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Watch this 1920s newsreel footage of cyclists whizzing around the Herne Hill Velodrome

By Cath Clarke

Think the London cycling craze is a new thing? Watch this incredible one-minute newsreel from 1929 documenting the boom in women’s competitive cycling.

Shot at Herne Hill Velodrome – where all the action went down in the 1920s – it’s part of a new DVD from the BFI, ‘A History of Modern Cycling on Film’. The clip, called ‘Women Wheelers’, which captures an end of season race, is not what you’d call enlightened in its attitude to female sporting prowess (the cameraman is more interested in leg shots and two cyclists on a tandem applying their lipstick). But watching the girls go hell for leather around the track is a treat.

Take a look at more snaps from the video here:


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