This year, the Tour De France is celebrating a hundred years of racing. This is the event that inspired many of us to ride or race, and despite the recent history, it still continues to excite cyclists and n0n-cyclists alike.
Over the past ten years I’ve been closely following the event, the bikes and equipment have changed dramatically. Looking back over the past century and the evolution of the equipment is even more striking. A hundred years ago, riders rode the grueling (often gravel) stages on bikes without derailleurs! Fast forward to the early 90s and many riders were still charging the alps on steel frames, and it wasn’t until 2003 that a winner rode a carbon bike start-to-finish.
Head over to Gizmodo for an amazing collection of photos and trivia spanning the entire history of the event.