What happens when fake stories infiltrate cycling history?
They get repeated. And repeated. And repeated.
In this on-going series of occasional articles, the truth of some of these stories is revealed.
Stories of the Tour
Alphonse Steinès and the Invention of the Pyrénées
Pretty much everything you think you know about Alphonse Steinès and how the Tour first came to visit the Pyrénées in 1910 is wrong, a story invented in the 1950s. The truth is an even more remarkable story.
Assassins of the Aubisque!
What did Octave Lapize really say that day in the Pyrénées in 1910? And did he really say it on the Col d’Aubisque?
Stories of the Hour
The First Hours – The Hour Record Before Henri Desgrange
Did Frederick Lindley Dodds, from Stockton-on-Tees, really set the first Hour record in 1876?
Revolutionary Times – The Birth of the Women’s Hour Record
Why do we know so little about Mlle de Saint-Sauveur, first name unknown?
The Penny Hour – The Last Hour Record Set On A High-Wheeled Bicycle
Why do so many books and articles claim that the last man to set an Hour record on a penny-farthing was Frederick John Osmond? And what do we know about the man who really holds that distinction, William A Rowe?
When Josephine Baker Sprinkled Her Stardust on the Tour de France
From 1933 to 1938 the American star of the Jazz Age played a role in the Tour’s grand départ and in doing so helped reshape the Tour for a new audience.
Major Taylor, Henri Desgrange and a Wheelbarrow Full of Centimes
Was Henri Desgrange a racist? And what are we saying about Major Taylor if we believe he was?