Cima Coppi history (1990-1999)

Cima Coppi history – the Cima Coppi is the summit with the highest altitude reached by cyclists during the Giro d’Italia. It was established in 1965, five years after the death of the “Il Campionissimo” (champion of champions) Fausto Coppi. Here is the brief history of Cima Coppi between 1990 and 1999.

Cima Coppi history (1965-1989)

The Cima Coppi is the summit with the highest altitude reached by cyclists during the Giro d’Italia. It was established in 1965, five years after the death of the “Il Campionissimo” (champion of champions) Fausto Coppi. Naturally, depending on the altitude profile of the Giro d’Italia, the Cima Coppi changes from year to year. The […]

Hemingway’s grimpeurs

Note: Hemingway’s grimpeurs was originally published on “le grimpeur” blog by Guy WR (grimpeur means “climber” in French). It was “a cycling blog for everything climbing”. Unfortunately, it is no longer online. So after a long wait, I decided to revive this wonderful blog post (see Notes 1).

Graeme Obree, Athlete or Genius? (Short Film)

“Graeme Obree, Athlete or Genius?”, is a short film published by the Endura Official channel on YouTube. Endura is a cycling clothing company which was founded in Scotland in 1993. In this short film, they tested the positions invented by Graeme Obree, “The Flying Scotsman”. Using these positions (the “praying mantis” and the “Superman”), Obree […]

Ottavio Bottecchia arrives in Briançon, Tour de France 1925 Stage 13

July 9, 1925: in this historic photo, the legendary Italian cyclist Ottavio Bottecchia approaches to the finish line at Tour de France 1925 stage 13, a 275 km going from Nice to Briançon. The monster stage had featured three major ascents, all above two thousand meters: Col d’Allos (2,250 m), Col de Vars (2,108 m) […]

Lucien Lesna during the 1901 Paris-Brest-Paris

Today’s historic photo of the day: Lucien Lesna during the 1901 Paris-Brest-Paris, with his support car beside him. I love the heroic era of cycling and the clothing of that era. Lucien Lesna (11 October 1863 – 11 July 1932) was a French racing cyclist. He won 1901 and 1902 editions of Paris-Roubaix.

Top 200 fastest climbs on the Alpe d’Huez (All-time list)

L’Alpe d’Huez is a ski resort at 1,250 to 3,330 meters (4,100 to 10,930 ft) in the Central French Western Alps, in the commune of Huez. The maximum elevation of the legendary climb is 1,815 meters (5,955 feet). The climb is used regularly in the Tour de France, including twice on the same day in […]