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Around the World on Two Wheels: Annie “Londonderry” Kopchovsky

Posted On: Mar 6, 2018   |   Posted By: Trek Travel

Around the World on Two Wheels: Annie “Londonderry” Kopchovsky

As the first woman to ride her bicycle around the world, Annie “Londonderry” Kopchovsky challenged world views on women in cycling and paved the way for many greats to take to two wheels after her.
In 1894, Annie was like most 19th century women, a 23-year-old mother of three, a dutiful housewife and not necessarily a cyclist or an outspoken advocate for women's rights. But when a pair of strangers bet that a woman couldn't possibly ride the globe on a bicycle in fifteen months, she decided to take on the challenge.
She left her home and family in Boston and began her journey in full skirts with a 42-pound bike dead set on proving that women were not only strong, physically and mentally, but that they could provide for themselves. To finance her journey she took on sponsorships-carrying advertisements on her clothing and bicycle, and even changing her name to “Londonderry” as promotion for the Londonderry Lithia Spring Water company.
As her route wore on through Europe, North Africa, Asia and the South...

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