Cycling History

Mrs F. M. Cossitt: The First Woman to Ride a Bicycle in New York?

A quick web search for Mrs F. M. Cossitt brings up a number of webpages that carry the above photo together with the caption, “Mrs F. M. Cossitt, first woman to ride a … Continue reading

February 18, 2016 · 1 Comment

Laughable Adventure of Lady Cyclists

Modern day Cricklewood is part of the suburban sprawl of London but back in 1897 it was still very much a satellite village set in the countryside, though being rapidly … Continue reading

May 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

Women in Cycling Advertising: Part 2 – It’s all about the bike / jersey / shorts …

In part 1 I looked at how women have been used as advertising tools through representations that played on their sexuality to sell products to men, or that were wide of the mark if the … Continue reading

March 31, 2015 · 1 Comment

Cycling Patents from Yesteryear: No. 5 – Ida M. Rew’s Athletic Suit For Ladies, 1895

The proper mode of dress for women who enjoyed cycling was a question that vexed society in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. While the more radical woman embraced the … Continue reading

March 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

Women in Cycling Advertising: Part 1- Sex Sells

In February 2015 the organizers of the E3 Harelbeke race in Belgium courted controversy when they released an online advertisement for their upcoming event. In a reference to Peter Sagan … Continue reading

March 12, 2015 · 5 Comments

The Strade Bianche: Racing Tuscany’s White Roads

The hilly region of Tuscany in Italy is famed worldwide for its rich history, its tradition of artistic excellence, its cutting edge fashion, its beautiful towns and countryside, and its wonderful … Continue reading

March 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

Great Rides: “Billie” Samuel, Melbourne-Sydney, Sydney-Melbourne, 1934

In March of 1934 the Australian press began to report on the plans of a Melbourne resident to ride from the Victorian state capital to Sydney with the intention of creating … Continue reading

February 5, 2015 · Leave a comment