Barry Hoban won a stage of the Tour de France on one of these beautiful Woodrup frames, built up in Yorkshire for 3 generations. One of the stars of the show at the London Bespoked Bike Fair this weekend, at the Olympic velodrome.
April 1919, Le Circuit de Champs de Bataille, an epic 2000km loop through the battle scarred landscape of Flanders and the Somme. 87 riders competed over seven 300km stages through some of the worst weather on record. The race included Charles Deruyter, who is said to have pedalled across the finishing line of the second stage wearing a full-length woman’s fur coat. The race also included Ali Neffati (pictured), an eccentric Tunisian who rode wearing a fez. The stuff of legend- we love it!