Paris–Rouen (cycle race)

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Winner James Moore (right) and Jean-Eugène-André Castera at Paris–Rouen

Paris–Rouen was the first cycle race covering a distance between two cities. It was held between the cities of Paris and Rouen on 7 November 1869. The winner of the inaugural race was an Englishman living in Paris, James Moore, who rode the 123 kilometres dividing both cities in 10 hours and 40 minutes, including time spent walking his bicycle up the steeper hills.[1]

The event was organized by the fortnightly cycling magazine Le Vélocipède Illustré and the Olivier brothers, owners of a bicycle manufacturer company called The Michaux Company. They were delighted with the success of short races held in Parc de Saint Cloud, Paris and on 7 November they promoted a race between Paris and Rouen, covering a distance of 123 kilometres. The first prize was one thousand gold francs and a bicycle. The rules of the race said that the riders were not to be pulled by a dog or use sails.[2]

A total of 120 riders, including two women, participated in the race but just 32 finished within 24 hours. James Moore won, finishing 15 minutes ahead of Castera and Bobillier.[3] The first woman, referred to as Miss America, finishing in 29th position - 12 hours and 10 minutes after Moore.

The race was not held after the outbreak of Franco-Prussian War in 1870, but it later returned as an amateur race.[4] The centenary was commemorated on 12 May 1969, and was won by Régis Delepine, who received the same prize as James Moore, one thousand gold francs equivalent to 50 Louis.[1]

General Standings[edit]

07-11-1869: Paris–Rouen, 123 km[edit]

[5] Cyclist Time
1 James Moore 10h 45'
2 André Castera 15'
3 M. Bobillier s.t.
4 Henri Pascaud 1h 15'
5 Félix Gaston Biot 1h 39'
6 Cantellauve 2h 54'
7 Johnson ou Bon Edouard-Charles 3h 40'
8 Joseph Meunier 3h 50'
9 Schand 4h 33'
10 E. Meyer 4h 43'
11 Tribout 4h 45'
12 Guillot 5h 07'
13 Steckel 5h 11'
14 Lamon 6h 44'
15 Servoz 6h 50'
16 R.R. 7h 10'
17 Delage 7h 20'
18 G. Aubrecht 7h 25'
19 Leroy d'E 7h 30'
20 Venant 7h 35'
21 Wolz 7h 45'
22 Daubel 7h 48'
23 Rocan 7h 53'
24 Duval s.t.[citation needed]
25 Chateau 8h 20'
26 Tricycle Tissier 9h 20'
27 Constanceau 10h 30'
28 J. Pedro 11h 50'
29 Miss America 12h 10'
30 Turner s.t.
31 Taboureau s.t.
32 Ch. Chatelain 12h 35'
33 E. Fortin 14h 20'
34 Prosper Martin[citation needed] s.t.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Paris-Rouen 1869 (in French)
  2. ^ Woodland, L. (2005), This Island Race, Mousehold Press, p. 5
  3. ^ The boneshaker: Cycling through Time
  4. ^ Paris-Rouen (in French)
  5. ^ "Results - Paris-Rouen". Mémoire du Cyclisme. Retrieved 2007-10-12.