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  • Keywords
    • cycling history,
    • women's cycling,
    • Tillie Anderson,
    • Tessie Reynolds,
    • Amelie Le Gaul,
    • Lisette Marton,
    • cycling in Russia

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A Will within a Wheel
Women Racers of the 1890s
by T.R. Ormond

Six-day races, record-breaking rides, and renegade leagues are at the heart of this fascinating short fiction collection that explores women’s competitive cycling in the late Victorian era. Each of the stories contained in this meticulously researched collection focuses on a distinct racing event and the individual “ladies” who competed in them—like the indomitable Tillie Anderson—who mustered every muscle and every ounce of strength to prove that women had a place in the world of cycling. Overcoming constant scrutiny, judgement, chauvinism, exploitation, and even danger, these racers pedaled their way into annals of feminism, freedom, and cycling history.

In writing A Will within a Wheel, T.R. Ormond was able to meld together two of his passions—cycling and history. A PhD in Russian Language and Literature who has taught at Canadian and American universities, Ormond also is a long-distance cyclist, vice-president of the Randonneurs Ontario Cycling Club, and a past participant in a 1200 kilometre ride across the Canadian Shield.


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