One hundred miles on a bicycle
In these days of velocipede wonders the following excursions may be considered the greatest feat yet accomplished. On Thursday morning last Mr G.R. Noble, of Thirlby-house, Woodford-bridge, mounted on one of Charles P Button’s improved bicycles and accompanied by Mr H E Kaye, also of Woodford, started from the latter place at half past 3 o’clock for Colchester (distance of about 9 miles), where they arrived about 2 o’clock and, in order to make up the 100 miles, they rode in and around the town for about half an hour. After having sufficiently rested, the velocipedists started on the return journey and reached home about one in the morning, having been absent just 22 hours. Seven hours were occupied in taking meals and rest, so that 15 hours were actually spent in the saddle, giving an average of about seven miles an hour for the whole journey.
(The Times, Wednesday, Jun 30, 1869; pg. 9; Issue 26477; col F)