[CR]Pic of the day/Racing recumbent

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From: <olyoop@comcast.net>
To: Classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
Date: Fri, 24 Sep 2004 22:16:59 +0000
Subject: [CR]Pic of the day/Racing recumbent

I'm most curious about the picture of the day Aldo posted yesterday, captioned "Moran and his recumbent string out the field during the 1934 Paris-Vichy". Was the Paris-Vichy a "true" race or an event contested by randonneurs? If the former, was Moran a pacer, using a recumbent to fulfill a role later performed by riders on dernys? Or did recumbents occasionally sneak into races, pre-UCI? If so, was it largely peer pressure that made them so rare, were they banned after a certain point, or were they considered impractical for anything beyond long, flat slogs? For that matter, are recumbent bikes permitted in the current PBP? (For the record, I'm not much attracted to wheeled lawnchairs, but regret a little that our sport's evolution has been so unnaturally constrained.) Thanks, Aldo, for these absolutely wonderful photos. Kris "so many questions, so little knowledge" Hicks-Green Enjoying an Indian summer in Olympia, Washington olyoop@comcast.net