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CYCLING GOSSIP. By WHEELMAN. At tlue 24 hours' cycling race, recently decided on the indoor track at the Velodrome d'lHiver, in the Champ de Mars, Paris, intense coldness prevailed inside the huge building, the thermometer registering several degrees of frost. Although second rate riders were engaged, many under cover records were beaten. the 150 mihis and 300 miles figures being altered, as well the previous bests at 16, 18, 19, and 24 hours. Three Englishmen competed—A. V. Linton, holder of the world's record for safeties for one hour his brother. T. Linton and Edward Hale (who rode under the /iw/t de course of Rodgers), lately holder of the 100 miles road record for safety bicycles. The Lintons retired—one in the first hour, the other in the tenth, but Hale persevered almost to the end, and made third bsst distance—539 kilometres, 666 metres. The winner was Garin. who practically led through- out, and covered a total distance of 701 kilometres, 180 metres, against Rivierre's world's record of 765 kilometres, 333 metres. "Williams" was second with 652 kilometres, 180 metres, to his credit. It is said that the meeting was a failure, and that the eight days' race, which usually follows close upon it, will not be held this year. My notes of last week, I am pleased to state, attracted attention in at leaft one quarter, and the outcome is a letter from my friend Mr. Tom James, of Mountain Ash, who is rather put out over my expression of opinion. His letter is as follows:— Dear Wheelman,—I notice in your last week's notes that you are rather doubtful of me, Toftl James, winning my race with A. W. Harris, the Leicester champion. Now, I should like to know when and where did you see A. W. Harris ride last ? If you have followed him in his previous engagements, the same as I have, you might know whether I stood any chance of defeating him in a contest. I have competed against him in nearly every meeting held for professionals lasts season. If I thought for an instant that he would defeat me, I should think my- self very foolish to challenge him or any other rider in England to race one mile for j350 aside, and especially to get my own friends to back me for the race. However, there is no harm done but I do not like it. Perhaps some of my friends will notice it, and think it iiujxissible for me to win. Of course, perhaps he may win. But I am glad to say I fancy my chances and feel quite confident of boating my man again, as I have done moro than once in the past season. And again, he is a much older rider and has more advantage than I have to be a fast man. Last reason was practically the first year for me to com- pete against such riders as Harris, Edwards, Relph, Schofield, and several others, including the famous Zimmerman. And I may say I was the only one belonging to England to ride second to him last season, namely, in tho one mile scratch race open to the world, where I defeated Harris, Wheeler, and Banker, and all of the others, finishing second to Zimmerman. However, I could mention other race* in which I have defeated Harris. But more anon. I may add further that the match is made and every- thing settled. We ride at Cardiff on the Roath track, on Apnl the 1st, Mabon's Day. Distance to be one mile for the championship of England and Wales and a side'stako of JB50 aside. Men on mark at 4 p.m. sharp.—Yours truly, TOM JAMES, Welsh Pro- fessional." I should be sorry to do James any harm, and work- ing apiinst rather discouraging prospects, as our local men have to do, it is the more credit to him to have achieved the success he has already attained. Harris, as he states, has the advantage of him in better training facilities. Still it is not all training. My sympathies are with James, and in my heart 1 should hke to see him win. But, as the match is settled, we can let our opinions rest, and afterwards whoever wins, say like Mrs. Gubbins, I told you so." One thing is certain it will be a good race, a fair fidd and no favour," and may I be there to see for barring accidents without doubt the best man will win. I suppose our Merthyr aud Aberdare and all local cycling clubs will inaugurate the season with a "small and early or smoking concert, at which will be elected officers for the ensuing season, working com- mittees to arrange club runs, and all the hundred and one things which come under their jurisdiction. Now is the time for intending buyers to go in for their mounts. Makers can give better satisfaction than in the height of the busy season. The "private sales" columns, too, are marvels of disinterested generosity cost £26, sell for £10, quite new, etc. wd "bicvele for 15s. will beallowed for in purchasing ipain." Still a good machine is often got hold of sneap by the medium of second-hand sale." I myself must get rid of my old crock and go in for a scorcher. I see that it is said that Sanger, the great Americau irack, is being paid j370 per week by the Spaulding Manufacturing Company whose machines he will ride this season. 1 remember the splendid figure he pre- tented, a veritable Vulcan, with muscles that seemed 5t to move mountains. He is one of the few who give ihe great Zimmerman a hard tussle. < A letter to hand from Paris explains that the extra- < jrdinarv severe weather is against our Welsh cyclists < making any mark at the Velodrome. The matches i iiuiue are either off, or they are unable to continue the period. ]

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