Alfred Letourneur (born 25 July 1907 in Amiens, France and died 4 January 1975 in
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) was a French professional cyclist. He is known for setting the motor-paced world speed record. He was professional cyclist from 1928 to 1942. His nickname was "le diable rouge".


From 1930 to 1938 he reached 20 victories on the " six-day racing" races in the United States and Canada. He also had 4 victories in National Championship, United States, in years 1932, 1933, 1934 and 1935. On 22 October 1938, Alfred Letourneur was able to beat the motor-paced world speed record on a bicycle, reaching 147.058 km/h at a velodrome in Montlhéry, France, riding behind a motorbike. On 17 May 1941 he broke the record again, reaching 175.29 km/h (108.92 mph) on a Schwinn bicycle riding behind a specially equipped midget racer, on old highway 99 near Bakersfield, California. In 1947, in Van Nuys, California he towed a long Airstream trailer with his bicycle as a publicity stunt.Poppy Gall
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See also

* Cycling records


French male cyclists 1907 births Sportspeople from Amiens 1975 deaths {{France-cycling-bio-1900s-stub