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A book from the golden age of cycling


Before lycra, before doping, before Lance Armstrong, before Bradley Wiggins, before those funny aerodynamic helmets, there was a book published in 1900 called Cycling the Alps With Some Notes on the Chief Passes by C.L. Freeston. It was a time when ladies cycled in very long skirts.

It appears C.L. Freeston wasn’t a devotee of the bicycle for long as he or she went on to write books for motor car drivers, including The High Roads of the Alps: A Motoring Guide to One Hundred Mountain Passes.

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