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Oldest one day races

Posted: Sun Oct 15, 2017 2:33 am
by Tinea Pedis
Some chatter around the annual Melbourne to Warrnambool has me wondering about the list of the oldest one day races in the world. Not even Wikipedia is correct, stating the 'Warny' is second oldest to Leige-Bastogne-Leige

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melbourne ... ol_Classic

when in fact Milano-Torino is older than both. Now I was sure I was told there is a German race that was also started before the M2W (1895) but cannot recall the name. Are there races that I have missed (highly possible)?

Oldest one day races

Posted: Sun Oct 15, 2017 2:33 am
by Weenie

Re: Oldest one day races

Posted: Sun Oct 15, 2017 12:15 pm
by Rondje
Think Milano-Torino is the oldest, saw numerous tweets about it when it was ridden and none was corrected. If it wouldn't have been there would have been someone who corrected it.

Other pre 1900 races are Paris - Tours and Paris - Roubaix both from 1896. If I have to believe Wikipedia Roubaix has the most editions with 115
But what are the requirements of "race"? According to this article http://thebikeshow.net/the-worlds-oldest-bicycle-race/ The Catford Cycling Club ‘Hill Climb’ is from 1887 which would make it the second oldest, but if it's up to amateur races it's hard to figure out I think. (for example, as European I've never heard of the Melbourne to Warrnambool).

Re: Oldest one day races

Posted: Tue Oct 17, 2017 11:22 am
by MattSoutherden
I think Catford's claim is that it's the oldest continually run race.

Re: Oldest one day races

Posted: Tue Oct 17, 2017 12:32 pm
by zirxo
This is supposed to be the oldest race that has been arranged every year since it started. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scandinavian_Race_Uppsala

Re: Oldest one day races

Posted: Sun Oct 22, 2017 1:21 am
by Tinea Pedis
Looking for oldest, not 'oldest continually run'. But good on them for grabbing an esoteric marketing angle :lol:

Catford still comes in ahead of the Warny, regardless of missing a edition or not.