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a track race.

the solo rider against the clock.
The new idea for the late 1890s:
Writing in


racing of a modified sort
by the practice of pacing,
because it clearly worked,
reflected on the crisis into which bike-racing had fallen.
In the next few years,
tainly did not happen overnight,
The North Road Club on Saturday returned to the road,
Minns on a Mohawk with Dunlops won and made the fastest time.
tractive to riders and spectators alike,
once more practicable.
by 1900 all the major records were unpaced.

hastened by the advent of the car and the motor-bike,
There is just a chance that the limitation of fields,
it spread across the country,
Referring modestly to his club’s experimental event,
paced events too continued to be promoted.

and the provision of a sufficient interval between the men,
and ran off a 50 in drenching rain.
Cycling magazine a month after this historic race had taken place,
he wrote:
this formula was tried by other clubs,
Association also looked again at the issue of pacing in its record rides,
as some record rides
while road-racing had been ruined
although this cer-
which had turned the races into chaotic scram-
were staged in the mid-1890s as motor-paced rides.This was clearly non-
In their case the change was
the barring of pace-
unusual had taken place.The word time-trial is not used – this was simply a road race as distinct from
These two lines might regarded as the birth certificate of time-
Long track events were wearisome and unat-
The report gives no hint that anything
for there was a transition period when
may render
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