Butcher, Blacksmith, Acrobat, Sweep: The Tale of the First by Peter Cossins
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 suited for hooves than wheels, using hefty fixed-gear motorcycles for 3 complete weeks. 'With a couple of francs you may win 3,000', the paper declared in desperation, ultimately attracting a box comprising a handful of the era's expert 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 travel heroes? unusually it did, and, all due to a advertising and marketing ruse, biking may by no means be a similar back. Peter Cossins takes us during the inaugural travel 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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