[[ eBook ]] Butcher, Blacksmith, Acrobat, Sweep: The Tale of the First Tour de FranceAuthor Peter Cossins – Bilb-weil.de

Full Of Adventure, Mishaps And Audacious Attempts At Cheating, The First Tour De France In Was A Colourful Affair Its Riders Included Characters Like Maurice The White Bulldog Garin, An Italian Born Frenchman Whose Parents Were Said To Have Swapped Him For A Round Of Cheese In Order To Smuggle Him Into France As A Year Old Hippolyte Aucouturier, Who, With His Jersey Of Horizontal Stripes And Handlebar Moustache, Looked Like The Villain From A Buster Keaton Movie And Amateurs Like Jean Dargassies, A Blacksmith Who Had No Idea What He Was Letting Himself In For Cyclists Of The Time Weren T Enthusiastic About This Heroic Race, Dreamed Up To Revive A Struggling Newspaper, Through Roads Suited To Hooves Than Wheels, With Bikes Weighing Up To Kilos, On A Single Fixed Gear, For Three Full Weeks Assembling Enough Riders For The Race Meant Paying Unemployed Amateurs From The Suburbs Of Paris, Including A Butcher, A Chimney Sweep And A Circus Acrobat There Was No Indication That This Ramshackle Cycling Pack Would Draw Crowds To Throng France S Rutted Roads And Cheer The First Tour Heroes But They Did, And All Thanks To A Marketing Ruse, Cycling Would Never Be The Same Again Acclaimed Cycling Writer Peter Cossins Takes Us Through The Inaugural Tour De France Stage By Stage To See Where The Greatest Sporting Event Of All Began

7 thoughts on “Butcher, Blacksmith, Acrobat, Sweep: The Tale of the First Tour de France

  1. adaptations.se Customer adaptations.se Customer says:

    Bought as a gift he s half way through it and enjoying it

  2. Conor MacNamara Conor MacNamara says:

    Another brilliant and important book from Peter Cossins, This is a fantastic story about how the Tour originally came into existence and that first ever Tour The research required to write a book like this has to be appreciated.

  3. Ron Marks Ron Marks says:

    This man is PROLIFICso many books to his name.

  4. adaptations.se Customer adaptations.se Customer says:

    As a fan of the grand tours and especially the TDF it was great to read how it all started Would recommend this book.

  5. I. E. Slateford I. E. Slateford says:

    Brilliant read, would recommend to cyclists and non cyclists alike

  6. AP AP says:

    A good read Came as advertised

  7. Mr. R. J. Thompson Mr. R. J. Thompson says:

    I was fascinated to discover the foundations to the Tour de France, this book explains a lot of the mysteries.