Cycling History

Forty Years of Australian Club Racing: The Dandenong Cycle Club, 1908-1948

Wednesday July 8, 1908, outside Garnar’s on the Cranbourne Road, Melbourne, at 3:23 p.m., and Mr R. West sets off on his bicycle as the limit man in the day’s race. … Continue reading

March 2, 2016 · 6 Comments

Cycling Shorts: The Peace Race, 1974

This photograph of the West German cycling team was taken on the Karl Marx Allee, East Berlin’s monumental socialist boulevard, during the 1975 edition of the Peace Race. It captures … Continue reading

December 3, 2015 · 2 Comments

Le Tour de France: Epilogue – A Few Thoughts On 2015

And so with yesterday’s retelling of the dramatic events of the final stage of the 1989 Tour we came to the end of this historical look at Le Tour de France. … Continue reading

July 27, 2015 · 8 Comments

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 · 4 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 19A, 19B, and 19C – La Rochelle – La Roche-sur-Yon : La Roche-sur-Yon – Cholet : Cholet – Angers, 1936

Months before the riders face their personal challenge of negotiating Le Tour the organizers have their own challenge to face, planning the route with the aim of creating an exciting … Continue reading

July 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

Le Tour de France: Stage 18 – Blagnac-Brive-la-Gaillarde, 2012

Cue peals of thunder, bolts of lightning, ominous sounds on the wind, for it’s time to talk about … The Curse of The Rainbow Jersey! … cycling’s very own urban legend … Continue reading

July 23, 2015 · Leave a comment