Harry Pearson is the author of 'The Beast, the Emperor and the Milkman: A bone-shaking tour through cycling’s Flemish heartlands' (Bloomsbury, 2019)

La Chaîne Simpson (1896), Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Art Institute of Chicago

Chain reaction – the art of bicycle racing

The invention of the modern bicycle in 1885 led to a whirl of enthusiasm for racing these new machines – and artists were swept up in the craze

21 Nov 2020