Joe "Metal Cowboy" Kurmaskie recounts the untold but true story of British long distance cyclist, Evelyn Hamilton, who became a record breaking/gender bending figure in pre-World War II cycling.
She was the first British woman to ride 1000 miles in seven days becoming one of Britain’s most decorated female cyclists. Evelyn has been dubbed cycling’s female Jackie Robinson and was a record setter barred from racing head to head with men.
She fought sexism, Nazis, and her own ambitions to become a war heroine and champion for women’s rights. This emancipated warrior of cycling often carried important information for the allies, hidden in her handlebars, and was honored for valor with the Cross of Lorraine Medal of Honor during World War II as a member of the French Resistance.
Despite multiple distinctions and accolades, she was denied the opportunity to ride against the men in the Tour de France.
Joe Kurmaskie, AKA The Metal Cowboy, is an award winning journalist and travel writer. He is the author of seven books and all of his stories and experiences are recounted from the seat of a bicycle. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his adventurous wife and four children.