Tillie Anderson

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Tillie Anderson (April 23, 1875 – 1965) was a road and track cyclist.


She was born in Skåne County, Sweden. She was widely recognised as a world champion cyclist, and won all but seven of the 130 races in which she competed.[1][2]

Anderson emigrated to the United States as a teenager in 1891 and found work as a seamstress.[2][3] However, she quickly turned to the new sport of women's bicycling and was a champion cyclist in almost all forms of the sport, particularly the favoured six-day events of the era.[1][4] At 18, The League of American Wheelmen named her the best female cyclist in the world, and she held the title of world champion until 1902, when women were banned from racing due to the perceived level of danger in the sport.[1]


For her achievements in cycling in both road and track events, Anderson was inducted into the United States Bicycling Hall of Fame in 2000.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "Tillie Anderson". US Bicycling Hall of Fame. Retrieved April 3, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Tillie Anderson". tillieanderson.com. Retrieved April 3, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Swedish American Museum". Calendar. Retrieved April 3, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Women's (Bike) History: Tillie Anderson". The League of American Bicyclists. Retrieved April 3, 2013. 

External links[edit]

  • Stauffacher, Sue. 2011. "Tillie the Terrible Swede." New York: Alfred A. Knopf. [1]