Last weekend from the 1st to the 3rd of July, the first re-edition of the “Concours de Machines“, the French Technical Trial, took place in Ambert, Auvergne, France. For the first time since 1949, nineteen French handcrafted bikes builders gathered for a special event. They took part in the competition with their custom bikes specially built for this occasion. A judging panel made up of cycling professionals, historians and technicians decided between all these builders according to several criteria: the degree of innovation, the technical quality, the reliability, the weight of the machine or the average speed of the rider on the different trials.
The last edition of the Concours de Machines , also known as the French Technical Trials, occurred in 1949. Thus it is the first time of the modern era that a big part of the French handcrafted bicycles builders gather together. On the contrary of the USA and other countries in Europe, it was not just a show but a competition between the bikes in the field. Despite the common theme and the grading scale, the nineteen bicycles were all different and represented the vision and the spirit of each of the artisans.