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French CyclingA Social and Cultural History$
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Hugh Dauncey

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781846318351

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317859

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French Cycling: Issues and Themes

French Cycling: Issues and Themes

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(p.1) 1 French Cycling: Issues and Themes
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French Cycling
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846317859.001

This chapter presents the intention for writing the book, which is to provide a balanced and detailed analytical survey of the complex leisure activity, sport and industry that is cycling in France. It explains how challenging it is to present an interdisciplinary analysis of the significance of cycling in French society and culture since the late nineteenth century. It also discusses how people tend to limit their understanding of cycling to the Tour de France. It explains that cycling is not only about the Tour. Hence, it goes on to provide a quick peek at the history of the Tour in France. Furthermore, this chapter briefly discusses cycling as leisure, a sport, an industry, a utility and an identity. It ends with a short discussion of the chronology of cycling in France and how the rest of the book is going to be presented.

Keywords:   cycling, Tour de France, French cycling, leisure, sport, identity, France

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