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Marianne Martin – Winner of the first Tour de France Féminin

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This is one of my favourite stories from my book ‘Pedal Power’ – I just love the thought of women triumphantly riding the Tour de France. It’s a tragic indication of the status of women’s sport that this no longer happens. It wasn’t about the money anyway. We did it because…

Eileen Sheridan – The Mighty Atom

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The ride from Land’s End to John o’ Groats is the most iconic in the British Isles; from the bottom left-hand corner of England to the top right-hand corner of Scotland, the ‘End to End’ ride extends 870 miles through steadily morphing landscapes, stretching from the devilish Cornish hills to…

Alfonsina Strada – riding with the men

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The 1924 Giro d’Italia nearly didn’t happen. The multiple-stage race through the mountains and landscapes of Italy had been staged almost every year since its launch in 1909, but a dispute over pay in 1924 led to a boycott by many of its top riders. In a post-war era, staging…

Annie Londonderry: the first woman to cycle around the world

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It took a remarkable woman to set off to ride a bicycle around the world in 1890s America: Annie Kopchovsky had a husband, three children and responsibilities as a housewife. It was not just a novelty for a young woman to leave those duties, but to do it in pursuit…

Frances Willard: ‘She who gains the mastery of the bicycle will gain the mastery of life’

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Bicycles are just as good company as most husbands, and when they get shabby or old a woman can dispose of it and get a new one without shocking the entire community. ~ Ann Strong, Minneapolis Tribune, 1895 The advent of the safety bicycle meant that cycling boomed. Starley’s invention had…

Tessie Reynolds – a pioneer of rational dress

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On International Women’s Day we celebrate those women who have made an impact on our lives. Tessie Reynolds was one of those women: a young cycling enthusiast and an unintentional pioneer of gender equality. This is an excerpt from my book ‘Pedal Power: inspirational stories from the world of cycling’  Miss…