'Le Véloce-Sport' and the invention of cycling culture

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Abstract

Published between 1885 and 1897, the Bordeaux-based Véloce-Sport was a leading figure amongst French cycling reviews of the late nineteenth century. As the voice of the Union Vélocipédique Française (UVF), this weekly subsequently became its national publication. While some sport historians have highlighted its relationship with the UVF in order to better understand the latter’s development, scholars have largely neglected to analyse the journalistic practices of Le Véloce-Sport itself. In this article, we examine how this weekly review offers insights into a developing sporting culture and illustrates the fundamental role played by sports journalism and its readers in the construction and evolution of fin-de-siècle sporting practices and cultures. Our analysis will focus on two aspects of this phenomenon through the examination of one section of the review (« À travers route ») to which the readers of Le Véloce-Sport contributed: the representation of time and space traversed whilst cycling and the elaboration of the character who traverses these (the véloceman).
Translated title of the contribution'Le Véloce-Sport' and the invention of cycling culture
Original languageFrench
JournalSur le Journalisme
Volume10
Issue number2
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 9 Jul 2021

Keywords

  • cycling history
  • Sport History
  • sports writing
  • sports journalism
  • FRANCE
  • nineteenth century

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