• ‘It was a spectacle': the forgotten era of women's bicycle racing

    2 monthes ago - By The Guardian

    Roger Gilles tells the story of the 1890s women who fought stereotypes to become professional cyclists in his new book Women on the Move A new book tells the story of the most popular arena sport in America in the 1890s: women's bicycle racing. Women on the Move: The Forgotten Era of Women's Bicycle Racing by Roger Gilles covers the short-lived heyday of women's professional bike racing, from 1895 to 1902. At a time when women were still actively discouraged from taking up sports, these women bucked norms and got in the saddle. Related: The ingenious cyclewear Victorian women invented to...
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