Chasing the tale of a pioneering cyclist

Peter Zheutlin of Needham displays a picture of Annie Cohen Kopchovsky (left), who became famous in 1894 for riding a bicycle around the world.
By Peter Schworm
Globe Staff / August 10, 2006

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She was an unknown Boston housewife who vaulted to international prominence overnight, scandalously casting off social conventions in search of fame, adventure, and freedom. She was half Billie Jean King, a trailblazing athlete who struck a blow for women's rights on a one-gear brakeless bike, and half P.T. Barnum, a savvy self-promoter who peddled sensational tales as she pedaled across ... (Full article: 1224 words)

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