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While the original New Orleans Bicycle Club was established in the 1880's, the modern-day NOBC was started in the late 1960's by an handful of guys who had just "discovered" 10-speeds, and for many years promoted most of the racing in the state of Louisiana. In addition to the Tour de Louisiane, the club of the early 70's promoted the annual La Bouchere Gran Prix, held for a few years in the early 70's. This race was held in the New Orleans French Quarter, where thousands of tourists and locals were always on hand to watch the exciting event. The old, narrow French Quarter streets provided a challenging course, and caused a number of spills as riders tried to negotiate the charply curved, manhole-infested turns. The first Tour de Louisiana was a big event for it's time, and attracted national caliber riders such as Olympian John Howard. It is now the oldest continuous bicycle stage race in the United States. The club of the 80's had it's own team van and an active women's team, and became more involved with track racing with the construction of the Baton Rouge Velodrome for the Olympic Sports Festival.

Photos from the1970's and 80's

NOBC Team Picture, 1972 Lakeshore Drive, New Orleans
The First Tour de Louisiana Stafford Road near Pat O'Brein Road
Tour de Louisiana Road Race, circa 1972 La. 40 at Old Military Road
La Bouchere Gran Prix, circa 1973 New Orleans French Quarter
Novice Race, circa 1972 New Orleans City Park
Eddy Padilla Sets New TT Record,1984 (Baton Rouge River Road Course)
NOBC Team Sets Off for 1984 Race Across Louisiana
French Market Criterium
NOBC Women's TTT Ruddock TT Course
Tour de La Women's Road Race Start, ~1980 Pat O'Brien Road, Covington
Tour de La Women's Pack ~ 1980, Old Military Road
River Road Race, ~ 1980, Scarsdale La
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