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about cyclists,

the country roads.
make records on them,
racing on public roads,
last for almost a century.

Away from the south-east however,
In response to this pressure,
Most clubs,
there seem to have been no repercussions.

trippers from the city out for a day in the country.
tended to be socially superior to the humbler cyclist,
even be banned in certain areas.The National Cyclists’
chief constables tended to listen to them,

The tedium of a 24-hour race on a track can well be imagined,

certainly those in southern England,
and not to the cyclists,
be met with on country roads were the familiar horsemen and horse-drawn vehicles,
There was undoubtedly a social element in this conflict too:
frighten our horses and knock down old women and children.”
although on one occasion,

grew up between NCU – and the bodies which succeeded it – and the time-trialling fraternity,
in 1895,
the Anfield BC refused to take their classic 100 off the road,
followed this advice,
famous events like the Bath Road 100 and the North Road 24 were run for several years as track events.
event on the track at Wood Green was enlivened by a disastrous pile-up which eliminated half the field.
to whom a bunch
The Unfinished Story
was to
of cyclists travelling at perhaps 15 mph along the narrow roads of that time might indeed appear to be
Union itself came out publicly in opposition to
and began to fear that perhaps cycling as a whole would soon find itself subject to legal restrictions or
who were often day-
even cyclists came to agree that perhaps their critics had a point,
and when they complained to their local police
One factor that has to be born in mind is that this was still the pre-car age.The only traffic to
and urged all cycling clubs to shift their events to the track.The hostility that
a nuisance or even a menace – they might appear to be upsetting the ancient orderliness and quiet of
the horse fraternity
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