Annie Londonderry

The First Woman to Bicycle Around the World

Annie Londonderry

The First Woman to Bicycle Around the World

Annie in the Press

Bicycling Magazine Article: “Chasing Annie

I am obsessed with a young woman on a bicycle. I bought a bike just like hers. I have chased her through snow-covered cemeteries in icy rain, and across cyberspace. When I ride, I think about her. When I don’t ride, I think about her, too.

~ Peter Zheutlin

Radio Interview with Peter Zheutlin

(Discussing his great-grandaunt on Public Radio International’s program, The World)

Radio Interview with Peter Zheutlin

by Public Radio International | The World

Podcasts Featuring Annie Londonderry


by What's Her Name Podcast

Annie Londonderry’s Dubious BikeTrip Around the World

by Stuff You Missed in History Class | iHeartRadio

Stage, Film, and Print Featuring Annie Londonderry


Stage Production inspired by Annie Londonderry
opened in Toronto in March 2011 to critical acclaim.

Stage Production inspired by Annie Londonderry
opened in London in February 2020, also to critical acclaim.

Documentary Film
The New Woman: Annie “Londonderry” Kopchovsky
Directed by Gillian Willman

The Arizona Daily Star

Travel Channel

Great Big Story/CNN

Additional Press

“The Hunt for the Massachusetts ‘Wild Man,'” JSTOR Daily, July 31, 2022.

“World Premier of New Musical RIDE to be Presented at Charing Cross Theatre in August,” Broadway World, July 16, 2022.

“Annie Londonderry Biked Around the World and Into the Record Books,” How Stuff Works, “May 13, 2022.

“Annie Londonderry Barely Knew How to Ride a Bike When She Set Off Around the World,” Atlas Obscura, March 18, 2022.

“In Search of an Elusive Woman,” Amherst Magazine, Winter, 2022.

“Books Written By and About Strong Women,” WBUR, December 27, 2021.

“The 8 Greatest Jewish Sports Miracles of All Time,” Jewish Telegraphic Agency, December 4, 2021.

“‘Annie the Globetrotter’ with Paola Fresa at La Citta del Teatro,” Pisa Today (Pisa, Italy), November 17, 2021.

“Annie ‘Londonderry’ Kopchovsky: Cyclist,” Who, What, Wow! (Podcast), October 13, 2021.

“Amherst Reads: SPIN,” Amherst College, September 1, 2021.

“The Jewish Woman Who Bicycled Around the World,” Mosaic, August 17, 2021.

“This Unorthodox Woman Circumnavigated the World by Bike 125 Years Ago,” Haaretz, August 16, 2021.

“More Great Reads for Those Warm Summer Days,” Jewish Community Voice, August 12, 2021.

“How Is It Possible That No One Remembers the First Woman to Circle the World on a Bicycle?” Haaretz (published in Hebrew), August 10, 2021.

“Meet the Leaders of Women’s Suffrage While Biking Around the World.” The Jersualem Post Magazine  (Book Review), July 30, 2021.

“Annie Londonderry – Il Giro del Mondo in Biciclette,” Rumors de’Ambient (Podcast), July 27, 2021.

“How Bicycling Empowered Feminism,” The Santa Barbara Independent, July 15, 2015.

“SPIN: A Novel Based on a (Mostly) True Story,” Jewish Book World, July 12, 2021.

“A Tale of Two Annies: The Unraveling Mystery of Annie Londonderry,” Adventure Cyclist, June 2021.

“Spin by Peter Zheutlin,” The Southern Bookseller Review, June 2021.

“This Jewish Mom Was the First Woman to Bike Around the World — in 1894!” Kveller, June 25, 2021.

“How Boston’s Annie Londonderry Pedaled Her Way Into History,” WBUR’s Radio Boston, June 22, 2021.

“Watch New Musical ‘Ride’ In Rehearsals Ahead of West End Performances,” What’s on Stage (London, U.K.), June 15, 2021

“Video: Gemma Sutton and Bronte Barbe in Rehearsal for New Musical RIDE,” Broadway World, June 15, 2021.

“Read It and Reap: A Few Spellbinding Summer Reading Options,” Worcester (MA) Telegram & Gazette, June 13, 2021.

“For Your Summer Reading List: New Jewish Books, Authors and Themes,” The Jewish News of Northern California, June 11, 2021.

“The Fantastical Adventures of Annie Londonderry, ‘the First Woman to Cycle Around the World,'” The Journal Daily (Assam, India), June 5, 2021.

“Interview: Spin,” Jean Book Nerd, June 4, 2021.

“Spotlight for Spin by Peter Zheutlin,” A Soccer Mom’s Book Blog, June 2, 2021.

“Spin: A Novel Based on a (Mostly) True Story,” Book Club Buzz, June 1, 2021.

“Spin by Peter Zheutlin,” Herstory Podcast, June 1, 2021.

“8 Jewish Books We Can’t Wait to Read this June,” alma., June 1, 2021.

“Taking a Spin with…Peter Zheutlin,” Kakahai Kitchen, June 1, 2021.

“Gemma Sutton and Bronte Barbe Will Lead New Musical RIDE in the West End,” Broadway World, May 27, 2021.

“Celebrate Go By Bike Week With Film of Cycling,” Salmon Arm Observer (Salmon Arm, British Columbia), May 27, 2021.

“Arts Group Screening Film About Woman’s Improbable Bike Journey,” The Daily Courier (Kelowna, British Columbia), May 27, 2021.

“Arts Group Sreening Film About Woman’s Improbable Bike Journey,” The Penticon Herald, (Penticon, British Columbia), May 26, 2021.

“The Fantastical Adventures of Annie Londonderry, ‘the First Woman to Cycle Around the World,'” South China Morning Post (Hong Kong), February 27, 2021.

“Flying Solo: Annie Londonderry,” Grand Circle Travel, September 29, 2020.

“For Women, Riding a Bike is Still A Revolutionary Act,” Conde Nast Traveler, August 18, 2020.

“How Bicycles Transformed Our World,” National Geographic, June 17, 2020.

“How Two Boston Women Became Legends in the Sport of Cycling,” The Boston Globe, February 21, 2020.

“The First Woman to Travel the World on Two Wheels,” We Love Cycling, April 1, 2019.

“Clothes Make the Woman: William H. Walker’s Critiques of 1890s Fashion and Feminism in Life Editorial Cartoons,” Mudd Manuscript Library Blog (Princeton University), March 17, 2021.

“International Women’s Day: Eight Famous Women Travelers in History,” SchengenvisainfoNews (E.U.), March 8, 2021.

Facebook Post, Embassy of Latvia to the United States, June 26, 2020.

Around the World on Two Wheels: Annie ‘Londonderry’ Kopchovksy,” Trek Travel, March 5, 2018.

“The Wheels That Set Her Free: The Humble Bicycle Continues to be a Key to Women’s Empowerment,” Salon, March 11, 2017.

“Follow Our Cycling Foremother: Spinning Fiction on Two Wheels,” Lilith, December 9, 2016.

“Seven Jewish Heroines Disney Should Make a Movie About,” Tablet Magazine, December 5, 2016.

“Annie Londonderry: The Self-Promoting Feminist Who Biked Around the World,” Vice, September 22, 2016.

“Traveling the World — A Lady and Her Bicycle,” Huffington Post, May 3, 2016.

“Annie Londonderry, First Woman to Cycle Around the World,” Mental Floss, December 9, 2015.

“Annie Londonderry: 10 Facts You Didn’t Know,” Total Women’s Cycling, November 27, 2014.

“The First Woman to Bike Around the World,” Kveller, May 27, 2014.

“In 1894, the ‘New Woman’ Was a Bicyclist Who Changed History,” Bloomberg, April 16, 2013.

“Annie Kopchovksy Londonderry: Rode a Bicycle Around the World,” Forgotten Newsmakers, March 9, 2010.

“The First Woman to Bike the ‘World,’ 1894,” Wanderlust, February 2009.

“Jewish Mother Rode Bicycle Around the World,” Jewish Review (Portland, OR), July 2008.

“Annie Londonderry’s Extraordinary Ride,” Women in Judaism: A Multidisciplinary Journal, Vol. 5, No. 2, Spring 2008.

“Jewish Mother Who Biked ‘Round the World in 1895 is Author’s Topic, Relative,” Arizona Jewish Post, March 21, 2008.

“Breaking Away,” Nextbook, March 4, 2008.

“Girl Power,” London (U.K.) Cyclist, February/March 2008.

“Freewheeler,” The Jerusalem Report, February 4, 2008.

“Freewheeler,” The Jerusalem Post, January 22, 2008.

“Peddling a Cyclist’s Tale, The Jewish Advocate, January 18, 2008.

“Bicycling From Oblivion,” Ancestry, July/August 2007.

“It Was the Ride of Her Life,” The New Hampshire Union Leader, May 14, 2007.

“On the Road: Summer of the Spokes Person,” The Washington Post, August 9, 2006.

“Annie ‘Londonderry’ Kopchovksy,” Jewish Women’s Archive, Undated.

“Annie Londonderry: 1870-1947,” Wander Women Project, Undated.

“Annie Londonderry’s Legacy: Women Breaking Boundaries on Bicycles,” World Bicycle Relief, Undated.

“Annie Londonderry: From Peddler to Pedaler,” New England Historical Society, Undated.

“Annie ‘Londonderry’ Kopchovksy,” The Glinda Factor, Undated.

“Annie Kopchovksy: The Fearless Woman Who Cycled the World inthe 1890s,” Wired for Adventure, Undated.

“Annie Londonderry,” The West End Museum, Undated.

“Annie Ha Voluto la Bicicletta,” Elle Extra (Italy), Undated