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1901 - London

1901Jun24WestminsterProgAfter an apparent gap of two years women’s racing returned to the Royal Aquarium for at least four races - 3 to 8 June,  10 to 15 June, 17 to 22 June and 24 to 29 June. In the final two races there were Men’s sections as well as the Ladies.

However the programme for the 24 June race (opposite) listed a very limited field of six female riders - which may explain the male competitors. All the riders were British professionals it seems.

Ladies’ Race
Section I
2:45 to 3:45 and 7:45 to 8:45 pm
1. Miss ANDERSON (White)
2. Miss LESLIE (Mauve)
3. Mrs WARD (Pink)

Section II
4 to 5 and 9 to 10 pm
4. Miss GOLDING (Yellow)
5. Miss HARWOOD (Black)
6. Miss PATTISON (Blue)

Men’s Race
1:30 to 2:30 and 6:30 to 7:30 pm
7. E C DAFINNEY
8. Robert HARCOURT
9. Montague HARCOURT

This may have been the last womens’ six day race ever held in Britain ... or indeed anywhere?

Press Cuttings from Newspapers at the start of the 20th Century

Race 1

Yorkshire Post (England) Thursday, 30-May-1901

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Manchester Courier (England) Tuesday, 4-Jun-1901

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LADIES BICYCLE RACE
Lincolnshire Echo (England) Saturday, 8-Jun-1901

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Manchester Courier (England) Monday, 10-Jun-1901

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Lancashire Daily Post (England) Monday, 10-Jun-1901

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Whitstable Times (England) Saturday, 29-Jun-1901

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Official Programme

The printed and hand written distances (miles:laps) taken from the race card up to the 5th day.

Sect

No.

Rider

1st Day

2nd Day

3rd Day

4th Day

5th Day

6th Day

Result

I

1

Miss GAVETT (Cerise)

29:5

59:9

91:4

122:7

155:0

 

 

 

2

Miss LESLIE (Mauve)

30:8

63:6

96:3

129:4

162:7

 

 

 

3

Mdlle Marcelle (Sage Green)

32:1

65:2

98:1

131:3

164:9

 

 

 

4

Miss PALMER (Pink)

24:5

53:8

85:1

116:2

148:3

 

 

II

5

Mdlle ABOU KAIIA (Green)

32:2

45:4

45:4

45:4

45:4

 

 

 

6

Miss ANDERSON (Yellow)

36:9

73:0

109:3

144:1

179:0

213:9

3

 

7

Miss GOLDING (Dark Yellow)

31:9

60:0

92:6

125:1

157:6

 

 

 

8

Miss WEBB (Red)

27:5

56:0

86:4

115:4

145:8

 

 

III

9

Miss BLACKBURN (Blue)

37:2

74:6

112:3

149:9

186:8

223:6

1

 

10

Miss HARWOOD (Black)

37:2

74:6

112:3

149:9

186:8

223:6

2

 

11

Mdlle PALLIARDE (White)

0:3

0:3

0:3

0:3

0:3

 

 

 

12

Mrs WARD (Heliotrope)

29:7

60:0

88:5

119:8

150:3

 

 

 

Race 2

Manchester Courier (England) Monday, 17-Jun-1901

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Pos

Rider

Miles

Laps

1

Miss HARWOOD

230

6

2

Miss BLACKBURN

227

2

3

Miss ANDERSON

223

6

4

Miss LESLIE

209

0

5

Miss GAVETT

202

7

6

Miss GOLDING

200

0

..

Whitstable Times (England) Saturday, 6-Jul-1901

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Race programme - with partial results.

Ladies’ Bicycle Race
Section I
2:45 to 3:45 and 7:45 to 8:45 pm
1. Miss LESLIE (Mauve)
2. Miss PATTISON (Helitrope)
3. Mrs WARD (Pink)

Section II
4 to 5 and 9 to 10 pm
4. Miss ANDERSON (Yellow)
5. Miss GAVETT (Cerise)
6. Miss GOLDING (Dark Yellow)

Men’s Teams
No.1
1:30 to 2:30
7. T BROWN
8. Dick ROGERS
9. Walter SPARROW

No.2
6:30 to 7:30 pm
10. H PRICE
11. Will SPARROW
12. R WILLIAMS

 

Race 4

Race programme only. See top of page for riders. However there was a letter of recommendation about a Roberts Royal Racer obtained from Symonds’ London Stores from Miss Monie Harwood to the company. It stated that she had won this race with a distance of 229 and 4/5 miles in 12 hours of racing over six days - without any adjustment to the bike. (from the FossilCycle blog)

 

Related Reports

ONE HOUR LADIES’ RECORD
Sheffield Daily Telegraph (England) Monday, 21-Oct-1901

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Whitstable Times (England) Saturday, 16-Nov-1901

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