The Great Chattanooga Bicycle Race by Mike H. Mizrahi | Blog Tour and Giveaway

Take a ride through 1895 Chattanooga as it’s turned upside down when a young woman has the audacity to ride a bicycle–in bloomers—in Mike H. Mizrahi’s new book, The Great Chattanooga Bicycle Race! Anna Gaines, 19, struggles to conquer her insecurities after a horrible fall years ago from her beloved horse, Longstreet. On a visit to Brooklyn, she’s drawn to the new pastime of bicycling. But back at home, cycling is a scandalous sport for a proper lady. 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.

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The Great Chattanooga Bicycle Race (Redemption Press, April 2017)

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.

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Mike H. Mizrahi

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Mike Mizrahi has a master’s degree in public relations, advertising, and applied communication from Boston University. After a career in corporate public affairs, he retired to pursue writing. After a mission trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo, he wrote his first novel, “Kabirizi’s Revenge,” and is also the author of “The Unnamed Girl.” Mike and his wife Karen live in Woodland Hills, Calif., where the couple raised their two adult children, and he enjoys reading and writing.

Find out more about Mike H. at https://www.mikehmizrahi.com.

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Faith, patience and courage in adversity help a young woman find her way

Debut novel by Mike H. Mizrahi highlights how the bicycle paved the way for women’s rights

5/8/2017 || Seattle: We live in a world where a device on our wrist can detect our every step and vital sign while our phones pop up with notifications telling us where we are, in case we did not already know. Too easily we take for granted the great inventions of the past that drastically changed the world at the time they were introduced. Take the bicycle, for example. In his debut novel, The Great Chattanooga Bicycle Race (Redemption Press/May 1, 2017), author Mike H. Mizrahi tells the story of a woman who creates waves by not only riding a bicycle, but doing so in bloomers. A woman riding a bicycle in pants seems trivial to us now, but at the turn of the 20th century, it was a very big deal and played a part in the advancement of women’s rights.

The Great Chattanooga Bicycle Race introduces readers to Anna Gaines, an insecure and introverted 19-year-old, who discovers she’s a natural on the “wheel” after a visit with her aunt in Brooklyn. Upon returning home to Chattanooga, she insists on the same rights men have to cycle in public. She becomes the first woman to ride the streets of Chattanooga, clad in the bloomers, the risqué apparel many New York women are wearing in 1895.

A firestorm ignites, pitting a few progressive thinkers against a city full of moralists intent on clinging to their post-Antebellum way of life. Anna finds herself in the middle of an explosive controversy she never envisioned. She is pitted against Peter Sawyer, the Cycle Club president who silently harbors a crush for her, in a five-mile bicycle race that will decide if women have the same capabilities as men to ride.

“The bicycle created a new mobility for women, which led to increased independence. To accommodate women riders, clothing manufacturers created new streamlined dresses and skirts that fell to the ankles, even bloomers so as to not get tangled in the pedals,” explains Mizrahi. “The Gibson Girl emerged in newspaper and magazine advertisements — the artistic creation of one thousand women featured tall and slender lines, ample hips and buttocks, youthful features and ephemeral beauty. The ‘New Woman,’ the feminist ideal, rode into the 20th century on a bicycle — all the way to the Nineteenth Amendment of the Constitution.”

As an author, Mizrahi is drawn to this particular time in history due to the many changes going on at the time. Industrialization created a massive shift in America from an agrarian to a more urban society, opening the door for both men and women to attend school and take jobs outside the home. However, change did not come as quickly in some areas as others. “As I researched the amazing impact the bicycle had on the American social fabric, I noticed one region was slow in accepting female cyclists: the South,” Mizrahi shares. “After the War Between the States, Chattanooga was the gateway to the South thanks to shipping via the Tennessee River and the rail lines that connected the industrialized North to the struggling South, creating a magnificent business hub within the city. A shift in Southern social norms involving the bicycle might well have started there and spread to other cities. So I chose Chattanooga — a different kind of southern city after the war.”

In addition to an entertaining story and a glimpse into history, Mizrahi hopes readers will see growing into the person he or she longs to become requires patience and courage in the shadows of adversity. “Having the courage to conquer our inner doubts and pursue our dreams can transform us and those around us — even change history.”

Advance Praise

The Great Chattanooga Bicycle Race artfully blends the story of a young woman trying to find her place in the world at the dawning of a new century, and the fascinating historical impact of the bicycle on national clothing styles and societal mores in the 1890s.”

~ Kenneth Kemp, co-author of Why Not Today: Trafficking, Slavery, the Global Church . . . and You

About the Author

Mike Mizrahi has a master’s degree in public relations, advertising and applied communication from Boston University. After a career in corporate public affairs, he retired to pursue a deep passion: writing.

Mizrahi and his wife, Karen, led a mission trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo four years ago and were so moved by the experience, Mizrahi wrote his first novel, which he hopes will one day be published. The Great Chattanooga Bicycle Race is his debut published work.

Mizrahi loves reading and writing stories about “sozo,” which means to be rescued in Greek. He and Karen are very active in their church and community and love to hike, travel and go the movies together. The Mizrahis live in Woodland Hills, California, where they raised their children who are now adults.

Learn more about The Great Chattanooga Bicycle Race and Mike H. Mizrahi at www.mikehmizrahi.com or on Facebook (AuthorMikeMizrahi) and Twitter (@MikeHMiz).

Suggested interview questions

—You didn’t write your first novel until after you retired. Have you always had the bug to write? If so, why did you wait so long to get started?

The Great Chattanooga Bicycle Race is the first book you have published but was not the first book you ever wrote. Tell us about the experience that inspired you to write your first novel.

—In a few sentences, tell us about The Great Chattanooga Bicycle Race.

—Your leading lady, Anna, is described as an introvert, but she did something seemingly out of her nature. What exactly did she do, and what inspired her to break out of her shell and try something new?

—Some of us may laugh about the standards of modesty during that time period and think a woman wearing bloomers isn’t very scandalous, but it was a big deal to Anna. Today some Christian women still struggle with defending their standards of modesty. How can all of us respect the personal standards and values of others better?

—As a writer, you plan to write in the historical genre, at least for now. What drew you to write about life at the turn of the 20th century?

—Was the book based on a true story? Was there a reason why you set the book in the south, specifically Chattanooga, Tennessee?

—In what ways did the popularity of the bicycle change the social and economic fabric of society in 1890s America?

—How did the invention of the bicycle pave the way for women’s rights in this country?

—What piece of inspirational wisdom do you hope readers ride away with after reading The Great Chattanooga Bicycle Race?

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