In the 1950s French newspapers competed to bring stories first to the public and one part of this involved getting the newsprint from the printing press to the streets of Paris. At the time there was no faster means than the bike. It was athletic and the best couriers were well paid and as fit as any elite athlete.
They even organised formal races amongst each other, indistinguishable from a normal bike races… except for the stack of newspapers on the front of their bike.

In the 1950s French newspapers competed to bring stories first to the public and one part of this involved getting the newsprint from the printing press to the streets of Paris. At the time there was no faster means than the bike. It was athletic and the best couriers were well paid and as fit as any elite athlete.

They even organised formal races amongst each other, indistinguishable from a normal bike races… except for the stack of newspapers on the front of their bike.