Pic of the Day 9 February 2008 Muddy and Cold on the Aubisque
Yes, those are fat tubulars, but not THAT fat!
It was very cold and wet on the Aubisque climb when the riders crossed during Stage 9 of the 1931 Tour de France. Mud built-up on the wheels, adding to the burden of climbing through the clouds. In the left picture, Alphonse (Alfons) Schepers of Belgium would be first to the top of the Aubisque, and finished 8th on the stage, 20 minutes and 47 seconds after the winner. In the right picture, Gaston Rebry leads Antonin Magne to the top. Magne would win the stage, with Rebry finishing 10th, back with Schepers. Magne would go on to the Tour - Rebry would finish 4th, and Schepers - 18th.
Note the Castrol protective covers on the headlights of the Buick follow
car. Note also how Rebry's front fender is pulled up at an odd angle,
perhaps to keep it from dragging on the muddy tire?
>From "l'Intran-Match" No.253, 14 July 1931.