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The 1910 Tour de France Challenge

0 Comments 03 August 2010

Sepia is the new black

The Rapha clothing company is from my short experience similar to cycling clothing to what Louis Vuitton is for purses. Luckily, cycling apparel have always had more taste than ladies purses and some of the Rapha lines look pretty cool. Too bad their prices seem to be similar to LV, so I haven’t been able to try them out yet. However, Rapha did spend some of those profits on making this beautiful video about the 1910 challenge.

1910 was the first year Tour de France introduced mountains stages, and they were gruesome – and 326 kilometers in one day, starting at 3:30 in the morning with four massive hills to cover – a hundred years ago. In that day and age it’s hard to imagine how they managed, let alone doing it in 14 hours with over 5 kilometers of climbing. You don’t have to be a TDF buff to appreciate the video, so have a gander!

The 1910 Challenge from RAPHA on Vimeo.

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