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Old April 8th 04, 02:35 PM
Davey Crockett
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Default Lament.............

There's a very pertinent futuristic article in Cycling For All at http://www.cycling4all.com reporting on the cycling scene for roadies in 2014.

And it is all the more pertinent for myself personally since I intend to spend whatever scant years I have left before the Reaper cuts me down on the road riding UFOLEP and Masters type events in France, Belgium and Italy and I was wondering how long it will be before bike racing on public highways disappears forever.

And I got to wondering what happened to some of the major and minor events we used to ride years ago. With a little research, here's some events that have passed vaingloriously into cycling history.

I used to love the Derbies and and felt particularly bad about the demise of Bordeaux-Paris. I even rode the last one although at the time it wasn't intended that it be the last. I got an entry form in the mail for 1989 but didn't enter; nor did any significant number of others as the event was cancelled for lack of interest.


But in effect, the 1988 event turned into a disaster as a race; out of the 1020 riders who took the start there were only 74 licensed riders of whom only 51 were pros with sportif/cyclotourist riders making up the balance. The start was staggered with the start time optional for the tourist-randonneurs and although it had been intended to have hard and fast start times for licensed categories, with the small number of licensed riders signed on, the organizers delayed the start of the lower licensed category riders. Eventually what had turned into a Pro/1/2/3/Veterans event got under way at 22:00 hours and everything went fine for a while with the unattached licensed riders who had no team car or independent support of their own making mutually beneficial pacts with the pro teams to work for them in exchange for being fed and watered and mechanically supported.

But by about 02:00 as the bunch settled own for a leisurely night the Peugeot Directeur Sportif got a bug up his ass and sent two lads off the front. They stayed away for about 5 hours finally since nobody responded to the attack. But the real trouble started about the same time. the licensed peloton started catching the sportif-randonneurs some of whom had started as much as 12 hours before. And of course, contrary to the rules which demanded that the non licensed riders fall back 100 meters when passed by a licensed rider, they mostly just grabbed a wheel jumped on the back of the licensed peloton making for a truly screwed up bunch where it was impossible to determine who was where or what was happening and the parcours became dangerous with tourist type riders stopping all over the road and most of them with no lights.

All in all the event was a disaster of truly Gargantuan proportions.

Did Davey finish?? You bet your sweet ass he did. 18 hours 21 minutes 50 seconds for the 605 klicks - just under 16 minutes down on Jean-Francois Rault who soloed home, and second veteran across the line even if 33 km/hr isn't much to brag about.............

Germany:
Echarpe d'or Torpedo - 1941-1949
G.P Bali - 1956-1958
Ludwigshafen-Bâle-Ludwigshafen - 1912
Stuttgart Etapenrennen - 1988-2000
Tour de la Forêt-Noire - 1950
Trois jours d'Allemagne - 1953
Zürich-Berlin - 1925
A travers la Thuringe - 1927-1928
Basel-Kleve - 1894-1912
Berlin-Kottbus-Berlin - 1909-1950
Berlin-Leipzig-Berlin - 1911-1914
Derby de l'Allemagne orientale / Breslau - 1912
G.P Bad Schwalbach - 1962-1964
G.P Fichtels & Sachs - 1956-1961
G.P Reith - 1956-1959
G.P Union/Dortmund - 1962-1984
G.P Veith - 1956-1961
Hochland Rundfahrt - 1949-1950
Milano-Munchen - 1894-1912
Nuremberg-Plauen-Nuremberg - 1909-1912
Rund um Iserlohn - 1912
Rund Mitteldeutschland - 1891-1911
Wien-Berlin - 1893-1914

Austria:
Laventhaler Strassenrennen - 1998-2001
Wien-Graz-Wien - 1949-1952
Volkermarkter radsporttage - 1998-2000

Belgium
Deux jours de Bertrix - 1967
G.P Marvan - 1958
G.P des routiers/Prior - 1947
Huit jours d'Alcyon - 1911
Torino-Bruxelles / G.P du centenaire - 1930
Trois jours d'Anvers - 1954-1960
Aalter-Bruxelles - 1952-1958
Arlon-Oostende - 1921-1923
Anvers-Gand-Anvers - 1931-1944
Anvers-Jupille - 1933
Anvers-Menin 1909-1928
Berg-Housse-Berg - 1947-1952
Binche-Tournai-Binche - 1984-1996
Boucles de la Lys - 1962-1965
Bruxelles-Ayeneux - 1932-1934
Bruxelles-Battice-Bruxelles - 1908
Bruxelles-Bievene - 1966-1977
Bruxelles-Bellaire - 1936
Bruxelles-Bost - 1948-1958
Bruxelles-Bruges - 1945
Bruxelles-Charleroi-Bruxelles - 1956-1966
Bruxelles-Couvin - 1949-1957
Bruxelles-Esneux - 1910-1914
Bruxelles-Everbecq - 1944-1945
Bruxelles-Hoboken - 1919-1921
Bruxelles-Hollogne - 1939
Bruxelles-Hozémont - 1936-1939
Bruxelles-Izegem - 1946-2000
Bruxelles-Jupille - 1932-1934
Bruxelles-Le Coq sur Mer - 1909
Bruxelles-Liège - 1910-1965
Bruxelles-Meulebeke - 1964-1975
Bruxelles-Moorslede - 1946-1950
Bruxelles-Oostende - 1930-1948
Bruxelles-Oupeye - 1910-1933
Bruxelles-Rixensart - 1947
Bruxelles-Spa - 1946
Bruxelles-St Trond - 1946-1960
Bruxelles-Verviers - 1933-1967
Charleroi-Chaudfontaine - 1947
Ciney-Vielsam - 1966
Circuit des 3 provinces - 1947-1982
Circuit des 5 collines - 1950-1959
Circuit des 11 villes - 1943-1989
Circuit des Ardennes flamandes / Ichtegem - 1945-2001
Circuit de Belgique - 1928-1945
Circuit de Belgique centrale/Lier - 1948-1979
Circuit du Brabant central - 1961-1980
Circuit du Brabant occidental - 1961-1988
Circuit du Brabant wallon - 1995-2001
Circuit de Brecht - 1977-1981
Circuit Escaut-Durme - 1969-1994
Circuit de Flandre centrale - 1936-1976
Circuit de Flandre orientale - 1945-1979
Circuit des frontières / Templeuve - 1964-1995
Circuit du Houtland - 1945-1971
Circuit du Limbourg - 1950-1969
Circuit des monts flandriens / Deerlijk 1942-1949
Circuit des monts du Sud-Ouest - 1946-1975
Circuit de Neeroeteren - 1971-1984
Circuit de Niel - 1969-1983
Circuit de l'Ouest - 1949-1961
Circuit des régions flamandes - 1928-1972
Circuit d.régions frontalières/Mouscron - 1945-1965
Circuit des régions frontières/Ledegem - 1969-1983
Circuit des régions fruitières - 1955-1976
Circuit de la région linière - 1968-1974
Circuit du Sud-Ouest - 1964-1982
Circuit de la vallée de la Lys - 1963-1989
Circuit de la vallée de la Senne - 1962-1976
Circuit de Wallonie - 1975-1980
Etoile Carolorégienne - 1909-1914
Escaut-Dendre-Lys - 1947-1965
Flèche anversoise - 1952-1968
Flèche campinoise - 1973-1976
Flèche côtière / Knokke-Heist - 1962-2001
Flèche enghiennoise - 1965-1969
Flèche halloise - 1957-1981
Flèche de Liederkerke - 1971-1996
Flèche mosane - 1965-1986
Flèche namuroise / Namur-Bioul - 1996-1999
Flèche des polders - 1963-1973
Gand-Anvers-Gand - 1931-1944
Gand-Wevelgem indés - 1955-1956
G.P E5 / Heverlee - 1971-1992
G.P Anciaux - 1947
G.P d'Anvers - 1954-1959
G.P des Ardennes / St Hubert - 1945-1948
G.P des Ardennes / Vresse-Rienne - 1957-1959
G.P de la banque / Roeselare - 1953-1976
G.P de la Basse-Sambre - 1960-1967
G.P de Belgique - 1943-1967
G.P Betekom - 1962-1992
G.P du Brabant wallon - 1947-1962
G.P de Brasschaat - 1960-1962
G.P Carrier - 1946
G.P de la Famenne - 1945-1958
G.P Flandria - 1958-1971
G.P Franco-Belge - 1947
G.P Impanis - 1982-1994
G.P de Leglise - 1968
G.P de la Meuse / Anvers-Yvoir - 1929
G.P de Peruwelz - 1966-1976
G.P Salvarani - 1967
G.P du Tournaisis - 1961-1982
G.P Verbeeck - 1971-1981
G.P de Villance-Maissin - 1976
Heure le Romain-Malmédy-Heure le Romain - 1922
Heuseux-Bastogne-Heuseux - 1907-1908
Hoegaarden-Anvers-Hoegaarden - 1955-1962
Hoeilhart-Diest-Hoeilhaart - 1950-1971
Hyons-Mons - 1973-1982
Jemeppe-Bastogne-Jemeppe - 1924
Kampenhout-Charleroi-Kampenhout - 1947-1950
Kessel-Lier - 1954-1980
Kessel-Lo - 1965-1967
Landen-Bierset - 1936
Landen-Oupeye - 1936
Leeuwse Pijl / Flèche de Leeuw - 1969-2000
Liège-Courcelles - 1950
Liège-Charleroi - 1911
Liège-Jemelle - 1949
Liège-Malmédy-Liège - 1919-1923
Liège-Middelkerke - 1949
Liège-St Hubert - 1949
Malderen - 1968-1993
Niel-St Truiden / Flèche hesbignonne - 1951-1955
Omloop van d.Westkust - 1966-2001
Paris-Brasschaat - 1935
Paris-Jemeppe sur Meuse - 1923
Paris-Liège - 1909
Paris-Menin - 1910-1927
Paris-Mons - 1896
Paris-Montignies - 1929
Polders-Campine - 1952-1990
Poperingue-Harelbeke-Poperingue - 1967-1983
Prix De Pinte - 1967-1986
Prix de Mellet - 1977-1984
Prix de Meulebeke - 1960-1963
Prix de Momignies - 1971-1977
Prix de Soignies - 1978-1981
Prix de St Amands - 1971-1981
Rebecq-Rognon - 1970-1977
Renaix-Tournai-Renaix - 1969-1973
Retinne-Marche-Retinne - 1919-1921
Retinne-Spa-Retinne - 1920
Roubaix-Huy - 1947-1956
Sclessin-Houffalize-Sclessin - 1925
Sclessin-Marche-Sclessin - 1922
Sclessin-St Hubert-Sclessin - 1923
Sedan-Bruxelles - 1909
Seraing-Aken-Seraing - 1996-1997
Sint Lieven-Esse - 1952-1965
Sint Martens-Lierde - 1964-1981
Steenhuyze-Wijnhuyze - 1951-1958
Tielt-Anvers-Tielt - 1938-1968
Tirlemont-Stockay - 1937
Tour de Belgique en ligne - 1913-1914
Tour du Brabant - 1958-1971
Tour du Condroz - 1962-1978
Tour des Flandres "B" - 1956-1965
Tour des Flandres des indépendants - 1923-1965
Tour du Hainaut - 1912-1913
Tour de la Haute-Sambre - 1986-2000
Tour de la Flandre Orientale - 1947-1973
Tour d'Hesbaye - 1933-1963
Tour du Limbourg - 1919-1994
Tour de Wallonnie - 1957-1970
Trèfle à 4 feuilles - 1968-1978
Trois villes soeurs - 1919-1990
Trophée des 3 pays - 1954-1959
Wezembeeck-Oppem - 1967-1990


Spain:
Barcelone-Madrid - 1932-1961
Barcelona-Pamplona - 1951
Bilbao-San Sebastian-Bilbao - 1938
Circuito Castilla-Leon-Asturias - 1942-1947
Circuito del Norte - 1939-1945
Costa del Azahar - 1978-1983
Estella-Pamplona - 1940
G.P de Andalucia - 1949-1958
G.P Ayutamiento de Bilbao - 1943-1964
G.P Liberacion de Ondarroa - 1953-1958
G.P Marca - 1947-1948
G.P Munecas Famosa - 1966-1971
G.P Republica - 1932-1936
Irun-Pamplona-Irun - 1909
Madrid-Santander - 1923
Rudge Whitworth - 1912
San Sebastian-Madrid - 1895-1920
Tres dias de Leganes - 1967-1979
Valles Mineros - 1965-1997
Vuelta a Cantabria - 1925-1990
Vuelta a Castilla - 1934-1983
Vuelta a Galega - 1933-2000
Vuelta a Pirineos - 1955-1956
Vuelta a Tarragona - 1908-1954
Vuelta a las Vascongadas y Navarra - 1913
Vuelta Tres cantos - 1985-1989
Barcelone-Andorre - 1964-1986
Barcelone-Vilada 1954-1958
Bayonne-Bilbao - 1962
Bilbao-Balmaseda-Bilbao - 1893-1894
Bilbao-Larrabetzu-Bilbao - 1910
Bilbao-Mungia-Bilbao - 1912
Bilbao-Plentzia-Bilbao - 1906-1914
Bilbao-San Sebastian - 1893-1895
Bilbao-Santander - 1903
Bilbao-Urdiliz-Bilbao - 1905
Cinturon de Bilbao - 1938-1943
Circuito de San Prudencio - 1942-1953
Circuito Sardinero - 1913-1953
Clasica Sabinanigo - 1969-2001
Escalada Parque Torres - 1983
Fiestas de Vitoria - 1929-1945
G.P Alava - 1942-1948
G.P Albacete - 1986-1991
G.P de Bilbao - 1933-1987
G.P Caboalles de Abajo - 1969-1987
G.P Ciudad de Vitoria - 1969-1970
G.P Eibarresa - 1925-1926
G.P "Futbol de Sobremesa" - 1944-1946
G.P Goierri - 1953-1955
G.P Mugica -1951-1960
G.P de Naquera - 1979-1990
G.P Pascuas - 1924-1983
G.P Portugalete - 1955-1957
G.P San Antonio de Durango - 1944-1952
G.P San Sebastian - 1934-1939
G.P Santander - 1969-1993
G.P Sniace - 1951-1957
G.P Virgen Blanca - 1950-1959
G.P Vizcaya - 1925-1977
G.P Zamudio - 1991-1995
G.P Zumaia - 1965-1966
G.P Zumarraga - 1953-1958
Hucha de Oro - 1984-1992
La Reineta - 1962-1967
Madrid-Valencia - 1940-1943
Nuestra Senora de Oro - 1969-1980
Premio Labastida - 1977-1978
Premio Oquendo - 1960-1961
Reus-Barcelona-Reus - 1932-1935
Salvatierra - 1925
Subida a Arantzazu - 1935-1985
Subida a Arrate - 1941-1986
Subida al Escudo - 1931
Subida a Estibaliz - 1944-1945
Subida a Igeldo - 1912-1913
Subida a Santo Domingo - 1933-1950
Tarragona-Madrid - 1936
Trofeo Borras - 1953-1965
Trofeo Elola - 1966-1979
Trofeo Fernando Salvadores - 1950-1951
Trofeo Jaumendreu - 1945-1969
Trofeo Masferrer - 1932-1994
Trofeo Luis Ocana / Cuenca - 1991-2000
Trofeo Vasco Navarra de montana - 1954-1966
Villarreal de Alava - 1924
Vuelta a Alava - 1917-1947
Vuelta Camp de Morvedre - 1982-1989
Vuelta a Guipuzcoa - 1923-1946
Vuelta a Pontevedra - 1933-1954
Vuelta a Puerto de Vitoria - 1924-1927
Vuelta a Santander - 1914-1930
Vuelta a Tolosa - 1921-1925


France:
Angers-Le Mans-Angers - 1947
Bordeaux-Marseille - 1923-1931
Boucles de la Gartempe - 1950-1958
Cap Breton-Hossegor - 1952-1953
Circuit des 6 provinces - 1946-1954
Circuit des Alpes - 1936-1939
Circuit d'Auvergne - 1954-1968
Circuit du Bourbonnais - 1925-1942
Circuit des Champs de bataille - 1919
Circuit de France - 1942
Circuit Loire-Océan - 1948-1952
Circuit du Midi - 1913-1945
Circuit du Morbihan - 1930-1969
Course à la mer - 1947
Critérium des Aiglons - 1920-1932
Epernay-Chaumont-Epernay - 1931
Etoile des Espoirs - 1971-1985
G.P d'Aix les Bains - 1929-1930
G.P Izarra - 1950-1952
G.P du Journal de Nice - 1935
Grands circuits lyonnais de la Pentecôte - 1935
Lons le Saunier-Genève-Lons le Saunier - 1949
Monaco-Paris - 1946
Nice-Toulon-Nice - 1922-1938
Paris-Nantes-Rennes-Paris - 1892
Paris-St Etienne - 1921-1952
Ronde de France - 1946
Tour de l'Aude - 1957-1986
Tour de l'Ariège - 1956-1960
Tour d'Armorique - 1957-1994
Tour de Bretagne / indés - 1957-1958
Tour du Calvados - 1928-1955
Tour de Champagne - 1954-1961
Tour de Charente-Maritime - 1951-1971
Tour de Corse - 1971-1982
Tour de France des Indés - 1910-1911
Tour d'Indre et Loire - 1970-1982
Tour du Lyonnais et des monts du Pilat - 1988
Tour de la Manche - 1946-1955
Tour du Nord - 1933-1973
Tour de l'Ouest - 1911-1959
Tour du Pas de Calais - 1932-1938
Tour de Picardie - 1953-1965
Tour du Sud-Est - 1919-1965
Tour du Sud-Ouest - 1923-1952
Tour du Var - 1957-1962
Tour du Vaucluse - 1978-1998
Ventoux-Méditerranée - 1946
Ajaccio-Bastia - 1946
Angers-Laval-Angers - 1946
Angoulême-Limoges - 1950-1951
Armagnac-Paris - 1946
A travers Paris - 1941-1945
Avignon-Lyon / Flèche du Rhône - 1941
Belfort-Strasbourg-Belfort - 1933
Béziers-Avignon - 1958
Bol d'air creusois - 1992-1998
Bordeaux-Paris - 1891-1988
Bordeaux-Paris-Bordeaux - 1920
Bordeaux-Pau - 1938-1939
Bordeaux-Saintes - 1909-1968
Bordeaux-St Jean d'Angély - 1936
Boucles Bas-Limousin - 1955-1968
Boucles des Flandres - 1978-1984
Boucles parisiennes - 1987-1990
Boucles pertuisiennes - 1965-1967
Boucles de la Seine - 1945-1973
Boucles de la Seine St Denis - 1998
Boucles de Roquevaire - 1950-1964
Bourg-Genève-Bourg - 1933-1960
Bruxelles-Paris - 1924-1943
Bruxelles-Roubaix - 1901-1910
Chateauroux-Limoges - 1980-1990
Chatellerault-Le Mans - 1923
Circuit des 2 ponts - 1942-1956
Circuit des 3 lacs / Thonon les Bains - 1928-1929
Circuit des 4 Grands Prix - 1948
Circuit de l'Ain - 1952-1956
Circuit Aisne-Oise - 1921
Circuit d'Alençon - 1921-1926
Circuit d'Aquitaine - 1955-1964
Circuit des Ardennes - 1930-1963
Circuit d'Auray - 1936-1942
Circuit du Béarn - 1927-1935
Circuit de Bourgogne / Dijon - 1927-1928
Circuit du Cantal - 1922-1951
Circuit de Champagne - 1913-1933
Circuit du Cher - 1953-1960
Circuit des Corbières et du Minervois - 1922
Circuit de la Côte d'Or - 1950-1951
Circuit des Deux-Sèvres - 1933-1954
Circuit de la forêt de la Joux - 1967
Circuit du Forez - 1920-1938
Circuit de Franche-Comté et du T.de Belfort - 1934
Circuit des genêts verts - 1958-1985
Circuit du Gers - 1931-1948
Circuit des Hautes-Vosges - 1955-1957
Circuit de l'Indre - 1926-1982
Circuit du Limousin - 1945
Circuit de Lyon - 1936
Circuit lyonnais - 1945-1947
Circuit des Maures - 1939
Circuit de la Mayenne - 1929
Circuit du Maine-Libre - 1946-1947
Circuit du Mont-Blanc - 1922-1960
Circuit de la montagne / Pontarlier - 1922
Circuit des monts du Livradois - 1947-1952
Circuit des monts du Roannais - 1921-1939
Circuit de Paris - 1919-1945
Circuit du pays Grassois - 1940
Circuit du Quercy - 1952-1953
Circuit de la Somme - 1930-1931
Circuit du Sud-Est - 1981-1985
Circuit de Touraine - 1911-1912
Circuit de la vallée de la Loire - 1946-1958
Circuit du Ventoux - 1936-1953
Circuit de Vesoul - 1925
Circuit de la Vienne - 1923-1971
Circuit des villes d'eaux d'Auvergne - 1920-1952
Circuit des vins de Bourgogne - 1945
Collet d'Allevard - 1973-1974
Colmar-Strasbourg - 1996-1998
Commentry-Clermont Ferrand-Commentry - 1933
Coupe Marcel Vergeat - 1941-1952
Critérium des As - 1921-1990
Critérium mondial - 1946
Critérium national du printemps - 1927-1930
Critérium du routier complet - 1945
Derby de St Germain - 1937-1941
Dijon-Lyon - 1919-1952
Etoile du Léon - 1955-1962
Gênes-Nice - 1910-1975
G.P des Alliés - 1944-1954
G.P d'Aix en Provence - 1949-1987
G.P des Alpes - 1938-1946
G.P d'Antibes - 1958-1987
G.P d'Armagnac - 1945-1946
G.P de l'Auto - 1940-1943
G.P d'Avranches - 1947
G.P de Cannes - 1926-1991
G.P Catox - 1949-1956
G.P du cinquantenaire / Lyon - 1920
G.P du comptoir des tissus / Valence - 1950-1953
G.P de la côte normande - 1978-1983
G.P du "Courrier Picard" - 1946-1952
G.P du débarquement Nord - 1945-1951
G.P du débarquement Sud - 1945-1947
G.P de l'Equipe - 1946-1947
G.P d'Esperaza - 1935-1966
G.P de l'Europe - 1938-1953
G.P de France - 1953
G.P de Grasse - 1960-1981
G.P d'Ile de France - 1942
G.P des industriels du cycle - 1947-1954
G.P du Libre-Poitou - 1947-1953
G.P de la Loire - 1919-1920
G.P du Mathonnais - 1929-1930
G.P journal "Le Matin" - 1943
G.P de Menton - 1968-1973
G.P de Nice - 1923-1975
G.P de Niort - 1949-1951
G.P Oeuvres sociales -1950-1961
G.P d'Orchies - 1953-1977
G.P Alphonse Payet - 1920-1925
G.P du Petit-Dauphinois / Valence-Annecy - 1943
G.P du "Petit Varois" - 1966-1970
G.P de Peymeinade - 1976-1985
G.P du pneumatique - 1942-1956
G.P de Provence - 1942-1945
G.P René Bernard - 1944-1947
G.P de la République - 1946
G.P de la Somme - 1932-1939
G.P Sporting - 1919-1924
G.P Sports - 1946
G.P Terrot / Clermont-Ferrand - 1933-1935
G.P Terrot / Ornans - 1933-1936
G.P de Thizy - 1921-1965
G.P de St Raphaël - 1954-1984
G.P de La Tribune Républicaine / Roanne - 1930
G.P Vals les Bains - 1952-1959
G.P de la Victoire / Nice - 1919-1939
G.P des vins de la Gironde - 1949-1952
G.P Wolber - 1922-1931
Guingamp-Morlaix-Guingamp - 1895
La côte picarde - 1992-1999
La Turbie - 1904-1958
Le Bettex - 1957-1960
Le Mans-Paris - 1940
Le Mont-Faron chrono - 1952-1970
Lille-Bruxelles-Lille - 1932-1939
Lille-Maubeuge - 1946
Limoges-Montauban - 1909
Luxembourg-Lille - 1926
Luxembourg-Nancy - 1911-1955
Lyon-Belfort - 1926-1931
Lyon-Genève-Lyon - 1928-1931
Lyon-Grenoble-Lyon - 1932-1956
Lyon-Marseille - 1912-1919
Lyon-Montlucon-Lyon - 1952-1956
Lyon-Paris-Lyon - 1894
Lyon-Vals les Bains - 1934-1946
Maine-Normandie-Anjou - 1948
Manche-Océan - 1938-1964
Marseille-Avignon-Marseille - 1891-1937
Marseille-Lyon - 1911-1939
Marseille-Nice 1897-1959
Marseille-Paris - 1902
Ménilmontant - 1942-1943
Monaco-Mont Agel - 1953-1962
Mont St Michel-Paris - 1917
Nancy-Colmar - 1928
Nice-Mont Agel - 1920-1965
Nice-St Sauveur-Nice - 1913
Nîmes-Marseille - 1936
Paris-Alençon - 1941-1945
Paris-Angers - 1923-1939
Paris-Argentan - 1932
Paris-Arras - 1923-1959
Paris-Beaugency - 1910-1911
Paris-Belfort - 1931-1939
Paris-Boulogne sur Mer - 1926-1950
Paris-Bourganeuf - 1921-1947
Paris-Brest-Paris - 1891-1951
Paris-Cabourg - 1896-1897
Paris-Caen - 1923-1945
Paris-Chateauroux - 1909-1934
Paris-Chateau Thierry - 1896-1932
Paris-Clermont Ferrand - 1892-1953
Paris-Commercy - 1949
Paris-Contres - 1924-1938
Paris-Dijon - 1919-1944
Paris-Dinant - 1894-1926
Paris-Dunkerque - 1920-1936
Paris-Hayange - 1926
Paris-Hénin Liétard - 1928-1936
Paris-Hesdin - 1907
Paris-Hirson - 1934-1935
Paris-Fourmies - 1928-1932
Paris-Honfleur - 1909-1912
Paris-La Guerche - 1926-1927
Paris-La Flèche - 1909-1922
Paris-Laigle - 1926-1939
Paris-Lille - 1908-1937
Paris-Lillers - 1939
Paris-Limoges - 1927-1976
Paris-Loches - 1939
Paris-Longwy - 1924-1929
Paris-Montceau les Mines - 1922-1954
Paris-Nancy - 1914-1932
Paris-Nantes - 1924-1948
Paris-Nantes-Caen-Rouen-Paris - 1892
Paris-Poitiers - 1933
Paris-Reims - 1941-1946
Paris-Rennes - 1902-1939
Paris-Sedan - 1935-1939
Paris-Somain - 1929-1936
Paris-St Amand Montrond - 1951
Paris-St Amand les Eaux - 1924
Paris-St Jean d'Angély - 1936-1937
Paris-St Malo - 1894
Paris-Strasbourg - 1926-1936
Paris-Tourcoing - 1906-1954
Paris-Valenciennes - 1903-1960
Paris-Vichy - 1927-1935
Petit circuit des champs de bataille - 1920
Poly béarnaise - 1969-1970
Poly de Lyon - 1948-1967
Polymultipliée de l'Hautil - 1997-1998
Premier élan parisien - 1950
Prix Camille Danguillaume - 1954
Prix de St Tropez - 1966-1976
Puy de Dôme - 1934-1970
Qui sera le premier à Paris ? - 1940
Reims-Nancy - 1909
Rennes-Brest-Rennes - 1894
Rennes-Le Mans-Caen 1926-1927
Ronde des Mousquetaires / Auch - 1938-1945
Ronde des Pyrénées - 1984-1992
Roubaix-Cassel-Roubaix - 1933-1970
Rouen-Caen-Rouen - 1938-1939
Route du Berry - 1983-1988
Route nivernaise - 1971-1980
Royan-St Junien - 1933-1934
Ste Beaume - 1940-1949
Saint Etienne-Montluçon - 1945
St Pol de Léon-Brest - 1957-1958
Strasbourg-Paris - 1919
Toulon-Nice - 1913-1932
Toulouse-Luchon-Toulouse - 1901-1927
Tour de Corrèze - 1922-1967
Tour de la Dordogne - 1950-1957
Tour de Haute-Loire - 1961-1965
Tour de Haute-Savoie - 1928-1957
Tour de l'Hérault - 1961-1970
Tour du Lac de Genève - 1946-1947
Tour du Loiret - 1953-1960
Tour du Lot et Garonne - 1954-1955
Tour de Paris - 1944
Tour du Vaucluse "ligne" - 1923-1960
Tours-Angers-Tours - 1925
Tours-Paris - 1917-1918
Trophée du centre - 1987-1988
Trophée Colimet - 1932-1934
Trophée Peugeot - 1960-1963
Trophée Stan Ockers / Trophée Peugeot - 1957-1963
Trophée international du Sud-Ouest - 1947
Trouville-Paris - 1917-1936
Vichy-Limoges - 1941-1945
Vichy-Lyon - 1913-1933
Vire-Cherbourg-Vire - 1937-1939


Great Britain:
Prudential Tour - 1998-1999
Tour de Grande-Bretagne - 1978-1994
Wincanton classic - 1989-1997


Nederlands:
Amsterdam-Arnhem-Amsterdam - 1894-1903
Amsterdam derny race - 1992-2000
Dokkum Woudenomloop - 1996-2001
G.P Forbo - 1989-1991
Klauterkoers Sweikhuisen - 1995-1997
Maastricht-Nijmegen-Masstricht - 1893-1894
Ronde van Limburg - 1997-2001
Ronde van Friesland - 1985-1988
Ronde van Zuid-Holland - 1997-1998
Rotterdam-Utrecht-Rotterdam - 1896
Ster van Brabant - 1997-1998
Ster van Zwolle - 1993-2001
Trophée Van Erp - 1977-1979
Zuiderzee dernytour - 1982-1986


Italy:
Course des Trois Capitales - 1911
Giro di Calabria - 1988-1998
Giro di Puglia - 1972-1998
Giro di Puglia e Lucania - 1950-1955
Giro di Sardegna - 1958-1983
Giro di Sicilia - 1907-1977
G.P Mediterraneo - 1952
Grenoble-Turin - 1947
Menton-Gênes-Rome - 1959-1961
Roma-Napoli-Roma - 1902-1961
Rome-Trente-Trieste - 1919
Ruota d'Oro - 1978-1990
Tour des 3 mers - 1919-1949
Tre giorni del Sud - 1961
Asti-Ceriale - 1935
Belmonte-Piceno / G.P Industria - 1951-1955
Bolzano-Trento - 1952
Brescia-Milano-Pallanza - 1906
Cagliari-Sassari - 1948-1983
Circuit de Pistoia - 1956-1961
Circuito Emiliano-Lombardo - 1912
Coppa Borzino - 1913
Coppa Casalegno - 1913
Coppa Cavacciocchi - 1922-1930
Coppa Marin - 1940-1944
Coppa Pasquali - 1912-1913
Coppa Val d'Olona - 1906-1910
Coppa Val Senio - 1912
Coppa Zanardelli - 1919
Corsa Regina Madre - 1907
Corsa Coppi - 1964-1967
Corsa Territoriali - 1915
Corsa Vittorio Emanuele III - 1908
Corza nazionale - 1902-1908
Cuneo-Limonetto - 1973
Forli-Rome - 1928
Giro della provincia Romana - 1913
Giro di Campania - 1911-2001
Giro del Polesine - 1913
Giro di Romagna-Toscana - 1910-1911
Giro di Sicilia en ligne - 1958-1974
Giro dell'Umbria - 1938-1991
G.P Ceramisti - 1955-1964
G.P Campagnolo - 1967-1969
G.P Cemab - 1961-1975
G.P Faema - 1959-1961
G.P Industria / Quarrata - 1957-1961
G.P Forli - 1958-1979
G.P Massaua-Fossati - 1950-1953
G.P Montelupo - 1965-1984
Giro Provincia Milano - 1917-1943
G.P Saice - 1959-1960
G.P Valsassina - 1966-1969
Gorizia-Ljubjana-Trieste-Gorizia - 1941
Gran fondo / La Seicento - 1894-1979
Imola-Piacenza-Imola - 1909-1910
Legnano-Gravellona-Legnano - 1905
Mémorial Nencini - 1980-1997
Milano-Alessandria-Milano - 1906
Milano-Bellinzona - 1922
Milano-Bergamo-Como - 1907
Milano-Domodossola-Milano - 1906
Milano-Erba-Lecco-Milano - 1906
Milano-Giovi-Milano - 1906
Milano-La Spezia - 1917 à 1932
Milano-Mantova - 1906-1962
Milano-Modena - 1906-1955
Milano-Piavo dei Govi - 1916
Milano-Pontedecimo - 1906
Milano-Varese - 1909-1918
Milano-Varzi - 1945
Milano-Verone - 1906
Milano-Vicenze - 1950
Milano-Vignola - 1952-1996
Nice-Alassio - 1979-1997
Novi-Milan-Novi - 1906
Predappio-Roma - 1928-1933
Roma-Ascoli - 1930
San Remo-Vintimille-San Remo - 1907-1908
Susa-Mont Cenis - 1907-1919
Tarquinia - 1968-1971
Torino-Ceriale - 1937-1938
Tour des Alpes Apuanes/Marina di Massa - 1955-1960
Tour des Marches - 1968-1976
Tre Coppe / Parabiago - 1908-1911
Treviso-Monte Grappa - 1932
Trofeo Baracchi - 1944-1991
Trofeo Boldrini - 1958-1959
Trofeo dello Scalatore - 1987-2001
Trofeo Fenaroli - 1953-1961
Trofeo Longines TTT - 1959-1960
Trois Provinces - 1964-1971
Turin-Gênes - 1920
Verone-San Pellegrino - 1962


Luxembourg:
Paris-Luxembourg - 1963-1970
Bruxelles-Luxembourg-Mondorf - 1921-1950
G.P Forteresse - 1957-1958
Metz-Luxembourg - 1945


Portugal:
G.P Jornal Noticias - 1979-2001
Madrid-Lisbonne - 1939


Switzerland:
G.P Guillaume Tell - 1971-1998
Berne-Genève - 1892-1961
Brig-Genève - 1920-1924
Circuit franco-suisse / Genève - 1929-1931
Giro del Mendrisiotto - 1996-2001
G.P Aurore - 1918-1921
G.P de Bâle - 1948
G.P de Bassecourt - 1946
G.P Diessenhofen - 1970-1972
G.P du Locle - 1939-1962
G.P de Lugano - 1950-1979
G.P Martini - 1954-1959
G.P Mendrisio - 1972-1996
G.P de Suisse - 1948-1954
Munich-Zurich - 1911-1965
Romanshorn-Genève - 1894-1927
Sion-Lausanne-Sion - 1932
Tour des 3 lacs / Morat - 1941-1951
Tour des 4 cantons - 1944-1972
Tour du Tessin - 1949-1968
Wartenberg Rundfahrt - 1987-2001
Zurich-Lausanne - 1944-1949


United States:
Coors classic - 1977-1988
Killington stage race - 1990-2000
Tour of Americas - 1983-1990
Tour du Pont - 1989-1996
West Virginia classic - 1992-1995
G.P d' Atlanta - 1992-1998
Thrift Drug Classic - 1991-1995
Wilmington classic - 1998-2000


Other Notable events:
Boland bank Tour (Afs) - 1993-1997
G.P Leptis-Magna / Tripoli (Lib) - 1940
G.P du VS musulman / Alger (Alg) - 1948
Rapport Toer (Afs) - 1993 - 2000
Ruta Mexico (Mex) - 1989-1998
Sydney-Melbourne (Aus) - 1930
Tour d'Algérie (Alg) - 1949-1953
Tour d'Europe (Eur) - 1954-1956
Tour d'Irlande (Irl) - 1985-1992
Tour du Maroc (Mar) - 1937-2001
Tour de Norvège (Nor) - 1984-1992
Tour de la Nouvelle France (Can) - 1971-1972
Tour of Wellington (Nzl) - 1999-2001
Circuit d'Aïn-Temouchent (Alg) - 1949-1955
G.P d'Alger (Alg) - 1959-1960
G.P des Amériques (Can) - 1988-1992
G.P de Monaco (Mon) - 1949-1983

Etc., Etc......................

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Bordeaux-Paris 2004-
http://www.bordeaux-paris-randonneurs.com/

Bordeaux-Madrid 2005-
http://www.bordeaux-paris-randonneur...vellepage3.htm

L'Ardechoise 2004-
http://www.ardechoise.com/francais/index.html



Davey Crockett wrote:
There's a very pertinent futuristic article in Cycling For All at
http://www.cycling4all.com reporting on the cycling scene for roadies
in 2014.

And it is all the more pertinent for myself personally since I intend
to spend whatever scant years I have left before the Reaper cuts me
down on the road riding UFOLEP and Masters type events in France,
Belgium and Italy and I was wondering how long it will be before bike
racing on public highways disappears forever.

And I got to wondering what happened to some of the major and minor
events we used to ride years ago. With a little research, here's some
events that have passed vaingloriously into cycling history.

I used to love the Derbies and and felt particularly bad about the
demise of Bordeaux-Paris. I even rode the last one although at the
time it wasn't intended that it be the last. I got an entry form in
the mail for 1989 but didn't enter; nor did any significant number of
others as the event was cancelled for lack of interest.


But in effect, the 1988 event turned into a disaster as a race; out
of the 1020 riders who took the start there were only 74 licensed
riders of whom only 51 were pros with sportif/cyclotourist riders
making up the balance. The start was staggered with the start time
optional for the tourist-randonneurs and although it had been
intended to have hard and fast start times for licensed categories,
with the small number of licensed riders signed on, the organizers
delayed the start of the lower licensed category riders. Eventually
what had turned into a Pro/1/2/3/Veterans event got under way at
22:00 hours and everything went fine for a while with the unattached
licensed riders who had no team car or independent support of their
own making mutually beneficial pacts with the pro teams to work for
them in exchange for being fed and watered and mechanically
supported.

But by about 02:00 as the bunch settled own for a leisurely night the
Peugeot Directeur Sportif got a bug up his ass and sent two lads off
the front. They stayed away for about 5 hours finally since nobody
responded to the attack. But the real trouble started about the same
time. the licensed peloton started catching the sportif-randonneurs
some of whom had started as much as 12 hours before. And of course,
contrary to the rules which demanded that the non licensed riders
fall back 100 meters when passed by a licensed rider, they mostly
just grabbed a wheel jumped on the back of the licensed peloton
making for a truly screwed up bunch where it was impossible to
determine who was where or what was happening and the parcours became
dangerous with tourist type riders stopping all over the road and
most of them with no lights.

All in all the event was a disaster of truly Gargantuan proportions.

Did Davey finish?? You bet your sweet ass he did. 18 hours 21 minutes
50 seconds for the 605 klicks - just under 16 minutes down on
Jean-Francois Rault who soloed home, and second veteran across the
line even if 33 km/hr isn't much to brag about.............

Germany:
Echarpe d'or Torpedo - 1941-1949
G.P Bali - 1956-1958
Ludwigshafen-Bâle-Ludwigshafen - 1912
Stuttgart Etapenrennen - 1988-2000
Tour de la Forêt-Noire - 1950
Trois jours d'Allemagne - 1953
Zürich-Berlin - 1925
A travers la Thuringe - 1927-1928
Basel-Kleve - 1894-1912
Berlin-Kottbus-Berlin - 1909-1950
Berlin-Leipzig-Berlin - 1911-1914
Derby de l'Allemagne orientale / Breslau - 1912
G.P Bad Schwalbach - 1962-1964
G.P Fichtels & Sachs - 1956-1961
G.P Reith - 1956-1959
G.P Union/Dortmund - 1962-1984
G.P Veith - 1956-1961
Hochland Rundfahrt - 1949-1950
Milano-Munchen - 1894-1912
Nuremberg-Plauen-Nuremberg - 1909-1912
Rund um Iserlohn - 1912
Rund Mitteldeutschland - 1891-1911
Wien-Berlin - 1893-1914

Austria:
Laventhaler Strassenrennen - 1998-2001
Wien-Graz-Wien - 1949-1952
Volkermarkter radsporttage - 1998-2000

Belgium
Deux jours de Bertrix - 1967
G.P Marvan - 1958
G.P des routiers/Prior - 1947
Huit jours d'Alcyon - 1911
Torino-Bruxelles / G.P du centenaire - 1930
Trois jours d'Anvers - 1954-1960
Aalter-Bruxelles - 1952-1958
Arlon-Oostende - 1921-1923
Anvers-Gand-Anvers - 1931-1944
Anvers-Jupille - 1933
Anvers-Menin 1909-1928
Berg-Housse-Berg - 1947-1952
Binche-Tournai-Binche - 1984-1996
Boucles de la Lys - 1962-1965
Bruxelles-Ayeneux - 1932-1934
Bruxelles-Battice-Bruxelles - 1908
Bruxelles-Bievene - 1966-1977
Bruxelles-Bellaire - 1936
Bruxelles-Bost - 1948-1958
Bruxelles-Bruges - 1945
Bruxelles-Charleroi-Bruxelles - 1956-1966
Bruxelles-Couvin - 1949-1957
Bruxelles-Esneux - 1910-1914
Bruxelles-Everbecq - 1944-1945
Bruxelles-Hoboken - 1919-1921
Bruxelles-Hollogne - 1939
Bruxelles-Hozémont - 1936-1939
Bruxelles-Izegem - 1946-2000
Bruxelles-Jupille - 1932-1934
Bruxelles-Le Coq sur Mer - 1909
Bruxelles-Liège - 1910-1965
Bruxelles-Meulebeke - 1964-1975
Bruxelles-Moorslede - 1946-1950
Bruxelles-Oostende - 1930-1948
Bruxelles-Oupeye - 1910-1933
Bruxelles-Rixensart - 1947
Bruxelles-Spa - 1946
Bruxelles-St Trond - 1946-1960
Bruxelles-Verviers - 1933-1967
Charleroi-Chaudfontaine - 1947
Ciney-Vielsam - 1966
Circuit des 3 provinces - 1947-1982
Circuit des 5 collines - 1950-1959
Circuit des 11 villes - 1943-1989
Circuit des Ardennes flamandes / Ichtegem - 1945-2001
Circuit de Belgique - 1928-1945
Circuit de Belgique centrale/Lier - 1948-1979
Circuit du Brabant central - 1961-1980
Circuit du Brabant occidental - 1961-1988
Circuit du Brabant wallon - 1995-2001
Circuit de Brecht - 1977-1981
Circuit Escaut-Durme - 1969-1994
Circuit de Flandre centrale - 1936-1976
Circuit de Flandre orientale - 1945-1979
Circuit des frontières / Templeuve - 1964-1995
Circuit du Houtland - 1945-1971
Circuit du Limbourg - 1950-1969
Circuit des monts flandriens / Deerlijk 1942-1949
Circuit des monts du Sud-Ouest - 1946-1975
Circuit de Neeroeteren - 1971-1984
Circuit de Niel - 1969-1983
Circuit de l'Ouest - 1949-1961
Circuit des régions flamandes - 1928-1972
Circuit d.régions frontalières/Mouscron - 1945-1965
Circuit des régions frontières/Ledegem - 1969-1983
Circuit des régions fruitières - 1955-1976
Circuit de la région linière - 1968-1974
Circuit du Sud-Ouest - 1964-1982
Circuit de la vallée de la Lys - 1963-1989
Circuit de la vallée de la Senne - 1962-1976
Circuit de Wallonie - 1975-1980
Etoile Carolorégienne - 1909-1914
Escaut-Dendre-Lys - 1947-1965
Flèche anversoise - 1952-1968
Flèche campinoise - 1973-1976
Flèche côtière / Knokke-Heist - 1962-2001
Flèche enghiennoise - 1965-1969
Flèche halloise - 1957-1981
Flèche de Liederkerke - 1971-1996
Flèche mosane - 1965-1986
Flèche namuroise / Namur-Bioul - 1996-1999
Flèche des polders - 1963-1973
Gand-Anvers-Gand - 1931-1944
Gand-Wevelgem indés - 1955-1956
G.P E5 / Heverlee - 1971-1992
G.P Anciaux - 1947
G.P d'Anvers - 1954-1959
G.P des Ardennes / St Hubert - 1945-1948
G.P des Ardennes / Vresse-Rienne - 1957-1959
G.P de la banque / Roeselare - 1953-1976
G.P de la Basse-Sambre - 1960-1967
G.P de Belgique - 1943-1967
G.P Betekom - 1962-1992
G.P du Brabant wallon - 1947-1962
G.P de Brasschaat - 1960-1962
G.P Carrier - 1946
G.P de la Famenne - 1945-1958
G.P Flandria - 1958-1971
G.P Franco-Belge - 1947
G.P Impanis - 1982-1994
G.P de Leglise - 1968
G.P de la Meuse / Anvers-Yvoir - 1929
G.P de Peruwelz - 1966-1976
G.P Salvarani - 1967
G.P du Tournaisis - 1961-1982
G.P Verbeeck - 1971-1981
G.P de Villance-Maissin - 1976
Heure le Romain-Malmédy-Heure le Romain - 1922
Heuseux-Bastogne-Heuseux - 1907-1908
Hoegaarden-Anvers-Hoegaarden - 1955-1962
Hoeilhart-Diest-Hoeilhaart - 1950-1971
Hyons-Mons - 1973-1982
Jemeppe-Bastogne-Jemeppe - 1924
Kampenhout-Charleroi-Kampenhout - 1947-1950
Kessel-Lier - 1954-1980
Kessel-Lo - 1965-1967
Landen-Bierset - 1936
Landen-Oupeye - 1936
Leeuwse Pijl / Flèche de Leeuw - 1969-2000
Liège-Courcelles - 1950
Liège-Charleroi - 1911
Liège-Jemelle - 1949
Liège-Malmédy-Liège - 1919-1923
Liège-Middelkerke - 1949
Liège-St Hubert - 1949
Malderen - 1968-1993
Niel-St Truiden / Flèche hesbignonne - 1951-1955
Omloop van d.Westkust - 1966-2001
Paris-Brasschaat - 1935
Paris-Jemeppe sur Meuse - 1923
Paris-Liège - 1909
Paris-Menin - 1910-1927
Paris-Mons - 1896
Paris-Montignies - 1929
Polders-Campine - 1952-1990
Poperingue-Harelbeke-Poperingue - 1967-1983
Prix De Pinte - 1967-1986
Prix de Mellet - 1977-1984
Prix de Meulebeke - 1960-1963
Prix de Momignies - 1971-1977
Prix de Soignies - 1978-1981
Prix de St Amands - 1971-1981
Rebecq-Rognon - 1970-1977
Renaix-Tournai-Renaix - 1969-1973
Retinne-Marche-Retinne - 1919-1921
Retinne-Spa-Retinne - 1920
Roubaix-Huy - 1947-1956
Sclessin-Houffalize-Sclessin - 1925
Sclessin-Marche-Sclessin - 1922
Sclessin-St Hubert-Sclessin - 1923
Sedan-Bruxelles - 1909
Seraing-Aken-Seraing - 1996-1997
Sint Lieven-Esse - 1952-1965
Sint Martens-Lierde - 1964-1981
Steenhuyze-Wijnhuyze - 1951-1958
Tielt-Anvers-Tielt - 1938-1968
Tirlemont-Stockay - 1937
Tour de Belgique en ligne - 1913-1914
Tour du Brabant - 1958-1971
Tour du Condroz - 1962-1978
Tour des Flandres "B" - 1956-1965
Tour des Flandres des indépendants - 1923-1965
Tour du Hainaut - 1912-1913
Tour de la Haute-Sambre - 1986-2000
Tour de la Flandre Orientale - 1947-1973
Tour d'Hesbaye - 1933-1963
Tour du Limbourg - 1919-1994
Tour de Wallonnie - 1957-1970
Trèfle à 4 feuilles - 1968-1978
Trois villes soeurs - 1919-1990
Trophée des 3 pays - 1954-1959
Wezembeeck-Oppem - 1967-1990


Spain:
Barcelone-Madrid - 1932-1961
Barcelona-Pamplona - 1951
Bilbao-San Sebastian-Bilbao - 1938
Circuito Castilla-Leon-Asturias - 1942-1947
Circuito del Norte - 1939-1945
Costa del Azahar - 1978-1983
Estella-Pamplona - 1940
G.P de Andalucia - 1949-1958
G.P Ayutamiento de Bilbao - 1943-1964
G.P Liberacion de Ondarroa - 1953-1958
G.P Marca - 1947-1948
G.P Munecas Famosa - 1966-1971
G.P Republica - 1932-1936
Irun-Pamplona-Irun - 1909
Madrid-Santander - 1923
Rudge Whitworth - 1912
San Sebastian-Madrid - 1895-1920
Tres dias de Leganes - 1967-1979
Valles Mineros - 1965-1997
Vuelta a Cantabria - 1925-1990
Vuelta a Castilla - 1934-1983
Vuelta a Galega - 1933-2000
Vuelta a Pirineos - 1955-1956
Vuelta a Tarragona - 1908-1954
Vuelta a las Vascongadas y Navarra - 1913
Vuelta Tres cantos - 1985-1989
Barcelone-Andorre - 1964-1986
Barcelone-Vilada 1954-1958
Bayonne-Bilbao - 1962
Bilbao-Balmaseda-Bilbao - 1893-1894
Bilbao-Larrabetzu-Bilbao - 1910
Bilbao-Mungia-Bilbao - 1912
Bilbao-Plentzia-Bilbao - 1906-1914
Bilbao-San Sebastian - 1893-1895
Bilbao-Santander - 1903
Bilbao-Urdiliz-Bilbao - 1905
Cinturon de Bilbao - 1938-1943
Circuito de San Prudencio - 1942-1953
Circuito Sardinero - 1913-1953
Clasica Sabinanigo - 1969-2001
Escalada Parque Torres - 1983
Fiestas de Vitoria - 1929-1945
G.P Alava - 1942-1948
G.P Albacete - 1986-1991
G.P de Bilbao - 1933-1987
G.P Caboalles de Abajo - 1969-1987
G.P Ciudad de Vitoria - 1969-1970
G.P Eibarresa - 1925-1926
G.P "Futbol de Sobremesa" - 1944-1946
G.P Goierri - 1953-1955
G.P Mugica -1951-1960
G.P de Naquera - 1979-1990
G.P Pascuas - 1924-1983
G.P Portugalete - 1955-1957
G.P San Antonio de Durango - 1944-1952
G.P San Sebastian - 1934-1939
G.P Santander - 1969-1993
G.P Sniace - 1951-1957
G.P Virgen Blanca - 1950-1959
G.P Vizcaya - 1925-1977
G.P Zamudio - 1991-1995
G.P Zumaia - 1965-1966
G.P Zumarraga - 1953-1958
Hucha de Oro - 1984-1992
La Reineta - 1962-1967
Madrid-Valencia - 1940-1943
Nuestra Senora de Oro - 1969-1980
Premio Labastida - 1977-1978
Premio Oquendo - 1960-1961
Reus-Barcelona-Reus - 1932-1935
Salvatierra - 1925
Subida a Arantzazu - 1935-1985
Subida a Arrate - 1941-1986
Subida al Escudo - 1931
Subida a Estibaliz - 1944-1945
Subida a Igeldo - 1912-1913
Subida a Santo Domingo - 1933-1950
Tarragona-Madrid - 1936
Trofeo Borras - 1953-1965
Trofeo Elola - 1966-1979
Trofeo Fernando Salvadores - 1950-1951
Trofeo Jaumendreu - 1945-1969
Trofeo Masferrer - 1932-1994
Trofeo Luis Ocana / Cuenca - 1991-2000
Trofeo Vasco Navarra de montana - 1954-1966
Villarreal de Alava - 1924
Vuelta a Alava - 1917-1947
Vuelta Camp de Morvedre - 1982-1989
Vuelta a Guipuzcoa - 1923-1946
Vuelta a Pontevedra - 1933-1954
Vuelta a Puerto de Vitoria - 1924-1927
Vuelta a Santander - 1914-1930
Vuelta a Tolosa - 1921-1925


France:
Angers-Le Mans-Angers - 1947
Bordeaux-Marseille - 1923-1931
Boucles de la Gartempe - 1950-1958
Cap Breton-Hossegor - 1952-1953
Circuit des 6 provinces - 1946-1954
Circuit des Alpes - 1936-1939
Circuit d'Auvergne - 1954-1968
Circuit du Bourbonnais - 1925-1942
Circuit des Champs de bataille - 1919
Circuit de France - 1942
Circuit Loire-Océan - 1948-1952
Circuit du Midi - 1913-1945
Circuit du Morbihan - 1930-1969
Course à la mer - 1947
Critérium des Aiglons - 1920-1932
Epernay-Chaumont-Epernay - 1931
Etoile des Espoirs - 1971-1985
G.P d'Aix les Bains - 1929-1930
G.P Izarra - 1950-1952
G.P du Journal de Nice - 1935
Grands circuits lyonnais de la Pentecôte - 1935
Lons le Saunier-Genève-Lons le Saunier - 1949
Monaco-Paris - 1946
Nice-Toulon-Nice - 1922-1938
Paris-Nantes-Rennes-Paris - 1892
Paris-St Etienne - 1921-1952
Ronde de France - 1946
Tour de l'Aude - 1957-1986
Tour de l'Ariège - 1956-1960
Tour d'Armorique - 1957-1994
Tour de Bretagne / indés - 1957-1958
Tour du Calvados - 1928-1955
Tour de Champagne - 1954-1961
Tour de Charente-Maritime - 1951-1971
Tour de Corse - 1971-1982
Tour de France des Indés - 1910-1911
Tour d'Indre et Loire - 1970-1982
Tour du Lyonnais et des monts du Pilat - 1988
Tour de la Manche - 1946-1955
Tour du Nord - 1933-1973
Tour de l'Ouest - 1911-1959
Tour du Pas de Calais - 1932-1938
Tour de Picardie - 1953-1965
Tour du Sud-Est - 1919-1965
Tour du Sud-Ouest - 1923-1952
Tour du Var - 1957-1962
Tour du Vaucluse - 1978-1998
Ventoux-Méditerranée - 1946
Ajaccio-Bastia - 1946
Angers-Laval-Angers - 1946
Angoulême-Limoges - 1950-1951
Armagnac-Paris - 1946
A travers Paris - 1941-1945
Avignon-Lyon / Flèche du Rhône - 1941
Belfort-Strasbourg-Belfort - 1933
Béziers-Avignon - 1958
Bol d'air creusois - 1992-1998
Bordeaux-Paris - 1891-1988
Bordeaux-Paris-Bordeaux - 1920
Bordeaux-Pau - 1938-1939
Bordeaux-Saintes - 1909-1968
Bordeaux-St Jean d'Angély - 1936
Boucles Bas-Limousin - 1955-1968
Boucles des Flandres - 1978-1984
Boucles parisiennes - 1987-1990
Boucles pertuisiennes - 1965-1967
Boucles de la Seine - 1945-1973
Boucles de la Seine St Denis - 1998
Boucles de Roquevaire - 1950-1964
Bourg-Genève-Bourg - 1933-1960
Bruxelles-Paris - 1924-1943
Bruxelles-Roubaix - 1901-1910
Chateauroux-Limoges - 1980-1990
Chatellerault-Le Mans - 1923
Circuit des 2 ponts - 1942-1956
Circuit des 3 lacs / Thonon les Bains - 1928-1929
Circuit des 4 Grands Prix - 1948
Circuit de l'Ain - 1952-1956
Circuit Aisne-Oise - 1921
Circuit d'Alençon - 1921-1926
Circuit d'Aquitaine - 1955-1964
Circuit des Ardennes - 1930-1963
Circuit d'Auray - 1936-1942
Circuit du Béarn - 1927-1935
Circuit de Bourgogne / Dijon - 1927-1928
Circuit du Cantal - 1922-1951
Circuit de Champagne - 1913-1933
Circuit du Cher - 1953-1960
Circuit des Corbières et du Minervois - 1922
Circuit de la Côte d'Or - 1950-1951
Circuit des Deux-Sèvres - 1933-1954
Circuit de la forêt de la Joux - 1967
Circuit du Forez - 1920-1938
Circuit de Franche-Comté et du T.de Belfort - 1934
Circuit des genêts verts - 1958-1985
Circuit du Gers - 1931-1948
Circuit des Hautes-Vosges - 1955-1957
Circuit de l'Indre - 1926-1982
Circuit du Limousin - 1945
Circuit de Lyon - 1936
Circuit lyonnais - 1945-1947
Circuit des Maures - 1939
Circuit de la Mayenne - 1929
Circuit du Maine-Libre - 1946-1947
Circuit du Mont-Blanc - 1922-1960
Circuit de la montagne / Pontarlier - 1922
Circuit des monts du Livradois - 1947-1952
Circuit des monts du Roannais - 1921-1939
Circuit de Paris - 1919-1945
Circuit du pays Grassois - 1940
Circuit du Quercy - 1952-1953
Circuit de la Somme - 1930-1931
Circuit du Sud-Est - 1981-1985
Circuit de Touraine - 1911-1912
Circuit de la vallée de la Loire - 1946-1958
Circuit du Ventoux - 1936-1953
Circuit de Vesoul - 1925
Circuit de la Vienne - 1923-1971
Circuit des villes d'eaux d'Auvergne - 1920-1952
Circuit des vins de Bourgogne - 1945
Collet d'Allevard - 1973-1974
Colmar-Strasbourg - 1996-1998
Commentry-Clermont Ferrand-Commentry - 1933
Coupe Marcel Vergeat - 1941-1952
Critérium des As - 1921-1990
Critérium mondial - 1946
Critérium national du printemps - 1927-1930
Critérium du routier complet - 1945
Derby de St Germain - 1937-1941
Dijon-Lyon - 1919-1952
Etoile du Léon - 1955-1962
Gênes-Nice - 1910-1975
G.P des Alliés - 1944-1954
G.P d'Aix en Provence - 1949-1987
G.P des Alpes - 1938-1946
G.P d'Antibes - 1958-1987
G.P d'Armagnac - 1945-1946
G.P de l'Auto - 1940-1943
G.P d'Avranches - 1947
G.P de Cannes - 1926-1991
G.P Catox - 1949-1956
G.P du cinquantenaire / Lyon - 1920
G.P du comptoir des tissus / Valence - 1950-1953
G.P de la côte normande - 1978-1983
G.P du "Courrier Picard" - 1946-1952
G.P du débarquement Nord - 1945-1951
G.P du débarquement Sud - 1945-1947
G.P de l'Equipe - 1946-1947
G.P d'Esperaza - 1935-1966
G.P de l'Europe - 1938-1953
G.P de France - 1953
G.P de Grasse - 1960-1981
G.P d'Ile de France - 1942
G.P des industriels du cycle - 1947-1954
G.P du Libre-Poitou - 1947-1953
G.P de la Loire - 1919-1920
G.P du Mathonnais - 1929-1930
G.P journal "Le Matin" - 1943
G.P de Menton - 1968-1973
G.P de Nice - 1923-1975
G.P de Niort - 1949-1951
G.P Oeuvres sociales -1950-1961
G.P d'Orchies - 1953-1977
G.P Alphonse Payet - 1920-1925
G.P du Petit-Dauphinois / Valence-Annecy - 1943
G.P du "Petit Varois" - 1966-1970
G.P de Peymeinade - 1976-1985
G.P du pneumatique - 1942-1956
G.P de Provence - 1942-1945
G.P René Bernard - 1944-1947
G.P de la République - 1946
G.P de la Somme - 1932-1939
G.P Sporting - 1919-1924
G.P Sports - 1946
G.P Terrot / Clermont-Ferrand - 1933-1935
G.P Terrot / Ornans - 1933-1936
G.P de Thizy - 1921-1965
G.P de St Raphaël - 1954-1984
G.P de La Tribune Républicaine / Roanne - 1930
G.P Vals les Bains - 1952-1959
G.P de la Victoire / Nice - 1919-1939
G.P des vins de la Gironde - 1949-1952
G.P Wolber - 1922-1931
Guingamp-Morlaix-Guingamp - 1895
La côte picarde - 1992-1999
La Turbie - 1904-1958
Le Bettex - 1957-1960
Le Mans-Paris - 1940
Le Mont-Faron chrono - 1952-1970
Lille-Bruxelles-Lille - 1932-1939
Lille-Maubeuge - 1946
Limoges-Montauban - 1909
Luxembourg-Lille - 1926
Luxembourg-Nancy - 1911-1955
Lyon-Belfort - 1926-1931
Lyon-Genève-Lyon - 1928-1931
Lyon-Grenoble-Lyon - 1932-1956
Lyon-Marseille - 1912-1919
Lyon-Montlucon-Lyon - 1952-1956
Lyon-Paris-Lyon - 1894
Lyon-Vals les Bains - 1934-1946
Maine-Normandie-Anjou - 1948
Manche-Océan - 1938-1964
Marseille-Avignon-Marseille - 1891-1937
Marseille-Lyon - 1911-1939
Marseille-Nice 1897-1959
Marseille-Paris - 1902
Ménilmontant - 1942-1943
Monaco-Mont Agel - 1953-1962
Mont St Michel-Paris - 1917
Nancy-Colmar - 1928
Nice-Mont Agel - 1920-1965
Nice-St Sauveur-Nice - 1913
Nîmes-Marseille - 1936
Paris-Alençon - 1941-1945
Paris-Angers - 1923-1939
Paris-Argentan - 1932
Paris-Arras - 1923-1959
Paris-Beaugency - 1910-1911
Paris-Belfort - 1931-1939
Paris-Boulogne sur Mer - 1926-1950
Paris-Bourganeuf - 1921-1947
Paris-Brest-Paris - 1891-1951
Paris-Cabourg - 1896-1897
Paris-Caen - 1923-1945
Paris-Chateauroux - 1909-1934
Paris-Chateau Thierry - 1896-1932
Paris-Clermont Ferrand - 1892-1953
Paris-Commercy - 1949
Paris-Contres - 1924-1938
Paris-Dijon - 1919-1944
Paris-Dinant - 1894-1926
Paris-Dunkerque - 1920-1936
Paris-Hayange - 1926
Paris-Hénin Liétard - 1928-1936
Paris-Hesdin - 1907
Paris-Hirson - 1934-1935
Paris-Fourmies - 1928-1932
Paris-Honfleur - 1909-1912
Paris-La Guerche - 1926-1927
Paris-La Flèche - 1909-1922
Paris-Laigle - 1926-1939
Paris-Lille - 1908-1937
Paris-Lillers - 1939
Paris-Limoges - 1927-1976
Paris-Loches - 1939
Paris-Longwy - 1924-1929
Paris-Montceau les Mines - 1922-1954
Paris-Nancy - 1914-1932
Paris-Nantes - 1924-1948
Paris-Nantes-Caen-Rouen-Paris - 1892
Paris-Poitiers - 1933
Paris-Reims - 1941-1946
Paris-Rennes - 1902-1939
Paris-Sedan - 1935-1939
Paris-Somain - 1929-1936
Paris-St Amand Montrond - 1951
Paris-St Amand les Eaux - 1924
Paris-St Jean d'Angély - 1936-1937
Paris-St Malo - 1894
Paris-Strasbourg - 1926-1936
Paris-Tourcoing - 1906-1954
Paris-Valenciennes - 1903-1960
Paris-Vichy - 1927-1935
Petit circuit des champs de bataille - 1920
Poly béarnaise - 1969-1970
Poly de Lyon - 1948-1967
Polymultipliée de l'Hautil - 1997-1998
Premier élan parisien - 1950
Prix Camille Danguillaume - 1954
Prix de St Tropez - 1966-1976
Puy de Dôme - 1934-1970
Qui sera le premier à Paris ? - 1940
Reims-Nancy - 1909
Rennes-Brest-Rennes - 1894
Rennes-Le Mans-Caen 1926-1927
Ronde des Mousquetaires / Auch - 1938-1945
Ronde des Pyrénées - 1984-1992
Roubaix-Cassel-Roubaix - 1933-1970
Rouen-Caen-Rouen - 1938-1939
Route du Berry - 1983-1988
Route nivernaise - 1971-1980
Royan-St Junien - 1933-1934
Ste Beaume - 1940-1949
Saint Etienne-Montluçon - 1945
St Pol de Léon-Brest - 1957-1958
Strasbourg-Paris - 1919
Toulon-Nice - 1913-1932
Toulouse-Luchon-Toulouse - 1901-1927
Tour de Corrèze - 1922-1967
Tour de la Dordogne - 1950-1957
Tour de Haute-Loire - 1961-1965
Tour de Haute-Savoie - 1928-1957
Tour de l'Hérault - 1961-1970
Tour du Lac de Genève - 1946-1947
Tour du Loiret - 1953-1960
Tour du Lot et Garonne - 1954-1955
Tour de Paris - 1944
Tour du Vaucluse "ligne" - 1923-1960
Tours-Angers-Tours - 1925
Tours-Paris - 1917-1918
Trophée du centre - 1987-1988
Trophée Colimet - 1932-1934
Trophée Peugeot - 1960-1963
Trophée Stan Ockers / Trophée Peugeot - 1957-1963
Trophée international du Sud-Ouest - 1947
Trouville-Paris - 1917-1936
Vichy-Limoges - 1941-1945
Vichy-Lyon - 1913-1933
Vire-Cherbourg-Vire - 1937-1939


Great Britain:
Prudential Tour - 1998-1999
Tour de Grande-Bretagne - 1978-1994
Wincanton classic - 1989-1997


Nederlands:
Amsterdam-Arnhem-Amsterdam - 1894-1903
Amsterdam derny race - 1992-2000
Dokkum Woudenomloop - 1996-2001
G.P Forbo - 1989-1991
Klauterkoers Sweikhuisen - 1995-1997
Maastricht-Nijmegen-Masstricht - 1893-1894
Ronde van Limburg - 1997-2001
Ronde van Friesland - 1985-1988
Ronde van Zuid-Holland - 1997-1998
Rotterdam-Utrecht-Rotterdam - 1896
Ster van Brabant - 1997-1998
Ster van Zwolle - 1993-2001
Trophée Van Erp - 1977-1979
Zuiderzee dernytour - 1982-1986


Italy:
Course des Trois Capitales - 1911
Giro di Calabria - 1988-1998
Giro di Puglia - 1972-1998
Giro di Puglia e Lucania - 1950-1955
Giro di Sardegna - 1958-1983
Giro di Sicilia - 1907-1977
G.P Mediterraneo - 1952
Grenoble-Turin - 1947
Menton-Gênes-Rome - 1959-1961
Roma-Napoli-Roma - 1902-1961
Rome-Trente-Trieste - 1919
Ruota d'Oro - 1978-1990
Tour des 3 mers - 1919-1949
Tre giorni del Sud - 1961
Asti-Ceriale - 1935
Belmonte-Piceno / G.P Industria - 1951-1955
Bolzano-Trento - 1952
Brescia-Milano-Pallanza - 1906
Cagliari-Sassari - 1948-1983
Circuit de Pistoia - 1956-1961
Circuito Emiliano-Lombardo - 1912
Coppa Borzino - 1913
Coppa Casalegno - 1913
Coppa Cavacciocchi - 1922-1930
Coppa Marin - 1940-1944
Coppa Pasquali - 1912-1913
Coppa Val d'Olona - 1906-1910
Coppa Val Senio - 1912
Coppa Zanardelli - 1919
Corsa Regina Madre - 1907
Corsa Coppi - 1964-1967
Corsa Territoriali - 1915
Corsa Vittorio Emanuele III - 1908
Corza nazionale - 1902-1908
Cuneo-Limonetto - 1973
Forli-Rome - 1928
Giro della provincia Romana - 1913
Giro di Campania - 1911-2001
Giro del Polesine - 1913
Giro di Romagna-Toscana - 1910-1911
Giro di Sicilia en ligne - 1958-1974
Giro dell'Umbria - 1938-1991
G.P Ceramisti - 1955-1964
G.P Campagnolo - 1967-1969
G.P Cemab - 1961-1975
G.P Faema - 1959-1961
G.P Industria / Quarrata - 1957-1961
G.P Forli - 1958-1979
G.P Massaua-Fossati - 1950-1953
G.P Montelupo - 1965-1984
Giro Provincia Milano - 1917-1943
G.P Saice - 1959-1960
G.P Valsassina - 1966-1969
Gorizia-Ljubjana-Trieste-Gorizia - 1941
Gran fondo / La Seicento - 1894-1979
Imola-Piacenza-Imola - 1909-1910
Legnano-Gravellona-Legnano - 1905
Mémorial Nencini - 1980-1997
Milano-Alessandria-Milano - 1906
Milano-Bellinzona - 1922
Milano-Bergamo-Como - 1907
Milano-Domodossola-Milano - 1906
Milano-Erba-Lecco-Milano - 1906
Milano-Giovi-Milano - 1906
Milano-La Spezia - 1917 à 1932
Milano-Mantova - 1906-1962
Milano-Modena - 1906-1955
Milano-Piavo dei Govi - 1916
Milano-Pontedecimo - 1906
Milano-Varese - 1909-1918
Milano-Varzi - 1945
Milano-Verone - 1906
Milano-Vicenze - 1950
Milano-Vignola - 1952-1996
Nice-Alassio - 1979-1997
Novi-Milan-Novi - 1906
Predappio-Roma - 1928-1933
Roma-Ascoli - 1930
San Remo-Vintimille-San Remo - 1907-1908
Susa-Mont Cenis - 1907-1919
Tarquinia - 1968-1971
Torino-Ceriale - 1937-1938
Tour des Alpes Apuanes/Marina di Massa - 1955-1960
Tour des Marches - 1968-1976
Tre Coppe / Parabiago - 1908-1911
Treviso-Monte Grappa - 1932
Trofeo Baracchi - 1944-1991
Trofeo Boldrini - 1958-1959
Trofeo dello Scalatore - 1987-2001
Trofeo Fenaroli - 1953-1961
Trofeo Longines TTT - 1959-1960
Trois Provinces - 1964-1971
Turin-Gênes - 1920
Verone-San Pellegrino - 1962


Luxembourg:
Paris-Luxembourg - 1963-1970
Bruxelles-Luxembourg-Mondorf - 1921-1950
G.P Forteresse - 1957-1958
Metz-Luxembourg - 1945


Portugal:
G.P Jornal Noticias - 1979-2001
Madrid-Lisbonne - 1939


Switzerland:
G.P Guillaume Tell - 1971-1998
Berne-Genève - 1892-1961
Brig-Genève - 1920-1924
Circuit franco-suisse / Genève - 1929-1931
Giro del Mendrisiotto - 1996-2001
G.P Aurore - 1918-1921
G.P de Bâle - 1948
G.P de Bassecourt - 1946
G.P Diessenhofen - 1970-1972
G.P du Locle - 1939-1962
G.P de Lugano - 1950-1979
G.P Martini - 1954-1959
G.P Mendrisio - 1972-1996
G.P de Suisse - 1948-1954
Munich-Zurich - 1911-1965
Romanshorn-Genève - 1894-1927
Sion-Lausanne-Sion - 1932
Tour des 3 lacs / Morat - 1941-1951
Tour des 4 cantons - 1944-1972
Tour du Tessin - 1949-1968
Wartenberg Rundfahrt - 1987-2001
Zurich-Lausanne - 1944-1949


United States:
Coors classic - 1977-1988
Killington stage race - 1990-2000
Tour of Americas - 1983-1990
Tour du Pont - 1989-1996
West Virginia classic - 1992-1995
G.P d' Atlanta - 1992-1998
Thrift Drug Classic - 1991-1995
Wilmington classic - 1998-2000


Other Notable events:
Boland bank Tour (Afs) - 1993-1997
G.P Leptis-Magna / Tripoli (Lib) - 1940
G.P du VS musulman / Alger (Alg) - 1948
Rapport Toer (Afs) - 1993 - 2000
Ruta Mexico (Mex) - 1989-1998
Sydney-Melbourne (Aus) - 1930
Tour d'Algérie (Alg) - 1949-1953
Tour d'Europe (Eur) - 1954-1956
Tour d'Irlande (Irl) - 1985-1992
Tour du Maroc (Mar) - 1937-2001
Tour de Norvège (Nor) - 1984-1992
Tour de la Nouvelle France (Can) - 1971-1972
Tour of Wellington (Nzl) - 1999-2001
Circuit d'Aïn-Temouchent (Alg) - 1949-1955
G.P d'Alger (Alg) - 1959-1960
G.P des Amériques (Can) - 1988-1992
G.P de Monaco (Mon) - 1949-1983

Etc., Etc......................



  #3  
Old April 10th 04, 06:03 AM
Benjamin Weiner
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Davey Crockett wrote:

There's a very pertinent futuristic article in Cycling For All at
http://www.cycling4all.com reporting on the cycling scene for
roadies in 2014.


And it is all the more pertinent for myself personally since I
intend to spend whatever scant years I have left before the Reaper
cuts me down on the road riding UFOLEP and Masters type events in
France, Belgium and Italy and I was wondering how long it will be
before bike racing on public highways disappears forever.


An entertaining preview of 2014 at www.cycling4all.com, thanks
for pointing it out. Although, I think not even Hein Verbruggen
and the Protour will manage to completely destroy cycling;
but creeping suburban sprawl is the biggest enemy (Channeling
Lieswyn here). Rising gas prices and people getting sick of
long commutes may be our only hope. The Euros ought to be better
off than the US in that regard.

Ben

p.s. Davey, I liked your lament, but it would be easier to read
if you insert carriage returns - each of the paragraphs was one long line.

  #4  
Old April 10th 04, 01:00 PM
Davey Crockett
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Benjamin Weiner writes:

Davey Crockett wrote:

An entertaining preview of 2014 at www.cycling4all.com, thanks
for pointing it out. Although, I think not even Hein Verbruggen
and the Protour will manage to completely destroy cycling;
but creeping suburban sprawl is the biggest enemy (Channeling
Lieswyn here). Rising gas prices and people getting sick of
long commutes may be our only hope. The Euros ought to be better
off than the US in that regard.


You are 100% right there Ben. Urban sprawl is most certainly putting a damp=
er on training and racing and even touring for ever increasing numbers of p=
otential cycling afficionados worldwide and possibly more so in North Ameri=
ca which is more culturally tuned to the use of 4 wheeled transportation th=
an our 2 wheeled alternative.

Where I live currently, unless one has a vehicle which allows one to drive =
out into the countryside, one is doomed to racing/training/riding on city s=
treets which are dangerous due to the mindset of the 4 wheeled fraternity w=
ho see 2 wheeled road users as a nuisance at best and a hazard at worst or =
on bike paths where the hazards run the gamut from dogs, kids, drunks, roll=
erbladers and skateboarders to practitioners of some oriental discipline wh=
ich seems to involve waving their arms all over the place and never looking=
where they are going either. Combine this with the frequent traffic lights=
and an ever increasing number of potholes that must be avoided or bunny-ho=
pped on the city streets and highways and you have a decidedly unfriendly e=
nvironment for the cyclist.

Organizing races too is almost impossible. The costs of renting traffic con=
es and paying the municipality for the mandatory police traffic control off=
icers and the loss of revenue from parking meters are prohibitive supposing=
you can even get the police to even give you a race permit in the first pl=
ace.

Another kicker that I learned to my surprise is that, in my current localit=
y, and mandated by a local city by-law no less, if one organizes a bike rac=
e for men, there must be a similar race for women offering equal prize mone=
y. Initially this seems like a great idea, even more so for me personally a=
s I've always been a big supporter of womens racing.

However, the experience gained on the one and only race I organized (or wi=
ll ever organize around here!) leads me to believe that this requirement is=
ludicrous. If it stopped short at mandating that there should be an event =
(or events) for women it might be a commendable by-law. But to additionally=
demand equal prize money?? Totally ridiculous. There were three riders in =
the junior womens race and 11 in the senior womens race and the racing, due=
to the great disparity in the capabilities of the riders, was uninterestin=
g at best and totally negative at worst. Add that to the fact that since pr=
izes went 15 deep in the mens events, the women wanted to know if the exces=
s would be divvied up and added to the amount advertized for the purse in t=
heir event. A couple of the women even wanted to know if they had to finish=
to get the money.

Organizing races around here? Forget it. They do say you have to pay for ed=
ucation and I sure paid for mine. It cost me over $300 to put on that minor=
event!!

The drug scene is also not conducive to either attracting sponsors or promo=
ting public interest in bike racing. Drugs have always been around. They we=
re in my days in the 50's and 60's and they apparently still are. But it se=
ems to me that the emphasis has changed; years ago riders took a little som=
ething to help them get to the finish rather than to gain an unfair advanta=
ge over the rest of the lads.=20

Don't get me wrong. I'm not in favour of doping and had in fact thought tha=
t most of the riders were `clean' these days. Over the years due to distanc=
e and retirements I have lost touch somewhat with the pro scene, but the tw=
o current pros with whom I do have a more than nodding acquaintance, I beli=
eve to be clean. But wouldn't you know it, the lad I have rooted for since =
he was a junior because I know the family rides for Cofidis!!


p.s. Davey, I liked your lament, but it would be easier to read
if you insert carriage returns - each of the paragraphs was one long line.


Hmmm. And on the line wrap problem Ben. Not to pontificate here, but I real=
ly have no idea what any particular individual's CRT display capabilities a=
re. Ergo I send my text raw leaving it to the punter to set his/her line wr=
ap. Personally I use a 1024 X 768 framebuffer so I get much more text on th=
e screen than perhaps the average NewsHound. But most if not all NewsReader=
application programmes these days allow the user to set the line wrap colu=
mn. Now I currently use Emacs/Gnus and haven't used Tin, which I believe yo=
u use, for years. But IIRC there are a couple of ways to set the line wrap =
column in Tin. You could hit 'M` and hunt and peck down the choices to set =
the value or more easily edit your 'tinrc` file value with Emacs or whateve=
r text editor you use. Look for the section 'Global Options and Tinrc Confi=
gurable Options` and find the 'Page Line Wrap Column` item (Or something cl=
ose to that IIRC). Zero is default and should be your current screen width.=
Changing this value will wrap at whatever you set the value to. If you set=
it to a value greater than your CRT can display, the excess is lost off th=
e right hand side of the screen. If you give the variable a negative value =
this number of characters will be deducted from the current screen display =
capability (provided, if IIRC, that the resulting value is still positive).

If you don't have the wheel bits set (don't have 'root` access on the box o=
r system) or are on a system running a system-wide 'tinrc` file, you will h=
ave to get the SysAdmin to do it for you but it is a simple task.

Toodles for now. It's 1 (one) degree outside just now and that's above free=
zing so I'm off out to do the Bike-Path Boogie....

--=20
le Vent a Dos
Davey Crockett
Six-Day site: http://members.rogers.com/sixday/sixday.html
  #5  
Old April 10th 04, 01:56 PM
John Forrest Tomlinson
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On Sat, 10 Apr 2004 12:00:12 GMT, Davey Crockett
wrote:


Another kicker that I learned to my surprise is that, in my current locality, and mandated by a local city by-law no less, if one organizes a bike race for men, there must be a similar race for women offering equal prize money.


I don't believe you -- can you give a reference to the law?

And assuming what you said is true, if you organized a race for simple
cat 1-3 (or whatever) with no reference to sex, would that be OK?

JT
 




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