Monday, 3 December 2012
Picture This: Tour De France 1903 - The Winning Bike
With some images of the new team bikes for 2013 starting to do the rounds, how about this for a Tour winning bike? Forget today's 7kg weight weenies, this brute won the first ever Tour de France in 1903 - it travelled 1509 miles, over six stages averaging around 250 miles each under the legs of eventual winner Maurice Garin. OK, so there were not any mountain passes but a few lesser cols, the highlight of which was col de la République at 3,809 ft - nothing much by today's standards, but take a closer look at the picture...yes, that is a single speed!