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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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