On your bike
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