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The first International Cycling History Conference was instituted in 1990 in Glasgow, Scotland, offering historians of the sport and the technology a forum to exchange their findings and ideas. Since these first beginnings, a conference has been held each year in locations ranging from San Remo (Italy) to Osaka (Japan), and from Cambridge (England) to Stellenbosch (South Africa).
At each of these conferences, delegates make presentations about specific aspects of the history of cycling and the bicycle. In many cases, myths are debunked (such as Hans-Erhard Lessing’s work on uncovering the hoax of the alleged “Leonardo da Vinci bicycle.”)
Each conference is organized by a different group, institution, or individual — sometimes with sponsorship of one or more companies or organizations. After each conference the proceedings are published. These books provide the most complete and up-to-date inventory of the state of the art in cycling history available anywhere in the world.