Some Nostaglia – 1962 Tour de France

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Cycling in france has so much history. Having spent the day planning our tour group for the 100th running of the Tour de France in 2013 I came across this short film on the 1962 Tour de France. It’s an amazing insight into the conditions 50 years ago. I still think it’s strange to watch them ride without helmets.

There is even talk of doping which was referred to as “the charge”. Unfortunately the drugs they used were not so much performance enhancing as pain suppressing. This meant that many men pushed themselves beyond their physical limits.

Back then they also use to raid cafes to get Champagne & beer to help them with their thirst on a hot summers day!

Vive le tour! from Bear Thunder on Vimeo.

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