Star , Issue 5368, 20 September 1895, Page 4
! [BY BOVKB IN " CANTKBBTTET TIKES."] Complaintß have been made of the amount of abase lady riders in Dunedin ate sometimes subject to while out for a spin. The offenders against good taste are members of, the opposite sex, Email boya and grown up blackguards and • cowards who, I daresay, keep their tongues ; from wagging rudely when ladies are ; aocompauied by escerts. I don't know ! whether it ia because Christchurch men | are better mannered than those of j Dunodin, or on account of the large ; number lof lady riders that wheel in this ! city, but the fact remains that oases of annoyance are few and far between. My j advice to the Dunedin ladieß ia to carry a raw hide when out awheel, and use it on • provocation. : Leather tyres will in future be employed | on bicyolea made for the service of the i French army. J At the Wood Green Cycling Club's ■ sports on August 3 F. W. Chirm lowered the half-mile amateur record to 58|8ec. C. C. Fontaine, who recently won the Anerley Club's twenty-fonr hours' contest in record time, was at one time a professional wire- walker. I J. Michael, the little Welsh rider, who joined the professionals last year, recently rode ten miles in 20min 15|sej at Bordeaux. Thia is a world's record, beating the performance made in England by Barden by nearly lOseo. The Belf-aealing air-chamber (says Bicycling News) is pretty sure to have a big run next Beaaon. We hear it spoken highly of in all quarters, and if it is as successful as we. have every reason, to believe it will be, the syndicate have a great properly. We are going to ride a pair of the tubes shortly, and will report on them. . People who have gone into the matter seriously, put down the amount of injury to the livery stables and horse riding schools of New York, consequent on the bicycle craze there, as 40 per cent. One | horse riding academy is being transformed into a cycling rink; It is authoritatively stated that where ten years ago a horse could not be bought for less than SOdol, they now sell for 3dol, and recently a herd of 1100 were sold at Portland, Oregon, for 2000dol, to be used as raw material for phosphates. It was only quite reoently that attention was drawn to the great twenty-four hours' ride by Huret, the French professional, who in twice round the clock covered 515 miles 764 yds. Now this performance has been wiped out by another French professional. At Bordeaux, .on July 27 and 28, Rivierre won a twenty-four hours' race from four others. In the fourteenth hour he began to beat the world's records, and in spite of wind and rain steadily improved on Hurefs distances, and amid great enthusiasm equalled the record at 23hr 35min 14ssc. In the full time he covered 623 miles 1044 yds. 1 > It seems (remarks a London paper) that there is something of a reaction against "rational dress," even amongst thosa who at first took it . up, or put it on, most warmly. Some ladies have seenotherßin knickerbockers, and did not think that they looked well, or attractive, and the feeling now appears to be, that however becoming the new costume may be to slim maidens, with no waist to speak of, it is not suitable to portly matrons whose ample proportions might well qualify them for positions as professional fat ladies. And so it comes to pass that even some, of those lady cyclists who have " a doublet and hose in their disposition," are voluntarily going back to, the thraldom of the skirt* A Chicago paper has the following with reference to a cycling academy &c, it is proposed to establish : — Seventeen lots, fronting upon Central Park in New York city, have been purchased at a cost of 321,500d01e. On their site will be erected the most extensive and best equipped equestrian and bicycle academy in the world. It ia expected 'that the establishment will be in operation by the first of next year.' The building will be five" stories high. Its construction will cost about 400iOOOdols. On the ground floor will be a tanbark ring for horseback riding, 200 ft long by 80ft wide. . In the basement will be a swimming tank, 34ft by 22ft. On the second floor will be a restaurant. , On the third floor will-be bachelor apartments. On the fourth .floor will be the bicycle Course, 234 ft long by 90ft wide. On this floor will be. storage room for. 1000 machines, a well equipped. repair shop and hundreds of lookers. Mnsio will be furnished every night and three afternoons each week.; On the fifth floor a large room- will b» set, aside exclusively for the use of beginners on the bicycle. On the top of the structure will be a roof garden. The League of American Wheelmen has under consideration the adoption of a Bet of rules for the government of professional racing. . The officials of the League have been in consultation npon the professional; question, and have arrived at the conclusion that, in order, to assume, undisputed jurisdiction over cycle racing, they must recognise professionalism.- This .means the reorganisation of the League, , and it is suggested that a salaried official be appointed to take over the entire management of professional racing, with head-quarters in New York. If this course is adopted, it is thought that ; the racing interest ; will become self-supporting .-by the, .extraction of fees from clubs for sanctions and from racing men for the registration of colours and licenses. In my notes in the Canterbury Times of' August 22 I stated that a cable message had. been received in Melbourne announcing that the race (twenty-four hours) for the new Cuca Cocoa Cup had been won in record time by G. Hunt, but giving no further details. From files to hand I learn that the race (the fourth) was decided, as usual, at Herne Hill, London, being brought to a conclusion on July 27. Lasb year some 15,000 people assembled to witness the start, over 1000 stayed all night, whilst on Saturday afternoon and evening some 24,000 saw the finish, the full capacity of the ground being reached, and the gates shut upon several thousands of others. This year a few hundreds only witnessed the start, whilst about 10,000 or so attended on July 27. In 1892 Shorland won the first race with 414 miles, and in 1893 his distance was 426 miles. Last year he won with the record of 460 miles 1296 yds. This score was eclipsed by C. C. Fontaine, who subsequently covered 474 miles 1538 yds. Shorland's record, however, still stands as the beßt amateur performance, Fontaine not being a licensed rider. In the present race most of the men engaged had distinguished themselves in long distance work, and there was every proßpect of a good contest. The weather was fine, and, but for the wind being rather fresh, the riders had nothing to complain of. The fact that Q. Hunt, the ultimate winner, led practically from Btartto finish deprived the race of much of its interest. From about 260 miles to 450 miles he was ahead of Shorland's figures; but he almost collapsed during the last half hour or so, and the last nine miles occupied him about 34min, so that he failed to reach Shorland's record for the full time by nearly two miles. In the twenty-four hours he covered '458 miles 1459 yd s; J. A. Bennett was second with 447 miles 750 yd s; C. Chappie third with 409 miles 500 yd s; Q. Naujean fourth with 374 miles 1036 yds; and E. Mole fifth with 360 miles 842vds. These were the only men to finieh out of fifteen starters.