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Three delegates from the New Zealwl League of wheelmen, one of the two controlling cycling bodies in this colony, were in Dunedin yesterday for the purpose of interviewing representatives of the cycling clubs here, and laying before them reasons why they should secede from the Cyclists' Alliance In favor of the League. The League of wheelmen Is a body for the" fostering of the sport of cycling from the standpoints of both the amateur and the cash rider. The Alliance, however only cater for the amateurs, but it is held that their amateur status is not worth anything, because, instead of only trophies, they allow open orders to be competed for, and the manner in which these open orders are used renders them only different in name from a cash prize. With the League of Wheelmen, however an amateur can only ride for a trophy, but a cash rider is not . barred from membership, and races are provided for his class at all meetings. Dunedin at the present time is the only large town in the colony which has no clubs affiliated with the League of Wheelmen, and consequently this City is precluded from receiving visits of the crack touring cyclists. As a bait to the Dunedin riders to mend the error of their ways the League have promised that if a Dunedin club will throw in their lot with them the League's championship will bo held here in March next, when the various champions will take part,' and the riders will be _ paced by quads, triplets, and tandems. It is the intention of the League, if the support of the Dunedin clubs is obtained, to at once enter into the intercolonial championship agreement, wherein it is stipulated that the Australian championships are run alternately in the different colonies, each League binding itself to send a representative. 'The sports grounds in Dunedin will also~be open to eminent Australian riders in the event of local clubs becoming affiliated with the League, which is at present imnossible under existing state of things. The delegates (Messrs C. H. Cotton, W. E. Thompson, and E. Carr) met the Committee of the Otngo Cycling Club last evening, and after Mr Thompson had put the matter before those pn sent it was resolved—"That this Committee concur with the views put forward bv the delegates of the New Zealand League of Wheelmen, and that the secretary be instructed to call a general meeting of the club to consider the advisability of joining that body." The delegates left for Christchurch by this morning's train.

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THE CYCLISTS' GOVERNING BODY., Evening Star, Issue 10446, 16 October 1897

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THE CYCLISTS' GOVERNING BODY. Evening Star, Issue 10446, 16 October 1897