- Bol d'Or cycle race
The Bol d'Or was a bicycle track race that ran in
Francebetween 1894 and 1950. It was a paced, 24 hour endurance event. It has been won by several notable cyclists including Constant Huret(4 times), the Australian Hubert Oppermanand three time hour recordbreaker Oscar Egg. The person with the most wins is Léon Georget(brother of Émile) with nine (including eight in a row).
The race was created on 23 and
24 June 1894by a Monsieur Decam. It first ran at the Vélodrome Buffaloin Parisand was sponsored by Chocolate Meunier.
In the early years riders were paced by tandems or triplets. In 1899 electric tandems were tried and motor (derny) pacing was used in 1950.
The race gets its name from the prize awarded to the winner - a gilded
bronzebowl or cup.
* [http://www.memoire-du-cyclisme.net/piste/bol_or.php Bol d'Or at memoire-du-cyclisme.net]
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