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1882 - Aberdeen - 3 to 10 June

Press Cuttings from 19th Century Newspapers

BICYCLE CONTEST AT THE RECREATION GROUNDS
Aberdeen Journal (Scotland) Monday, 5-Jun-1882

“A great 26 hours bicycle contest was commenced on Saturday at the Aberdeen Recreation Grounds. £40 is given in prize money. Some good men have entered, and, judging from the work which was done on Saturday, the race will be a very interesting one.Of the entries, Cleminson and Tyre have been in a great many 6 days’ races, but the others are new to the long distance. The track was very heavy on Saturday, and would be the better of a few hours’ rolling down to make it hard and level. The men were sent on their journey at 4:40, Cleminson taking the lead. Wilson, had a nasty fall in the first lap, but remounted his machine a short time afterwards. When one mile had been covered Dick also fell, and got a good shaking, but soon after remounted. Some very fine racing took place during the evening, notably between Symington and Cleminson; and it would not be a great surprise to see Symington in the premier position on Saturday first. Trewick, Dick, Thomson, and Tyre also ran very well; but the heavy track soon told upon them. However, the three hours will suit them better than the long distance, and there will no doubt be a great race during the week. At the call of time on Saturday (9:30), the following were the distances:-”

 

Miles

Laps

J. Cleminson, Cramlington

66

6

H. Symington, Durham

66

1

R. Trewick, Morpeth

63

9

M. Dick, Newcastle

63

0

J. Thomson, Seghill

63

0

W. Tyre, Byker

60

15

G. Wilson, Sunderland

57

4

“The track is 16 laps to three miles. There was a large attendance, over 1000 persons being present; and an excellent brass band was in attendance. Mr W. G. Begley, London, is starter and referee.”

So this makes the track size 330 yards (16 laps = 3x1760 yards = 5280 yards) or 301.75 metres. And clearly the track has an uneven grass or earth surface. A sort of seven day cyclo-cross on a fixed gear “ordinary” ......

THE BICYCLE CONTEST IN ABERDEEN
Aberdeen Journal (Scotland) Tuesday, 6-Jun-1882

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THE BICYCLE CONTEST IN ABERDEEN
Aberdeen Journal (Scotland) Wednesday, 7-Jun-1882

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THE ABERDEEN BICYCLE CONTEST
Aberdeen Journal (Scotland) Friday, 9-un-1882

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THE BICYCLE CONTEST IN ABERDEEN
Aberdeen Journal (Scotland) Monday, 12-Jun-1882

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J CLEMINSON

333 miles

3 laps

2

H SYMINGTON

327 miles

2 laps

3

R TREWICK

321 miles

8 laps

4

J THOMSON

309 miles

12 laps

5

G WILSON

275 miles

8 laps

6

W TYRE

221 miles

8 laps

7

M DICK

169 miles

1 lap

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