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Last Post 12/11/2023 10:16 PM by Orange Crush. 6 Replies.
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longslowdistance

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12/09/2023 07:29 PM
IIRC (and my memory may be faulty), the Parc des Princes cycling site was megafamous back in the day. I googled it today and only got links to soccer stadiums, zero references to a cycling track. Fellow geezers, researchers, and Euros, please fill me in.
longslowdistance

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12/09/2023 07:29 PM
https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/an-aerial-view-of-the-parc-des-princes-velodrome-in-paris-news-photo/74266754
Orange Crush

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12/10/2023 11:59 AM
You know the Parc has a wiki page which auto translates lol.

The Tour finished on velodrome till 1967. It was demolished that year. Sounds like construction of ring road around Paris let to its demise as a cycling venue.

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parc_des_Princes
smokey52

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12/10/2023 02:53 PM
The NYC Transportation Alternatives Century ride (since discontinued) included Kissena Park Velodrome on its route. It was quite the experience riding in the velodrome! Better than a revolving door.
eurochien

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12/11/2023 11:46 AM
I never knew that the Parc des Princes had been a cycling venue, to me growing up near there it's always been a soccer stadium (PSG's home turf to this day). Same with Marseille's "Stade Vélodrome", the cycling track that had initially been part of the stadium complex was removed in the 1980's. Stade Velodrome is Marseille's equivalent of arch-enemy Paris' Parc des Princes, 90% soccer, 10% other sports and "activities" (shows, etc.).
79pmooney

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12/11/2023 07:48 PM

From duck duck "Parc des Princes Velodrome"

Ariel photo of the velodrome showing the unusual big bend at one end, tight bend at the other:

https://duckduckgo.com/?q=Parc+des+Princes+velodrome&t=ffab&iar=images&iax=images&ia=images&iai=https%3A%2F%2Fmedia.gettyimages.com%2Fphotos%2Fan-aerial-view-of-the-parc-des-princes-velodrome-in-paris-1919-picture-id74266754

https://duckduckgo.com/?q=Parc+des+Princes+velodrome&t=ffab&iar=images&iax=images&ia=images&iai=http%3A%2F%2Fpelotontales.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2021%2F06%2Fparcdesprinces.png

https://duckduckgo.com/?q=Parc+des+Princes+velodrome&t=ffab&iar=images&iax=images&ia=images&iai=http%3A%2F%2F1.bp.blogspot.com%2F-g2SquGF6uK4%2FTlGSMC7GUzI%2FAAAAAAAAEz4%2F8Zm5EeXC_k0%2Fs1600%2F2839723192_94f7218fbc_b.jpg

https://duckduckgo.com/?q=Parc+des+Princes+velodrome&t=ffab&iar=images&iax=images&ia=images&iai=https%3A%2F%2Fhistoiredupsg.fr%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2017%2F07%2FpARC-.jpg

Finishing on road bikes and sewups over their shoulders:

https://duckduckgo.com/?q=Parc+des+Princes+velodrome&t=ffab&iar=images&iax=images&ia=images&iai=https%3A%2F%2Fstatic.cnews.fr%2Fsites%2Fdefault%2Ffiles%2Fstyles%2Fimage_1280_500%2Fpublic%2FDiaporama%2Farrivee_tour_de_france_1932_afp.jpg%3Fitok%3DuJNZgscV

There are several photos of 1903 motor pace races.
Orange Crush

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12/11/2023 10:16 PM
Maurice Garin, first TdF winner in the velodrome in 1903:
https://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2012/7/23/1343042194739/1903-Tour-de-France-winne-001.jpg

Garin on 50th anniversary of that win:
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/picture/2013/jul/01/winner-first-tour-de-france-photography

Raymond Poulidor, grandpa of you know who, in velodrome 1966, one year before it got knocked down:
https://www.gettyimages.no/detail/news-photo/arriv%C3%A9e-du-tour-de-france-avec-raymond-poulidor-en-action-news-photo/1263610318?adppopup=true
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