Historic Overview Léon Houa

Rider

Overall Rank1833
NameLéon HOUA
Country
  Belgium
Date of birth08-Nov-1867 - Liège (Liège)
Date of death31-Jan-1918 - Bressoux (Liège)
ContemporiesView Contemporary Ranking

Léon Houa - Scores by Season


Seasons

YearTeamScoreRank
1. 1892 Individual 730 1
2. 1893 Individual 693 1
3. 1894 Individual 820 1
4. 1895 Individual 15 69
5. 1896 Individual 7 164
Overall: 2265 1833

Biography

Léon Houa (8 November 1867 – 31 January 1918) was a Belgian road bicycle racer famous for winning the first three editions of Liège–Bastogne–Liège in 1892–1894. The race has come to be known as La Doyenne ("The Old Lady"), and is one of the five 'Monuments' of the European professional road cycling calendar, and the oldest.

The first two editions of Liège–Bastogne–Liège were amateur races. On 29 May 1892, he bested 32 amateur riders over 250 km to finish the race in 10 hours, 48 minutes and 36 seconds and become the first Liège–Bastogne–Liège champion. On 28 May 1893, he finished in 10 hours, 40 minutes and ahead of 25 other riders. Also in 1893, Houa won the amateur version of the Belgium National Road Race Championship.

Houa went on to win the first professional version of the race held in 1894 in 8 hours, 52 minutes and 5 seconds over a distance of 223 km. Also in 1894, Houa captured the elite men's version of the Belgium National Road Race Championship.

source - Wikipedia