Helyett cycles was founded in 1919 in Sully-sur-Loire. The company was named for the heroine of Edmond Audran’s 1890 operetta, Miss Helyett, depicted on the headtube badge.

The race picture probably dates to around 1958-1960 at latest.

The bike pictured is earlier, more likely a 1920s or 1930s model.

Jacques Anquetil rode a Helyett to victory in three Tours de France. The company merged with Gitane in the 1960s.

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