Cycling History

Forty Years of Australian Club Racing: The Dandenong Cycle Club, 1908-1948

Wednesday July 8, 1908, outside Garnar’s on the Cranbourne Road, Melbourne, at 3:23 p.m., and Mr R. West sets off on his bicycle as the limit man in the day’s race. … Continue reading

March 2, 2016 · 6 Comments

Cycling Shorts: The Peace Race, 1974

This photograph of the West German cycling team was taken on the Karl Marx Allee, East Berlin’s monumental socialist boulevard, during the 1975 edition of the Peace Race. It captures … Continue reading

December 3, 2015 · 2 Comments

A History of Cycling in n+1 Objects: No 5 – The American Star Bicycle, 1881-1893(?)

Today the basic elements of John Kemp Starley’s Rover Safety Bicycle, introduced in 1885, are the standard form for bicycles but in the late Nineteenth Century the ‘safety’ was just one of … Continue reading

November 26, 2015 · 4 Comments

Bacchus on a Bicycle: Cycling Under The Influence

Punch magazine is one of the great satirical publications and its cartoons brilliantly captured details of public and private life in Britain during its long print run. I came across … Continue reading

October 17, 2015 · 2 Comments

Guns, Wheels, and Steel: Cyclists and Small Arms in the Late 19th Century

A few weeks ago Jean, who writes at Cycle Write Blog wrote an interesting piece on stereotypes of cyclists and how these perceptions ignore the fact that, like car drivers, cyclists … Continue reading

October 3, 2015 · 8 Comments

Le Tour de France: Stage 21 – Paris ITT, 1989

And so after three weeks we finally reach Paris. When I decided to write this series back in February I had several ideas for the stages I wanted to include … Continue reading

July 26, 2015 · 4 Comments

Le Tour de France: Stage 20 – Brive-Puy de Dôme, 1964

It’s one of the Le Tour’s most iconic images. Jacques Anquetil and Raymond Poulidor fighting it out shoulder to shoulder on the slopes of the Puy de Dôme during the 1964 … Continue reading

July 25, 2015 · 1 Comment