A century of beautiful racing machines at the Rapha Cycle Club

Beautiful Machines, 100 Years of the Racing Bike exhibition until 29 July

by Martin Thomas   July 21, 2010  

A new exhibition at the Rapha Cycle Club in London traces cycle racing back through the last century with 12 road bikes ranging from early 20th Century fixed-wheel racers to the latest carbon superbikes.

There is a racing bike for every decade of the last 100 years, allowing the enthusiast to see how bike technology has developed over the years.

Highlights include a BSA Path Racer from 1901, the original Cannondale CAAD3 ridden by Mario Cipollini when he crashed out of Stage 1 of the 1998 Tour, and Lance Armstrong’s Trek which he rode in the mountain stages of the 2005 Tour de France.

The exhibition runs until next Thursday - 29 July - at the Rapha Cycle Club, London at 146-148 Clerkenwell Road EC1. Entry is free and the Club is open from 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday, 10am to 8 pm on Saturday and 10am to 4pm on Sunday.

The bikes on show are:

  • 1901 BSA Path Racer
  • 1912 CENTAUR Lightweight Road Racer
  • 1928 FONTAN Tour De France
  • 1938 POZZI
  • 1947 CIMATTA
  • 1951 BIANCHI Paris-Roubaix
  • 1969 PEUGEOT Record du Monde
  • 1977 GIOS TORINO GT Super Record
  • 1989 RALEIGH Systeme U
  • 2005 TREK OCLV 5.9 US Postal
  • 2010 FELT Garmin Transitions F1 SL Team Bike

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Have you got any more pictures guys? None on Raphas site either.

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posted by demoff [344 posts]
21st July 2010 - 11:48


sorry demoff - I meant to add some more photos earlier today but didn't get to it. Will try again tomorrow...

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posted by Martin Thomas [623 posts]
21st July 2010 - 22:11


A few more pix added

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posted by Martin Thomas [623 posts]
22nd July 2010 - 9:33


Based on the chainwheel the BSA pathracer cannot be older than 1907...................1901 is definitely to early

posted by pathracer [1 posts]
15th October 2010 - 21:09