1923: The Mystery of Lot 212 and a Tour de France Obsession

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1923: The Mystery of Lot 212 and a Tour de France Obsession

1923: The Mystery of Lot 212 and a Tour de France Obsession

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On the left, one of the Agence Rol images that can be found on Gallica, on the right a similar image from the pages of Le Miroir des Sports in August 1923. A random auction purchase, combined with the stresses of COVID isolation, and we are taken back to midsummer 1923. If you are a fan of Le Tour de France, and have a vague feeling that you really should know more of the turbulent history of Europe than you do then this is the book for you. Witty, discursive, and tons of fun, Ned Boulting has the Tour de France under his skin, and you will too by the time you've read this. The footage comes from the fourth stage of that year’s Tour, the 400-plus kilometre haul down from Brest to Les Sables d’Olonne.

And then there are the many, many characters, some scarcely believable, whose extraordinary lives brush up in unexpected ways against this fragment of history, preserved from oblivion by nothing more providential than pure coincidence. There are a lot of diversions and tangents and yet it all fits together, some links more tenuous than others. Ned set about learning everything he could about the sequence studying each frame, face and building until he had squeezed the meaning from it. Ned's captivating book explores one man's obsession with this magnificent event and casts an intriguing light on a tiny fragment of a race long gone by ― Alexei Sayle.Resurrecting the forgotten, remembering the overlooked, reinstating those airbrushed from history, it’s what keeps the publishing industry alive. But there were also generosity, joy, surprises, new friends and a happy ending which was, happily, not really an ending at all. Locked down in his London home, Ned dedicates himself to internet study reaching far into the lives of the people, the race and the history linked to his tiny piece of film. Ned Boulting is the UK's best known voice of cycling - he commentates on the Tour de France for ITV, and all other major cycling races.

Boulting’s focus on Belgian rider Théophile Beeckman, the main protagonist of the film reel about whom very little is known, reminds me of that feeling when you pass someone on the street and realise that, although you’ll most likely never cross paths with them again, they have complex lives, relationships and stories of their own. To manage an existing Cyclist magazine subscription, please visit Manage your account or visit our subscription FAQ page. A WATERSTONES BEST BOOK OF 2023: SPORTLONGLISTED FOR THE WILLIAM HILL SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR 2023 'An absorbing mix of historical sleuthing and travel writing' The Telegraph'[a] fascinating and often touching book Wonderful' The TimesThe story of an obsession. Boulting’s drum-banging on ­Beeckman’s behalf is touchingly like ­trying to start a fan club for one of the centre-backs from the ­Stanley Matthews Cup Final. An ingenious thread is sewn from 1923 to 2022 and back again to 1870 and I suspect will continue in the Author's life until the end of time.Meeting beachcombers, gig rowers, surfers and freedivers while pondering his own family’s place in this wild landscape, he explores why we are driven to the water’s edge.

years later it is hard to comprehend just how different life was, let alone how much more different it was about to get. It's a personal story too of nobody particularly famous, but none-the-less whose story intersects with others more famous, and set in a context worth considering as we navigate our present. But this was an obscure time of the Tour and there was little documentation with which to compare the film.

Here, the alienated translator from The Cat and the City finds a book on the subway, leading her on a quest not just to understand the traumas and relationships between a strict old woman and her grandson in rural Japan – but the motivations of the book’s author, too. Other Pathé newsreels from this era exist and you can see many of the same people in them, including the likes of Henri Desgrange, Ottavio Bottecchia and Henri Pélissier.



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