A photographic history of the competition bicycle



Seen over at the Vintage bicycle press
176 pages, 9.5″ x 12″, hardcover.

Vintage Bicycle Press’ new large-format book explores the world of cycling competition through the actual bicycles ridden by champions and amateurs.

Their bicycles are shown in The Competition Bicycle, from a rare 1890s racing High Wheeler to Tony Rominger’s 1994 hour record bike. In between are 32 carefully selected bicycles. Most are the actual, unrestored machines ridden by the great champions like Fausto Coppi, Gino Bartali, Eddy Merckx, Greg LeMond, Andy Hampsten and many others.

These bikes tell their stories through sweat-stained handlebar tape and well-worn saddles. Each bicycle represents a milestone in the history of cycling competition, as well as in the development of cycling technology.

The Competition Bicycle is a celebration of beautiful bicycles lovingly crafted for one purpose only: to go as fast as possible.

Author : Jan Heine
Photographer : Jean-Pierre Pradères


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5 Responses to “A photographic history of the competition bicycle”

  1. Joe Says:

    Typo in title. Interesting blog….

  2. Blacksmile Says:

    Cheers for that! fixed.

  3. Blenheim Books (book shop) Says:

    Blenheim Books needs to know which distributor to order this book through so that it can be stocked/sold in the shop

    • Blacksmile Says:

      hello Blenheim books.

      If you hit the ‘vintage bicycle press’ link at the top of the post, then scroll down to the bottom of the link there are details on how to order wholesale.

      Hope this helps.

  4. Blenheim Books (book shop) Says:

    as above

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