Dick Ring and Joe Cote racing a sulky in the late 1940s/early 1950s. Photo used with permission by Alan Cote - Boston Herald Traveler Photo Morgue at Boston Public Library
Wheelworks is pleased to announce this special event with author Lorenz Finison and cycling legend Richard "Dick" Ring. Lorenz Finison will read from his trilogy of books on the history of bicycling. His first book, Boston's Cycling Craze, 1880-1900: A Story of Race, Sport, and Society (UMass-Press, 2014) made the Boston Globe's "Best of New England' list in 2014, and the New England Independent Booksellers' "Recommended Nonfiction Award" in 2015. His second book, Boston’s 20th Century Bicycling Renaissance: Cultural Change on Two Wheels is anticipated in fall, 2018. A third book, The History of Boston Cycling: Selected Essays is underway. He will tell some little-known stories about Boston area recreational riding and racing, and illustrate with some recently unearthed photographs.
He will introduce Dick Ring - part of the bicycling renaissance - by telling a story about the connections between bicycle racing and speedskating going back into the early 20th century, and Dick's chance meeting as a young man with an elderly James Harvey Connover, African American racer, resistor to the League of American Wheelmen's "color bar," bike shop owner the 1890s, and skate shop owner through the 1940s.
Date: Sunday, December 3rd
Place: Belmont Wheelworks