INDO-CHINA: The Race Is to the Swift

INDOCHINA

Bicycle racing has been a favorite sport in Indo-China ever since it was introduced by the French soon after World War I. In years gone by, Indo-Chinese by the millions lined the roads to watch the annual, monthlong, nationwide race, and not even the herd of wild elephants that once stampeded the racers could kill their relish. But where the elephants failed, war and the Communists succeeded. In strifetorn Indo-China, big-time bike racing came to a stop in 1943.

A few months ago Viet Nam authorities, strongly backed by public opinion, decided...

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