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CYCLING NOTES.

[By Roveb.]

The Mimiro Club held a committee meeting on Wednesday evening, Miss JE. Maxwell (captain) in the chair. Among those present were Mrs D. Stewart (president) and Mrs Mondy (vice-president). Nine new members were elected. The club now number sixty members.

Messrs Begg and Munden, of the Otago Club, proceed to Chrietchurch on business in connection with the club. They will try and induce the " cracks " of the City of the Plains to compete at their annual sports, which, from the programme drawn up, ought not to bo a difficult task. The weather during the past week has been very favorable to cyclists, and a large numbsr availed themselves of the opportunity afforded on Saturday and Sunday. The roads, both north and south of Dunedin, are in very good condition, and were alive with pleasure-seekers. Mr Allan (Pioneer Club, Christchurch) was in Dunedin during the week, and was agreeably surprised at the keen interest taken in cycling matters since he left. A number of the Dunedin Club journeyed to the top of Saddle Hill on Saturday afternoon, but owing to the threatening appearance of the weather they did not deem it advisable to venture further, and returned to town in the evening. The Otago Club held their first club run on Saturday, when twenty-five members started from the club rooms. Their intended destination was Moggie], but owing to a break in the weather when they were at Siddle Hill they deemed it prudent to retrace their steps for home. If members do not attend in greater force it will not be surprising to see these runs a thing of the past.

The Dunedin Club have deoided on taking ballot of all the members in order to test their feelicg with regard to affiliating with the League of New Zealand Wheelmen. I understand that the ballot will bo taken on Monday night. Messrs Gunthrop, Maaon, and Smith ln» tend riding through to Christchuroh to-day to attend the cycling show to be held there next week.

Ken Lewis is now riding a Gladiator, and is said to be moving along better than ever. The following is copied from the 'Australian Cyclist':—" The New Zealand roads are the most perfect in the world for cycling." I wonder whether it only means the country roads, as Dunedin cyclists know that the roads in the town are none too good.

I was out inspecting the alterations to the Caledonian track, and I must say that all of those who have raced on Lancaster Park track, Christchurch, will agree with me that sffc 6in is not enough banking for the corners. You will find that it will take the riders all their time to get round them at 2min Khec gait to the mile. How can our riders cut down records if they are frightened to go the paco required ? W. Amend, the champion of Germany and of the world, who, it is stated, will shortly visit Australia, has been disqualified for Ufa from riding on any German track. It appears that Amend wanted £SO "appearance money " to ride at a meeting at Leipzic, but was refused. He then waited until the day of the races, and came out on the track ready to ride. The officials, feeling that they were defied, tried to eject him, but the crowd took his part, and after a lively time he was escorted off the grounds and suspended. That was a great " go " on the Melbourne ground on October 23 between Park (tho Australian amateur champion) and E. Reynolds, of Auckland. The two met in the one and five miles championships, and each had a win. In the mile Reynolds and Park sat at the rear of the field watching each other. At the bell the New Zealander came with a Porta sprint, and got going at such a strong pice that he seemed to have the race well in hand at the back of the track. Park was riding beautifully, however, and though he lost a length riding wide for the top of tho bank at the home turn he came down the bank with a terrific eprint, and beat the New Zealander all out by a good length. It was a fine race and a brilliant finish, and the winner well deserved the hearty nppkuso h<? recpived from the crowd. Pirk ktpt, on racii;g during the afternoon, and bis half-mile from scratch in 64sec stampshitn as a. rider fit for tho bsstof "cash" company. R:ynol(b, sore at his defeat, waited for the five-mile cveut at the end of the programme, Rnd he got his revenge. There was a b'g field, but Park and Reynolds watched each othir and took no heed of the others. For a number of laps Park sat behind Reynolds. Then the visitor cleverly manoeuvred Park into the lead, and for the balance of the journey never moved from his wheel. Park had a friend to pace him into the last lap, and round the back and into the straight he led from Reynolds, riding, splendidly. On the home turn tho race seemed a certainty for Park, but Reynolds got in an extra ounce or two, and was soon on nearly even terms. Up the straight the two fought a splendid fight, and with a last kick Reynolds landed his wheel home first by an inch or two. The two contests (adds the 'Argus') have seldom been excelled on the ground, and Don Walker, Ken Lewis, C. B. Kellow, J. P. Parsons, and other well-known cash racing men who were present were delighted with them.

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CYCLING NOTES., Evening Star, Issue 10464, 6 November 1897, Supplement

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