18th July 1949.
Tour De France. Stage 16 - Cannes to Briançon.
Fausto Coppi and Gino Bartali. Coppi gave Bartali the stage, to honour his 35th birthday.
11th July 1961.
Tour de France. Stage 17 - Luchon to Pau.
Jacques Anquetil leads the field up the mountain.
24th July 1956.
Tour de France. Stage 18 - Turin to Grenoble.
The peloton strung out as it winds its way up the Croix de Fer.
18th July 1955.
Tour de France. Stage 11 - Marseille to Avignon.
Louison Bobet on Mont Ventoux, with Peugeot Directeur Sportif Marcel Bidot.
19th July 1977.
Tour de France. Stage 17 - Chamonix to Alpe D’Huez.
Eddy Merckx is helped away at the finish, after struggling on the climb up Alpe D’Huez.
Some cool prints in a series entitled Le Pois Rouges that cycling obsessed UK artist James Saffron created to coincide with the tour.
I’ve been enjoying a bit of the Tour de France, but I caught a segment last night that was commentated by some weird Australian 20-something turkey and it really sucked, had to mute it. They may as well cancel the whole thing if Phil Liggett’s not on the mic full time, here’s a few of his highlights and outtakes from over the years.
Here’s the bleak new video for Spiritualized’s new single, Little Girl, which was filmed on the Germany/Poland border. It stars Chesca Miles, one of the UK’s leading stunt riders.
To coincide with the start of the Tour de France the Open University has released a new video series called Science Behind the Bike.
I finally bothered to learn how to make a Youtube playlist. Well I tried to. Watch the first ep here, Track 1: The History of the Hour Record, and the rest, Forces, Physiology, and Technology at OpenCulture.
Designed by Joey Ruiter, the ultra compact Inner City Bike is about simplicity in design, it is the ultimate stripped away piece. So stripped even the chain is gone.
Joey Ruiter says: ‘Our goal was to hit the reset button on bike design, it’s a city cruiser, more fashion than function.’
This looks kinda stupid, but fun. Here’s a clip of it being ridden.
“It was obvious that he was a man who marched through life to the rhythms of some drum I would never hear.”
- Hunter S. Thompson, Hell’s Angels: The Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs
LIFE: ”Here,” Ray points out, “you’ve got some locals checking things out, outside the Blackboard Cafe in Bakersfield, and I think those two kissing there in front of the bikes just decided to shock them. In fact, that might be two guys there, making out. It’s hard to say — some of the Angels’ women dressed in biker boots, vests and jean jackets, just like the Angels did. But that’s the sort of thing they would do all the time, just to freak people out. As if to say, ‘What’re you looking at? You got a problem with this?’”
In early 1965, LIFE photographer Bill Ray and writer Joe Bride spent several weeks with a gang that, to this day, serves as a living, brawling embodiment of our schizoid relationship with the rebel: the Hells Angels. Click through to LIFE for 34 more photos.
This reminds me of Arrested Development when George Michael is after a kiss from Maybe, with the excuse to ‘We’ll freak them out…’
Tête de taureau, Pablo Picasso 1942
One of his most famous and characteristic, done in 1943 during the darkest period of the occupation, when Picasso felt utterly isolated, was the “Head of a Bull”. The skeletal head and horns of a bull are conveyed by two found objects which in themselves are meaningless, a bicycle saddle and handlebars. Picasso subsequently had this assemblage cast in bronze, thus reassessing the original materials, eliminating the contrasts and opening out the ambivalence of form. It was a continuation of what he had done in “The Glass of Absinthe”, that famous product of synthetic Cubism. The absolute economy of the “Head of a Bull” was breathtaking, and remains stunning to this day. And from then on Picasso retained the basic principle of metamorphosis of formal meaning and interpretation in all his sculptural work.