After penning the acclaimed volume Bicycle: The History
, noted cycling historian David Herlihy had nowhere to go but up. Or out. Or around—the world, as it turns out. A cross between Erik Larson’s The Devil in the White City
and Richard Branson’s current around-the-globe exploits, Herlihy’s latest bestseller, ‘The Lost Cyclist
tells the story of Frank Lenz, a determined man who in 1892 set out to be the first cyclist to bike around the world. Using Lenz’s written correspondence as well as news accounts of the day, Herlihy doesn’t just tell the story of Lenz’s mysterious disappearance, he also paints a vivid picture of the era’s cycling pioneers who geeked out on the new “safety bicycle” and all of its attendant, mostly regional gadgetry back in the formative years of the sport. Herlihy appears in discussion and signing on Sunday, July 25, at Book Passage. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 7pm. Free. 415.927.0960.