The Bicycle Championship (1879)

The Bicycle Championship

The competition for the distinction of bicycle championship of the world and belt, together with other substantial prizes added by the management, was brought to a conclusion on Saturday night after a most exciting struggle for supremacy between the representative bicycling champions of France and England, C Terront (of Paris) and G Waller (of Newcastle-on-Tyne), the latter eventually carrying off the race by 14 miles only. These two, who early singled themselves out from the ruck, have from their persistent effort to break each other down succeeded in establishing records which will probably remain unequalled for a long time in the annals of the “iron horse,” Waller being over 230 miles and Terront nearly 220 miles in front of the previous best on record. During the week the attendance was very large and on Saturday at the finish between 12,000 and 13,000 witnessed the conclusion of the struggle – the partisans of the two leaders encouraging them to further exertions by their frequent applause. At eleven o’clock when the men retired, the final scores were as follows: – G Waller, of Newcastle, 1,401 miles six laps, first; C Terront, of Paris, 1,390 miles 5 laps, second; H Higham, of Nottingham, 1,145 miles 3 laps, third; W Cann, of Sheffield, 1,100 miles 1 lap fourth; H Pagis, of Paris, 972 miles 3 laps, fifth; H Thresher, of London, 786 miles 6 laps, sixth; H Leeming, of Oldham, 650 miles 3 laps, seventh; and T Andrews, of Birmingham, 386 miles 5 laps, last. In the body of the hall during the contest additional interest was added by an exhibition of bicycles, tricycles and their appurtenances, in which most of the leading English firms were represented. Waller rode a “Premier D H F.” bicycle by Hillman and Herbert, of Coventry.

The Morning Post, September 08, 1879; pg. 2

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