Dora the Explorer

Dora Rinehart of Denver, Colorado was dubbed “America’s Greatest Cyclienne” for her long distance cycling in the 1890s.

She was known for riding centuries across the Colorado Front Range — one time riding 20 in 20 days — on a heavy fixed gear bike on dirt roads. “I do not like to go on a hard run when my husband is with me,” she once said, “for you know it does take so much starch out of a man to ride the century.”

Dora Rinehart is the subject of this clip from Jim Kellet’s DVD, “Victorian Cycles – Wheels of Change.”

Dora Rinehart from Jim Kellett on Vimeo.


  1. I would like to have known more about Dora rather than a bicycle that was sort of a bit like the one she rode. When was she born, when did she die, where did she ride her 17,000 miles and was it from A to B or just round in circles?

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