The Forgotten Era of Women's Bicycle Racing

The 1890s 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.

The Terrible Swede

The greatest of the 1890s women riders was, without question, Tillie Anderson, “The Terrible Swede,” who compiled a record of 109-11.

Explore tillieanderson.com to learn more about Tillie.

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