By Peter Cossins
Dreamed as much as revive suffering newspaper L'Auto, cyclists of the time have been cautious of this 'heroic' race on roads extra fitted to hooves than wheels, using hefty fixed-gear motorcycles for 3 complete weeks. 'With a couple of francs you'll win 3,000', the paper declared in desperation, finally attracting a box comprising a handful of the era's specialist racers and, between different hopefuls, a butcher, painter and decorator, and a circus acrobat.
Would this ramshackle pack of cyclists draw crowds to throng France's rutted roads and cheer the 1st journey heroes? strangely it did, and, all because of a advertising ruse, biking could by no means be an analogous back. Peter Cossins takes us in the course of the inaugural journey de France, portray a nuanced portrait of France within the early 1900s, to work out the place the best carrying occasion of all began.
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