Louise Armaindo was the world-champion female cyclist of her time.
(printed on page 12 of the july 29, 1882 issue of "The National Police Gazette:New York)"The Lady whose portrait we give in this issue, Mlle. Armaindo, claims and maintains the distinction of being the champion female bicycle rider of the world. She has already gained great fame by her wonderful feats on the wheels throughout the country. Mlle. Armaindo was born near Montreal, Canada, is 5 feet 2 1/2 inches in height and weighs about 135 pounds. She has defeated Prof. Fred Rollinson, the American champion, in three 20-mile races, Rollinson allowing her a 2 miles start. At St. Louis, she rode 617 1/2 miles in 72 hours, 12 hours per day for six days. She won a race for the championship, and she is willing to ride angainst any lady in America, or will take fives miles start in a fifty mile race from any man in America. Mlle. Armaindo elevates an 80 lb. dumb bell, lifts 700 lbs. dead weight, and is a natural athlete."And what would Mlle. Armaindo think and do today? Would she still request or accept a different starting line when racing men? In the world of elite sports, men often have a bit of a biological advantage. But on the streets of our city? NAH.