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Cycling Notes By Podalphat." Lamplighting times for week :— P.M. August 26 7-55 ,,27 7-53 ,,28 7-51 ,,29 7.50 30 7-48 31 7-46 Sept. 1 7-44 -0- A most timely article appears in the Septem- ber number of the "Windsor Magazine" on "Soldiers on Cycles." "At first sight, it must b3 confessed, the military cyclist 'does not ap- pear tp be a very formidable foe, yet he is a goeat mainstay to the infantry which he sup- ports, and to which he constitutes the advance guard. In the first place, he Tms two great char- acteristics in his favour. He is very difficult to hit, owing to the remarkable celerity with which he moves and the small target he offers to the opposing party. The only way to bring him to the ground is by seriously wounding him-in short, knocking him off his machine, for it is wll nigh i npossible to incapacitate the cycle. When he is hotly pursued, nothing but an utter collapse of his steel steed will effectively stop him, for if his tyre becomes punctured he can still ride along without much inconvenience upon the rims of the wheels, which, although it may bs detrimental to the cycle, is of secondary im. portance in a matter of life or death. Then, again, a body of cyclists may prove a great source of anxiety and trouble to cavalry and harass them exceedingly, whether it be while advancing or retiring. Cavalry depend mostly for their success upon shock action'—that is. the tremendous force with which they hurl them- selves into a body of infantry, and their vigorous usage of the sword. The result is, that unless the infantry are well supported, they are thrown into confusion and cut to pieces. But with a company of cyclists it is different. The cyclists have plenty of room in which to move, and if compelled by force of numbers to retire, after discharging a volley at the onrushing cavalry, can in a moment mount their machines and race away. Presently they dismount, rest the ma- chine against their side, disengage their rifles, take deliberate aim, tire a volley or two, mouat again and fly away. These tactics are repeal every few minutes, so tbat the cavalry are co pletely nonplussed, their numerical streng being at the game time reduced considerably W the intermittent and deadly rifle volleys. thing demoralises cavalry so much as to fi^d they cannot get to cloge quarters with thd enemy. Then there is another disadvantage under which they labour. Supposing tBey vrisb to dismount in order to use their carbines. 010 man out of every four mus £ hold the bridles the horses of his three comrades, so that their attacking force is thereby reduced by 25 pet cent. Even when Uriven to bay, a posse of C1 'hÍ9 clists is by no means a despicable foe. I" eventuality th take up their position bcbiBa the grounded cycles, from whence they can & tain a terrible rifle fire. One hundred cj<^ in such a position could fire about 40,000 rot^ so that they could account for a fairly f number of their opponents before their an0gol" tion was ampeaded." Mr Gwilym Lewis, the Schools, Maerdy, at$ a friend, have just returned from a cycling to ia Franoe, aad the following aooount, Mr Lewis, of their rifle through Normandy B4ittanY will probably prove interesting to rJ11 cycling readers: "Of course, cycling is now. all the rage- the world and his wife go on wheels. So 1 my friend Parry decided to do a fortnigbtS "biking" in Normandy and Brittany. A rnJIII who spends his holidays by working hard tØ1 <> safely be put down as a queer sort of feholf, But then some people have a fad for doing qUe" things, and are never happy unless they are ering from other people. Now, we are not these fadSsts, but the first question we always asked concerning our tour is "How Mal miles a day did you ride?" and our question- are always disappointed when we reply "FortI miles on an average." It takes some tiIXl9 to explain to them that the "bike" was only a bel towards our enjoyment, and not the source 0 it. We rode to Cardiff, and trained from tbere to' London, where we spent Sunday and Mond&f' On Sunday we rode to Battersea Park, e ing to find Mr Tom Stephens and his Welsh Male Voice Party there. Unfortunate they had been there the previous Sunday 04 Ar were singing in some other part of Londo. that time. The park is one of the sights 0 London in summer. It has an area of nesrlf 200 acres, and has a fine subtropical garde"' The roads in it are well adapted for eyelid' There were hundreds of cyclists there that 1' On Monday (Bank Holiday) we rode to HoOPr ton Sourt Palace, about 15 miles from the ejtý, There was an endless procession of all kinds of vehicles going there, tke "'Arrifes and "Ari-d being very conspicuous. The palace has beo the favourite residence of many sovereigns, $334 is still one of the finest of the royal palaces io England, and the river Thames flows under & walls. The original building was erected b1 Cardinal Wolsey. Here Edward VI. was bO and here his mother, Queen Jane Seymour, dí in 1537. William In. and his queen also 1i here, and in great measure rebuilt it anad out the extensive gardens in their present styw The picture-gallery comprises many aluiLbY specimens by the most celebrated paintersr-io all more than 1,100 pictures. The maze in tJJØ, groundb forms a great attraction to visitors- portion of the palace is now divided into sUÏttØ of apartments, which are ocoupied by persOtlf of rank who have been reduced in circumsta0^ "Whoever spends a few days in ilollal a-wheeling should not miss going to HMOPtoff* The roads are excellent and level all the way* The scenery round Richmond (on the way) simply magnificent, the view of the Thames the boats on it being beautiful. -4- On Tuesday, we went to Westminster Abbef to see Gladstone's tomb. In the evening we lero Waterloo at 10.10 o'clock for Southampton, we reached about 12 o'clock, and soon aftet"" wards embarked on one of the L. and S.W-, Railway's steamboats for Havre. We landed &Ii Havre about 7.30 a,m.z where our luggage ""aI subjected to a rigid examination by the CuatotO officers. I may now state that we had take5* the precaution of joining the Cyclists' Touring Club in London before starting, and armed witli the ticket of membership (ls, annual) our bikeo were landed free of duty. Had we not possessed that ticket (or a similar ticket of membership of one of the other large national cycling organise* tions) we should have had to pay duty at tbØ, rate of 55 francs per 25 kilogrammes (about per machine), which, however, would be refor- ded on leaving France. Perhaps! Every eyelet too, must be provided with a plate containing the name and address of the owner. We ha4 conformed -to this rule by buying plates est' graved. The cost of carriage of the bicycle frotSJ London fo Havre was 3s. "Having now taken my readers to Normand", I shall next week describe the tour from HavtØ to St. Mialo. CLUB RUNS. Club. Destination. time. Meet. Saturday August 27— Caerphilly Blackwood 3-30 Windoot Pontypridd. Pencoed 3- 0 White H,4 Treforest Tongwynlais 3-30 Busk —Ladies Cardiff via 2-15 !.ant'" LIaadafT. Ynysybwl Pontyclun ••• Windsor Tuesday, Aug. 30- Treforest Impromptu run 8- 0 Busb Wednesday, August 31— Caerphilly Cardiff, via 3-30 Windsor St. MelJons Tref. Ladies.Impromptu run. 8- 0 Lariat Thursday, Sept. 1st— Pontypridd. Merthyr 230 White Hllrt Treforest Pencoed 3- 0. Busb. —Ladies Wenvoe 2-30. Lanc4 -0- A general meeting of the Treforest Cycling Club will be held at the Bush Inn on Monday evening at 8 o'clock. Important. AYLLFFK & SONS, Cycle Manufacturers & Repairers, for High Grade Cycles. Daisy machines still lead the way for lightness and finish. Our 1898 Ladies and Gent's Machines are still the local favourite* Send for 1898 catalogue. -Daisy Cycle Works, Para- dise place, Queen street, Cardiff. 4231

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