About the International
Conference of Cycling History (ICHC)
(also known as International
Cycling History Conference, ICHC)
This series of International Cycling
History Conferences was started in Glasgow
in 1990, when Nick Clayton decided to use
the occasion of the presumed Macmillan
anniversary to draw attention to a less
jingoistic and more scientific approach to
cycling history than could otherwise be
expected at a celebration commemorating this
rather speculative event. (Nothing wrong
with his birthday, but whether Macmillan
invented a bicycle is no longer taken for
From these very modest beginnings evolved a
truly international series of annual
conferences, attended by cycling historians
from around the world and organized in
We have published the Proceedings of these
conferences since 1993. Most of them are
available from our website at a cost of US
$50 plus postage.
Here is some information on the most recent
and upcoming conferences.
The 2001 Conference (No. 12)
was held 26-28 September 2001 in San
Remo, Italy (well, actually it was in Pigna,
about 40 km along treacherously curving roads
inland from San Remo, but yes, we did spend
a lot of time in San Remo itself as well).
The 2002 Conference (No. 13)
was held 11-13 September 2002 in Muenster,
Germany, and was organized by Ruediger
Rabenstein of Muenster University. The
proceedings finally were published and
are now available from this web site.
The 2003 conference (No. 14)
was held 25-28 February 2003 in Canberra,
Australia in conjunction with a veteran
The Australians are publishing the
proceedings to this conference, and
unfortunately we have not been able to
obtain copies from the organizer to supply
to US and other non-Australian customers. We
have a few copies of the Proceedings
available for sale on this web site.
The 2004 conference (No. 15)
was held in Vienna, Austria, 1 through 4
September 2004. It is being organized by Zitta Breu, curator at the Technology
Museum, and long-time Conference participant
Walter Ulreich. The proceedings of this
conference are available.
The 2005 conference (No. 16)
was held in Davis, California in September
2005 and was organized by David Takemoto-Weerts,
who is bicycle coordinator at the University
of California, Davis. Proceedings for this
conference are now available from our
The 2006 conference
(No. 17) was held in Toronto, Canada,
July 2006 and was organized by Glen
Norcliffe. Proceedings are available now.
The 2007 conference
(No. 18) was held in Tampere,
Finland, 1 to 4 August 2007 and was
organized by Mikko Killiainen. Proceedings
are available now.
The 2008 conference (No. 19)
was held in St. Etienne, France 1 to 4
August 2007 and was organized by Nadine
Besse. The proceedings for this conference
will be published by the organizers.
The 2009 conference (No. 20)
will be held in Freehold, New Jersey, USA
and is being organized by Gary Sanderson.
Important notes to future organizers and
Please click on this link
organizerinfo.htm to read Frank Berto's
comments in conclusion of the 11th
Conference. They will help future organizers
and participants learn from the experiences
of previous organizers.
Meanwhile, several of the members have
voiced the opinion that conference
organizers must have attended at least one
conference as a delegate before attempting
to organize one.
For guidelines for the submission of
papers for inclusion in the Proceedings,
please click here
If you have any comments about any of the
issues raised here, please send us an E-mail
using the "contact us" feature.
Chronology of Conferences and Proceedings
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