From the Back Cover
"Were the television show 'Jeopardy' to do a cycling-themed edition, Mr. Witherell's book could easily serve as the basis for each of the show's pieces of trivia. 'Bicycle History' is a delightful volume that is as difficult to put down as a great glass of wine. The book is grab-bag of surprises, reminding us of forgotten riders, details lost to time, and triumphs of both people and technology. It delivers to the reader fact upon fact that weave a tapestry of cycling history unlike any I've encountered. I can hear Trebek now: 'This American won the Grand Prix de la Côte d'Azur in 1940.'"
--Patrick Brady, Editor, Red Kite Prayer
A sample of what's inside:
A Frenchman traveled to the U.S. and obtained an American patent for the bicycle, but ended up returning to Paris to manufacture them.
Mile-a-Minute Murphy went 60 mph on a bike well before a car could go that fast.
The Tour de France was an unexpected consequence of the Dreyfus Affair.
Over 50 years ago a forgotten American raced in the Tour of Italy.
While setting the women's 12-hour distance record Beryl Burton caught and passed the man who was also in the process of setting a men's 12-hour cycling record.
About the Author
James Witherell is a Maine native and avid cyclist with about 15 bicycles. He has won three state time trial titles in his age category, and he rode 200 miles in eleven and a half hours on his 52nd birthday. Jim served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam era (in Germany), and graduated from the University of Maine at Orono with degrees in English and psychology. He also has a master's degree in counselor education from the University of Southern Maine, and is a Registered Maine Guide. He lives in Lewiston, Maine, with his companion Sue, and a slightly crazy Maine Coon Cat. He is currently working on books about the Tour de France and L.L. Bean.