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The s was the peak of the American bicycle craze, and consumers, including women, were buying bicycles in large numbers Despite critics who tried to discourage women from trying this new sport, women took to the bike in huge numbers, and mastery of the bicycle became a metaphor for women s mastery over their lives Spurred by the emergence of the safety bicycle and the ensuing cultural craze, women s professional bicycle racing thrived in the United States fromtoFor seven years, female racers drew large and enthusiastic crowds across the country, including Cleveland, Detroit, Indianapolis, Chicago, Minneapolis, St Louis, Kansas City, and New Orleans and many smaller cities in between Unlike the trudging, round the clock marathons the men and their spectators endured, women s six day races were tightly scheduled, fast paced, and highly competitive The best female racers of the era Tillie Anderson, Lizzie Glaw, and Dottie Farnsworth became household names and were America s first great women athletes Intwo racers died, and the sport s seven year run was finished and it has been almost entirely ignored in sports history, women s history, and even bicycling history Women on the Move tells the full story of America s most popular arena sport during the s, giving these pioneering athletes the place they deserve in history The book is published by University of Nebraska Press The audiobook is published by University Press Audiobooks A much needed examination of a little known aspect of American women s history in generalCHOICEFans of sports, bike racing, and amazingly talented female athletes will delight in reading Women on the MoveMissouri Historical ReviewA vivid portrait of the forgotten heroines of the bicycle boom A delightful and inspiring revelation David Herlihy, author of Bicycle The History


8 thoughts on “Women on the Move: The Forgotten Era of Women’s Bicycle Racing (Audio Download): Amazon.co.uk: Roger Gilles, Chaz Allen, University Press Audiobooks: Audible Audiobooks

  1. Uncle Goose Uncle Goose says:

    Women on the Move The Forgotten Era of Women s Bicycle Racing by Roger Gilles.Perhaps the title should be the Lost Era or the purposely Forgotten era of Women s Bicycle Racing as there are no official records of their athletic feats on the boards of tracks around the country.This is a fascinating book following the short era of professional women s bicycle racing from 1895 to 1902 The safety bicycle was the fad of the day This was a machine that men and women could use with ease compared to the old high wheels that had so many limitations Women were soon out riding in the countryside on their bicycles Then some women took to the boards of hastily built wooden tracks that were like a saucer, very short and with high banks to race Some as short as 16 laps to a mile At first it was considered a curiosity, later they were taken seriously as their speeds rivaled the men they were not allowed to compete against.Without any official recording how this era of women s competitive cycling came to light is a story in itself It all begins in Big O s pizza cafe in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with Sue Stauffacher seeing a framed post card in the restroom There on the wall was was a framed post card of the Sweet hotel Sue was intrigued by what she read on the card, In 1897, one of Sweet s most famous guests was Tillie, The Terrible Swede, fastest bicyclist of her sex Ms Stauffacher an author of children s books saw the seeds of a book From her research she learned that the Terrible Swede was Tillie Anderson, who with other top racers came to embody the New Woman physical and independent, eager to enter the male dominated public sphere 0 and as such they threatened Victorian notions of strength, beauty, and womanhood from the introduction to the book by Roger Gilles Ms Stauffacher s efforts came to the attention of Alice Roepke, Tillie Anderson s great niece Alice Roepke was a treasure trove of material and soon the little children s book project turned into this book written by Sue s husband, Roger Gilles.Eschewing the acceptable blouse and bloomers for women cyclists to ride in costumes considered scandalous sweater, shorts and tights, and earning astronomical sums for the day Their records are mostly lost because the League of American Wheelmen refused to acknowledge the women So much so that any man who competed with them would be suspended The story of the women parallels the story of Marshal Major Taylor, arguably the fastest man on wheels because of the prejudice against him for being African American and for the women being women challenging the superiority of white men.These women planted seeds that sprouted into full bloom in feminism They weren t the only agents but certainly had a big role to play in women being taken seriously as actual real human beings.Gilles quotes Susan B Anthony in his introduction, Let me tell you what I think of bicycling I think it has done to emancipate women than anything else in the world Just as women today are described as shrill when being emphatic these women were described in unflattering terms for what in men would be considered a strong competitive spirit This book along with the stories that are coming out about women mathematicians and code breakers need to be best sellers Our young girls need to have women role models that will encourage them to excel where their talent lies.Read this book which brings back to life these women who never, never should ve been forgotten Ever girl and woman who has benefited from The Terrible Swede and the other pioneers who threw off the corsets that bound women in restrictive roles terrible yes, but great indeed.Or just read this book an be drawn into the excitement of the racing experience Anyone who thinks women aren t competitive will soon have a different think after reading this book I enjoyed every word only sad that the book and the era ended.


  2. MirandaMc MirandaMc says:

    Roger Gilles has excavated the fascinating history of women s bicycle racing in the late 19th Century And what a history it is Women s velodrome bicycling racing was once far popular and exciting than men s cycling Women s speeds rivaled men s, and their daring outstripped men s Thousands of spectators thronged to watch women cyclists zip dangerously around steeply banked velodrome tracks and battle for victory and fairly large prizes Roger Gilles has painstakingly uncovered the stories of these superb athletes among them Tillie Anderson Tillie the Terrible Swede , Lizzie Glaw her hottest rival , and Dottie Farnsworth a fabulous cyclist with a huge personality He brings the races six day events to life who knew that the tale of a bike race 122 years ago could be told thrillingly He situates these women and women s cycling within the larger themes of feminism, immigration, and the changing urban landscape.


  3. Gary W Sanderson Gary W Sanderson says:

    Did you know that women bicycle racing was of chamionship grade and exciting to spectators because of the skilled and fast riding This book tells of Tillie Anderson and other women wh rode fast to earn money, and the spectators packed themselves into stadiums to view the spectacle This book tells a story that I knew little about and I loved it A very good read.


  4. Paul Paul says:

    An exciting discovery for sports fans, equality advocates, and history enthusiasts.And yes, the indoor 48 degree Detroit Velodrome is thriving.


  5. Aidan M Aidan M says:

    What an amazing historical context on the sheer popularity of women s cycling had as sports like baseball and football were still in their infancy.


  6. Craig Craig says:

    Great view into the history of women in professional sports.


  7. Ronald Dwelle Ronald Dwelle says:

    Excellent, well written account of a little known era in American history


  8. jewelsbooks jewelsbooks says:

    Excellent