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1880 - Agricultural Hall, Islington, London - 15 to 20 March

Press Cuttings from 19th Century Newspapers

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FormatSixDay108SIX-DAYS’ BICYCLE CHAMPIONSHIP OF THE WORLD
Penny Illustrated Paper (London, England) Saturday, 20-March-1880

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GREAT BICYCLE MATCH
Reynold’s Newspaper (London, England) Sunday 21-Mar-1880

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CLOSE OF SIX DAYS’ BICYCLE MATCH
Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales) Monday 22-Mar-1880

“The six days’ bicycle race at the Agricultural hall was won on Saturday night by C. Terront, the Frenchman, with a score of 1,272 miles. The second man was Edlin, 1,154 miles; and the third, Cann, 1,076 miles.”

SIX DAYS’ BICYCLE CONTEST
York Herald (England) Monday 22-Mar-1880

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This is part of a much later article by Harold Scott; first published in “The Bicycle” in 1952 and then repeated in Sporting Cyclist in 1967.

“In March 1880, yet another race was held at Islington. The riders were Charles Terront described as Champion of France and 26 hour Champion of England, William Cann, Alfred [Henry?] Higham champion of Nottingham, Charles Hommey, champion of Paris, Jules Terront, also of Paris, George Edlin, A. Andrews, William Shakespear (!) of Romford and W. Palmer of Wokingham. Charles Terront proved the winner of this contest with a total of 1,272 miles, Edlin being second with 1,154 and Cann third with 1,076 miles. Hommey was the only other rider to top the 1,000, which he managed by 38 miles.
First prize was a gold medal and £75 in cash, second — a gold medal and £30 and third — silver medal and £15. Special prizes know as "costume prizes" were awarded to the best equipped riders of the week. A weekly cycling journal of the time "The Bicycling Times" published a special daily issue during the event and they were sold at the hall with the latest results every few hours. I have one of these interesting copies in my collection.”

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C TERRONT

1,272 miles

 

2

G EDLIN

1,154 miles

 

3

W CANN

1,076 miles

 

4

C HOMEY

1,038 miles

 

5

W SHAKESPEAR

946 miles

 

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A ANDREWS

710 miles

 

7

J TERRONT

650 miles

 

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H HIGHAM

380 miles

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