Paris-Brest-Paris 1931


Emile Decroix (4th), Leon Louyet (2nd) & Ernest Mottard (12th)
Buffalo Velodrome, 6 September 1931

In this photo, we see the Leon Louyet (Center), who finished second overall, with the other Belgian finishers looking worn and weary after 50 hours in the saddle.

Paris-Brest-Paris was a long grueling race, 1200 km (750 miles) with few stops, and minimal support allowed. In 1931, the fifth edition of Paris-Brest-Paris, conditions were stormy, and many of the 28 pros who started the race did not finish. The race ended with a sprint in the Buffalo Velodrome after 50 hours on the road.

Each image in the Vintage Print Series has been reproduced from an original photographic print or negative in The Horton Collection archives. Each has been carefully restored to remove dust, water stains, fingerprints, or other wear and tear. Lithograph printing was done by AMP Printing in Dublin, California on Daiei TopKote 111 pound acid-free archival quality stock using a Heidelberg press.

Each print comes packaged in a crystal clear sealed bag with a descriptive insert.  Beautifully packaged for gift giving.

Litho Size: 8 in. x 10 in.

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Despite our efforts to find the name of the photographer of this image, it currently remains a mystery. As was common practice at the time, original photographs often had no reference as to the name of the photographer. Rather, there were crop marks and other notations written on the back of the original photograph that was used in the print publication process. As always, we welcome any knowledge regarding the awesome photographers that so deftly captured and continue to capture the vibrant landscape of cycling.

Litho Size: 8 in. x 10 in.

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Weight .5 lbs