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On Saturday morning at nine o'clock the competitors in the three days' reliability trials organised by tbe North Canterbury Motor Cyclists' Club, started on their concluding run from Christehurch to Akaroa and return. The route was via Sumner Zig Zag, Lytfcelton, Governor's Bay, Teddington, Gebbie's Valley and Little River and thence to Akaroa. On the return trip. Okain's Bay was passed through, the Summit Road was then taken, the competitors finishing up the run with the climb up the Zig Zng into Sumner. There was a large attendance of motor enthusiasts present to see the riders start.

Twenty two men left Christehurch but at the top of the Sumner Lyttelton Hill, Leggand Olds dropped out. Nineteen finished the trial to schedule time, and considering that tbe riders had gone over 400 miles in the three days the competitions must be adjudged a succes.

The time allowed to Akaroa was 8f hours with a control of one hour and a half at the terminus, and for the journey back to Christehurch four hours was allotted. The distance as registered by one of the competitors' cyclometers was 140 miles. Tbe run was a pleasure trip compared with those of the previous days, the roads being for the most part in better order and the wind was not so stroDg. On the run to Akaroa from the sumrait of the Sumner hill Crouchman rode the distance by himself, his two companions retiring. Very few punc tures were reported during the journey. A petrol consumption test was held on tbe return journey, the tanks being officially sealed before the machines were released at Akaroa.

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MOTOR CYCLE RUN TO AKAROA., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4362, 6 January 1914

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MOTOR CYCLE RUN TO AKAROA. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4362, 6 January 1914

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