowned multiple stage road race, the Giro d’Italia, as well as the Tour de France in 1969. Altogether he won both of these “Grand Tours” five times. He also won the third “Grand Tour”, the Vuelta a España in 1973. In doing so he became one of only five cyclists who had won all three of tours. Together with these achievements, he also broke the world hour record.
His bike manufacturing company
On 18 May 1978 he retired from the world of professional cycling, in order to set up his cycling company. Today, despite running his own bike manufacturing and cycling clothing company, Eddy organises many bicycle races and he also works as a cycling commentator. In 1996 Merckx was given a title of nobility by the Belgian King and is now formally referred to as Baron Merckx.
The famous frames made by Merckx
- Corsa (with the letter “C” engraved on the frame)
- Corsa Extra (with the letter “X” engraved on the frame)
- Professional (with the letters “A”, “B” or “P” engraved on the frame)
- TSX (with the letter “T” engraved on the frame)
- Strada (with the letter “M” engraved on the frame)
- Leader MX