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OTAGO CYCLING CLUB.

A special general meeting was held last night in the club rooms. Octagon, to consider the advisability of affiliating with' the League of Ntw Zealand Wheelmen. Mr H. E. Courtis, president, occupied the chair, and there was a large attendance of members. The Chairman, after stating the object of the meeting, said that the npiesentatives of the League of Wheelmen, when in Dunedin, placed the matter of joining them in such a favorable light before the Committee that the whole of the latter were of opinion that it would he a step in the right direction. They had the League’s rules before them, and he thought that there were many points in favor of the League as against the Alliance, the principal one being that relating to the stjtus of an amateur. Under the Alliance rules the cash amateur was not encouraged, while under the League ho was. There were two classes--the amateur pura and simple, who would take trophies as in the past, and the amateur who would take cash, Tho League had arranged these two classes of riders without in any way affecting tho status of the pure amateur, and they gave licenses for tho members passing from one place to another, lie wished them not to be earned away with the fact that they were going to get money.-dlear, hear.) 'He observed that the Tirnaru Tourist Club had had the matter before them, and they had decided to maintain their connection which the Alliance but that was no reason why they should follow their exampl-. Since open orders had been so general be was inclined to think that the riding had not been so satisfactory to the public ns it he-(applause); and it was a question whether under the League rules a change would be effected. The matter ought to be carefully weighed.—(Applause.) MrR Jat begged to propo.e -“That the Committee be hereby authorised to sever the connection of this club with tho New Zealand Cyclists’ Alliance and at once affiliate with the League of New Zealand Wheelmen.” He had he said, studied the” subject carefully, and, having heard the delegates from the League B3 v( r tneir views, his humble opinion was that the best thing the club could do was to attiWl ™ League. They had been under the Alliance, and those who had had any connection with the management of the club would say that at no time did they get fair play so far as their business was concerned, letters and telegrams sent to headquarters being usually ignored. On the other hand, the League bad a paid secretary, and they could depend upon their business receiving prompt attention. Some were under the impression that by joining the League they would he starting a cash club but this was a mistake, as'the League catered for both.cash and amateur cyclists. Tho amateur definition was a proper one, and one which was recognised by the National Cyclists’ Union, the body, which governed cycling in England. He menti meet the case of Jones, tne English amateur who lately went Home to England and applied for his amateur license, which was not granted because he was an amateur recognised by the New Zealand Alliance, whose rules allowed open orders. Under the League, however anyone wishing to go Home would be recognised by the N.0.U., which was one advantagec.—(Applause.) It was well known by those who nad had much to do with cycling sports in Dunedin that the open order system, so far as amateurs were concerned, was a farce.—(Laughter.) He knew himself amateurs who on getting (heir open orders immediate! v converted them into cash.—(Hear, hear, and Shame. ) He would like to ask if' that was proper.-(“ No.”) The Alliance were about to make a bid for the amateur clubs to fnlSiU.-r a ut w fought they would be foolish if they listened to them. He wished those presentto give the matter their serious consideration. The Alliance had proved itself to be an incompetent body, while the.League, he thought, had proved itself to he tho reverse, and was alive and up-to-date.—(Applause.) 9- S' seconded the motion. Mr A. Mathew said that, ieclog tho meetim? was not conversant with the rules of the League it would he taking a leap in the dark to join theim He thought it was only fair before the question was put to the vote that they should hear the rules, or the pnncipal rules. Ho waa in favor of, the proposal, as a trophy did not pay for ones machine, inere w’as another point* Supposing they joined the League, how many meetings would they have during the year? The Chairman: They are going to have one here in March whether we are joined or not. Mr Mathew' said that was one meeting. Would tha Labor Day Sports Committee and Caledonian society cater for them also.—(Cries of “ Yes.’*) Mr Myers -said, as ah old cyclist, he had much pleasure in supporting the motion so ably proposed by-Mr. Jay. He-should do so because the open order business opened the door to all Kinds of fraud.—(Hear, hear.) They knew the way amateurs aha cash amateurs looKed upon one another. Xtw*as anything hutnicv and- not the way true sportamen 'ahould regard each other. If an amateur cho§or*x.'.keep the trophy be had was ay-little more 81811B 1811 brethren who; were very fond of sport, and who were obliged to sell JwfJ roph J W i 3 for 30s- If this Lfeapie ■ therefore, defined the amateur and tho cash anC J sojbtoffsht them together that they c 2 ult ii n t! e at the same race meeting, that body shouJd be -supported,—(Applause.) Thcy woubi have, he understood, more pure amateurism than was in vogue under the Alliance rules because under the League?!;the: an.alour as such only would be obliged to keen hi: trophy. If a man chose to ride for money, why should tho man be in a worse position than a wealthier man who could afford to keep his-trophy ■? They were brethren in the same sport, and both rode the same machine. No doubt ? definition of professionalism was not all that coula he desired, and ho thought® should be slightly different, but that was a matter for future consideration. Tba League proposed

to hold their championship meeting here, and no doubt they Would see crack riders such as they had not seen before.—(Applause.) The League had also instituted an accident insurance scheme at low rates ; in fact, they were trying to do everything possible to improve the sport, and he thought everybody who bad cycling at heart should join them, because they had nothing to lose, but all to gain.—(Applause.) . Mr George Capstick, in supporting the motion, said the open orders were a disgrace to any amateur. Mr J. M'Donald said his experience of amateurism was not of a bright nature. It was nearly lime they had someone at the head of affairs to deal with some of the amateurs. He heard of those who had got an order and had paid 10 per cent, to cash it. The Chairman mentioned that the Invercargill Club were practically prepared to join the League if the Otago Club took the lead. Mr A. Mathew moved as an amendment—- “ That three delegates from theO.C.C. meet three delegates from the D.C.C., with a view to arrive at a satisfactory understanding as to whether both clubs, as representing Dunedin cyclists, should join the League of New Zealand Wheelmen.” Mr Murch if. seconded. Mr Moller stated that a meeting of the Games and Grounds Committee of the Caledonian Society Avas hold that night, and they Avere prepared to meet the rules of the League in regard to prize money.-(Applause.) They were anxious to have a meeting on Boxing Day. Mr M'Donald explained that with regard to the race meetings the club would have the right to manage its own, but the League would exercise the right to manage the championship meetings, giving the club half of the net profits. Mr Begg having spoken in favor of the motion, a vote was taken. Only two hands wore held up for the amendment, and the motion, on being put, was declared carried unanimously. Mr Myers then moved—“ That the Dunedin Club be asked to receive a deputation consisting of Messrs Harris, Jay, Moller, and M'Donald, and lay before them the feeling of this club in this matter, and ask them to combine with us in joining the League, thereby forming one good, strong body of cyclists in Dunedin.” Mr Cai’j-tick seconded. * Mr M‘Don.u.l) asked if the Dunedin Cycling Club Avould take this kindly from them? Mr Boot (D.C.C.) thought the Dunedin Club would take it very kindly if they sent a few delegates to them on the subject. He thought the wisest plan was for both clubs to join the League. The motion wascarried unanimously. A vote of thanks to the chairman terminated the proceedings.

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OTAGO CYCLING CLUB., Evening Star, Issue 10452, 23 October 1897

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OTAGO CYCLING CLUB. Evening Star, Issue 10452, 23 October 1897

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