59 NORD. ROUBAIX. Action de F100. orange, black. #1600. No 816. Two heavy folds, with repaired tears. This must be the biggest discovery in the field of cycling shares since many years. It is an early share of the Roubaix Velodrome, the famous finish of the classic cycling race Paris-Roubaix, nicknamed The Hell of the North. The company was founded Dec. 1893 by Théodore Vienne and Maurice Perez, two Roubaix textile manufacturers. By June 1895, the construct of the velodrome was completed. The track became an immediate success and the two businnesmen wanted to domore. Around Easter 1896, the first Paris-Roubaix race was organised, with the velodrome track serving as finish. 1910 saw a new wooden track, with 45-degree turns, and covered seating for 10,000 spectators. The track was destroyed in WW1 (probably used as firewood), but rebuild afterwards. Up until today, the velodrome is known amongst cyclists around the world, as the finish of Paris-Roubaix. To the best of our knowledge, 3 pieces were discovered in 2009 and this is the last available piece.
Datum: 3 March 1899
Startprijs: € 300