1903: Finish of the first Tour De France Chris August 15, 2011 1900-1909, Sport 5 CommentsFavourited 1300 times Add to favourites 5 Responses John Michna March 19, 2012 Whenever I see historic photos of sports where equipment plays a significant part, I wonder how today’s athletes would fare if they had to compete using their predecessors’ equipment… this photo just brings that thought to mind once again. I understand and appreciate that training is more sophisticated today than in days gone by… but folks back then were also more all-around physically active. Hmmm. Reply J-dawg June 5, 2012 I agree with the above comment. If you look at the bicycles used during the early days of the Tour, you’ll see single speed bicycles. I would LOVE to see some of our modern athletes trying to complete the Tour without their innumerable gears and 2 lbs titanium and carbon fiber bikes… Would anyone even finish the race? Reply Bicycle Bill October 10, 2012 Even better would be to see how some of the iron men from the early days would fare against the current champions if they could somehow be transported to this age and be allowed the use of today’s modern equipment and technologies. -”BB”- Reply naguere November 14, 2012 In those days, young men could walk on their hands, now only an athlete could do that. In those days, a French cyclist may have taken a glass of red wine as a stimulant. Eat your heart out Lance ! Reply TheTunaMan009 December 13, 2012 Back in the days of this pic, all riders had to also CARRY with them all tools the might need in the course of a day. Not to mention no support cars full of spare bikes or wheels. You have to be of vintage age to remember the days before quick release hubs. Quick release then was a pair of wrenches. Todays riders are very special, but the would not stand a chance against the past greats of cycling. Can anyone say Spoiled Rotten Pampered Specialists! What happened to the great all-around riders of our past. JMHO Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.