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Published on 18 Jul 21 at 14:02
Find on News Chartres, each Sunday, a chronicle of History and tales provided by Alain Denizet. Professor, historian, author ofEure-et-Loir, for years it has been gathering all of its chronicles on his site.
We additionally discover there his news and books. Alain Denizet additionally chairs the Beauce and Dunois manuscript prize.
Once upon a time there was the velocipede …
Let’s take a step again to the time of velocipede at… Chartres when the runners of the Tour de France have the nostril in the handlebars and end as we speak the Big loop.
The common exhibition of 1867 had devoted the pedal machine. The May 31, 1868, the first official race was held in the Saint-Cloud park over a distance of 1000 meters with the exceptional participation of the Prince Imperial. The vogue was launched.
A yr later, the August 8, 1869, Chartres acquired on top of things by organizing its first competitions in the Clos Saint-Jean.
The Chartres newspaper, which relates the occasion, remembers the enthusiasm for this new means of transport and leisure: “The velocipede is the vehicle in fashion, it is all the rage, it invades the walks and the (…) streets of our cities ”.
However, the almanac The Messenger of Beauce and Perche sees in it “only an amusement which, born like many others in the midst of infatuation, will soon die out in the most complete indifference.”
Eight races at Clos Saint-Jean
The races happen in entrance of a curious public who paid for an entry charge of three francs.
We see in the reserved stands “a large number of ladies in elegant toilets” come to applaud the exploits of “Parisian velocemen [qui ont] responded with eagerness to the appeal of the Chartres ”.
Started at three o’clock, the races last until six o’clock in the presence of the prefect who is responsible for handing over the prizes. A choir and a fanfare provide interludes to polka tunes.
For the winners, a rifle and cigars!
The 1290-meter occasion was received in 4.29 minutes by Parisian Moore  who acquired the first prize, a “rich parlor rifle”.
The second is the Chartrain Desandre awarded with “a box of one hundred London”, luxurious cigars.
Rifle and tobacco: the rewards have modified as we speak …
Eight races observe each other, two of them have chosen opponents; the first over 640 meters, reserved for youngsters, is received by a Chartraine “worthy descendant of the Amazons”.
The second solely accepts registrations from the division’s “vélocemen”. Not lastly sulking his pleasure and seized by the vertigo of pace, The Messenger of Beauce and Perche writes: “It was a pleasure to see these jockeys  of all colors devouring space with their fast bicycles »
After the velocipede, the bike!
After the velocipede got here the reign of the bicycle.
In her early days, she was carefully related to the‘aristocracy who additionally directs the first bicycle organizations. It is for the elites a new signal of distinction .
Then at the starting of the century, with mass manufacturing and diminished costs, the little queen turned extra democratic. She helped open up the villages, allowed the farm employee to go house as a substitute of sleeping in the secure, the scholar to go to his faculty, the younger man to go and inform a story in the neighboring city.
In her personal approach, she contributed with the practice to broadening horizons and larger autonomy for people.
 Winner in 10 hours and 34 minutes of the Paris-Rouen race on November 7, 1869, thought of the first main biking competitors.
 A rider mounted on his metal horse, the bicycle owner adopts a sporty outfit that borrows from that of horseback using. This is why the opponents put on a jockey cap.
 Its value, which varies between 150 and 1000 francs, reserves it for a rich elite.
█ Practice : Alain Denizet will likely be current on Sunday, August 29, 2021 at the Salon du livre La forêt des livres in Chanceaux-près-Loches (37).
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