Book Reading: Boston’s Cycling Craze by Larry Finison

December 13, 2014

in Events, Ride Studio Cafe

Cyclists in Hyde Park during the 1879 Wheel Around the Hub - photo - unknown - Larry Finison

We had a great talk this evening by Larry Finison. He spoke on an expansive range of subjects – the common thread being Boston’s cycling scene from 1880 through 1900.  I couldn’t list all the topics he discussed; a few of them were:

  • Boston’s unique place in cycling history
  • The first six-day race in the area
  • Major Taylor and racism
  • Gender challenges and Kittie Knox’s important role in the early scene
  • The many race tracks in the Boston area

Larry Finison discussing Boston's Cycling Craze - photo - Rob Vandermark

I’ve been looking forward to listening to Larry since I heard he was writing the book.  His talk did not disappoint – it made me more excited about what Boston has brought to cycling!

If you haven’t read his book, I highly recommend it.  Don’t take my word for it; his book was just awarded Boston Globe’s Best New England Books of 2014.  Acquire it here.

Thank you to Larry, and our hosts Ride Studio Cafe.

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