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The first Tour de France : sixty cyclists and nineteen days of daring on the road to Paris, Peter Cossins

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The first Tour de France : sixty cyclists and nineteen days of daring on the road to Paris
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The first Tour de France : sixty cyclists and nineteen days of daring on the road to Paris
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Peter Cossins
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eng
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The first Tour de France was a far cry from the polished international sporting event we see on television today. Organized by the financially free falling L'Auto magazine, the desperate editors thought that organizing a grand cycling tour was the only thing that could save their publication. But in 1903, cyclists weren't enthusiastic about what was pitched to them as a heroic race through roads more suited to hooves than wheels, with bikes weighing up to forty-four pounds, on a single fixed gear, for three full weeks. Assembling enough riders for the race meant bribing unemployed laborers from the suburbs of Paris, including a butcher, a blacksmith, a chimney sweep, and a wrestler. Through these characters' backstories, Cossins paints a nuanced portrait of France in the early 1900's. The race itself is packed with mishaps and adventure--in part due to the fact that water was scarce at the time, so the men drank wine and beer throughout, often keeling over from their bicycles in a drunken stupor. There was no indication that a ramshackle cycling pack would draw crowds to throng France's rutted roads and cheer the first Tour heroes. But they did, and cycling would never be the same again.--Provided by publisher
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Title
The first Tour de France
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Describes the very first Tour de France, held in 1903 and developed by editors of L’Auto magazine, desperate to keep their publication afloat, and included unemployed laborers from Paris suburbs as participants on unpaved roads riding heavy, single-gear bicycles
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10565357
Cataloging source
BTCTA
Dewey number
796.620944
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illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
GV1049.2.T68
LC item number
C67 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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adult
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sixty cyclists and nineteen days of daring on the road to Paris
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sixty cyclists and nineteen days of daring on the road to Paris
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Peter Cossins
The first Tour de France : sixty cyclists and nineteen days of daring on the road to Paris, Peter Cossins
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The first Tour de France : sixty cyclists and nineteen days of daring on the road to Paris, Peter Cossins
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 341-342) and index
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ocn960294581
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Dimensions
22 cm
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Extent
ix, 358 pages
Isbn
9781568589848
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