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Cycling Trivia Tuesday: What is the Red Lantern?

Welcome to Cycling Trivia Tuesday with the San Diego Century Bicycle Tour!


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BONUS QUESTION: For the correct answer, in what year was the term Red Lantern first used as it relates to cycling?

There are 6 comments for this Post

  1. Ben Wojcik -

    I proudly carry the Lanterne Rouge for my group. They actually changed the rules because the lanterne rouge was getting fame so there was competition to be last.

  2. Roland -

    The Lanterne Rouge is the competitor in last place in a cycling race such as the Tour de France. The phrase comes from the French “Red Lantern” and refers to the red lantern hung on the caboose of a railway train, which conductors would look for in order to make sure none of the couplings had become disconnected.

  3. Roland -

    Oh forgot the bonus question. The first Red Lantern was awarded in 1903.

  4. Stephen -

    The phrase comes from the French “Red Lantern” and refers to the red lantern hung on the caboose of a railway train, which conductors would look for in order to make sure none of the couplings had become disconnected

  5. Steve -

    The ‘Red Lantern” was first awarded in 1903 and it is rumored that the prize money the last place finisher receives is often more than the second to last place finisher in later stages of the Tour de France.

  6. Teresa -

    This Iditarod Tradition was first used in 1903 Tour de France for last rider.

    All those who start the event and finish should not be forgotten…leave a light on. I’ll turn it out when I cross the finish line.

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