The Great Chattanooga Bicycle Race
Mike H. Mizrahi
CHATTANOOGA SOCIETY IS TURNED UPSIDE DOWN AS A YOUNG
WOMAN HAS THE AUDACITY TO RIDE A BICYCLE - IN BLOOMERS!
It's 1895, Anna Gaines, 19 struggles to conquer her insecurities after a horrible fall years ago from her beloved horse, Longstreet. On a visit with her aunt in Brooklyn, she's drawn to the pastime of bicycling. But back at home, cycling is a scandalous sport for a proper lady. Southern women did not engage in activities meant for men.
Anna has her eye on Peter Sawyer, president of the Cycling Club. As community outrage grows, an unexpected turn of events pits Anna against Peter in a race between the sexes.
-Will Anna prove that women deserve the same right as men to ride "the wheel?"
-Will she choose to live a quiet, traditional life of a housewife and mother? Or will
she pursue college and become one of the "new women" emerging into the
twentieth century on the seat of a bicycle?
-What will become of the spark between Anna and Peter?
FAITH, PATIENCE AND COURAGE HELP ANNA TO
BECOME THE PERSON SHE WAS MEANT TO BE
MIKE H MIZRAHI begaMike Mizrahi has a master’s degree in public relations, advertising, and applied communication from Boston University. After a career in corporate public affairs, he retired to pursue writing. After a mission trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo, he wrote his first novel, “Kabirizi’s Revenge,” and is also the author of “The Unnamed Girl.” Mike and his wife Karen live in Woodland Hills, Calif., where the couple raised their two adult children, and he enjoys reading and writing.n his career as an author after retiring from a successful corporate career.
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Anna Gaines only 19, is very insecure. She hasn't gotten over a fall from her beloved horse, years ago. Now she has taken to riding a bicycle. This wasn't done by women back in 1895. Women were supposed to dress as a woman, not in manly clothing. Anna not only rode a bicycle, which was meant for only men, but she rode it in BLOOMERS! What a shock.... Riding a bicycle in a long dress or skirt got tangled in the pedals and the chain. Not practical.So this was not only a change for what women could and would do but a change in the fashion industry. Anna presented herself in a sport that was a strict NO NO for women. It just wasn't proper.
Now where would we be today if women never took that step into what was supposedly thought, improper for women.? Anna wasn't content to settle for the traditional proper life of a woman back then, to be a mother and a wife. That's what society expected. Be the dutiful little woman, do w hat you were told and have children. Would she settle for that or will she become a woman of the future? Now, of course, we have a little romance going on here. Ann has an attraction to Peter Sawyer, president of the Cycling Club. Was this an attraction to the Club or an attraction to Peter? Anna took that big step, but it came with costs. She was gossiped about, and it wasn't pleasant and her reputation was put to the test.
Anna felt a freedom when she was cycling and she didn't want to let go of that. With this cycling came a new trend in fashion. The bloomers emerged as the new sport attire. Surprising though, not all women were excited about this. Some steered clear of those manly fashions.
But this wasn't only about fashion, this was about a fight of the sexes. Wasn't it a right for women to try new things? What was wrong with a woman riding "the wheel"?
If it hadn't been for women like Anna, where would women be today? They'd be the dutiful little housewife and mother. There's nothing wrong with that, if that's what you want, but not all women wanted that back then or now. They wanted the freedom to experiment, to try new things and be the fore runner for women being equals to men.
The author wrote a very interesting and thought provoking read. You just had to love Anna. She had guts and she led the way with those guts. She wasn't going to back down. The story flowed nicely and you couldn't wait to turn the page to see w hat would happen next. Never a moment to feel bored or lost in too much unnecessary information. The descriptions of the time , characters and events put you back there in that time.
I wonder what those women back then would think of the women today and the changes that have happened in the years. Interesting!
I received a copy of this book from the author and Litfuse Publicity Group and voluntarily decided to review it.