|Albone aboard an Ivel racing bike|
|You can't buy an Ivel for £16 now|
Albone's genius was too great to be limited to one form of transport alone. Before Ivel closed, he used his knowledge of bike wheels to invent a new type of wheel for pony-pulled traps (a light, two-wheeled wagon). Previously, they had been fitted with heavy wooden wheels similar to those used on farm carts, Albone developed a type similar to bike wheels with metal spokes and rims, ball-bearing hubs and pneumatic tyres. He then redesigned the trap too, making it far lighter, faster and more comfortable, and they sold in large numbers. Towards the end of the century he began producing a car fitted with a 3hp Benz engine, then a motorbike.
|Albone towards the end of his life|
Albone married Elizabeth Moulden in 1887. Two years later they had their first child, a boy named Stanley, then eleven years after Stanley's birth their daughter Alwyne Patricia was born. Albone died on the 30th of October 1906, from a stroke while at work, and is buried in Biggleswade Cemetery. The Ivel Agricultural Motor was revolutionary at the time of its release, and more than a century later still looks similar to a modern tractor overall (despite having three wheels), but following Albone's death it suffered from a lack of development and the company slipped into decline. It vanished forever after being bought by receivers in 1920.
Charles Laeser, who was born in Geneva on this day in 1879, won the National Track Stayers Championhip and turned professional in 1903. 1903 was also the year of the inaugural Tour de France; Laeser took part riding for La Française, one of the few foreigners among the 60 cyclists gathered gathered at the Café au Reveil Matin in Montgeron near Paris on the 1st of July to begin the race.
He did not finish Stage 3; however, in the early Tours a rider who abandoned was allowed to rejoin the race and continue competing for stage wins, though not for the overall General Classification, so four days later he started Stage 4 - that year's shortest stage at a mere 268km. Hippolyte Aucouturier looked the likely winner when he was spotted near the finish line and far ahead of the rest, but he was then also spotted drafting behind a car and the judges disqualified him. Laeser, meanwhile, was miles down the road and still trying to catch a group of six riders leading the race, as he had been for most of the stage. He could not, and they finished a full fifty minutes ahead of them' However, the riders did not set off all at the same time - Laeser had started an hour ahead of anyone in the lead group: thus he became the first foreigner to ever win a stage at the Tour de France.
Bryce Lindores was born in Australia on this day in 1986 and lost his sight a week before his eighteenth birthday in an accident caused when a rope between his truck and a car he was towing snapped. Two years later, he began tandem cycling; after only six months he won the bronze medal at the IPC World Championships, then two years after that another bronze at the 2008 Olympic Games. Lindores was selected to represent his country at the 2012 Games, but could not compete after his sighted pilot Mark Jamieson was refused an entry visa to the United Kingdom on account of a criminal record for sexual offences.
Dag Otto Lauritzen, born in Grimstad on this day in 1956, won the Norwegian Road Race Championship in 1984, Stage 14 at the Tour de France in 1987 (his only Tour success in seven attempts) and was third at the Ronde van Vlaanderen in 1989.
Kevin Seeldreayers, boen in Boom, Belgium on this day in 1986, won the Youth category at Paris-Nice in 2009. A professional since 2007, he remained with Quickstep until 2011 when he moved to Astana.
Other cyclists born on this day: Zeng Bo (China, 1965); Mauro Trentini (Italy, 1970); Arvis Piziks (Latvia, 1969); Rafał Majka (Poland, 1989); Maciej Paterski (Poland, 1986); Hylton Mitchell (Trinidad and Tobago, 1926); Albert Wyckmans (Belgium, 1897, died 1995); Adolfo Alperi (Spain, 1970); Olle Wänlund (Sweden, 1923, died 2009); Omar Ochoa (Guatemala, 1971); Ignacio Astigarraga (Euskadi, 1936).
Thank you for putting together such an amazing website. I noted that Rik van S's birth year doesn't square with the math for his death year & age (and it seems unlikely he could have won RvV at 14!). Wikisomething says he was born in 1924, not 1929. Still amazing palmares spanning a long career.