“Rover” has much pleasure in acknowledging receipt of an invitation to the O.C.C.’s annual social, to be held on Friday next, September 17. According to the number of tickets disposed of it. should prove even more successful than those of previous years. The Mimiro Club are evidently in a flourishing position. Their energetic officers and Committee are greatly increasing their membership, and this year will no doubc be one to be looked back upon with pride. It is understood that the disadvantage under which they have been laboring for want of a suitable room to meet in will soon be over-
come, the officers being in treaty for very suitable and convenient apartments. The O.C.C. hold a special Committee meeting to deal with the amalgamation scheme on Monday evening. It is rumored that the O.C.C. are in treaty with the representative of Messrs Green and Reynolds, two “crack” riders from England and Ireland, to hold a sports meeting during their visit to New Zealand.
The following letter will give cyclists an idea of the interest which is being taken in the coming opening run, which promises to eclipse all future events :
Dunedin, September 7,1507. Dear Hover,—Now that the cycling season is definitely fixed for October 2, might I suggest that we do all in our power to induce as many ladies as possible to take part. In the large towns of Great Britain and Australia it is a wonderful sight to witness the opening run of the season. I understand the Mimiro (Ladies’) Club are williug to take part. Let us men do all in our power to induce our fair friends who possess a machine and are not attached to a club to turn out and do honor to this healthful and glorious exercise.— 1 am, etc., R o y
The Mimiro (Ladies’) Club held a meeting on Wednesday evening, and after dealing with general business it was decided to elect a president and vice-president.
I notice that our old friend “ Alky ” Thompson is quite at home fitting up a consignment of Rudge-Whitworth cycles imported by Reid and Gray. The machine has the appearance of good workmanship, and promises to have a successful future.
There are a number of the racing men already up and doing training for the Labor Day sports, which include several races well worth competing in. The Mimiro Club intend taking part in the opening run, and cordially invite all unattached lady riders to join them. Afternoon tea is to be provided for all ladies joining in the run.
A special general meeting of the D.C.G. was held on Wednesday night at the Chamber of Commerce. Mr C. B. Grierson, president of the club, was in the chair, and about thirty-five members were present. The question of a racing track cropped out, and in connection with this matter Dr Batchelor intimated his willingness to give £25 towards a desirable track being formed, and said that no difficulty ought to be experienced in getting enough money to build a safe and suitable racing track from the large number of cyclists in this City. It was intimated that the Caledonian Society intended spending the sum of £l5O to £2OO on their track, and Messrs S. Minn and R. Crow were appointed to confer with that body as to necessary improvements and conveniences. Messrs Bell, Arndt, Minn, and Crow were appointed a sub-committee to discuss the rules of the proposed amalgamation, and to report to the General Committee. A vote of thanks to the chairman terminated the meeting.
Mr A. J. Sullivan, the captain of the D.C.C , hae, I understand, arranged with the Dunlop Tyre Company for a supply of pumps to the various hotels around Dunedin, to enable cyclists to enjoy a little immunity from the “puncture fiend.” Pumps will be stationed at Saddle Hill, Mosgiel, Outram, Henley, Waitati, Evansdale, and Milton. As the art union to raise funds for the building of the new track at Carisbrook has fallen through, it will, no doubt, bo found that the Committee will be unable to do anything further unless Mr W. Bell’s idea of a debenture fund takes shape and form. I believe'a large body of cyclists bnd also noncyclists would be pleased to take up debentures, more especially after Dr Batchelor’s generous offer. Let the Committee be up and doing.
Judging from the tone of the general meeting of -the D.C.C., although not fully representative of the club, the general trend is to cash amateurism, more especially among the racing men. The pity is the other members did not roll up, an I believe there is a distinct feeling that the club will not let cash amateurs join. The club runs start next month, so it behoves all cyclists to be ready to assist at the opening of the season on October 2. A syndicate at Colorado will lay out a 1,000-mile bicycle tourists’ circuit through the State, and will build cabins and hotels along the route. The respect in which young Walter Freeman—killed during a recent road race—was held was manifested at his funeral at Palmerston North, when fifty wheelmen were present, each leading a cycle and carrying a wreath. The funeral was the largest that has ever been in the district. The American ‘ Wheelman Annual,’ just received, contains the official records of all countries having recognised cycle racing governments, information for tourists, suggestions for repairing, advice for women cyclists, and half-tone portraits and biographies of the fastest racing men. It is in book form, of a convenient size, the cover being a particularly handsome sample of the printer’s art in three colors, and the illustrations the latest portraits of the champions of the world, nations, and States. The records are compiled from the books of the different governing bodies, and are in every case authentic. The price of the ‘Annual ’ is 25c. It is issued by the American Wheelman Publishing Company, New York. COLONIAL CYCLISTS AT BIRMINGHAM. [From Oub Special Correspondent.] JLONDON, July 23. The Australian amateurs, “ Ben ” Goodson and “ Wally ” Kerr, both puc in an appearance at the N.C.U. championships decided on the new cement track at the famous Aston Lower Grounds, Birmingham, on Saturday, July 17, but neither managed to carry off a championship pot. In the Mile Amateur Race Kerr managed to get second in the sixth beat to M'Bourke, of St. George’s Hospital, after a disgraceful crawl for three laps and a-half, being beaten a wheel in the sprint home. The time for their heat was 4min 5 4-ssec. Goodson furnished a surprise in the ninth heat by knocking out Barratt, of-Newport. The pair loafed for five-sixths of the journey, but in the last furlong Goodson piled 6n the pace, and, in spite of a very determined effort by Barratt,
beat the Welshman by a couple of yards inthe—er—somewhat slow time of 3min 30seo. Ben, however, did not survive the second round, in which he contested the third heat with T. Summersgill, Leeds C.C., and F. C. Chapman, Bristol Wheelers. The trio gave a very finished exposition in the art of loafing until within a hundred yards the winning post. Then Summersgill jumped ahead, and just managed to reach home a long yard ahead of Goodson and Chapman, who deal-heattd for second (barren) honors. The time of this particular heat was 4min 58 2-ssee, but in the final Summersgill beat Mo'Bourke and Appleby by a yard in smin 52 2 ssec. He rode the last lap in 27 3 sseo, so you can imagine the pace at which the competitors travelled the first three parts of the journey. Goodson and Kerr likewise got up in the Five Miles Amateur Championship. The former took part in the first heat, but was beaten twenty yards by E. J. Callaghan, of the Poly C.C., in 17min 30 2-ssec, after what a siakened reporter termed a “ cruel crawl.” Still Ben qualified to Compete in the final, an achievement “ Wally ” could not claim; since in the second heat he only managed to get third to Ainsworth, of the Irish C.C., and P. W. Brown, of the “Poly.” The' ‘ Referee ’ man called the heat a “ wretched exhibition,” though the time occupied was l?min 25 I-ssec—nearly five seconds faster than that won by Callaghan. In the final Goodson could make no 'show when the pace was piled on for the last lap. Ainsworth won by a length from Robinson, of Lincoln, and Burnand, of Catford, in 17min 47sec, the last lap being ridden in 28sec. The British amateur record for this distance is 9min 49 2-ssec, and the standard time 12min.
The Antipodean professional element was represented at the meeting by 0. H. Jones, of Christchurch, who competed in the QuarterMile Professional Championship (the holder, J. Green, is now in Australia) and in the mile. He, however, only managed to get placed in his heat in the sprint, and in the mile just failed to qualify for the final, though the heat jn which he competed occupied 3min 31 3-ssec.
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CYCLING NOTES., Evening Star, Issue 10417, 11 September 1897, Supplement
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