Cycling History

Cycling Shorts: Descending the Eiffel Tower

Pierre Labric’s descent by bicycle from the first level of the Eiffel Tower took place in 1923. Despite statements to the contrary Monsieur Labric is not the same Pierre Labric … Continue reading

January 23, 2016 · 1 Comment

Cycling Shorts: Richter’s Raketenrad

Sometimes pedal power just isn’t enough, which has led to various attempts at adding extra oomph to the relatively low, if efficient, power output achieved with human muscle and chains … Continue reading

December 17, 2015 · 1 Comment

A History of Cycling in n+1 Objects: No 5 – The American Star Bicycle, 1881-1893(?)

Today the basic elements of John Kemp Starley’s Rover Safety Bicycle, introduced in 1885, are the standard form for bicycles but in the late Nineteenth Century the ‘safety’ was just one of … Continue reading

November 26, 2015 · 2 Comments

Go Pack Go! Green Bay’s Bike Brigade

It’s NFL regular season again (WooHoo!) and, following the Thursday night opener which saw reigning Super Bowl Champions the New England Patriots beat the Pittsburgh Steelers (Boo Hiss!), tomorrow sees … Continue reading

September 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

Le Tour de France: Stage 21 – Paris ITT, 1989

And so after three weeks we finally reach Paris. When I decided to write this series back in February I had several ideas for the stages I wanted to include … Continue reading

July 26, 2015 · 2 Comments

Le Tour de France: Stage 20 – Brive-Puy de Dôme, 1964

It’s one of the Le Tour’s most iconic images. Jacques Anquetil and Raymond Poulidor fighting it out shoulder to shoulder on the slopes of the Puy de Dôme during the 1964 … Continue reading

July 25, 2015 · 1 Comment

Le Tour de France: Stage 17 – Luchon-Mourenx, 1969

Anyone who is interested in the history of professional bike racing knows the name of Eddy Merckx, Belgium’s most famous son and undoubtedly the greatest racing cyclist ever. In 1969 … Continue reading

July 22, 2015 · Leave a comment