Hélène Dutrieu

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At a time when the bi­cy­cle was still an ex­otic in­ven­tion, this coura­geous Bel­gian strad­dled sport and cir­cus. Her dar­ing ap­pear­ances as ‘ La Flèche Hu­maine’ (The Hu­man Arrow) saw her jump­ing a 15m span, she also broke the Women’s Hour record in 1893. She moved from cy­cling into avi­a­tion (wear­ing cou­ture fly­ing suits) and then drove am­bu­lances dur­ing the First World War.

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