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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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The Early Years: Cycling in Search of an Identity, 1869–1891

The Early Years: Cycling in Search of an Identity, 1869–1891

(p.15) 2 The Early Years: Cycling in Search of an Identity, 1869–1891
French Cycling
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This chapter highlights the rise of leisure and sport as an expression of growing affluence and assertiveness in France during the latter half of the nineteenth century. This notion is premised on a period of social, political and economic transformation which France underwent during the 1870s and 1880s. During this period, sporting activities were in many ways a marker and indicator of ongoing transformations. The chapter explains how cycling clubs became key in the rise of the sport in late nineteenth-century France. Moreover, it also conveys who or what cycling represented in society and culture. It also touches on the subject of racing by presenting the early cycling champions and heroes. Finally, it covers the role of cycling among women and vice versa. As a whole, this chapter tells the story of how cycling and French culture and society evolved side by side.

Keywords:   cycling, leisure, sport, cycling clubs, French culture, French society, economic transformation

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