|Buffalo Velodrome, France's first cycle track in Paris. It holds 8,000 spectators. Henri Desgrange |
(Tour de France founder) holds first world record. in this venue. Photo credit: Wikipedia
|Left: Charles Terront, France's famous rider in the 1890s. He also won the first|
Paris-Brest-Paris. Photo credit: Wikipedia Right: Constant Huret, a professional
from 1894 to 1902. Photo credit: Wikipedia.
Compare that with today's Tour de France riders who stop en mass to relieve themselves on the roadside. If they're caught by officials in a highly populated area they are fined.
*Information garnered from William Fotheringham's Cyclopedia.