Gaston Clément and Pierre Maillard report on La Semaine du Dauphiné, a week of reliability trials held around Grenoble. The route maps may look harmless, but it’s worth remembering that day three passes through Le Bourg d’Oisans - the village at the base of the famous climb to Alpe d’Huez. This is not flat terrain.
The week ran to the 22nd of June 1924 and included 4 stages for bicycles and one for motorcycles. It ended with the obligatory banquet in Grenoble. The total distance for cyclists was 616km with a total height climbed of a mere 11,055m. Stage 4 involved 3,700m of climbing. Wikipedia says that the climb from Everest south base camp to the summit is 3,484m.
Finishing machines included:
Two of the three participating Audouard models were ridden by François and Antoine Audouard. Antoine did not finish, unlike the 17 year old François. The riders of RPF models included Albert Raimond, Claudius Bouillier and a Mme. Dalibert. The Chemineau L’Izoard derailleur was designed by Jean-Marie Dalibert, who is very possibly a relation. Albert Raimond and Claudius Bouillier fell off on stage 2, while Mme. Dalibert won the prize for the first woman rider. It seems that, in 1924, women weren’t allowed to have forenames but at least they were allowed to win prizes.
(Source gallica.bnf.fr/ Bibliothèque nationale de France)