The Great Chattanooga Bicycle Race

June 14th, 2017. Filed under: Wednesday's Wonders.

The Great Chattanooga Bicycle Race

By Mike H. Mizrahi

Chattanooga society is turned upside down as a young woman has the audacity to ride a bicycle-in bloomers!

It’s 1895. Anna Gaines, 19, struggles to conquer her insecurities after a horrible fall years ago from her beloved horse, Longstreet. On a visit with her aunt in Brooklyn, she’s drawn to the new pastime of bicycling. But back at home, cycling is a scandalous sport for a proper lady. Southern women did not engage in activities meant for men.

Anna has her eye on Peter Sawyer, president of the Cycling Club. As community outrage grows, an unexpected turn of events pits Anna against Peter in a race between the sexes.

Will Anna prove that women deserve the same right as men to ride “the wheel?” Will she choose to live a quiet, traditional life of a housewife and mother? Or will she pursue college and become one of the “new women” emerging into the twentieth century on the seat of a bicycle? What will become of the spark between Anna and Peter?

Faith, patience, and courage help Anna to become the person she was meant to be.


I am woman; hear me roar. I an woman; see me ride.

That describes Anna’s Aunt Harriet. Will it soon describe Anna, too? While spending time with her aunt in Brooklyn Anna is introduced to the bicycle, pantaloons and the lifestyle of the “new woman.”

Surely, what happens when Anna returns home to the farm and receives a gift of a “wheel” of her own won’t surprise you. But the various reactions of some of the members of the men’s bicycle club may.

Anna remains determined to continue riding even though it becomes dangerous at times. She’s also determined to enter the Chattanooga bicycle race. It seems a lost cause.

Many thanks, Mr. Miarahi, for a peek into some of our country’s history. I look forward to your next book.

***I received this book free of charge from Litfuse.***

Mike Mizrahi

Mike Mizrahi has a master’s degree in public relations, advertising and applied communication from Boston University. After a career in corporate public affairs, he retired to pursue a deep passion: writing.

Mizrahi and his wife, Karen, led a mission trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo four years ago and were so moved by the experience, Mizrahi wrote his first novel, which he hopes will one day be published. The Great Chattanooga Bicycle Race is his debut published work.

Mizrahi loves reading and writing stories about “sozo,” which means to be rescued in Greek. He and Karen are very active in their church and community and love to hike, travel and go the movies together. The Mizrahis live in Woodland Hills, California, where they raised their children who are now adults.

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