The Handmade Cyclist

Apr 05


A Miscellany of Le Tour de France - Day 9
1911 Some of the lesser known cyclists (or domestiques) were paid a pittance. They needed to put their entrepreneurial spirit to good use as a way of raising money for bed and board en route.
Jules Deloffre would happily perform acrobatic tricks in order to raise money, no mean feat after a grueling day on a bike.
He appeared in fifteen Tours and his most lucrative income was from arranging boxing matches with riders and fans.
Every day until the Grand Depart, we’ll be sharing 100 stories from the last 100 years, a design per day until the greatest show on earth begins.

A Miscellany of Le Tour de France - Day 9

1911 Some of the lesser known cyclists (or domestiques) were paid a pittance. They needed to put their entrepreneurial spirit to good use as a way of raising money for bed and board en route.

Jules Deloffre would happily perform acrobatic tricks in order to raise money, no mean feat after a grueling day on a bike.

He appeared in fifteen Tours and his most lucrative income was from arranging boxing matches with riders and fans.

Every day until the Grand Depart, we’ll be sharing 100 stories from the last 100 years, a design per day until the greatest show on earth begins.

(Source: thehandmadecyclist.com)

Apr 04

A Miscellany of Le Tour de France - Day 8
1910 You would be forgiven for thinking the first Tour fatality involved a smattering of skullduggery or a brutal crash.
But no, Adolphe Helière - a rider also responsible for creating the route - should have omitted the coast.
He visited the Côte d’Azur on his rest day and went for a dip in the sea, only to be fatally stung by a highly poisonous jellyfish.
Every day until the Grand Depart, we’ll be sharing 100 stories from the last 100 years, a design per day until the greatest show on earth begins.

A Miscellany of Le Tour de France - Day 8

1910 You would be forgiven for thinking the first Tour fatality involved a smattering of skullduggery or a brutal crash.

But no, Adolphe Helière - a rider also responsible for creating the route - should have omitted the coast.

He visited the Côte d’Azur on his rest day and went for a dip in the sea, only to be fatally stung by a highly poisonous jellyfish.

Every day until the Grand Depart, we’ll be sharing 100 stories from the last 100 years, a design per day until the greatest show on earth begins.

(Source: thehandmaecyclist.com)

Apr 02

A Miscellany of Le Tour de France - day 7
1909 Adolpe Steinès was sent by Henri Desgrange to explore the summit of the Tourmalet to see if it was passable for the riders. Facing treacherous blizzard conditions, climbing a goat track and doing his best to avoid bears en route it was clear the Tourmalet was in no fit state to host Le Tour.
When he finally arrived back at base he sent the following telegram to Desgrange “Have crossed Tourmalet, stop. Very good road, stop. Perfectly feasible, stop.”
Every day until the Grand Depart, we’ll be sharing 100 stories from the last 100 years, a design per day until the greatest show on earth begins.

A Miscellany of Le Tour de France - day 7

1909 Adolpe Steinès was sent by Henri Desgrange to explore the summit of the Tourmalet to see if it was passable for the riders. Facing treacherous blizzard conditions, climbing a goat track and doing his best to avoid bears en route it was clear the Tourmalet was in no fit state to host Le Tour.

When he finally arrived back at base he sent the following telegram to Desgrange “Have crossed Tourmalet, stop. Very good road, stop. Perfectly feasible, stop.”

Every day until the Grand Depart, we’ll be sharing 100 stories from the last 100 years, a design per day until the greatest show on earth begins.

Every day until the Grand Depart, we’ll be sharing 100 stories from the last 100 years, a design per day until the greatest show on earth begins.
A Miscellany of Le Tour de France - day 6
1908 Ever heard of Marie Marvingt?
She was a pioneering aviator during World War I, becoming the first woman to fly combat missions as a bomber pilot.
She was also something of a hardcore athlete and desperate to participate in the 1908 tour, alas to be told it was for men only. Not that it stopped her.
She rode the route afterwards, completed it and achieved a better time than many of the male entrants that year. Go girl.

Every day until the Grand Depart, we’ll be sharing 100 stories from the last 100 years, a design per day until the greatest show on earth begins.

A Miscellany of Le Tour de France - day 6

1908 Ever heard of Marie Marvingt?

She was a pioneering aviator during World War I, becoming the first woman to fly combat missions as a bomber pilot.

She was also something of a hardcore athlete and desperate to participate in the 1908 tour, alas to be told it was for men only. Not that it stopped her.

She rode the route afterwards, completed it and achieved a better time than many of the male entrants that year. Go girl.

(Source: thehandmadecyclst.com)

Apr 01


Every day until the Grand Depart, we’ll be sharing 100 stories from the last 100 years, a design per day until the greatest show on earth begins.
A Miscellany of Le Tour de France - day 5
1907 If you arrived at work one day and your boss said you were to race with him in the Tour de France would you resist?

That’s exactly the predicament Jean Dargassies and Henri Gauban faced when their boss Henri Pépin, the self-styled ‘Baron Henri Pépin de Gontaud’, decided to participate in the 1907 Tour de France.

They ambled across France, enjoyed fine dining, singing songs and blowing kisses to the ladies before deciding on Stage 5 to abandon.

Every day until the Grand Depart, we’ll be sharing 100 stories from the last 100 years, a design per day until the greatest show on earth begins.

A Miscellany of Le Tour de France - day 5

1907 If you arrived at work one day and your boss said you were to race with him in the Tour de France would you resist?
That’s exactly the predicament Jean Dargassies and Henri Gauban faced when their boss Henri Pépin, the self-styled ‘Baron Henri Pépin de Gontaud’, decided to participate in the 1907 Tour de France.
They ambled across France, enjoyed fine dining, singing songs and blowing kisses to the ladies before deciding on Stage 5 to abandon.

Mar 30

97 Days until Le Grand Depart.  We’ll be sharing 100 stories from the last 100 years, a design per day until the greatest show on earth begins.
A Miscellany of Le Tour de France - day 4
1906 Here’s confidence for you.
René Pottier was leading by a mighty one hour by the 5th Stage so decided to take full advantage of a local tabac and ordered a bottle of wine.
Sensing the peloton approaching, he finished the bottle quickly, jumped back on his bike and with wobbly legs still managed to win the stage.
Chapeau!

97 Days until Le Grand Depart.  We’ll be sharing 100 stories from the last 100 years, a design per day until the greatest show on earth begins.

A Miscellany of Le Tour de France - day 4

1906 Here’s confidence for you.

René Pottier was leading by a mighty one hour by the 5th Stage so decided to take full advantage of a local tabac and ordered a bottle of wine.


Sensing the peloton approaching, he finished the bottle quickly, jumped back on his bike and with wobbly legs still managed to win the stage.

Chapeau!

Mar 29

98 Days until Le Grand Depart.  We’ll be sharing 100 stories from the last 100 years, a design per day until the greatest show on earth begins….
A Miscellany of Le Tour de France - day 3
1905 What would you spend your Tour de France winnings on? A house? A yacht? A very nice bike?
Trousselier didn’t even get the chance to buy a new saddle. He lost all his winnings (6,950 francs) in a poker game after the Tour finished.

98 Days until Le Grand Depart.  We’ll be sharing 100 stories from the last 100 years, a design per day until the greatest show on earth begins….

A Miscellany of Le Tour de France - day 3

1905 What would you spend your Tour de France winnings on? A house? A yacht? A very nice bike?

Trousselier didn’t even get the chance to buy a new saddle. He lost all his winnings (6,950 francs) in a poker game after the Tour finished.

Mar 28

99 Days until Le Grand Depart.  We share a story and design a day from the last 100 years until the greatest show on earth begins….
A Miscellany of Le Tour de France - Day 2
1904 Feeding rules were so strict in 1904 it’s incredible the riders were able to survive any distance. Garin, winner of ’03, was fed by a Tour official outside the feeding zone – a bit cheeky perhaps but he might have thought twice had he known what was to come.
So enraged were the fans by this cheating that they set about sabotaging the race with daggers and beatings in an attempt to help their local hero Antoine Faure win the race.
Barricades were set up to try and protect some of the riders and officials eventually had to fire a revolver to disperse the angry mobs at Ales.

99 Days until Le Grand Depart.  We share a story and design a day from the last 100 years until the greatest show on earth begins….

A Miscellany of Le Tour de France - Day 2

1904 Feeding rules were so strict in 1904 it’s incredible the riders were able to survive any distance. Garin, winner of ’03, was fed by a Tour official outside the feeding zone – a bit cheeky perhaps but he might have thought twice had he known what was to come.


So enraged were the fans by this cheating that they set about sabotaging the race with daggers and beatings in an attempt to help their local hero Antoine Faure win the race.

Barricades were set up to try and protect some of the riders and officials eventually had to fire a revolver to disperse the angry mobs at Ales.

(Source: thehandmadecyclIst.com)

Mar 27

100 Days until Le Grand Depart.  We share a story and design a day from the last 100 years until the greatest show on earth begins….
A Miscellany of Le Tour de France - Day 1
1903  Maurice Garin was the first ever winner of the Tour De France (and was his only win after being disqualified the following year for catching a train).
Garin was affectionately known as The Sweep, when not cycling he worked as a chimney sweep after his father ‘sold him’ to a chimney sweep for a round of French cheese. As you do.

100 Days until Le Grand Depart.  We share a story and design a day from the last 100 years until the greatest show on earth begins….

A Miscellany of Le Tour de France - Day 1

1903  Maurice Garin was the first ever winner of the Tour De France (and was his only win after being disqualified the following year for catching a train).

Garin was affectionately known as The Sweep, when not cycling he worked as a chimney sweep after his father ‘sold him’ to a chimney sweep for a round of French cheese. As you do.

Feb 11

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Dec 04

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Dec 02

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Cyclogames competition entry
From Monty, age 6
"Tour de France Crowd"

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Cyclogames competition entry

From Monty, age 6

"Tour de France Crowd"

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Cyclogames Best Cycling Poster entry:
Any Terrain by Helen Harrison

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Cyclogames Best Cycling Poster entry:

Any Terrain by Helen Harrison

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Cyclogames Best Cycling Poster entry:
“Tread – ROAD” by INTERCITY
http://intercitydesign.com/

cyclogamesillustration:

Cyclogames Best Cycling Poster entry:

“Tread – ROAD” by INTERCITY

http://intercitydesign.com/

Nov 30

Vulpine Cyclogames Best Illustration entry from Tim George
www.tim-george.co.uk

Vulpine Cyclogames Best Illustration entry from Tim George

www.tim-george.co.uk