Benoît Faure, French, 1899 - 1980
Benoît Faure was a worker in Joanny Panel’s Le Chemineau factory, and an accomplished rider. His racing exploits served to promote the use of derailleur gears in general and Le Chemineau derailleur equipped bikes in particular. Because of his small stature, Benoît was popularly known as ‘la Souris’ (the Mouse).
According to Frank Berto, Benoît Faure’s greatest achievement was winning the independent category of the Tour de France in both 1929 and 1930 riding Le Chemineau bicycles (although these were probably fixed gear models).
This is another 1929 photo of the super-human Benoit ascending the Col d'Allos on his trusty fixed wheel Le Chemineau bicycle.