c.1965 – Patrick Sercu – La Fleche Auxerroise Race Poster


La Fleche Auxerroise was a charming circuit race held each year that featured current and former stars. The headliner, Patrick Sercu, was just beginning his ascent to ultimately being the winningest 6-day rider of all time. At the time of this race, he was celebrated as the newly crowned Olympic Champion. Other headliners included cyclo-cross world champion Renato Longo, former road world champion Andre Darrigade, and the irascible two-time Tour de France green jersey winner Jean Graczyk.

This poster is an original first printing, not a reproduction.

This poster has been archivally and professionally linen backed. Virtually all original vintage posters of this era were viewed as temporary advertising and were printed on very thin paper. While expensive, linen backing is a conservation method used to mount, stabilize, preserve and protect vintage posters so they can be displayed or framed without compromising value.

Year: c.1965

Size: 62 x 96 cm ( 24.4 x 37.8 inches)

Condition: Excellent,Linen-backed

Printer: N/A

This is a one of a kind item; please review the photos carefully to determine the condition.

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SKU: Auxerre - Batch 1 Category:


Vintage posters are the original form of advertising. These posters, made to advertise products, were never intended to last; they were hung outdoors, rained on, and eventually torn down or covered up. The early process of stone lithography created beautiful images, but quantities were small; generally, only 2,000 to 3,000 were printed. The examples that have survived are those that were not displayed; they are the extras that didn’t get used.

By the 1950s, posters were being printed using processes much more technologically advanced than labor-intensive stone lithography. Modern Era Posters are crisp, vibrant, and capture the riders at the perfect moment in time. Official race posters have bold color schemes that jump off the wall. From its roots in the second half of the 1800s, contemporary posters continue to tell the ever-evolving story of cycling.


This is a one of a kind item, please review the photos carefully to determine condition.

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Weight 3 lbs