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On This Day in Fitness History

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On November 7, 1869, the first cycling race to cover a distance between two cities—123 kilometers, or 76.4 miles—was held between Paris and Rouen, France.

The winner, James Moore, an Englishman living in Paris, finished the race in 10 hours and 40 minutes. The race included 120 participants and notably featured the first women in a cycling competition. Only 32 competitors completed the race, including one of the women. Rowley Turner finished in 29th place—12 hours and 10 minutes after Moore, and one place ahead of her husband—and was referred
to as “Miss America.”

Shirley Archer-Eichenberger, JD, MA

Shirley Archer, JD, MA, is an internationally acknowledged integrative health and mindfulness specialist, best-selling author of 16 fitness and wellness books translated into multiple languages and sold worldwide, award-winning health journalist, contributing editor to Fitness Journal, media spokesperson, and IDEA's 2008 Fitness Instructor of the Year. She's a 25-year industry veteran and former health and fitness educator at the Stanford Prevention Research Center, who has served on multiple industry committees and co-authored trade books and manuals for ACE, ACSM and YMCA of the USA. She has appeared on TV worldwide and was a featured trainer on America's Next Top Model.

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