Bicycle racing – the development of women in cycling

At a time women were often discouraged from participating in active sports like riding the saddle. The professional cycling races for women held from 1895 to 1902 marked many memorable events.

For about 7 years, that is the time when women’s cycling is thriving. Thanks in large part to the invention of the safe bicycle, which looks like bicycles. The boom in the number of bicycles spurred racing – so men and women started racing. At that time, men’s races were held quite frequently.

On the contrary, people think that women are too weak to compete in these endurance races. So bike races shorten from 24 hours to two or three hours a day for several days.

And that has the effect of creating an enjoyable viewing experience for fans. As a result, the women’s bike races gained popularity. Even more so than men’s races.

While working-class sport was popular, women’s participation in bicycle races was limited by social attitudes. However, cycling was held in France, a country that led the production of velocipede.

The United States is the second country to adopt women’s cycling and can be considered the pioneers of this sport. It has also fueled considerable media interest with regular reports on races that are often selected internationally.

Especially in 1890, the peak period for everyone’s need to ride a bicycle. After that, the women were able to ride bicycles, and bicycles are not exclusively for men.

In addition to taking part in bicycle races, Roger Gilles tells the story of women in 1890. They fought the stereotype to become professional cyclists.

But the sport of cycling for women came to an abrupt stop. The Federation of American Drivers went on an intensive campaign to get rid of women in races.

Bicycles are also about giving women a freedom they never knew before. It allows them to move freely anywhere unattended and often unaccompanied.