Nicholai Kolumbet. Pioneer
In the fifties of last century the Kievan cycle track raged bright sports life. Students of our school, whose windows appeared on the track, with undisguised curiosity watched the training and competition riders. That's where I first saw Kolumbet brothers - Nicholas and Leonid. Beautiful, slim, tanned - they were chasing cool, risky and confident. I'm new to thirteen, with open mouth watching these brilliant riders, which eventually became my idols. Later found out that the brothers - hereditary cyclists. Their father - Fyodor Petrovich was a good roadies, not just won the big races.
In his first major start - in the individual race by 25 miles, Nicholas was confident of success, but lost his younger brother, Leonid. By the way, much later, in the 60s, I interviewed a successful trekovika Leonid Kolumbeta, bronze medalist of the Olympic Games in Rome champion and bronze medalist of world championships, I knew his story. And then, in the 53rd, after a loss, upset Nikolay sat alone in the woods and cried. My father was right when he said: "All my son, fighting for first place, and it is one thing. Cheer up, throw their experiences with the new forces to the gym ... "
That year was the prelude to Nicholay in the sport. Already in its 54th year, Nikolay in the "army" of the team appeared in the May mnogodnevki Kiev-Simferopol-Kiev length of 2600 km and took tenth place private, and in September in Tallinn at the national championship received a "bronze" in the team race at 100 km and "gold" in the road race at 200 miles. No one believed that was the strongest rider pervorazryadnikov country. In the 55th, in the end of the season, Nicholay won the international one-day race in Moscow and at the beginning of the 56th year in the USSR team began preparations for the prestigious and popular cycling time of the World.
The team accepted it gladly: industrious, neat, trim, assembled, without ambition and zalihvatstva, the requirements for a contingency presented with, was indefatigable in training. He had golden hands, it is perfectly repaired bicycles, it is easy to reshape velorubashki sewing suede or wool to the cowards. The year 1956 was the third start for the Soviet national team in the race world. There is still none the Soviet party failed to win at least one stage. Dream coaches and athletes performed graduate Ukrainian cycling, 23-year-old Nicholay Kolumbet. His victory at the stage in Wroclaw aroused universal admiration. This is the first big victory pushed the invisible curtain that was pubescent in front of our roadies.
According to the then-head coach of the USSR Honored Coach Honored Master of Sports Leonid Sheleshnev, the team was a psychological rebirth, as the racers would have freed themselves from the oppressed will always thought that they are weaker rivals. The victory of Nicolay Kolumbet confirmed the real possibility of the Soviet team to achieve victory. From the memoirs of Nikolay Kolumbet: "I first took part in the cycling world, and kept thinking - surely they are stronger than us, we really can not beat them? Well, there can be such, because we have a team was a whole galaxy class, experienced drivers: Victor Vershinin, Eugene Klevtsov Paul Vostryakov, Rodislav Chizhikov, Vladimir Kryuchkov, well, I am newcomer. In the fourth stage, I said to Slava Chizhikov - let alone go into the break, we can, I will give the command. Over 135 kilometers to the finish, we rushed. I managed to win all the gaps and, most importantly, the basic finish. The team became the leader of the race. This can not be forgotten. "
The Soviet team - the winner of cycling world in 1956.
From left to right: Eugene Klevtsov, Victor Vershinin, Vladimir Kryuchkov, Rodislav Chizhikov Paul Vostryakov and Nikolay Kolumbet
In that year the USSR national team for the first time the team has achieved success and won the prize of the World Council of Peace, which challenged teams of 26 countries. And Nicholay Kolumbet, moreover, won third place in the individual competition. Then all six athletes to the title of Honored Master of Sports.
World Race was born in difficult post-war years. For us it was always associated with the celebration of the Great Victory over fascism in peace on earth. In sports terms, this was a serious and very prestigious veloispytanie for amateur drivers, which then played the first violin teams the GDR, Poland and Czechoslovakia. Compete with the 56-year athletes were the leaders of the Soviet Union. The pioneer was the victory of our cyclists Nicholay Kolumbet. In the same year he performed at the Olympic Games in Melbourne in the road race, along with Anatolii Cherepovichem and Viktor Kapitonov, finished sixth, a place of honor, as evidenced by a handsome certificate. In 1957, the year the Soviet Union team in the cycling world took third place. Then Nicholay Kolumbet injured - stepped on a needle, and this is reflected in the result. And in the 58th and 59th years we have won again, and among them the Ukrainian rider, who was in great shape. Nicholas Kolumbet first among Ukrainian athletes became a three-time winner of the cycling world, whose status at the time was very, very high. Progress on it equated to the World Cup and Olympic Games.
In sports biography of Nicholay Kolumbet many bright pages. He - the eightfold champion of the USSR, winner of the all-union tour, won the championship of Ukraine 56 times (!), Participated in the World Championships in Denmark, Belgium and France. He left a bright trace and as a coach: prepared 56 masters of sports, 22 Champion of the USSR, 2 Honoured Master of Sports, Olympic champion Igor Tselovalnikova and Anatoly Starkov - World bronze medalist cycling -72 in the individual competition and the winner in the team. Nikolay Fedorovich Kolumbet was honored coach of Ukraine.
In recent years, Nikolay Kolumbet always been on the cycling competitions held sports club "ISD"
The love of cycling, he had absorbed at the genetic level. Great worker, selflessly devoted to his favorite occupation, a vivid example of a brave fighter, bold, and resolute. So he is remembered for generations of cycling enthusiasts, those who gather the crumbs of information about the bicycle races of the World, who knew by heart the heroes of that time who wanted to travel the legendary route Warsaw-Berlin-Prague, who themselves felt that unforgettable atmosphere of joy and belonging to the great acts, the name of which velomnogodnevka. This feeling I also kept remembering the tough competitions Nicholay Kolumbet when shooting telerasskaz of the 39th World cycling. On his 75th birthday, I gave him a tape. We watched it together. He again plunged into one unforgettable world of wrestling, which reminded him of a beautiful youth, about true friends and brightest successes. He became a pioneer of Soviet victories riders who picked up the baton and carried for many years and managed to convey to today's generation of our cyclists.
Yefim Sharpansky, the commentator of Ukrainian television and radio, Distinguished Journalist in Ukraine