Renaissance of French frame building tradition: Le Concours de Machines

Renaissance of French frame building tradition: Le Concours de Machines

When I first heard about the event at the beginning of this year I got immediately excited: a race of traditionally built bicycles in the style of the great French builders of the 1940s and 50s. Bikes and designated riders have to pass three different tests, a 235km long road race with more than 4000m of altitude gain, a 55km time trial up and down a mountain, and 70km of gravel tracks, three days in a row in the beautiful area of Ambert, in the region of Auvergne.

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... Roubaix is the Mecca for cyclists with a beautiful velodrome and the finish line of the famous Paris-Roubaix race, the highlight of the Spring Classics and one of the oldest cycling races. I couldn’t imagine a more appropriate place to build bicycles the traditional way ...