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.


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.
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!

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.

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.

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.

Just before Christmas we went to the Wessex League CX near our Winchester base to warm up some of the VC Venta vets.

All the things that make ‘cross great were present: sideways rain, thick mud, frozen fingers, camaraderie and great racing.

A Miscellany of Le Tour de France

Postcard Box Set by The Handmade Cyclist

100 Tales of Le Tour - 100 Individual Illustrations - 100 Luxury Postcards

The Miscellany of Le Tour de France Postcard Collection features one hundred tales of Le Tour printed on a beautiful soft-touch laminated card, packaged in a matt-black presentation box. It’s a great gift and addictive to browse.

Each postcard is presented as a unique book cover and features a simple illustration representing a story that took place in that year. The reverse of the postcard reveals the story. One hundred glorious, tragic, funny and off-beat stories from the history of the Tour.

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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/

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Cyclogames Best Cycling Poster entry:

“Tread – ROAD” by INTERCITY

http://intercitydesign.com/

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

"Scoble Place", linocut relief print

"Scoble Place", linocut relief print