‘The Cyclists’ Touring Club. – The annual meeting of this club, which is the largest athletic institution in the world, was held on Saturday night at the Cannon Street Hotel. Major A Saville, the president, occupied the chair and remarked that the fact that the club possessed a membership of 20,000 persons was a proof that it was popular and was in a flourishing state, while it also tended to show that the sport of cycling was now established on a permanent basis. Mr. E Shipton, secretary, read the report, which stated that the growth of cycling, not only in Great Britain, but also in the colonies, made it desirable for the council to consider some scheme of federation. Efforts were also being made by the council to provide a road book for the United Kingdom, together with a map on a large scale. On the motion of Major General Christopher, seconded by Mr. Todd, the report was adopted. The financial statement, which was also agreed to, showed that there was a net credit balance of £2.071 18s 11d., of which £902 was devoted to the reserve fund. A proposal to institute life membership was discussed at length, the great majority of the speakers being in favour of the proposition. Certain necessary changes of rules were made, and the proceedings terminated with a vote of thanks to the chairman.
The Times (London, England), Tuesday, May 11, 1886; pg. 5; Issue 31756