BicycleHow a Stagers' Race paved the way for the women's Hour Record

How a Stagers’ Race paved the way for the women’s Hour Record

While the UCI only started recognising women’s Hour Records in 1955 cycling’s blue ribbon record goes back a lot further and, in part, owes its origins to a race organised more for its impact on the society pages than the sporting ones.

A little bit before six o’clock on the evening of July 7, 1893, Mademoiselle de Saint-Sauveur took to the cement track of the Vélodrome Buffalo and began to ride. Little is known about De Saint-Sauveur, we don’t even know her Christian name. But what she achieved that Friday evening in Paris means that she can never be forgotten. At the end of 60 minutes of riding she had covered a distance of 26.012 kilometres and written her name into the history books as the first woman to set an Hour Record.

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