In 1946, Gaston Lapierre started a small bicycle business in Dijon, France (Côte-d’Or - Burgundy), quickly finding success in an industry that was experiencing rapid growth in general. The management was passed on to his son, Jacky Lapierre in 1960 and by 1996, Gilles Lapierre, son of Jacky, took control of the company as Managing Director after selling their shares to the Accell Group (Netherlands). Lapierre, who produced a mere 6,000 bikes per year 50 years ago, now produces more than 90,000 bikes a year at their three French production sites. Dijon, the city where it all started, still remains the heart of technological development. Today at 70 years old Lapierre is constantly evolving.