Re: [CR] Pic of the Day - V�lodyne

Example: Racing:Roger de Vlaeminck

Date: Thu, 19 Oct 2006 06:45:29 -0700 (PDT)
From: Brian Booth <>
Subject: Re: [CR] Pic of the Day - V�lodyne

Marcel Berthet's beautiful "Vélodyne No.01", built by the Avions Caudron (Caudron Airplane Company). Photo taken at the Parc des Princes (Paris) on September 9th, 1933, when Berthet covered a record 48.604 kms in one hour. From "Le Miroir des Sports" No.914, 20 October 1936.

Aldo Ross Middletown, Ohio, USA

I'm surprised that Berthet only covered 48.604kms with this amount of streamlining, perhaps he was under geared! With a big enough gear I would expect 60kms on this contraption.

Also, perhaps this bike was the inspiration for the SPUTNIK bike, built by Johnny Berry and raced at Fallowfield in the late 50's/early 60's (photos of the Sputnik can be found on the Manchester Wheelers page at under the club history page)

Brian Booth
Toronto, Ontario, Canada