Butcher, Blacksmith, Acrobat, Sweep by Peter Cossins

Take a look back at the very first staging of the race with PETER COSSINS in his book BUTCHER BLACKSMITH ACROBAT SWEEP. Most people can tell you the race began as a result of a newspaper circulation war but Peter has found the infamous Dreyfuss affair was also at the centre of it.

He looks at how they went about staging something even more complex than the Olympics from scratch. And, even in the first race, there were allegations of cheating and doping.

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