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The Resource The first Tour de France : sixty cyclists and nineteen days of daring on the road to Paris, 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
Title
The first Tour de France
Title remainder
sixty cyclists and nineteen days of daring on the road to Paris
Statement of responsibility
Peter Cossins
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
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
Cataloging source
BTCTA
Dewey number
796.620944
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
GV1049.2.T68
LC item number
C67 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
The first Tour de France : sixty cyclists and nineteen days of daring on the road to Paris, Peter Cossins
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 341-342) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn960294581
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
ix, 358 pages
Isbn
9781568589848
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o960294581
  • (OCoLC)960294581
Label
The first Tour de France : sixty cyclists and nineteen days of daring on the road to Paris, Peter Cossins
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 341-342) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn960294581
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
ix, 358 pages
Isbn
9781568589848
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o960294581
  • (OCoLC)960294581

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