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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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A Sense of Cycling in France

A Sense of Cycling in France

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(p.247) 10 A Sense of Cycling in France
Source:
French Cycling
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846317859.010

This chapter concludes the book by emphasizing how cycling and the bicycle tell so much about French culture and society. It discussed in brief how cycling as leisure, sport, industry, and utility affected the lives of French citizens, the state's socio-economy, culture and society. Furthermore, it tells how the complexity of cycling helped shape the identity of France. It also emphasizes the idea of the Tour de France as an expression of modesty rather than grandeur. It ends by stating that cycling is once again becoming a key element for adopting ecological sustainability. It mentions that cycling's pleasurable slowness has become a sign of progress for current times.

Keywords:   cycling, bicycle, leisure, sport, industry, utility, Tour de France

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