Ashgate author re-enacts the world’s first long distance bicycle journey

9781472439116Over the last fortnight Glen Norcliffe, author of Critical Geographies of Cycling has been taking part in a rather epic event, cycling between Paris and Avignon by velocipede. The event is a re-enactment of the world’s first long distance journey on two wheels commemorating the 150th anniversary of the 864km journey undertaken by two brothers, René and Aimé Olivier in 1865.

Glen is one member of a team of enthusiasts who have embarked on this journey to highlight the early origins of cycling and to celebrate the remarkable history of the bicycle at a time when the hobby is experiencing a massive boom in popularity.

You can read more about the participants involved in the journey and discover more about their motivations on this blog: https://velocipedists.wordpress.com/

 

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