Alfred Letourneur (born 25 July 1907 in Amiens, France and died 4 January 1975 in New York City) was a French professional cyclist. He is known for setting the motor-paced world speed record. He was professional cyclist from 1928 to 1942. His nickname was "le diable rouge".
From 1930 to 1938 he reached 20 victories on the "six-day racing" races in the United States and Canada. He also had 4 victories in National Championship, United States, in years 1932, 1933, 1934 and 1935.
On 22 October 1938, Alfred Letourneur was able to beat the motor-paced world speed record on a bicycle, reaching 147.058 km/h at a velodrome in Montlhéry, France, riding behind a motorbike. On 17 May 1941 he broke the record again, reaching 175.29 km/h (108.92 mph) on a Schwinn bicycle riding behind a specially equipped midget racer, on old highway 99 near Bakersfield, California.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-10-09. Retrieved 2009-11-26.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on July 19, 2009. Retrieved November 23, 2009.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
- Bicycle Museum
- Poppy Gall, Man Tows Airstream Trailer On Bicycle, Poppy Gall Design Studio, November 1, 2010
|This biographical article related to French cycling is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.|