The Great Chattanooga Bicycle Race

The Great Chattanooga Bicycle Race

by Mike H Mizrahi
The Great Chattanooga Bicycle Race

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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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781683141808
Publisher: Redemption Press
Publication date: 04/10/2017
Pages: 348
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.78(d)

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The Great Chattanooga Bicycle Race 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Deal_Sharing_Aunt More than 1 year ago
This book is empowering for women. It made me proud of my ancestors that stood up for what they believe in. Anna is young and not afraid to change the way women are treated. The author did a great job bringing history to life for me. I could see Anna on her bike! Peter was also a fun character to read about. I really enjoyed the secondary plot of post slavery citizens. It was definitely a different time in history. Even though we know how history turned out, the author did a great job in making me want to read more about this time period. I am giving this book a 5/5. I was given a copy, all opinions are my own,
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
Who would have thought that a woman in bloomers riding a bicycle would cause such uproar? The Great Chattanooga Bicycle Race by Mike H. Mizrahi delves into the history of women fighting for their rights to do just that. Bicycles are becoming quite popular and a quicker way of getting around downtown and the men have been enjoying the freedom, fresh air, and the benefits of the exercise that naturally comes with cycling, why not women too? Well Anna Gaines, from an old southern family, with a mother who is set in her ways and definitely has her opinions about what a genteel lady should or should not do asks that same question. After visiting her forward thinking aunt in New York, Anna has shed some of her fear and feelings of inadequacy when she learns to ride a bike. But as she returns home to Tennessee, her family and hometown are more set in the ways of the past. Two men are interested in her. Both are part of the bicycle club and avid cyclists themselves. Grover is against her in her cycling pursuits; however Peter Sawyer has more of an open opinion. Set in 1895 in a time that was certainly filled with old prejudices and new, Anna realizes that she just may become an outcast in order to follow her dreams. I appreciated the author’s thorough historical research and the time period and issues that were brought to light. I think in today’s day and age it is good to stop and take a moment or two and remember what those brave women before us had to go through just to gain the basics rights that a man had and that we now enjoy for ourselves. A thought provoking read about a struggle in history I was not aware of. Thank you. And on another note, that cover is very eye catching. I received a copy of this book for free through Litfuse Publicity. I was not required to post a positive review and the views and opinions expressed are my own.
SeasonsofGrace More than 1 year ago
"Sometimes to want something is not enough," Emma said. "A fight may be necessary to achieve the desire of our heart. The struggle can help us grow if that desire is pure." I was so excited about this book because Chattanooga is not far from me, and historical novels are one of my favorite genre to read. Mike did not disappoint! I enjoyed this book from the get-go, even though it took me a few chapters to get a good knowledge of the characters. One of my favorite characters was Peter. He was just the kind of guy a girl could love. He had good values, and wasn't afraid to go against the grain to support those he believed in. Both Anna and Emma were also likable characters. Anna Gaines, although a bit insecure, wasn't willing to compromise her beliefs. She fought to achieve her dreams and desires in spite of the negative attention she received. She was willing to sacrifice for what she believed was the greater good. Emma was an amazing friend, loyal, encouraging and not afraid of opposition. As always there were a couple of characters I disliked. Grover Biggs fits his name. He was a bit "big" in his own mind and could quickly grate on a girls nerves. Mrs Bertha Millwood on the other hand was the town's meddler, the know-it-all who felt it her place to put everyone else in their place. I really enjoyed he historical aspect and the information I gleaned about the challenges of the women pioneering bike riding. It's amazing how different it was then and now. The fact that this was based in a town I've lived in, made it even more appealing. It was really interesting to read about the reasons people believed for why women shouldn't cycle. It was also appalling to them to even consider women wearing bloomers, although bloomers are nothing like the pants women wear today. Those reasons seem so silly in today's day and age, and yet, often we can act like that when something opposes our traditions or questions our standard of belief. I would certainly recommend this book and look forward to more by this author. I was blessed with a copy of this book from Litfuse Publicity. I was not asked to review this book positively. All opinions are my own.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
What a great concept for a story, and filled with historical information, along with compassion, and foraging for woman’s rights. Can you even imagine that riding a bicycle would do more than keep you in shape? Well if we listen to those who wanted to keep woman in their place, in the home and not seen, we sure would resemble something from another world. This book brings back some really ugly facts, the old Jim Crow laws, and the consequences and depravation of human life. What a wonderful job the author did of bringing all of these horrible but true times in American history, a time that most would like forgotten. We also travel the fields of Civil War Battles, and are reminded of that time, a few short years prior. There is also a bit of romance here but will the ones you find yourself rooting for end up together, or will the plots of others tare them apart? A period of time to get lost in, the Gay ‘90’s, and a time when woman begin fighting for rights, a don’t miss story! I received this book through Litfuse Publicity Book Tours, and was not required to give a positive review.
Debragg More than 1 year ago
The Great Chattanooga Bicycle Race", by author Mike H. Mizrahi is a great book about a young woman named Anna Gaines who is 19 years old and she has decided that she loves to ride a bicycle. But that was when she was visiting her aunt in of all places Brooklyn. When she returns home the south is not ready for a young lady to ride a bike. Especially not in the year 1895! But, Anna has many hurdles to prove that women should be able to ride a bike and compete. Does she have enough confidence to finish what she really wants? I give this book a 5/5. I was given this book for a review and these are my opinions.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
"A close study of the southern newspapers fails to show that the bloomer craze has gained any decided hold south of the Mason and Dixon line. Indeed, the bicycle is a new thing, and the women who ride are as fearful of criticism as a woman in tight knickerbockers would be in some Northern places...South of Virginia the real southern women do not ride the bicycle much. The climate is against the exercise...A Tennessee paper so late as last week was wondering if any woman would have the temerity to introduce bloomers in that region. If any did it said, they would surely bring on themselves such notoriety as must be exceedingly unpleasant to modest, womanly women...Some few women in New Orleans wear bloomers, but in almost every southern newspaper the appearance of a pair of bloomers is treated almost as would be the coming ashore of the sea serpent." ~ Los Angeles Herald, Sept. 15, 1895 In the novel, The Great Chattanooga Bicycle Race, by Mike H. Mizrahi, readers are taken back in history in this fictional tale of what it would take the change the views of society in regards not only to women riding bicycles, but changing their clothing styles to accommodate their need to ride without getting their skirts caught in the chains, thus the need for bloomers. Down in the south, things like this are virtually unheard of, no matter how much those in New York will push for change in regards to their southern belles. As Anna Gaines, comes to understand those changes, she embraces her role that she will undoubtedly play in this as her Aunt has provided her with not only a wheel to ride, but bloomers to do it in. The only thing against her at this point is trying to convince her mother to allow her to ride. That will be the undoing not only of her families reputation in the community but taking on those who would ban women from doing such a thing in the South. Peter Sawyer, president of the Cycling Club, and owner of the town's grocery store knows just what he wants in life, and that is Anna Gaines, but she won't hardly pay him the time of day whenever she visits his store. It seems as if she has already passed judgment on him, before he even has a chance to speak with her. When Peter learns that Anna is a fellow bicycle enthusiast, he silently applauds her gumption to take on those who would strong disapprove of women being allowed to cycle. As it is, most of society in general believes that cycling for women changes their body to look more manly, and with the approval of cycling, women will soon want to work outside the home and look to push for more changes like voting. All Peter knows is that he is faced with a challenge, to support Anna's right to ride or be removed from his place in society. I received The Great Chattanooga Bicycle Race by Mike H. Mizrahi compliments of Redemption Press and Litfuse Publicity. Hard to believe after reading this novel that it was such a struggle for women to enjoy the exercise offered and freedom to do so like Anna Gaines simply by wanting to ride a bicycle. It was a part of history I never understood until reading this novel and how narrow-minded some were in their arguments against women riding bicycles. For Anna it provided her a chance to be on equal footing and with an accident that left her with a prominent limp, this gave her the chance at mobility others often took for granted. It might just cost her everything in an effort to stand firm in the face of adversity, and for some, they will stop at noth