27 June, 2014

Her Majesty subjects, fond of "la Petite Reine" in Anjou Velo Vintage

Anjou Vélo Vintage a acquis en quelques années une réputation qui dépasse de beaucoup les frontières de l'Anjou et de la France. Les sujets de Sa Gracieuse Majesté semblent tout particulièrement apprécier cet événement qui met en scène le mythe toujours vivant de la petite reine. 

Anjou Vélo Vintage, whose prologue has been given on June 27th and will last until the 29th throughout the
routes from Angers to Saumur, is year after year becoming an international event. "Anjou Vélo Vintage appeals to English people because it represents a real French touch event", points out Thierry Gintrand, the communication manager of the Conseil général de Maine-et-Loire whose previous president, Christophe Béchu, is, since April 2014, the Angers mayor. The English medias, but not only them (Spanish and German press have also dedicated coverages to the initiative), has recently reminded to theirs readers what Anjou Vélo Vintage was.

The French characteristic of the event is surely a reason of its success as desmonstrates an article in Dailypeloton.com, an English website specialized in cycling news. Describing that race, totally without competitive spirit, the editor, Mark Sharon, reminds that the Saturday programme consists in "a set of criteriums taht will bring back to life a type of racing that dominated French sporting entertainement". In order to convince its readers about the Frenchess of the Anjou Velo Vintage, the Daily Peloton publishes a lot of pictures shot during the 2013 edition which testifies that standpoint.

Credit Pictures : Mark Sharon Dailypeloton.com
The dresscode is certainly the secret of that "ride in the past" (title of an article published in the Financial Times. Moustaches (genuine or fakes), caps (especially wore bu English participants) and braces (for men) as white socks, hats and skirts (for women) give to the foreign tourists the feeling they are immersed in the heart of the French soul. For the English, Anjou boundaries are larger than they are in fact : a male participant wearing the typical Brittany clothes is described as wearing "the traditional local garb". But, given Brittany and Pays de la Loire could merge, is that important?

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