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CYCLING NOTES., Issue 10476, 20 November 1897, Supplement
[By Rover.] On Saturday the O.CO. held a club run to Waitati.. After leaving the City the roads were in good order. The D.O.C. have selected as their secretary Mr W. R. Brugh, at a salary of £25. There were twelve applicants. The relay riders from Balclutha to Henley have asked me to publish the correct time of that journey. J. Bell and P. Ralston took lh 6rain from Balclutha to Henley, Sullivan and Aitohesdn arrived at Henley at 11.18 p.m.,.and the Henley to Dunedin section occupied exactly lh 31min, according to watches compared by the captain of the D & 0 « an , d Mr M *" Ke gg. Henley Hotel. Mr Barley has presented the O.C.C. with a pair ot tyres to be compete! for at their next road race. - The Mimiro Club held a club run to Saddle Hill last Saturday, about twelve members taking part. ■The Eiffel Tower bieyele, which played a prominent part in Christchurch during show week, will be in town next week. It Btands about 12ft high. The Railway Bicycle Club held a run to Waitati on Saturday. Their uniform is a serviceable dark grey. I understand that during the recent volunteer encampments military cycling was utilised to some extent, and it is stated to have proved very successful. The Engineers sent a few oftheir signallers out each morning to take up positions on the surrounding hills, and they were thus able to flag-signal over a distance which the time would have made impossible without the use of the cycle.' On the 9th scouting was carried on by cyclists, both from the Engineers and the City Guards, and the umpires in their report of the day's operations make favorable mention of the work done.
I have received from Messrs Steadman and Capstick an account of their trip from Christchurch to Danedin, and must heartily congratulate them on their splendid performance, both being past the prime of life for cycling at a good old scorching pace. They write: —" We left Christchurch at 6.30 a.m. on Saturday with a fair wind till we reached Hornby, about twelve miles out, when the wind changed to a strong nor'wester, being broadside on. Made fair time to Ashburton, the roads being good, arriving there at 10 30, a.m. We then resolved to go by way of Hinds, and found the road hard and good considering the rain that had fallen a few days previously, but the strong wind made it very slow travelling, and it was also very dusty. We made WinChester at about 4 p.m. very dry, but the roads, at this part were in grand order, so we bowled along at a great rate. The gale showed no signs of moderating all the way to Timaru, which we reached at 6.30 p.m. We had tea there and left again at 8 p. m., intending to reach Oamaru that night; but, owing to the dust, wind, etc., we reached Studholme at 10.15 p.m., and went to bed after having a *' cough mixture." We left again at 6.30 on Sunday morning with a grand NE. wind blowing, and reached Oamaru, where, thinking we were in luck's way for a fair wind home, we stopped for two hours having breakfast with Mr A. Dalgleish. After we left Oamaru we found that the wind had changed right round, and was blowing a strong S.W. gale, which, we are sorry to say, continued till we reached Dunedin on Sunday evening. We found the roads good throughout the journey, and we must say that wherever we stopped along the route we were treated in a really firstclass manner, especially at Oamaru, Hampden, and Palmerston. Wo enjoyed our trip very much from start to finish, considering the wind we had to contend against." I am sure that if the Caledonian Society gave one big prize for each day it would be the means of enticing some of the best riders m New Zealand to compete at their meeting, and draw a far larger number of spectators to visit the annual Caledonian gathering. Mr A. Munden, hon. secretary 0.C.C., requests me to Btate that it is necessary for the racing members of his clab to register their racing colors and also reoeive their licenses at once. He explained to me how the colors are registered, and when the men are all dressed in their racing costumes their appearance and also the interest in the sport will be greatly enhanced. I was out one day last week inspecting the track alterations going on at the Caledonian Ground, and was surprised at the amount of, work that has been done. I noticed one fault in the formation of the track—that is, that when coming to a corner at full speed a rider, if not helped round at once by the banking, is likely to run wide and perhaps be the cause of forcing another man over the bank. To obviate this the full height of the banking must be in a direct line with the straight course, and not in the middle of the curve, as it is at present. If the Caledonian Society will profit by a racing man's experience, which is not theoretical but practical, and try and remedy this serious oversight, they will, I am sure', be thanked by every racing cyclist who intends to race on their track, which from appearances will be the faetest, safest, and best track in New. Zealand.
Messrs Munden and Begg, who went to Christchurch on business connected with cycling, speak very highly of the way in which the cycling clubs in Christchurch treated them, and also of the way in which they were met by the representatives of the League„of Wheelmen. Talking to Mr Munden, the secretary of the 0.C.C., I asked him how the Lancaster Park track was for multicycle racing. He said: "I have not Been abetter track for safe riding." Mr Begg and himself tried a tandem on it, and even when they went up the banking they had no fear of going over. The cycling clubs in Christchurch say tbat if it had not been for the stamina of the men on the Balclutha to Oamaru stage of the relay ride the message must have been some hours late; in fact, it was not expected to reach Christchurch till about seven or eight o'clock at night. I hear that a hill-climbing competition will be held in connection with the Otago Cycling Club shortly, the course being up Look-out Point, and also a competition of the same kind at about the time of the championship meeting. I have been in the habit of going out the St. Clair cyoling track on fine evenings, and I must say that the track has been ftmply swarming with cyclists of both sexes. If continued to where it was intended to be carried to, it would be one of the most delightful runs around Dunedin. It is said that taking the whole of the relay ride right throughout, S. Stoke's (deputy-captain 0.C.C.) performance was one of the most meritorious rides of the lot.
The official programme of the O.C.C.'s annual sports meeting will be out next week.' There ia to be about £IOO in prizemoney, and several multicycle races will be on the.programme. .The majority of the men connected with the Belfast Fire Brigade are cyclists, and use their machines when attending to their duties. It is no uncommon sight to see half a dozen members of the brigade sprinting for a fire. Certainly the introduction of the cycle has improved the force in many ways. A well-known Parisian cycling journalist. Franz Reiohel, has just had a duel with another knight of the quill. Swords were usedi and bt th parties wounded each other after a sharp engagement. _ Platt-Betts has lowered the Australian five-mile record, doing the distance in 9min 54;3-sseo. On November 5 he reduced the mile record to Imin 40aec. He covered the first quarter-mile in 24sec, arid half a mile in 49aec. Mr A. J. Wilson offers a prize of twenty guineas for the best acceptable pair of designs for the front and back covers of next year's booklet,.« All About Dunlop Tyres/Pa* tioulars.-oan be-obtained from 8 Theobald road, London, W.C,
CYCLING NOTES., Issue 10476, 20 November 1897, Supplement
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