Peugeot’s racing team was one of the most successful of all time. In the early 1900s, it was led by Hippolyte Aucouturier (above), winner of the 1903 Paris–Roubaix and Bordeaux–Paris races. Peugeot won the Tour de France six times up to World War One. Due to the challenging economic situation after the war, Peugeot and other manufacturers pooled their resources and created a consortium known as ‘La Sportive’. The 1920 race was won by Philippe Thys riding for La Sportive.
After three years of the La Sportive consortium, Peugeot re-established its own separate team, and won the 1922 Tour de France. From 1936 until 1955 the team was known as the Peugeot-Dunlop team.
1909 Peugeot Bicyclette Course
with sloping top tube
25″ Frame (63cm)
Inch pitch chain, freewheel
With their competition successes in France and abroad, Peugeot racing models were popular with their customers. This example was built in their original factory in Valentigny, and is a rare survivor in superb unrestored original cosmetic condition.
In my opinion, it was specially ordered by a customer – because, at 63cm, it’s a larger frame than usual for a French bicycle. This is not a fixed wheel track model (piste) with wooden rims. It has metal rims and brakes, so is considered a road racer. But, with its lightweight frame and wonderfully preserved condition, it would not be difficult to fit a racing wheelset if you wanted to try it on the track.
It has had a recent service and new tyres fitted, so it’s ready to ride.
1909 PEUGEOT CATALOGUE EXTRACTS
TOUR DE FRANCE HISTORY