Go back before him to about a hundred years ago and it was military messengers inventing the craft. Amazing the continuity in this sport. We are fortunate to not have thickets and ravines on most courses. I'd lose bad.
at first i read that as "a hundred years before cristophe" and imagined a sweet velocipede cross race:
that site is great though. christophe was a fascinating dude, my favorite story about him is from the 1913 tour de france. from wikipedia:
At the top of the Tourmalet, Christophe was the leader on the road, leading by five minutes from a group containing most of his main rivals. On the descent, however, he crashed after his fork snapped. He ran several miles to a forge in the village of Ste. Marie de Campan. Once there he lit the fire and repaired his bicycle observed by race judges. The rules forbade outside help, so when Christophe asked a boy to work the bellows, the judges fined him 10 minutes. Christophe had already lost about four hours. He eventually finished seventh overall in Paris.
Last edited by dirtyphotons; 10-10-07 at 01:32 PM.
Originally Posted by Sheldon Brown
Because when fashion conflicts with function, I vote for function.