The Concours de Machines is a competition, and we wanted for the occasion a high-level judge panel, with people from different horizons who can evaluate the different machines. They will be cycles historians, with a great knowledge of the original Concours de Machine, both in the historical and technical way, randonneuses experts, a person from the French bespoke bike industry, but also some frame builders and long distance race organizers. The judges will come from different countries, that will bring an international dimension to the contest. The public as well as the builders will also vote.
Passionate by bicycles since always, he lives in Auvergne region. This passion allows him to meet many people like Jan Heine. As a graphic designer, he designed his books from "The Golden Age of Handbuilt Bicycles" to the latest “René Herse”. For some years now, he writes a book with his partner Isabelle about Bourdel, a frame-builder based in Clermont-Ferrand, and creator of the famous brakes brand MAFAC.
Gérard Goutte founding member of a cycling club in Vichy, France. He was the president during 24 years and he is now for 4 years the president of the technical commission of the French cycletouring federation.
Gabriel Guenassia is a member of the technical commission of the French cycletouring federation. He makes reports during the show or in the industry he is also a federal instructor.
This German settled in the USA is the autor of reference books about handcrafted bicycles like "The Golden Age of Handbuilt Bicycles" or the one untitled "René Herse" about the famous French frame-builder. He has launched his company, Compass, owner of the name René Herse that offer reeditions of original components like cranks or tires. He is also the editor of the famous magazine Bicycle Quarterly. In addition to his historical knowledge, Jan is a great cyclist and he challenges the test bikes to the limits of their capabilities. He also takes advantage of his engineering background to write advanced technical articles. Well known for his attention to detail, he will have an expert view on the bicycles of the contest.
Official historian of the French Cyclotouring Federation (FFCT), he also hosts International Cycling History Conference (ICHC). Randonneuses collector, he has a great knowledge of their history and their technical specifications, and as a result, of the Concours de Machines that made their evolution. He wrote a large amount of publications, like the one untitled "Histoire du Cyclotourisme" (History of bicyle touring), published in two volumes. The first one cover the 1865-1939 period whereas the second one is about years 1939 to 1955.
Publisher of the magazine 200 – le vélo autrement and fan of long distances cycling, he likes to meet regular riders everywhere. It enables him to have a different vision of their expectations.
Mr Roux was hired in 1973 by the company Vitus, a French steel and aluminium tubing manufacturer, who makes then complete bike. Sales manager, he left the company in 1996 but he still work for French frame-builders, until today with Rouchouze company. They store products for frame-builders to provide them the components they needs, as a kit or individually. Nowaday, Rouchouze is the last link between all the French builders.
The builders will take part into judgement but they can not vote for their machine.
The public will also vote for his favorite creation. A special public award will be attributed.