On your bike

Country Life Every Week - - Letters To The Editor -

FROM time to time, you ref­er­ence your first is­sue and re­mark on its par­ent, Rac­ing Il­lus­trated, but did you know of its spir­i­tual par­ent, The Cy­cling World Il­lus­trated, first pub­lished on March 18, 1896? In that is­sue, the ti­tle page car­ries a fine por­trait of Daisy War­wick, com­plete with a string of pearls. Oth­ers to fol­low were Lady Brassey, the Mar­chioness of Lon­don­derry, Lady Nor­reys (above), The Princess of Wales and many more.

The mag­a­zine was launched at the height of ‘the So­ci­ety cy­cling boom’, when ladies would con­gre­gate in Hyde Park and Bat­tersea Park to ride and be seen—just as at Hen­ley or As­cot. Af­ter years of sneer­ing at the mid­dle­class cy­clists of the high-wheel days, the aris­toc­racy fi­nally found that cy­cling was fun—at least un­til the motors came. Dave Twitch­ett, Es­sex

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