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Anjou Velo Vintage - 2013 Photo Retrospective Part 1
By Mark Sharon
Date: 6/19/2014
Anjou Velo Vintage - 2013 Photo Retrospective Part 1
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19 June, 2014

Anjou Velo Vintage set for Record Attendance

The 4th Edition of the Anjou Velo Vintage Cycling Festival takes place on the 28-29 June in Saumur. With a month to go there were already over 2500 riders signed up for the Sunday rides.

To give readers a flavour of what they will encounter (or miss out on!) we are republishing our photo-piece on last year's event. Here is Part 1 of 2.

The 2014 edition comprises two days of activities including a number of rides starting and finsihing in Saumur along with a village in Saumur with activities, stands, and a vast collection of vintage bikes and bits.

Saturday 28th sees a new edition to the event - a set of criteriums that wil bring back to life a typeof racing that dominated French sporting entertainent.

Sunday 29th offers four rides:





Le Retro is a homage to the 'slaves of the road', those riders from the 1900s to the 1960s who if they had the talent found enduring dust, potholes, woollen shorts and jerseys easily preferable to labouring in factories and fields in the pursuit of fame and a little fortune.

Just to ensure particpants on any of these rides really appreciate the day, there is a small matter of vintage dress code.

Full details of the rides are here:

Grands Hommes gather on the podium: L-R Joop Zoetemelk, Régis Delépine, Bernard Thevenet, Roger Legeay, and to the right Raymond Poulidor © Mark Sharon

Lining up for the start © Mark Sharon

Joop Zoetemel's original Tour de France bike (original legs in the background) © Mark Sharon

Riders in authentic garb © Mark Sharon

Ready for the Retro © Mark Sharon

Massed ranks of bikes © Mark Sharon

That's the face you have when you have dodgy brakes © Mark Sharon

Joop poses © Mark Sharon

Maxime Poulin and Yldor Llach, Circus Artistes, Jugglers and Gymnasts Extraordinaire © Mark Sharon

Retro Winner © Mark Sharon

Concours d'elegance contestants © Mark Sharon

Eventual winner of the concours d'elegance © Mark Sharon

Concours d'elegance © Mark Sharon

Did they really race wearing that? © Mark Sharon

Emerging from the troglodytic village © Mark Sharon

Stylish lady rider © Mark Sharon

That's quite a stretch © Mark Sharon

En route from the Chateau de Parnay© Mark Sharon

Continued in Part 2...

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