Thirty two retired professional cyclists hopped back on their bikes on Sunday (25th November) to compete in a "Grand Prix" in Abidjan, the Ivory Coast capital.
GV PAN Start of race (2 shots)
MV Cyclists along road
SV Cyclist fixes bike, jumps on and cycles off
GV & RV Pack round bend and down road followed by cars (2 shots)
LV Cyclists over bridge
SV People watching race
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GV Finishing line, cyclist (winner) passes
MV PAN Cyclists race across line as crowd watches (2 shots)
SVs Winner receives cup
SVs Other runners-up receive cups (2 shots)
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Background: Thirty two retired professional cyclists hopped back on their bikes on Sunday (25th November) to compete in a "Grand Prix" in Abidjan, the Ivory Coast capital. The Grand Prix was sponsored by a Dutch firm -- Witt and Busch -- which set up business in Abidjan seven months ago.
Most of the competitors travelled from their homes in Europe for the race. The oldest competitor was M. Jean Pierre Boras -- a Frenchman who's 57. The youngest cyclist to brave the course was 30.
The course for the race was 65 kilometres (about 40 miles) long, and the cyclists had to cover the distance in one and three quarter hours. They started at 7.30 in the morning, and 29 finished the course.
Paul Grange -- a 57-year old Frenchmen -- streaked around the four laps to win with a time of one hour, 44 minutes and 24 seconds. Close behind him was T. Mezzadri from Italy, who finished the race in 1 hour, 45 minutes and 43 seconds. Third was the German cyclist Crouzet.
SYNOPSIS: The city of Abidjan -- capital of the Ivory Coast -- was host to a rather unusual cycling race on Sunday. The thirty two competitors were retired professional cyclists. They travelled from their homes in Europe to take part.
The race -- a Grand Prix on two wheels -- was sponsored by a Dutch company, Witt and Busch, which set up business in Abidjan seven months ago.
The oldest competitor in the race was a Frenchman who's fifty seven. The youngest cyclist in the race was thirty. The course, divided into four laps, was sixty five kilometres long.
The retired cyclists had to finish the course in one and three quarter hours to have any chance of winning one of the eight prizes offered by the company.
The favourite -- Paul Grange -- pulled away from the rest of the field in the second lap of the race. He's fifty one and comes from France. He streaked around the circuit in just over one hour and forty four minutes.
An Italian cyclist -- T. Mezzadri -- won the second prize. He followed Grange across the finishing line a minute later, finishing the course in just over one hour and forty five minutes. Third was the German cyclist, Crouzet. He was presented with a silver cup for his efforts.