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The Great Chattanooga Bicycle Race

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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 scandalo
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Paperback, 348 pages
Published April 10th 2017 by Redemption Press
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Maureen Timerman
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
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 wond
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Amy
Jun 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 mot ...more
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
The time period in which The Great Chattanooga Bicycle Race is set is one of my favorites to read about in fiction, specifically with regard to the women who fought bravely for the world I am privileged to live in today. Shamed by men and women alike, these trailblazers battled hatred, innuendo, and abuse just for the simple right to ride a bicycle and to ride one safely. They were belittled for the muscles they developed, ridiculed for becoming too manly, and snubbed even by their own loved one ...more
Sydney
Jun 17, 2017 rated it really liked it

The Great Chattanooga Bicycle Race by Mike H. Mizrahi is a fun read about women’s rights, including the right to ride a bicycle and in bloomers none the less and the controversy that went along with this event in history. This is a story that readers of historical fiction will thoroughly enjoy as they come to know the characters and their stories. It is a story that will cause readers to think and is an eye-opening experience to what took place during this amazing time of of history. I would rec
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Michelle
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed the overall idea for this book. I liked all of the history and how it showed how so many things were changing during this time. It is difficult for us to understand life so many years ago but I think the author made it intriguing. That being said this was extremely difficult for me to get into. The characters didn't click with me and the dialogue seemed forced at times. I know others have loved this book it just simply wasn't for me.

Three stars.

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Jalynn Patterson
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
About the Book:

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.

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LeAnne Klopfenstein
Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'll just come out and say it; I truly appreciate how this book was written by a man, as that in and of itself adds a neat element to the complexity of 'The Great Chattanooga Bicycle Race'. Author Mike Mizrahi has taken an element from our Nation's history--women riding bicycles--and wrapped within in it various layers that focus on equality. Trailblazers and dissenters collide when Anna Gaines takes up cycling in the 'sleepy' town of Chattanooga. While Anna has confidants in her Aunt Harriet, c ...more
Amy Bradsher
Jun 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Mizrahi writes a new kind of historical fiction in The Great Chattanooga Bicycle Race.  With subplots involving Civil War landmark preservation, mental illness, grief, marital relationships, and race relations, there's a lot happening in this book - and that doesn't even touch the main themes of women riding bicycles and wearing bloomers.
 
It's obvious that Mizrahi did his homework in the way that he blended all of these themes seamlessly.  The setting is detailed and plays a large ro
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Amy
Jun 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
"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
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Sally
Did you know the first dedicated bicycle path in the United States opened in Brooklyn, New York, in 1895? This was new information to me as I read the opening pages of The Great Chattanooga Bicycle Race. This is the location where Anna develops her love of cycling, which she then takes home with her to Chattanooga, Tennessee. She decides to continue her love affair and is aided by various family members and friends, but there is opposition from both men and other women. Not everyone is as they seem, ...more
Veronica
This was an interesting book about a subject I wasn't that familiar with. I had no idea that women riding a bicycle was such a big problem for so many people in the 1800's. It made me have more of an appreciation for women who've stood up to criticism and worse as they fought for women's rights. Anna was actually in a sort of love triangle as she was dating a different man through most of the story. Peter was interested, but didn't really talk to her much, so later it seemed like more was made o ...more
Keri  My Table of Three
Jun 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from LitFuse. All opinons and thoughts are 100 percent my own and are honest. I loved this book and couldn't wait to share here.

The Great Chattanooga Bicycle Race was fun and captivating read. From the moment I started the first pages, I was instantly hooked. Anna is young and spirited with dreams of furthering her education and hopes to have the freedom to enjoy her favorite new pastime: cycling.

As she struggled wi
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Rebekah Gyger
Jun 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

What drew me to this novel was the title. Something about the idea of a bicycle race caught my imagination and, since I also live only two hours away from Chattanooga, I thought this would be an enlightening read. It did turn out to be enjoyable, thought it took a while to get there.

The writing in this book is not the best. Information was repeated far more often than necessary and certain comments by the characters would later be contradicted by either the chara
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Becky Miller
Jun 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Cover to cover, could not put it down, hated to turn the lights off, 344 pages of exhilaration! Mike Mizrahi’s The Great Chattanooga Bicycle Race delivers so much more than expected! One presumes to simply read about a bicycle race, but the book is so much more! There are strong characters, a bit of deception, some bad guys, some good guys and some wow! It is difficult to believe women actually dealt with this kind of oppression!

In our modern times, who would expect there was an era
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Vik Arch
Jun 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Anna Gaines was the opposite character of what her society used to determine the status and privileges for the women in 19th century. She didn’t want to be timid, just quiet housewife who could only do what was asked of her by her husband and listen to the demanding society… After the horse accident, she tried to hide form the world; now with a limp in her hips, she would not be considered a young, illegible woman for courting; the wedding was out of question. Yet when visiting her aunt, she tri ...more
Meagan
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed The Great Chattanooga Bicycle Race. A good vacation read that will please fans of Gilbert Morris, with a unique premise and clouds from the Civil War still lingering. In this day and age, it's hard to imagine something as seemingly innocuous as bicycling (especially in Seattle! We "love" our bicyclists ...) could cause such a ruckus, but Mizrahi does a great job at presenting both sides of the issue and placing it in a vivid historical setting.

At times some of the character
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Margaret Tidwell
FTC: I received a free copy of this book from Litfuse in exchange for my honest review. I received no other compensation and the opinions expressed in this review are one hundred percent true and my own.

The Great Chattanooga Bicycle Race by Mike H. Mizrahi left a smile on my face the entire time I was reading it. I loved it because of how commonplace it is now for everyone to ride a bike. This was such a fun and cute book that I was sad when it was over. I really enjoyed this author
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Billy
Jun 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I know I'm not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but that's exactly what I did with The Great Chattanooga Bicycle Race. The cover art has a vintage look to it, and I wanted to review the book without knowing what it was actually about; though I had a pretty good idea the plot involved cycling.

Sometimes it takes me a few chapters to get into a story, but I was glued to this one after reading the first paragraph. The novel is written from the third person point-of-view, and the a
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Lilith Day
Jun 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Anna Gaines was one braver person. After her accident, she was left a broken person. It was only until her Aunt in the North showed her the freedom the bike brought that she found her strength again. If only life was so simple.

When she arrived back home in the South, people were less accepting. People were so bound by tradition, that they could not handle a woman on a bike. Anna now had to make a decision. How far was she willing to let her passions go.

I found this book to be a very nice read.
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Stephanie Whitener
Jun 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
I liked bits and pieces of the book. Honestly, it was a bit chaotic for me. There were a lot of side stories going on that made it seem very disjointed. While they may have added a little bit, in my opinion there was not a very good flow from one story to the next. At times it was hard to follow along with which story line was the focus at the time. Because there were so many story lines to keep up with, I don't feel that there was very much depth to the characters even though I think that is wh ...more
Wendy Ross
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: default
I enjoy history...in case I haven't said that before on my blog. Two things that attracted me to this book: bicycles, and Chattanooga.

My oldest son used to be really in to bicycling, but isn't so much any more. Last year my two teens did a lot of bicycling with our church group. They even did a 50-mile bike ride one Sunday.

I know the Chattanooga area well. I attended a boarding school nearby by during my high school years, and we have a Seventh-day Adventist university in
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Maureen
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
Trite but true. Good YA selection.
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
"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 t ...more
Karen Korb
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My Thoughts About The Book: The Great Chattanooga Bicycle Race by Mike Mizrahi is an entertaining story that is set in one of my favorite time periods. It is a great story that let us see the bravery of those who stepped outside the boundries and broke societal rules to give us the freedoms we enjoy today and take for granted. I LOVED this book. This is a book you will want to share after you finish reading it. A must have for summer reading.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this bo
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Gayle Pace
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
MY THOUGHTS
Anna Gaines only 19, is very insecure. She hasn't gotten over a fall from her beloved horse, years ago. Now she has taken to riding a bicycle. This wasn't done by women back in 1895. Women were supposed to dress as a woman, not in manly clothing. Anna not only rode a bicycle, which was meant for only men, but she rode it in BLOOMERS! What a shock.... Riding a bicycle in a long dress or skirt got tangled in the pedals and the chain. Not practical.So this was not only a change for
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Victoria Brinius
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Beth
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received this book for free. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.
The Great Chattanooga Bicycle Race is the latest book by Mike H. Mizrahi and I think it is great! Mike H. Mizrahi is a new to me author and I am so glad I read it. As a HUGE fan of Christian Historical Fiction, this book really drew my interest. The cover of this book is beautiful and really drew my interest. Mike H. Mazrahi writes with authority about: the United States during 1895 especially
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Deana Dick
Jun 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was so excited when I had the opportunity to read this book. The cover was intriguing and I just knew this would be a story filled with history and adventure. The author takes us to the late 1890s where women were just starting to find their voice. I really enjoyed the history that was spread throughout the book. He even had quotes from famous historical figures which I thought really added definition to the story.

Anna is a delightful character. She is recovering from an accident t
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Barb
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
“The Great Chattanooga Bicycle Race” by Mike H. Mizrahi was a surprise to me. I was apprehensive about reading this for review because it didn’t look like a novel I would enjoy. However, I thought the book gave great insight into the suppression of women in the late 1800’s. Nineteen-year-old Anna Gaines, who after a fall from her horse when she was little, is struggling to find her mark in the world. Her aunt is a suffragette and bicycle rider in Brooklyn and during Anna’s visit there was introd ...more
Stacey Schneller
Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was my first story by this author and this was a wonderful adventure to get into. A delightful story that I enjoyed and I also loved the history in this story as well. 


I enjoyed getting to read about Anna she was a delight. A good character to want to be friends with as well. There were some characters that were pretty mean to poor Anna. But she didn't let that stand in her way and I admired her for it. 


A job well done with this story and you should defin
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After a career in corporate public affairs, Mike retired to pursue a deep passion: writing. He and his wife, Karen, led a mission trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo four years ago, and they were so moved, Mike wrote his first novel, Kabirizi’s Revenge. His second book, The Unnamed Girl, followed. Mike and Karen live in Woodland Hills, Calif., where they raised their two adult children. Mike ...more
“The old fables, myths, and follies associated with the idea of woman's incompetence to handle bat and oar, bridle and rein, and at last the cross-bar of the bicycle, are passing into contempt in presence of the nimbleness, agility, and skill of "that boy's sister"... - Frances E. Willard, women's suffragist, author of A Wheel Within a Wheel, 1895” 0 likes
“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” 0 likes
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