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ATHLETIC AND CYCLING NOTES.

By Pboobesb. Cvolisls led the way in tha prwnesion in Wellington on Tuesday tho 10th in oonneotiea with the reception of Lord Baufurly. Usopite stringent by-laws of the Wellington City Council regulating the cycling traffic, accidents are by no means infrequent. Two Sunday evenings ago an accident of a most cerious natuie happened to a young lady. Miss M. Virtue wbb crossing tho lower part of ISllice Street, and, seeing a cyclißt coming down the hill, and beaiin;f down npcn her at an untrollable rate of speed, loßt her nerve, Bteppcd bodkw&rda, snd WBB hur'ed violently to the ground by the collision which enEued. She buftsined a slight concussion of the brain, in addition to having several teeth broken and her face severely lacerated. The cyolfl.a brakelees one, wa3 ridden by a Wellington College student named Pjm. H it is trne he was coasting down the hillß, his conduct on suoh a dark night displayed a callous disregard oC the pedestrians' safety, which should not go unpunished. Even if, as ho asßbrtp, he was not coasting, he had allowed his machine to pass beyond his central, and ib clearly responsible for the unfortunate accident. K. Kent has iust produced for tho patentee a new chainlets machine, the power being transmitted from the crank shaft by gear wheels which move a friction wheel in contact with the rear tyre. There are 1700 lady cyolists in Christohuroh. The Wellington Football reps, play Auckland, Taranaki, Hawke's Bay, Canterbury. Wairarapa, and possibly Ofago, South Canterbury, and Southland this season. Ac two of the members of the New Zealand Football Team, who have been suspended by the K.Z. Eugby Union, belong to Wellington, they will not be able to take part in the match against AucV land on Saturday. The Amateur Club's new track ib Cook's Gardens is' drawing towards completion, and I believe cyclists will be able to cor--mence training on it in about three weekb' time, when Cook's Gsrdens will preeent & busy scene of cyclists and runners, of all shades and opinions, patting on (heir finishing touches prior to the engagements. I hare seen a draft of the local Amateur Club's programme for their opening meating oik their new grounds, on the 9th November next. It is a splendidly put together bill of fare, and should command a v»it amount of interest f >om competitors and publio alike, quite a number of novelties beirg introduced. It ib probable that a number of crack oyolists from Napier will be competitor at the opening meeting on 9th November. I believe Messrs Caughey snd Jburdain, thoir best men, ara certainties. John William Stocks, the English record breaker, ia quite an old stager— that is so far m his raoincr career is concerned. Born in Hull in 1871, ha began aiding in 1884 and racing in August, 1888. In the following year be quickly asserted hid right to be considered one cf the be3fc handicap riders in the aorth of England, and many a prize he picked up and plucky finishes ha rode to. To follow his success during the late eighties and nineties would be te fill a volume In 1893 he won the Twenty-five Mile Amateur Championship of the N.0.T7., and since that timn he has given evidence that he is a flyer up to fifty miles and a little beyond, and one of the cleverest riders behind pacemakers that the track has ever kcewc, Last year he held, the one honr record until Tom Linton raised it slightly to 81 miles 682 yards, recapturing it recently at the Crystal Palsce, when he did 82 ' miles 448 yards. His two hours reoord of 67 miles 845 yards made in July last year stands to this day.- Stacks was a sorter in the Hull Post office. Now he occupies ' b very ..responsible position with the ' Griffiths Cycle Corporation. Like Mills ' and Holbein, Stocks is a married man, ' The new tariff for. the carriage of : bicycles on railways 13 gazetted. It came ; into force on the 2nd of the present month It provides that bicycles accompanying passengers shall be charged the following rates for each machine seated to carry one rider only : — Not exceeding 12 miles, 34 ; above 12 and not exceeding 25 miles, 6d; abova 25 mileß and not exceeding 60 miles. Is; and each additional 50 miles or fraotion. thereof, Bd. B cylesfleating more than one rider will be charged full rates us the above for the fiißt test, and half rates additional for each ether match. Trieyles or velc» cipeo will be charged .double the rates for single seated bicycles. Passengera will tot be permitted to carry more than one machine at these rates. Season tickets ' tor bicycles accompanying psssrogerg will be issued for distances not exceeding 13 miles' at 62s 6d for 12 months ; 30s fpr six months, and 17s (id for three month?, and for bait the above rates for three monthly tickets to students and echolai s who are holders of school season tickets, and wbosb Ages do' not exceed twenty years, availAble for ueo when travelling to or from school only, Annnal ticketß available on gllj Government railways in the colony may be taken out for £10 for each bicycle seated for one cider. Commercial travellers representing bicycle agencies in the colony will be permitted to carry as lng r gage two sample bicyle* pocked in cases, but all in excess of thiß number will be charged at parpej rates far bicycles. Bicycle racing is an expensive pastime (says " Pfailibuster" in the Australasian) 3. Gargareyiteh, who paced a great deal last year, spent about .£57 in expenses; and won . £58 worth of prizes. In his estimate of expenses he inclndes the cost of & bicye'e (J826 ) During the season 376 cyclists raced under LY.ff. rale?, bat only 32 of these won more tban MO each. These men would net lose money by cycle racing, but maD'y of the remain-' inur 243 had to pay a good many pounds Stirling for their pastime. In round numbers about 17 per cent of onr iiders clear expanses when they indulge in bicyrie racing, ■ Most of our local riders ore in training for coming meetingo,notafoiy the Amateu meeting on the 9th November, and th Caeb meeting ou Boxing Day. Jao Thomson is putting in great work on the roads at pifissnt, and if he ke9ps well should be in rare buckle for the Amateur meeting. I hope the members of the CommiUe of the local Amateur Cycling Club wil c aatitato regular aycling club tuna during the coming season, say every alternate Thursday and Saturday afternoons and give a gold medal to the member who attends the greatest number of club tuns during the season. These dub runs provs a great factor towards promoting good fellowship and kef ping members interested in their olub. The football match Kaierau v. Wangs,. nui fiM teams next Saturday should prove v6rj}flttractive, although I expect to see the veatetß of the maroon jersey win by a fair margin. As a team they are playing better together nad with more combination than fcLp Wanganui team, besides the latter will ba without the services of at least three of their beßt players. I am glad to see Arthur Holder abont ag*in after his attack of la grippe and once more in harness with bis training operation!, in view of the Australasian championships next October. Mesßia £. Wall and D. Kowe (cash ridere) are putting in j*sound training work on the work", and I expect to see the former rider winning a good deal of prize money this season. The local Amateur Athletic and Cycling Club are to be congratulated on having the honour of running the next New Zealand Amateur Athletic Association Championship Meeting here. I believe this club will also secure the Cycling Championship as well, as it ia customary for both championship meetings to be a combined one, and it is natural to assume that all the northern clubs will support Wanganui's claim in this direction, fhe controlling of these championship meetings (if a combined one) mean? a big undertaking, bnt I am confident that the local Amateur Club will its real live committee at its back will carry out the Championship Meeting of New Zealand for 1898 with credit to the New Zealand Amateur Athletic A ssociation and Wan. ganui. The football match between the Melrose and Petone Clubs (Wellington) to decide the championship waa played last Saturday and resulted aa I predicted in a win for the f /xmer by 6 points to nil, This is the second year in succession Melioßß have.won the championship.

Ofeightrunningohan-.pionshipmi-elingß already held, DunodiD, Aucklurd and Canterbury had each two, Nspi-xr nnd Wollington one c-scV. .V proposal it tho annnftlmsptingof t*,*.* Now Zealand Amateur Athletic Association lust v.eek to hold the Championship Meeting of 1898 in tbe South Island wns lost by I*3 to 8, nnd after dv» consideration of tha claim-: from the Wellington a-.d Waaganui Clubs tha next Championship Keating wai el!ot*:«d te Waneanui on the voicne. W. Empson, Esq , President of the local Amateur Olnb, was elected President ef the New Zealand Amateur Athletic Association. Tbe Now Zoaland Rowing Association have disqualified 10 out of 42 affiliated cluba for lion-payment of subscription. Tbe Esaf-x County Eleven now lead for the Connty Cricket Championili'p " Tbe Cynic " in tbe Australia-] Referee in writing a summary of the New Zaaland team's tour, says 'If New Zealand be capable of improving up*jn thair play he would advit c tbem to seek f reeb foes on Knglieb, Irish and Scotch fields . Their forwards are very fast, r*xcellont en the line and good in the scrum. In tha looee tbey wcrk in a pac-k, mostly dribbling. The beauty of their back division work in the flrbt and last t6?t matches with New Sonth Wales was nf.tnntbing to remember. Duncan was :h'tfly responsible forthtir cbainw*. rk passing, for in their tbree other matches which I had the gced fortune to witness the back combination was much inferior to to that cf tho first and laßt test matches." Duncan, it will be remembered, played in these two matches referred to only. Duncan in and Duncan ont made a big difference. The way the m?n backed one another up after getting the paso was gnind. Dr NeiU, one of tbe selectors of tbe New Sonth Waifs team, givs tbe palm to Pauling as the beßt New Zealand forward. Duncan's ' beadnets" atd " generalship " was a great factor in the New Zetland team's success in the lait teut mutch.

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ATHLETIC AND CYCLING NOTES., Wanganui Chronicle, Volume XXIX, Issue 12287, 20 August 1897

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