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trials grew up,
promoting clubs,
National Cyclists’

died away.The horse lobby,

had imagined the bicycle to be.
had a major impact on cycling,
- No pacing or company riding.

marised in Cycling magazine in these terms:
racing.Therefore as time-trialling developed,
with no book of written rules.
cyclists on a country road became a non-issue,

Union controlled track racing only,
went out to buy cars as the latest toy for the wealthy,
which most of the larger clubs adhered to.
- Absolutely no publicity as to the time and place of events.
In the decade following this inaugural North Road race,
In this situation,
as well as providing an obvious target for police attention.
In 1905,
- Riders must be separated by two or three minutes to prevent bunching.
- Courses must avoid towns,and no racing when passing through villages.
- Events must be run on deserted byways in the early hours of the morning.
almost entirely members of the higher social classes,

- Events must not be shorter than 25 miles,or better,50 miles,to keep speeds down.
- Riders must wear ordinary dark cycling attire,no shorts,no fancy colours,no caps.
it was exclusively a grass-roots sport,

these “unwritten rules”
In comparison with the speed and destructive potential of the car,

so that their opposition also withered rapidly.
were also the ones who
a few
an informal code of conduct for time-
and had refused to have anything to do with road
The Unfinished Story
the arrival of the car on Britain’s roads
in the hands of the
were sum-
At this period there was of course no governing body for road racing in this country.
and thus the widespread hostility to cycling gradually
in that it clearly lessened the threat to peace and safety which people
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