' The weather during the past week has ibeen almost prohib'ti.-Ti for cyclists to venture out in, and so for as the local weather prophet is concerned we are to be subjected to a repetition of the past few weeks. . The Dunedin Club will next week discuaa the advisability of throwing in their lot with the League of Wheelmen. There is a very keen interest being taken in the question, and it is expected that the voting will be pretty close. I am given to understand that the championship meeting of the League of Wheelmen is to'be held in Dunedin on March 24 and 26 next! It is intended to make them the, best Bporta for cyclists yet held here. .:. At a committee meeting on Thursday evening the Otago Club elected teveral of the committeemen to act as delegates and to proceed to Christchurch during the carnival week. Their main object is to secure a good representation of the Northern riders at their annual sports. The Mimiro Club are making arrangements for holding a " billy " run at no distant date. -<
I hear that the Railway Club are unanimous in regard to cash racing, which means another.club affiliated to the League. ■The following riders from the Otago and Dunedin Clubs are willing to, take part in the relay ride from the Bluff to Christchurch, which Will take place on November 5 and 6 (the message is one- of congratulation from the Mayor of the Bluff, and is also signed by the mayors of the various' town's through which the relay riders must ; pass, to the Mayor of Christchurch):—Messrs W. Johnson,.J. Bell, A. J. Sullivan, A. Aitcheson, W. Bell, E. Crawford, S. Stokes, C. Home, S. Lawson, R. Skinner, W. Begg, A. Dey, S, Steadman, and G. Capstick. The Dunedin contingent have the most difficult roads of;all to ride, and have the worst ti.mo to do it in, being from sunset till sunrise en the sth aud 6th. .•;-'■'
Tire Dunedin men take the message, from Balclutha to Oamaru, and it is estimated- to take about twenty-four hours'from tbe'Bluff to Christchurch. The message will leave the Bluff a~boub 2 p.m. on Friday, November 5, and will reach Dunedin any'time between 11 and 12.p.m. on Friday. "Rover" intends to wait to see the message come, .through, and hopes that a large number of cyclists will keep him company on that occasion.
By "special request" I attended the general meeting of the Otago Club held last Friday, 1 when the question of affiliation to the League'of Wheelmen;.was brought up. The room was uncomfortably filled, sitting ropm_ being at a premium.;., Mr Jay opened the.dicc.ussiori at some length, pointing out the slipshod way the Alliance afF*irs had been run and "the benefits to be derived through affiliation to the League. He was well supported by Messrs Moller, Begg, and Mason, who one and all thought that the time had now arrived that they should be connected with. Borne live body. only difference between the cash rider and the present "amateur" is-that the one rides straight out for the cash and the other receives an open order, to., do as he thinks fit with (which, in nine cases out of ten, is ulti« mately converted into cash). Hence, I think the former is the most straightforward and above-board. ' : •-• ;
If the riders wish to remain amateurß the League provide for them under a separate clause, which defines an amateur as one "who shall ride for trophies only, and the same to be engraved." So that it is-plain enough the League do not intend to "kill" amateurism, but wish it to be on a sound footing. The same is recognised by all : the leading cycling, bodies in the world. -';.- The bicycle was very much in evidence at the Victorian General Election last week, and at Daylesford the.- returning officer bore testimony to the value of the cycling! corps who aided the police in. gathering in the/returns. He said that in consequence the result was made known by seven o'clock; -which Eefrup'a record for the electorate. . On September 13 Jones, of Canterbury, put '.in an appearance at the Memorial Recreation Grounds, Canning Town, to contest a five-mile level race with another of the great Jones family—W. J.; of the Birmingham to wit. The match was arranged in lieu of a ten-mile professional race, which collapsed for want of entries by licensed riders. The New Zealand Jones made play at a very good pace, and the Birmingham man, nothing loth, joined -issue. ; All-tbe way the result bnag on the balance, first one and then the other leading by a few yards. In the final sprint for home the Antipodean managed tc-poach half' a wheel, and won a most. ekcitiDg-race by ti.foot.in 12min 53ec. ;- _ . . .. . ~-.-.;>, _.■;■
t At Cardiff on v September 6 Tom Linton rode 28 miles 973 yards in one hour, beating the cinder track record by 1 mile 5.73 yards. - At the Ciystal ■[ Palace, ~tondan f ..w>>tbe
evening hi ..September 8,. J. s W. Stock* (the_ holder one hour's world's 'cycling record J'rnad&' si -BJucoeßatiffuttack upon the; one inihr (flying" atari) world's, record.; Stocks set up fresh intermediate recprdsy his times being aa follows:—Quarter, 2£ l-53ec"; 5 half,; .; 1-5360; three-quarters; ylmin ; H2-sseo; one mile, lmin 35 '*AiL ;the,foregoing are. world's records, the previous best for the full distance being iniin 37 3-ssec,,by J. Platt-Betts, on. the same track. "'■ Mr G. Pembroke'Coleman' (N.OiU.)' tSoik the time. ,_ .. ~ ;/:- '= ''";,:,-; ;.' Aipycling tragedy iareported-from Cannes (France),-where on September 5 Dc Tambelli; "of the Brescia Hospital, shot his colleague, DrCernusco, while they were riding on their bicycles. "Tambelli" had shown r aighß of insanity- some time age^hut-had' returned " cured " to the-Brescia;Hospital. Quite suddenly,'while he was riding out behind Dr Cernusco, he called, out: ; ,f.' You, >'??» are an and you are going, to 'die." He' then ; began. firing a revolver, and Dr Gernusco waß shot dead. Tambelli then rode to the police station, where he related what had happened. A nice point has been raised in Paris—shall ladies cycle'during the ' period of mourning ?. Does rotating in the freßH air not alleviate grief too quickly, and doea it become a woman clad in the aoberjli'very of woe to whirl gaily along the, shaded sidewalks ? The... .conclusion ; arrived at is curious, and exquiaitely Pariaian. You may cycle as muoa as you please—so long as you paint your machine black !
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CYCLING NOTES., Evening Star, Issue 10458, 30 October 1897, Supplement