CYCLERS ARE AROUSED - San Francisco Chronicle, 01 Sep 1894
CYCLERS ARE AROUSED
Return of the Champion, Zeigler.
Additional Coast Racers in Class B.
Election of Bay Citys - The S. J. R. C. Corner-Stone to Be Laid - Gossip.
The annual meeting of the members of the Bay City Wheelmen will be held in the clubrooms, 44 Golden Gate avenue, to-night, for the purpose of electing a nominating committee, who in turn shall nominate the officers' ticket for the ensuing year. All officers will read their annual reports, including a report of the present financial standing of the club. The election of officers will take the usual course, they being balloted for by the mail ballot about ten days later.
The San Jose Road Club will hold its next five-mile race on Sunday, September 5th, being the second race of the series. Walter Hawkes of the Olympic made a run to San Pablo last Sunday amidst all the heat, and reports the roads very much cut up and covered by a foot of dust.
J. P. Plagemann is entered for the novice st San Jose.
The Reliance Wheelmen's track at Alameda is now undergoing extensive alterations in the way of comforts for the spectators. The track is being resurfaced with clay. The cement which has heretofore been used is being torn up and discarded for the newer and better material. It will be ready for use in about two weeks, plenty of time in advance of the race meet to be held there September 15th, so that the boys will have s chance to train.
W. L Elliott and wife have started on a touring trip awheel up into the Livermore mountains. Mrs. Elliott is one of the first ladies of Oakland to don the bloomer costume for cycle-riding. The many long trips taken awheel without the usual amount of exhaustion speaks well for this lady's riding abilities, materially helped by the easy costume assumed. They expect to be gone about ten days, taking in all the many country towns on the road, with a view to settling in one at some future date. They both ride twenty-pound wheels and carry on the handlebar the usual necessities for stopping over night. Mr. Elliott is an active member of the Reliance Wheelmen.
Robert L. Long, although only in the cycling circles two short years, has covered himself with much glory aad broken a few Coast records, besides a world's record. He was first brought conspicuously before the public on August 26, 1893, when, in the races of the now extinct Alameda Bicycle Club, he won his novice race handily. This was only his third trial. In his first and second trials he was unfortunate, receiving severe falls each time. Even on the day of his winning the novice, in the next race, he was overturned and so badly bruised as to be unable to do any other racing that day. At San Jose November 27, 1893, he succeeded in winning second and third in scratch events against such men as Edwards, Wells, Davis and the rest of the local cracks. He did not again make his appearance until T. H. B. Varney, who was looking for good material, stumbled across him, and arrangements were soon made whereby he became one of Varney's celebrated team. On May 29, 1894 on the track of the Oak Leaf wheelmen at Stockton, Long distinguished himself by [[breaking the then-existing world's record for one-eighth of a mile. His time was 0:16 2-5. When one remembers that this speedy performance was made on a flat track, with no steep banks, the performance is all the more remarkable. The Olympic Club Wheelmen, of which club he is a member, appreciating his efforts in landing a world's record, presented him with a handsome diamond fob, bearing the time and the club's emblem.
On the Fourth of July, in the Acme Club's races at Alameda, and on the same track on which he won his novice, he succeeded in riding a dead heat with Wells in the half-mile, afterwards beating Wells, and in the finals winning second place and a gold watch fob as the prize.
At the Garden Citys' track meet at San Jose on July 27th he also won third prize in the one-and-a-half mile against Zeigler, Foster and Wells. His riding time is comparatively short, yet he has been unfortunate in almost every race he has ridden, having received no less than seven falls, and some of them he still remembers by the numerous scars on his body.
On the fourth relay from San Mateo to Mountain View in the recent 100-mile relay race he rode seven miles on his saddle-post, his saddle breaking when only three miles out. His riding weight when in condition is 168 pounds, and he is only 20 years old. He holds the Coast record for one-third of a mile at 0:43 4-5 and the two-thirds of a mile at 1:28 4-5. Long is entered at the San Jose meet to represent the Olympics in the one-half and one mile handicap Class B races.
The California Cycling Club will hold a ten-mile handicap road race on September 30th, and the course will probably be over the straightaway. This club will go to Centerville to-morrow under command of Captain W. N. Brunt. They will have a scorch from High street, Alameda, to Haywards, with a view to ascertaining about what handicaps should be given in their road race. Arriving at Haywards. they will await the rest of the riders and proceed to their destination for dinner. They were presented with a beautiful silver bugle, by, one of their members who had just returned from the Denver meet, where this bugle was used. Owing to a change in the date on which Labor day is to be observed this year, the Olympic wheelmen contemplate abandoning the race meet to be held on October 2d, but will probably select some holiday during November or December, as they intend to give a meet before the year is over.
Otto Zeigler Jr., amateur champion of the United States, does not intend to race at the September 10th meet, and reports that he will do no more racing until the opening of the new track of the San Jose Road Club.
Walter Foster may enter in these races, but has not fully decided what to do.
Griffiths, Martin, Goddard and Rosburg, all Bay City Wheelmen, rode to San Leandro on Sunday to watch the Hancock brothers on a tandem endeavor to establish a tandem road record. Owing to the intense heat the trial was abandoned.
A proposed excursion on the bay on one of the ferry steamers is now on the tapis, and will do much toward helping the club members becoming better acquainted, as the scheme is to have it a joint affair, participated in by all the local clubs.
H. F. Wynne, who is attending to the transportation of the associated clubs, reports that the peanut train will leave San Jose on Monday night, September 10th, at 5:35 P. M., returning via Niles. The next train leaves at 10 P. M. by way of San Mateo, and the railroad officials state that this train will not stop at Valencia street for the cyclers to unload their wheels. They request all wheelmen to wait until the train reaches Fourth and Townsend streets before asking for their wheels.
H. B. Williams, P. A. Kilby and J. H. Grady have been elected to membership in the California Cycling Club, Mr. Grady will be remembered as the past grand president of the Native Sons of the Golden West.
H. A. Raymond, chairman of the racing board of League of American Wheelmen, under date of August 23d places the following additional Pacific Coast racers in class B, and warns all amateurs of class A not to compete with them in future:
Stockton - A. Baker, William Fisher, George Hudson, F. J. McCoin, Leo Salbach.
San Jose - J. B. Osrey, J. A. Desimone.
San Francisco - F. B. Chandler, H. H. Dilges, J. W. Harvey, C. N. Langton, Dave Marshall, R. Ready.
Los Angeles - C. Castleman, C. A. Cowen.
The Pacific Cycling Club, under Captain C. W. Etting, held a ran to the Park, Cliff and over to Ingleside last Sunday, returning by way of old Mission road. The roads were found very dusty and much cut up.
The wheelmen of Dixon, Cal., are considering the advisability of holding a race meet some time this fall providing suitable arrangements can be made by which they can secure the use of the horsemen's track.
The class A events of the Garden City Cyclers will contain Messrs. Albergeria, Hamlin, Hoaglan and Upson of the Capital City Wheelmen, also Syd Vincent of the Bay Citys. They are all popular and fast riders.
The San Jose Road Club is only waiting the arrival of its champion, Otto Zeigler, Jr., when preparations will be made to lay the corner-stone of their new clubhouse. Otto will officiate as master of ceremonies on this occasion, and if he does it as successfully as he rides a wheel it will undoubtedly be an affair wall worth seeing.
The California Cycling Club is now conferring with the San Jose Road Club whereby these two clubs can hold a joint picnic on Sunday, September 9th, at [Taudt's Ranch], in the Santa Cruz mountains, instead of attending the associated clubs' picnic.
The Olympic Club Wheelmen at their last meeting voted to attend the associated clubs parade at San Jose on September 10th in tbe same-style costume as they wore last year, which enabled them to win the prize. The uniform is as follows: Blue cap with emblem, white sweater with emblem, blue bloomers, black stockings and shoes. It is compulsory that each member be clothed in this costume, otherwise he will not be allowed in the line of parade. They also decided to allow those racers so inclined a certain amount per week so that they can go down to San Jose and train on the Garden Citys' track, there being no available track nearer at hand.
The Columbia Bicycle Club will journey to San Jose on September 9th, and will I attend the parade in a body.
Otto Zeigler Jr. and Walter Foster have arrived, and were welcomed back by numerous cyclers, who were on the alert for their return. Zeigler was accompanied by his father, who was with him in Denver and on the circuit during the races.