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CYCLING AND MOTORING

The official result of the recently-held Melbourne-Sydney motor cycle reliability trial has been announced, and shows that expert examination of machines at the conclusion of the. 565 miles* run resulted in 13 ot" the. 19 contestants who reached Sydney with full control points being penalised* for machine troubles. Considering the heavy nature of this interstate lonte. rjid the "minute expert examination every machine had io undergo, the result iV very satisfactory. for although only six riders lost no "machine" points, the deductions made—whilst very necessary in n trial of this description—were most'y for very trivial causes. The- successful six w ere ; N 0. Bern- (6 h.p. A.J.S. and side-car), F. S. Roberts (6 h.p. Harlev-Davidson), J. Booth (7 h.p. Indian), YV. W. Reynolds (oih.p. RS.A.I. T- Delan.dre. (2 J h.p. Douglas), and W. Kins (4 h.p. Indian). Of the othor 13 riders who reached Sydney with a clean score card, but had machine deductions made, three only lost one point each, four lost two points, two lost throe points, two lour points, and two live points. Under the conditions of the test these riders receive "first 'hiss" gold medals.

Full particulars are to hand by the American mail of the Australian success in the big New York six-days' bicycle race. It- was cabled out, in December that Messiv Goullet and Grenda had won the rich event, but no details were given. At the end of the contest only .six teams out of 36 starters were level,'they being Goullet and Grenda. Lawson and Drobr.ch, I-'ogler and Hill. J-Tgg and Veiri. Cameron and Kaiser, and Moram and M'Nafi.ara, the distance covered being 2,758 l-10t!i miles —a record for America, the previous best (2751 miles) being recorded by Meters Goullet, and Fogler in 1913. Instead of the usual last- mile eprint, as has been the custom in deciding the winner in previous American six clays' races in the ca.-e of a tie. the European finish was adopted. At 9 o'clock the leaders aione remained on the track. They contested in a one-how race with a spriiit every lb hips, points counting. There were 15 distinct finishes. Six teams having tied, the rider finishing for his team who won a sprint got six points ; the second received five points, and so on down to the last man., who got one point. The Australian combination won with a lead of six points. The first- prize was worth £320. Goullet rode a French machine—a I'eugeot, whilst Grenda also rode a. machine from the same country —a Bastide ; in fact, one of the feature?- of the mounts was the largo number of foreign-made machines in use. Large sums of money were disbursed amongst the contestants for special prizes awarded to the leaders at various stages of the race. One of £4O was won by Goullet. The .success of the Australian team was very popular.

Remarkable times were recorded in the Corona motor car road race, recently decided in Los Angelas (California), when new records were established by Pnllen on a Mercer (U.S.A.) ear. The race was held over a 2? miles' circuit, which had to be negotiated 109 times. The it'll distance (301.8 miles) was covered in the wonderful time of oh 26inin 2sec, equal to an average speed of £7.7 miles per hour, which is even faster than R. Thomas's record average put up .in the Indianapolis track in the "Indianapolis 500"' last May. It is estimated that over 100.000 people witnessed the contest. The fiv.-t prize amounted to £2.400, in addition to valuable trophies. Nineteen of tho fastest cars in America competed. It tvill surprise most pt?opl° to learn that England already has 'oyer 10.000 motorists engaged in thy mechanical transport columns in Belgium and France. One .->f the .features of the war has been the manner in which tho nations at war, the Germans particularly, have utilised the bicycle, and it is peculiarly significant, that the German cyclists were the first to enter Brussels, Antwerp, etc., and that most of the daring raids have, been made bv Belgian and German cyclists. At the outset it is estimated that. Germany had 120.000 cyclists, and these have been of incalculable .service. Motor bicycles are, of totii-t?e, faster, but for scouting; purposes thev "give themselves away" by reason of "their noise. Moreover, they are naturally not so reliable, as the bieycie. Each has' proved its value, but the bicycle is of immense utility, as practically every soldier nowadays rides a bicycle, and for night scouting they are tu'lenl as the. grave and extremely mobile, for the rider can lift them ever hedges and carry them across ploughed fields, trenches, etc., easily and quickly. Many of the German officers have their own bicycles with them, and they take a. hand in night ecouting to observe for themselves. Russia already purrhxscd 10,000 bicycles from Briti.-h makers, and has further large batches on older, and Belgium has some 5,000 cyclist penult. The French and English authorities ar" also extensively using the cyclist soldiers and find them invaluable in m.uiy ways. f. Linton, the first cyclist in the world to ride 30 mile? in the hour, recently died in France. ________

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CYCLING AND MOTORING, Evening Star, Issue 15706, 21 January 1915

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CYCLING AND MOTORING Evening Star, Issue 15706, 21 January 1915

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